Jim Warren, R.I.P. (1936 – 2021)

Jim Warren was a mentor of mine, although it took a long time to realize it. My brief encounter with him occurred in 1994 when some of us in New Jersey were lobbying the state legislature to pass an internet bill. He had been instrumental the year before in passage of landmark California Assembly Bill 1624, for government documents to be made available on “the largest nonproprietary, nonprofit cooperative public computer network.”

He was described as a Renaissance Man by a close friend. A New York Times obituary by Steve Lohr said he was “a charismatic trade show impresario, editor, and activist.” A most touching online obit proclaimed, “A mighty tree has fallen in the digital forest.” All true.

Jim Warren’s digital footprint includes: a NYT obituary, a page on IMDb.com, his own GovAccess blog and a video on Vimeo.com.

Thank you, Jim Warren.

Thinking of Running for Office?

Navigate Pennsylvania Policy & Governance Training

If you have ever wondered, “How did this bozo get elected?” the answer may be, “because no one ran against them.” We have a solution to that problem. You can run for office.

If you have ever thought about running for office, if you ran for office recently and need more guidance on governing, or if you just won a primary and need some help before the general – this free course may be for you.

This course, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, runs for 6 weeks, kicking off the week of June 14th and running through the week of July 26th.

For more information and to sign up: https://et.run/pbpc2101.

Dare to Run Info Webinar – June 10th

Dare to Run, a nationally recognized 501 (c)3 nonprofit, educates and empowers women on their journey to public office at the local, state, and national level. Women candidates can participate in Dare to Run’s one-year certificate program as they pursue careers in public service. This info webinar covers the application process for their third leadership cohort which closes in August.

This webinar will be held on June 10th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm ET. To register, visit: https://buff.ly/3tekzKL.

Philadelphia Judicial Candidate Forum

Open Wards Philly-Meet the Judicial Candidates: April 20, 21, 22

Tonight I co-moderate the first of three Meet the Judicial Candidates, sponsored by Open Wards Philly. For purposes of disclosure, I am on the group’s Steering Committee and a member of their Communications Subcommittee.

The candidates forum will take place across three evenings on April 20, 21, and 22 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. The candidates running for Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, which deals with a variety of consequential civil and criminal matters, will each speak for 15-minute segments to introduce themselves and field questions.

To register for the forums go to: bit.ly/OWPevent.