This is the original outline we created that lists government, election, and political topics by chapter in Hope Was Here. We included both the key terms and how they appear in context. Additional resources are available at Joan Bauer’s website. Since this is primarily a book review website, I’ll try to keep from giving away too much at the end. (But to be honest, I’m not overly confident.)
Banner "Reelect Our Mayor - Eli Millstone - The Only Man for Mulhoney"
Campaign buttons reading "Vote for Eli Millstone" are worn by eight men at the restaurant. Their request to hang a "Vote for Eli Millstone" poster is refused, Hope decides she doesn't like Eli Millstone because of the men’s behavior, even though she's never met him.
An Eli Millstone float appears in the town parade. People around the float wear Millstone t-shirts. Later, G.T. announces he's running for mayor. He says he doesn’t have an exploratory committee. He gives his platform, or reasons why he's running. Eli Millstone challenges him about taxes. Millstone mentions the issues and says he is running on his record.
The town charter says anyone who is a resident, age 30, and a
citizen can run for mayor. G.T. has a petition to be signed. The Election Board says he needs 200 registered voters to sign the petition for him to officially be on the ballot. U.S.
The Students for Political Freedom Coalition helps get signatures. Rumors say that the Real Fresh Dairy funded Millstone's campaign.
Student Adam Pulver tells G.T. about his uncle. He is a spin doctor and has helped two congressmen win seats in the last two elections. "My uncle is a genius. The last guy he worked for was behind thirty-five points in the polls. Uncle Sid found the button of the district and his candidate won." Later, Sid Vole says, "The whole messy game of politics is about trust."
"To spin or not to spin. That was the question." Suddenly the tax assessor's office is closed, and the Election Board says that fifty-five names had wrong information on the petition. G.T. is off the ballot.
After an extension, more signatures get G.T. back on the ballot. "We've got ourselves an official horse race now," says Eli Millstone. He is asked "When will you be releasing the names of your campaign contributors?"
G.T. gives speeches and is burning up the campaign trail. Campaign slogans are suggested. Students for Stoop is started with a website and newsletter.
Students are encouraged to write letters to the Mulhoney Messenger. Editorials about the tax assessor's office are published. G.T. says "Give the mayor a message for me. Tell him that lies and dirty tricks never win in the long run. Tell him that fear is no way to govern people. He can refuse to meet with me from now until Election Day, but I will not be silent!" The Real Fresh Dairy cancels their advertising in the Mulhoney Messenger and Cranston Broom, dairy owner, announces his support of Eli Millstone.
G.T. doesn't want to see the list of his campaign contributors.
The Students for Stoop newsletter is called propaganda. Attempts are made to create publicity. In her speech Hope mentions being a citizen, the campaign, being part of the political process, being an honorable person, fighting for the truth, and playing games with people's trust. She mentions being sold down the river, dishonesty behind closed doors, the public eye, and being trustworthy.
School starts. Hope is in a Political Science class. Claims are made that the sheriff was paid off to turn his back. Polls show one candidate is seven points ahead. A person says, "If you hear a lie long enough it starts to sound like the truth." Posters reading Stop Stoop appear. It is Election Day.
There are no signs of election tampering. Eighty-five percent of registered voters in town voted. (How does that compare to most elections?) The Election Board investigates the official books. Numerous voters listed claim they never even registered. There is a protest outside Town Hall. A resignation is requested. The winner takes the oath of office.
Numerous appointments occur, fines are levied, and investigations begin. "Politics isn't about power, control, or manipulation."
The current mayor’s term continues.
An acting mayor holds office.
Tomorrow: A review of Hope Was Here.