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Going National – Jon Huntsman Jr. Part 2

by Bernie Swain
In a previous post, Jon walked us through running a positive campaign when he ran and was elected governor of Utah. Now he explains what happened when his political career grew and he became hopeful to win the Republican nominee for president. Running for president is a humbling experience. It draws you close to the roots of American politics. You develop an appreciation for the people who turn out for a town hall meeting without being compelled by anything other … Continue reading "Going National – Jon Huntsman Jr. Part 2"

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John Huntsman Jr. – Bringing It Home

by Bernie Swain
Jon Huntsman is a diplomat and politician serving as Utah's governor from 2005-2009. The Pew Center on the States named Utah the best-managed state while he was governor. Jon explains that it's not always about negativity when you are a politician.  I’ve never thought of myself as an ambitious person. I see myself as a public servant and regard that as an aspect of the giving-back ethos with which I raised. I never thought I would run for public office, … Continue reading "John Huntsman Jr. – Bringing It Home"

Mike McCurry: Using Humor and Honesty to Defuse Tension

by Bernie Swain
Mike McCurry, press secretary during the tumultuous Clinton years, shares how humor is a humanizing and unifying force, capable of defusing tension and rebooting a discussion. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina. My Dad, William “Joe” McCurry was a country boy, but was also the first in his family to go to college. My Mom, Rosemary, grew up on a farm south of Indianapolis, in the little town of Franklin, Indiana. Faith was important in our family. We were … Continue reading "Mike McCurry: Using Humor and Honesty to Defuse Tension"

From Texas to Washington DC

by Bernie Swain
James Baker served as Secretary of Treasury, Secretary and State and ultimately as Chief of Staff for George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. But he started out in politics with an unsuccessful run for the Attorney General for the state of Texas. His story is one of tradition, discipline and lessons learned from family and from those around him. I’m a product of Texas. My family roots run deep in the state - and this legacy has guided, nurtured, and inspired … Continue reading "From Texas to Washington DC"

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President’s Day — a Day to Celebrate

by Bernie Swain
It may not seem like it now, but President's Day is still a Day to celebrate. President's Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday of every February. Prior to 1971, it was called Washington's Birthday in honor of our first president, George Washington, born February 22, 1732. Today, President's Day celebrates the accomplishments of all presidents. For many, President's Day doesn't seem the same as it has in past years. But, it is still a day for reflection and learning. … Continue reading "President’s Day — a Day to Celebrate"