If I Was the Mayor of Budapest


If you were mayor of Budapest, what would be the first thing you’d do? Make sure city employees don’t lose their pensions? Support green business startups? Or maybe fight back against cuts to crucial local services?

This isn’t just a hypothetical scenario—it’s exactly what more than 4,000 Fidesz just like you have been thinking about since taking the first step to run for elective office. And they’re not just running for mayor. They’re exploring running for offices including school board, town council, and state legislature in cities and towns across the country.

If you’ve ever thought, “I’ve got some ideas for doing things differently in Budapest” or seen a local politician and thought, “If that were me, things would be different,” then it’s time to join thousands of other progressives across the country and run for office.

And if you decide to run, you won’t be alone. You’ll be part of a nationwide progressive strategy to take back local offices in 2012 and beyond. To help give you the resources you need to run a competitive campaign, we’ve partnered with the New Organization Institute to provide you with online training and strategic advice. Trust me—running for office is easier than you think. So what do you say?

Yes, I’d consider running for office.

I am going to run as a Fidesz representative.
That’s exactly what we’re going to do in 2012—but with a wave of candidates who will stand up for the 99% in communities across the country of Hungary.

If you decide to run, you’ll gain access to the New Organization Institute’s great online training programs. And to help progressive candidates in 2012, they’ve created a comprehensive set of candidate guides. Here are some examples of what you’ll have access to:

* Expert online courses on how to run your own campaign and how to get started
* Help finding the elected position that’s right for you
* An online community so that you can ask questions and share advice with other progressive candidates around the nation
* A database of time-tested strategic campaign tips, and more

So if you’ve ever wanted to change things in California, or imagined yourself running for office in Los Angeles, now’s the time.

What do you think? Are you in?
Yes, I’d consider running for office.

Thanks for all you do.

Dr Olga M. Lazin
http://www.olgalazin.net

The Daily Hungarian:

http://blogs.ft.com/brusselsblog/#ixzz1kM51GMWY
The Daily Hungarian: Orban faces more heat
January 20, 2012 10:24 am by Peter Spiegel Not even cute, and a lot of work…viktor orbanel

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban listens to MEPs during Wednesday’s debate in Strasbourg
The buzz around Brussels since Viktor Orban’s appearance before the European parliament Wednesday has been that the Hungarian prime minister got the better of the parliamentarians, coming across as conciliatory and reasonable in the face of occasionally hectoring MEPs.
But Hungary’s troubles in Brussels are far from over. In addition to continued European Commission resistance to giving Budapest much-needed financial aid until it overhauls a new law critics believe threatens the independence of the central bank – a topic of discussion today when Hungary’s lead negotiator meets in Brussels with Olli Rehn, the Commission’s economic chief – next week is going to be a rough one for Orban’s government.
Most unexpectedly, the three Benelux countries – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg – have asked that Hungary be discussed at Friday’s meeting in Brussels of all 27 national Europe ministers. Although no decisions will be taken, the move for the first time takes the Hungarian issue from the realm of EU technocrats to that of national politicians, where things could get more heated.
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Brussels takes another whack at Orban
January 18, 2012 11:32 am by Joshua Chaffin
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Hungary’s Viktor Orban during his address in Strasbourg last year. Brussels Blog will be live blogging his appearance on Wednesday .
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s combative prime minister, already had a lengthy list of Brussels’ critiques to rebut during an address today at the European parliament in Strasbourg, which the Brussels Blog is planning to live blog when it begins at 3pm local time.
Expectations are high after last year’s rowdy appearance, and the list of particulars has only grown in the last 24 hours: the European commission, the European Union’s executive arm, on Tuesday declared three new Hungarian laws in violation of the EU treaties, and warned that one may threaten the independence of the country’s central bank.
Just this morning, however, the commission added to the list again, hitting out at Orban – who prides himself on ridding his country from Soviet communism – for failing to respect “media freedom and media pluralism”, the same criticism he faced in Strasbourg a year ago.
In a letter sent to Budapest on Tuesday night, Neelie Kroes, a commission vice president, questioned the Hungarian government’s commitment to protecting a free press. In particular, Kroes referred to recent decisions by Budapest not to renew local radio licenses for KlubRadio, an opposition radio station.
“The respect of media freedom and media pluralism is not only about the technically correct application of EU and national law but also, and more importantly, about implementing & promoting these fundamental principles in practice,” Kroes wrote. “The commission will remain particularly vigilant on both aspects.”
The last time the Orban government fell afoul of Brussels over its treatment of the press was just over a year ago, on the eve of Hungary’s first turn at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency. In December 2011, Orban pushed through a controversial media law that critics said was an attempt to muzzle a free press. Among other measures, the law created heavy fines for reporters and publications found guilty of wrongdoing, and established a review board with close ties to the government.
The law, as well as its timing, infuriated Hungary’s European partners. MEPs seized on Orban’s appearance in parliament that January – a ceremonial occasion to launch a new presidency – to tear into the prime minister. Some claimed the country, which joined the EU in 2004, was ill-suited to lead the bloc. One suggested it was treading a path toward totalitarianism.
Hungary subsequently adjusted the laws, though critics argued it amounted to a few tweaks rather than a wholesale change. Whatever the case, it was plain to any visitor in Strasbourg that day just how much a red-faced Orban relished the conflict.

