Every Political Office Should Have These Types of Furniture

If you’re a politician, then you don’t need me to tell you that you’re probably pretty busy. With that line of work, you’re constantly meeting people, signing papers, reviewing proposals, executing campaigns, and the list goes on and on. Because of this, a politician’s workspace or office needs not only to be functional but also homey, because they’re likely going to spend a lot of time there. It would be nice for it to be organized and comfortable too so that it will be less stressful and encourage more productivity. One big factor in achieving this boils down to the pieces of furniture that occupy the space. What pieces of furniture are best for a political office? Here are some could be really useful:

1. Desk

It is a given that a politician is going to need a desk. After all, they will surely spend plenty of time reviewing and signing documents. And because the desk will likely be a politician’s primary working area, it is important for it to be a nice one that will be properly outfitted for their line of work. It is also important for the desk surface to have ample space for it will likely house a computer or laptop, files, and more just to get started. Sure, at times it will be cluttered, but by starting off with enough space it will be a lot easier to settle in and create some breathing room when the time comes for a bit of housekeeping.

2. Chair

A desk should always be accompanied by a complimentary chair. As said before, this will be a politician’s primary working area, and it is really important for it to be comfortable for them so that they can keep working. It should be comfortable enough for them to take short breaks and maybe to stretch a little. This will make it easier for them to stay in the zone at their desk and ultimately get more done.

3. Futon

Every person deserves rest no matter how busy they are, even if it only comes in short intervals. Outfitting a political office with a futon is one way that you can make this a reality. Futons are not too dissimilar to sofa beds, but they are usually more affordable and more convenient for everyday use. So, if you need some rest or nap, it can be converted to a bed in minutes so that you can get back to what you do best in no time. A futon can be also used as a seat for colleagues and visitors. It even can be a part of your meeting space. To learn more about futons, head over to BFR’s buying guide and see what they recommend.

4. Filing Cabinet

A politician’s work almost always involves a lot of papers, from proposals to letters and even an occasional poster. Because of this, it is really important to have a system for staying organized. Having a filing cabinet is an old-fashioned and straightforward way of staying on top of it. You will be able to arrange your documents in a way that makes sense to you. You can also use a filing cabinet for archiving when you come across old files that will be useful in the future.

5. Shelves

Proposals may be the well-known files that politicians read and sign, but it doesn’t necessarily stop there. They also need to study and learn about the complex systems that their work revolves around. This means having a plethora of knowledge about the country, it’s citizens and the needs of both. Reading articles and books beyond the normal paperwork is essentially a must. By having shelving at the ready, you can keep your books and magazines organized and easily accessible. 

Electronics See Unprecedented Global Growth

Electronic usage of all types continues to surge. The sector includes equipment with consumer electronics being the strongest and most profitable. Worldwide sales of smartphones, TVs, and computers continue to drive demand. The global market for consumer electronics is expected to hit $1.5 trillion by 2024.

The surge is a direct reflection of the rise in personal incomes and increased usage. Growth is characterized by technological advancements in the use of everyday products. Vendors continue to develop and produce new features and add technologies to older devices. Household appliances, wireless technologies, high end audio interfaces, bluetooth are fuels for the raging fire of consumer electronics.

Demand:

Electronics continue to be pioneered into industries previously excluded from consideration. Automobiles, for example, is seeing a major surge in the use of electronic components. Every area of the car is seeing electronic use, from wheel sensors to backup cameras. Electronic usage is permeating practically every device and life on the planet. Emerging markets are seeing unprecedented growth.

Total global growth rates for the electronics industry is a very healthy 4% per annum. 2018, Asia is expected to see a growth of nearly 5%, Europe 2% and the Americas which is the United States and Canada sits at 5%. Other countries including Austria, New Zealand, and Africa account for 3%.

Increased demand across the planet will continue to see substantial growth as China becomes a key market. The land of nearly 1.5 billion people is becoming a major consumer as well as a producer of electronics. 2018 China will outpace the United States in consumer electronic revenue by almost 2 to 1. China sits at almost $115 billion and the US at $70 billion. Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom are all at $16 billion each.

Key markets China, United States, Japan, South Korea and Germany will all see a boost in revenue for years to come. Conglomerates will continue to maintain a major slice of the electronics manufacturing markets.

Supply:

The Asia-Pacific region accounted for nearly 55% of the electronics producing markets. North America came in second with 17%.

What all these numbers are telling us, the Asia-Pacific countries are growing at unprecedented rates in both manufacturing and consumption. These economies are thriving, due to their broad industry base. The region is expected to dominate the overall electronics market. Growth is due mainly to high population and generous government initiatives. Well recognized players like Samsung, Sony and Nikon make it difficult for smaller companies to gain a foothold.

