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November 15, 2019

Last week's elections had some interesting results and the week in between has led to a few more surprises. Let's wrap up 2019's election season as we all hunker down for a wild ride ahead.

First, let's cover a few things that happened last week:

  1. Trash talk is over (...

November 1, 2019

Photo by St. Paul Public Works

We were geared up to offer you some stunning Election Day insights but with not a ton going on over on this side of the river, we decided to look east.

In case you're not up to speed on the biggest ballot item in St. Paul, here's your headl...

October 18, 2019

Fall (and maybe even winter) is in the air and that means it's time to get out and do #allthethings.

"But, Maddie," you say, "I'm a _____________ and I'm _______________ so I can't do ALL the things." 

 Pick the one to fill in the blanks to best apply to you:

(a) millenni...

October 4, 2019

This week, Governor Tim Walz signed a proclamation stating that Minnesota will observe Dyslexia Awareness Month in October to coincide with the International Dyslexia Association's Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Bringing awareness to an issue that impacts 1 in 10 people in t...

October 3, 2019

We're delighted to introduce everyone to our newest team member, Maddie Greene. Maddie joins Apparatus as our Content Manager and resident social media and digital marketing pro. Check out our Q&A with Maddie to learn more about her and the value of the skill sets she...

September 20, 2019

The biggest lobbying assets for any organization are:

  1. Demonstrable and compelling stories about the far-reaching impacts of the organization's issues on our state's residents, communities, and businesses;

  2. A large and diverse statewide community of eng...

June 20, 2019

Ah, Pride month is upon us!

Time to break out the rainbows and let “the gays” out of the closet and into the light.

As someone that grew up in a not-so-gay-friendly part of the state, Pride has always had a special place in my heart -- it was the place where I could hold...

April 12, 2019

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.

The most important thing to know about getting a bill authored is that you'll want to start early. Ideally, a few months before the legislative session begins. 

Getting Started

Figure out what your bill is. Do you need an entirely ne...

April 4, 2019

Read part one here.

Now that you're ready to lobby, let's talk about next steps. First, define your goals at a micro, meso, and macro level. For example:

  • Micro goal: passage of bills

  • Meso: develop more legislative friends and champions

  • Macro: change the pub...

March 26, 2019

'Lobbying' can be something of a dirty word but in actuality, it's an effective way to let your representatives (you know, those people you elect to work for you) know what you care about and how they can take action to help you. 

Advocacy can look like different (or a...

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