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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...

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...

January 9, 2019

Now that the new Minnesota Legislative Session is underway and we're back to the Capitol ourselves, it's a good time to revisit why you need a solid communications plan to go with your lobbying effort.

Lobbying is a tactical game including political maneuvering, diligen...

December 7, 2018

When Leili and I started Apparatus, we wrestled with what kind of company we were going to be. Not just at a brand level, but fundamentally -- who were we? The options available to us at the time didn't fit quite right; we weren't a nonprofit, but we had a mission that...

November 28, 2018

As the snow comes down outside, I'm gleefully re-reading the news from earlier this month that construction on the Southwest Light Rail is finally set to begin (in winter no less, because Minnesota). It's been a long (very long) time coming, but looking at my meeting s...

April 13, 2018

In the immortal words of Michael Scott from The Office, "I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious." Normally I wouldn't think much of Friday the 13th but with the weather wallop we're poised to see starting this afternoon, I may have to upgrade to full superst...

March 16, 2018

Hello and happy Friday! We're heading into a decidedly spring-like weekend here in MN, so let's spring into our wrap-up with book-ends on the great state of Minnesota.

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