The United States has not seen the kind of growth in the manufacturing sector as some other regions of the world. Due in large part to drastic reductions in shipments of computers and parts. The total number of electronic shipments was close to $230 billion in 2017, which equates to about 6% of all manufacturing shipments. The United States has relied heavily on R&D, for much of the industries growth since the early 1990s. Even though the current output of computers has been scaled back, they are major producers of other electronics.

America is a major player in the production of semiconductors, navigational and aeronautical search equipment. The United States leads in the technologies behind many of the new advancements.

Manufacturing in the USA – Our Stance

There’s no denying that over the past few decades there has been a significant increase in manufacturing of physical goods in countries outside the United States, correlating with a strong increase in the reliance of United Stated-based companies on foreign companies for said goods. At the same time, there has been a stark decrease in manufacturing on the United States homeland, as it has become increasingly difficult to compete with the prices offered in countries where manufacturing costs are significantly lower.

While low prices of raw materials and manufacturing may mean higher profit margins for American companies in the short term, we fear that the American economy is shifting to a “top-heavy” level of imbalance that could potentially be disastrous in the long term. As industrial manufacturing shifts more and more outside the border, our economy becomes increasingly reliant on other companies. If we cannot sustain ourselves independently – that is, provide the raw materials and the manufacturing that our companies need in order to thrive – then we are at the will of companies and countries outside our control. Simply put, if these companies or countries decided to raise prices or cut supply, we could potentially be put in an extremely tight situation.

To make paint a more tangible image, let’s imagine a hypothetical and simplified scenario:

Tim runs a farm stand in Santa Rosa. He inherited the stand from his parents, and it has run in the family for over 35 years. When his parents first started out there were dozens of local farmers from whom they would source their fresh produce every morning. Over time, however, one particular farm named Mayweather Produce progressed into a very sophisticated and efficient operation, and they were able to produce carrots, potatoes, and broccoli at a fraction of the cost of the other local farmers. Of course, the other local farmers had to lower their prices on these items in order to sell their produce before it spoiled, but they took a huge cut in profits.

The next year, the local farmers rearranged their plans and focused on the produce that Mayweather Produce had not sold the previous year. Meanwhile, Mayweather Produce used all of their profits from the carrots, potatoes, and broccoli to grow all sorts of grains and vegetables. Once again, by the time the end of the year came around a lot of the smaller farms had a tough time competing with the prices Mayweather Produce could offer. A few of them even had to close up shop because they couldn’t keep up with the prices.

Fast forward to today and Mayweather Produce is the sole supplier that Tim has to choose from when stocking his farm stand. The local farmers simply were not able to keep up with the lower profit margins, and one by one they had to close their doors until Mayweather Produce was the only farm left in town.

Now, to get one thing straight, Mayweather Produce still offers top quality vegetables and grain at an excellent price, but the fact of the matter is that they are the only supplier available to farm stand owners like Tim. This year, their corn succumbed to disease and their entire crop was wiped out. In order to recoup the losses from the corn disaster, they had to increase their prices across the board to make up for the loss. Not only was Tim unable to supply his customers with corn, but he also had to increase his stores prices, or suffer a loss in profits, in order for the farm stand to survive.

That’s bad enough, but what if Mayweather Produce weren’t Mayweather Produce, but instead a company with unethical operating policies? Tim would be be at the will of this company and would have to pay any price that the company demanded for whatever produce they offered, regardless of what Tim’s customers would be willing to pay.

Hopefully this analogy sheds some light on why we are concerned with having so much of the United States’ manufacturing being outsourced to countries beyond America’s borders. We think that one way to encourage manufacturing back on American soil would be to offer significant tax advantages to companies that qualify as American Industrialist Organizations (AIOs). This would hopefully bring the operating costs of manufacturing in America back to a competitive rate as compared with manufacturing in other countries. Manufacturers of top rated electric fireplaces, for example, have openly stated that they would have more interest in manufacturing within the United States territories if costs were more comparable. The logistics of running a business are simply less complex when operating entirely within the borders of a single country.

In summary, we feel that laws upholding the advantage of manufacturing within United States territories should be given priority, and paving a way to maintain a balanced economy for years to become should be a high priority for solidifying our future.

Polling Day Is Approaching, Are You Prepared?

Today we’d like to talk to you about doing what is necessary to get the spaces in our hometowns clean, organized, and ready for voting day! In particular, how to create safe and orderly polling stations in schools, libraries, churches, and other centers in our communities. If you will be involved with setting up the polling station on
election day – whether you’re the manager or employee of the building, a volunteer, or a polling employee, please read our top five tips on getting this important space into tip-top shape!

#1 – Safety is key

When preparing for a large turnout, it is essential to make sure the polling station is the safest it can be. All staff and volunteers should be well prepared. There needs to be emergency procedures in place, and all should
know what to do in an event of a lockdown or evacuation. All staff, volunteers, and law enforcement officials should have specific established roles. If possible, there should be employees routinely checking the building and surrounding grounds. Everyone working on election day should also know how to easily communicate with one another, and with a law enforcement official if any issues arise.

