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Annie's List Campaign School Applications Open
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Annie’s List 2019 Campaign School applications are now open.

From a recent AL promotion:

Campaign School is the best way to learn the strategy and skills needed to work on successful political races in Texas. This four-day intensive training will connect you with political strategists, Texas-based operatives, and progressives just like you looking to make a difference.

When: August 9 - August 12, 2019

Where: Capitol Factory - Dallas, TX

Deadline: Apply by 11:59pm CST, Friday, July 12.

Participants will learn to:

•Develop and implement field strategies
•Fundraise and adhere to compliance regulations
•Lead through stressful and high-stakes situations
•Effectively communicate campaign messages
•Work with Democratic allies and vendors
•Engage volunteers and supporters to achieve goals

If you are looking to level-up your work to elect progressive women, Campaign School is the place for you!


Limited, partial scholarships are available. Please submit completed scholarship applications to our Program Coordinator, Ana Harris, at

First Reading, 2019 vol. 1

How can it be that my first “First Reading” post of the year is being written in June? Color me embarrassed, but also color me a lobbyist and it’s #sinedie yal. So yes, here we are. I’m traveling as usual - writing this from always sunny Philadelphia. But now that I’m not pouring over bill trackers and hopping on last minute strategy calls I have time to share some of the news and thoughts of the moment.

It feels good to be here. If you’re new to Pink Granite as I suspect many folks may be - welcome. I’m so happy you’re here too.

Let’s get to some quick reads and interesting bits.

Texas News

National Drama

I hate to perpetuate this fighting and I’m not normally an advocate for Nancy Pelosi but I do believe that she handles her role as a female (yes I’m going there) Speaker of the House masterfully. She’s raised children and as a result seems to handle the White House just fine.

Frivolous and Fun

  • Did you know drowning your guacamole may just keep it greener longer? This is the truth according to Real Simple magazine.

  • If you’re not following @things.I.bought.and.liked on Instagram you’re truly missing out. Sarah is a delight - a delight that may leave you poorer than you were before this post. She’s from Houston and is that friend that researches little things we may not always need but make life easier, prettier and at times more fun. It’s all very low key and her commentary is solid gold.

That’s probably enough for now, let’s ease back into this thing shall we?

First Reading, 2018 vol. 19

I’ll be trotting over to Atlanta today - and in a shocking turn of events I’ve actually pre-organized some blog posts for the group. I think this is what “real” bloggers do so I’m giving it a whirl. So if you see something you like this week please do let me know - use that comments section. And if by the time Girl Friday rolls around and some global crisis or (additional) natural disaster occurs, a sink hole swallows the pink dome, etc. you’ll know why I don’t mention it. I’m not clueless or insensitive, I’m just writing these on Sat-ur-day.

So here we go:

  • An opinion piece on why Bobby Jindal is no Nikki Haley, here. And other piece on how her stock is rising since leaving the Trump Administration. Does anyone else wonder if her “campaigning for his one…” remark could be as a potential VP pick?

  • Al Jazeera says the U.S. is behind when it comes to women in politics. Here.

  • The politics of men v. women in the ‘burbs. Where do you stand?

  • This article credits (now) Justice Kavanaugh with tipping the balance of SCOTUS clerks to majority-female.

  • Julie Oliver volunteers are well-canvassing my neighborhood. Did you know TX Congressional District 25 stretches from Central Austin all the way up to Fort Worth? That’s democracy my friends. Here’s a link the Austin Chronicle’s recent interview with Oliver.

  • Here’s a good reminder that “up” Isn’t always the best way to move in your career. It’s not a ladder it’s a jungle gym. Via Quartz.

  • Meet the first openly gay female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Her first job was the very best. Spoiler it was shucking corn. Via Money. What was your first job? Mine was McDonald’s!

  • Are you a people pleaser? Even at work? Here’s an interesting argument for not giving away credit for your own good work. Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable things in the world. Via the Ladders. Also from the Ladders, how to surround yourself with supportive women.

  • And finally - just for fun, would you ever wear a full on hot pink suit? Here’s one that’s very affordable from JCP if it’s your thing a la Busy Philipps. Have you read her new book? It’s on my list!