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Red on Blue: Establishing Republican Governance [Kindle Edition]

Art Chance
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Book Description

This work is a high-level state government bureaucrat and Republican appointee's view of the organization and processes of governments with a particular view of the change processes when Republicans take over a government established and run by Democrats. The central thesis is that governments are built by Democrats to be run by Democrats and it is essentially impossible for a Repubican executive to staff and run a government established by Democrats.

The work details the necessary management of people, money, and "stuff" in a government and how a new Republican executive can safely reorganize and remove holdover Democrats and their allies in the bureaucracy. The course laid out has been successful but will cause the new administration to be on the receiving end of every form of protest and invective the unions, the Democrat front groups and clients, and the Democrats themselves can hurl at the Administration. You are warned; if you just must be a nice guy, this isn't for you.

The work has a heavy emphasis on dealing with public employee unions and the employer's rights and duties in a unionized public employment enviroment. While the writer is not a lawyer and cannot offer legal advice, and laws vary from jurisdiction to juridiction, there is extensive exploration of successful strategy and tactics in dealing with unions politically, in the grievance process, and in contract negotiation. While recent events have brought governmental relations with unionized public employees to the forefront of public attention, public employee relations is an arcana known to few and misunderstood and misrepresented by many. The writer is one of only a handful of Republican political appointees who has actually successfully dealt with a fully unionized public workforce under Republican governments. Dealing with unions in a union state doesn't look the same as it does from a Southern right-to-work state with no unionized employees and where people believe that the state education association really is only for the children.

A new Republican governor, mayor, or other executive will be excoriated by the media, dismissed as stupid by the elites and academics, sabotaged, leaked, and thwarted by by the bureaucracy and holdover democrats, and face re-election with his/her polls in the toilet. This book is intended as an "owner's manual" for government to keep a Republican executive from becoming a one-term footnote or a laughing stock on Saturday Night LIve. Read and learn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 248 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Art Chance, Writer; 1 edition (September 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M784HW
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you plan to run for public office September 26, 2011
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Politics is a dirty business, you keep your friends close and you enemies closer.

Art Chance has been in and around politics in Alaska for over 30 years, starting on the Union/Democrat side, and gradually working his way to the right side of politics. He knows how the political operation works from inside and out.

The book is basically an instruction manual for anyone hoping to get elected and stay that way; what to expect before going in through what to do once you're there.

Most enter the political realm wanting and expecting to be able to change the world and find the brick wall made up of those who like things JUST the way there are; "Don't rock the boat, kid, and you won't get hurt." Art Chance gets into detail about those problems and many more before it's over with.

For those who think they know it all, this is even more of an eye-opener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Recipe for Winning September 27, 2011
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If you want to be involved in politics, beyond just talking, whether it's running for office or helping someone win, this book is a must have.

The author has significant experience as a state government executive and has actually been through the wars. If you're an elected official wannabe, and a Republican, this book will give you the map to follow to get elected and, more important, to accomplish something significant as an elected official and to get reelected.

Must have, and interesting personal antidotes as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in Hardback as well November 19, 2011
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It's a shame that one of the premier American operational political analysts would be stuck off away in Alaska. It's a double shame a print publisher hasn't picked this book up for publication for broader distribution. Every senior bureaucrat would be wise to keep it on his shelf, in both federal and state government.
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I, Art Chance (b. 1949), was born in rural Georgia and being of relatively sound mind got the Hell out via first Atlanta - in The South your first born son, your good-looking daughter, and all your money goes to Atlanta - and then on to Anchorage and Pipeline Era Alaska in '74.

I did the Alaska adventure and misadventure back in the days when it still could be an adventure and finally settled down in Juneau as a State of Alaska bureaucrat in '87. I went through the oil price crash and the Democrats' "all bets are off" period, Governor Hickel's "owner state," Tony Knowles' best government Greenies and Unions could buy, a stint working for the Republican-controlled legislature when I couldn't stand the Knowles people any more, and finally became Governor Murkowski's director of labor relations, from which I retired on July 1, 2006.

Along the way I saw most everything that is stupid and venal about running a government. Alaska is one of only a handful of states that has a fully unionized workforce and, at least some of the time, Republican governance. I learned to prefer the Republicans' ham-fisted attempts to steal to the ever-so-much more sophisticated Democrat methods; they were in power long enough to make most of their corruption not only legal but admirable in many circles.

Red on Blue is my observations of how Democrat structured governments work and why Republicans can't run them. A few friends and I tried to restructure Alaska's government in the early days of the Murkowski Administration so that it could actually be run by a Republican governor. Some things we got right, some not, but we got it better than it had been.

I sat on the Red on Blue manuscript for a long time because Murkowski managed to finish third in his own primary and who cares what some guy who worked for him thinks. I stayed out of the whole Palin mess except for writing enough of the truth about her to get myself banned from more than a few conservative blogs. But with the turn that our nation has taken and with the attempts to actually run some states in a responsible manner I decided that since I was one of the very few people in the US with experience in running a Republican government in a union state, it was time to speak out so that maybe some others can get it right the first time.

Besides all that I'm just your standard mouth-breathing redneck that likes guns and trucks and NASCAR - gotta' live up to the lefty expectations.


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