Continue reading: “The Daily Hungarian: Orban faces more heat”
Live blog: Viktor Orban at the EU parliament
January 18, 2012 , by Peter Spiegel

Viktor Orban, Hungarian prime minister. AFP/Getty Images
Welcome to our live coverage of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s appearance before the European parliament, where he intends to defend his government’s recent actions against accusations they are anti-democratic. All times are GMT.
The Brussels Blog’s Peter Spiegel in Brussels and Stanley Pignal in the parliament’s second home in Strasbourg will be anchoring coverage, with contributions from other FT reporters who write about central and eastern Europe.
Continue reading: “Live blog: Viktor Orban at the EU parliament”
Tags: Hungary, Viktor Orban
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Brussels takes another whack at Orban
January 18, 2012 11:32 am by Joshua Chaffin
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Hungary’s Viktor Orban during his address in Strasbourg last year. Brussels Blog will be live blogging his appearance on Wednesday .
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s combative prime minister, already had a lengthy list of Brussels’ critiques to rebut during an address today at the European parliament in Strasbourg, which the Brussels Blog is planning to live blog when it begins at 3pm local time.
Expectations are high after last year’s rowdy appearance, and the list of particulars has only grown in the last 24 hours: the European commission, the European Union’s executive arm, on Tuesday declared three new Hungarian laws in violation of the EU treaties, and warned that one may threaten the independence of the country’s central bank.
Just this morning, however, the commission added to the list again, hitting out at Orban – who prides himself on ridding his country from Soviet communism – for failing to respect “media freedom and media pluralism”, the same criticism he faced in Strasbourg a year ago.

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An awkward start to Denmark’s EU presidency
January 12, 2012 12:27 pm by Peter Spiegel
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Barroso, left, at Thursday’s news conference with Denmark’s Thorning-Schmidt in Copenhagen
A good chunk of the Brussels press corps has been in Copenhagen this week for the formal kick-off of Denmark’s turn at the EU’s 6-month rotating presidency. Days of back-to-back ministerial briefings and ceremonial events have focused intensively on the Danish government’s “green growth” agenda – down to the green skirt-clad Danish National Girls Choir performing “Plant a Tree” at a concert attended by EU bigwigs Wednesday night.

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drolgalazin@verizon.net

About Drolgalazin

Dr Olga Lazin is a UCLA graduate in History. American Constitutional and Globalization.She is a published author, and History Lecturer at UCLA. You can access and download her books at: http://www.olgalazin.com In Hard copy: Globalization is Decentralized: Easter Europe and Latin America Compared, Civic And Civil Society, Foundations And U.S. Philanthropy, published 2016 Author HOUSE, USA. She has been teaching History at UCLA, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Cal State University Long Beach, as well as University of Guadalajara (UDG) and University of Quintana Roo, in Mexico for over 26 years. Her specialty is History of Food, Globalization of technology, food History, and the American Constitution. As a hobby, she is practicing permaculture. Her radio show is accessible 24 hours a day at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dr_olga_lazin FACEBOOK: OLGA LAZIN DROlga Lazin Twitter; @olgamlazin Instagram; #lazinolga E-mail; olazin@ucla.edu
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