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The Planet
January/February 1999 Volume 6, Number 1

Winning Isn't Everything, But...

A great director can sometimes wring a good performance out of a bad actor. But it makes more sense to cast the right person in the role from the start. That's the reasoning behind the Sierra Club's political program: Invest in getting pro-environment champions elected to office and it's easier to get pro- environment legislation passed.

That investment paid off for the Club in 1998.

Of our 43 top priority races, all of which had been too close to call earlier in the year, we won 38. Around the country, environmental referenda and bond measures had their best year in decades. The Hotline, an electronic newsletter for political junkies, called the Sierra Club one of the biggest winners in the 1998 election.

Among the biggest wins: New York Rep. Charles Schumer (D) knocked 18-year veteran Al D'Amato (R) out of the Senate. John Edwards (D) defeated Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R) in North Carolina.

Other key wins included the re-election of Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). Cousins Tom Udall in New Mexico and Mark Udall in Colorado won seats in the House, inspiring Club President Chuck McGrady to quip, "Two Udalls in the Congress are worth more than two Bushes in the statehouses as far as protecting the environment goes."

Go on to the next article, "Sprawl Activism a 'Dart in the Bubble'"
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