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A Simple Strategy to Improve Constituent Dialogue

I was giving a speech to a group of citizens visiting Washington for a fly-in, and was asked this question: "What's the most frustrating obstacle to enhancing the democratic dialog between citizens and Congress?" I surprised myself by responding quickly: "Bad writing."

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Sometimes Congressional Spouses Need Staff Management, Too

After a few days of watching the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a lot of Americans learned what a lot of congressional staff already know: Some politicians’ spouses are more than a handful to manage, and can cause angst and grief for the staff who serve the elected official. While Maureen McDonnell is more like the exception than the rule, it’s still a stark reminder that many staff experience conflict with a member’s family.

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Congress Should Explore Greater Flexibility in the Workplace

Is workplace flexibility possible in congressional offices? Can something that's "easy to say, hard to do" be implemented in such a unique work environment? In this month's Roll Call commentary, Brad Fitch discusses why workflex is important for Congress to consider—and the consequences of not doing so.

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CMF-SHRM Launch Training Series on Work-Life

Last week, CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) launched a training series on congressional work-life as part of the "Life in Congress" research project. These programs are focused on enhancing staff's professional and personal lives by exploring options for more flexible workplaces.

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Learn the Path of Your Advocacy Materials

This Friday, join CMF at the Advocacy Leaders Network workshop to learn how constituent and advocacy communications are handled in a congressional office. Hear directly from congressional staff on which messages grab their attention and why.

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