Leading Ladies of State Politics in Columbia, Part 1

It's been fun visiting with the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics' annual conference in Columbia this weekend. As the Blogland is all about promoting greater involvement in South Carolina's political culture, it's always great to be able to directly take part in these efforts.

Last night, it was dinner at 701 Whaley Street in the Olympia district, featuring Arlene Violet, who was the nation's first elected state Attorney General (in Rhode Island), who gave a fun and thoughtful discussion talking about her experiences as a nun, Attorney General and activist for getting women involved in politics, both in the United States and abroad.

It was great to share a table with two prominent Midlands Republicans - Rep. Joan Brady and Nettie Britts.

Today, yours truly got to share a table with Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter. She was on the right, I was on the left - maybe that positioning validates the arguments of those who swear I'm a RINO.

Arlene Violet returned for a presentation this morning about how to be a successful candidate. Her speech focused on mastering three important factors:

  • Make sure voters like you as a person
  • Be thoughtful and nuanced in answers
  • Be honest, no matter what.

All these points are good basic pointers candidates would be wise to learn to master.

Yours truly will be speaking at a panel about blogging and new media in a couple of hours. Stay tuned for more news.

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