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Monday, July 28, 2014

Gil Fulbright: The Honest Politician (Represent.us)

A Different Kind of 'Honest' Politician

In Kentucky, a different kind of political candidate will launch his campaign for the Senate next week. His name is Gil Fulbright, and he offers something no other candidate in the race can: Complete and utter honesty. He may have is very own campaign bus, but Gil won’t be featured on the ballot come November, and he’s not even a real person. He’s a satirical character, a product of the bi-partisan organization Represent.Us, designed to highlight the corrupting influence of big money in politics. Josh Silver is the Director of Represent.Us and a veteran election and media reform advocate. He explains why the group came up with candidate Gil Fulbright, and how it might impact the real Kentucky Senate race.

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The Takeaway Weekender: A Dream of Peace, A Vacation From The News, and A Prescription for Play

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