#2 – Ideal interior

There is a standard polling station layout that should be followed, allowing ease of use for both the voters and the staff. There needs to be a uniform flow in the voting area, with one exit and one entrance on opposite sides of the
space. This will help guide the voters in a one way path and avoid confusion. If the exit and entrance has to be the same or close to each other, you can use barriers to separate the voters coming in from those exiting. In terms of furniture, sparse is better! You will need to set up tables for the polling station manager and for the staff checking voter eligibility and handing out voting materials. Both of these tables should be set up with a view of voters waiting in line and the polling compartments. Having them near the entrance will be helpful for voters coming in who need assistance. Voting compartments should be located in positions that allow voters to vote in
private, and preferably between the table where materials are issued and the ballot boxes. You can get more details on standard layout on the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network https://aceproject.org/about-en. It’s also
important make sure the building is in good shape – no leaking roofs, faulty stairs, or unstable handrails. With hundreds of people coming through of various ages, it is essential that everything is repaired to minimize any issues
or accidents. You will be responsible for a safe and clean environment, and the last thing needed on such an important day is any incidents that you could be liable for.

#3 – Curb appeal

Curb appeal isn’t just for your own home. The voters coming to the polling station need to feel comfortable going there and performing their civic duty. Nobody wants to be walking into a building that’s falling apart, or looking like it soon may! It’s important to make sure the exterior of the building and surrounding grounds is presentable. That means get out the lawnmower and get to work, trim the bushes and trees, and get everything outside looking it’s best. Or call a local landscaping company to get this quickly off your list! If the building and walkways look like they have decades of grime caked on, get an affordable and easy to use electric pressure washer and get the job done. You can check out electric pressure washer reviews to find some great ones. You’ll be happy you did once you see the difference. You wouldn’t have your own house looking unkept, why would you want a building where hundreds will come through looking any worse?

#4 – Signs all around!

It’s important that people know where to go, especially if they’re not familiar with the building. You don’t want lost voters milling around, not only will it become hectic quickly it could also be a liability. Have signs clearly pointing where the entrance and exits to the building are. Signs showing where visitors can park is essential. If there are rooms or areas that you don’t want voters going into, make sure there are signs clearly permitting or forbidding entrance to them. It’s important have clear signs all around to promote safety and efficiency on election day.

#5 – Accessibility for all

It’s essential for the polling station to be handicap accessible, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once the space is approved, it is still important to make sure everything is laid out well, there’s no furniture blocking walkways, and there’s clear, short routes from handicap parking spaces to the polling booths. Avoid any unnecessary tables or chairs. As mentioned before, make the layout as sparse as possible. There will be a large amount of people at certain times and you want to reduce any risk of accidents. It is also a good idea to always have plenty of staff and volunteers at all times, prepared to help if and as needed.

Mission Statement

Greetings from the California Republican Assembly! We’re glad you’ve found our website, and we encourage you to read around and become more familiar with our site and what we do. Whether you are a young Republican, or you’ve been part of the family for a lifetime, we hope that you find that there something for you here at californiarepublicanassembly.com.

Who We Are

Simply put, we a an assembly of like-minded, politically active citizens. We do the ground work that helps to get things done in this most wonderful country. Laws don’t make and reform themselves. That’s why we’re out here voicing our opinions, spreading our messages, and generally standing up for what’s right. This is a country of free speech and democracy, and that is something that is taken for granted all too often in the modern age. Without the voice and the effort of the people, the government would not represent our population, so we make every effort to stand out and make sure all of our voices are heard.

What We Stand For

We are the modern day Republicans, as we know you are too. We stand for fair treatment of the people. We stand for fair taxation of workers and their families, as well as businesses and corporations. We stand for a strong country and a unified national spirit. Whether you’re a an electrician or an office worker, a small business owner or a manufacturer of a wide variety of home improvement goods, we’re here to represent you. We feel that all voices need to be heard, and that everyone deserves their fair share of what they’ve earned. We don’t want hard work to be rewarded with heavy taxation, just so that the federal government can enjoy their payday. The federal government is in place to serve the people, and it should know it’s place. All too often the hardworking people of this wonderful country are being taken advantage of by politicians who are using their power for their own personal gains. That is just unacceptable, and that’s why we feel we need to get out their and voice our opinions. We hope that you join us and do the same!

How You Can Help Too

By now you may be wondering how you can join in and help yourself. First and foremost, at the most basic level, you can always help by simply becoming politically active in your daily life. Talk to your friends, reach out to your neighbors, make an effort to get people talking and thinking about the important issues of the day. If you’d like to go deeper, become interactive on this site. Immerse yourself in the information and join the conversation to help move towards a more fair and just way of life in our political system. Make sure to get out there and vote, and make sure to encourage the people around you to do the same!

How to Make Your Government Employees Love Coming To Work At Your Political Office

Part of a politician’s life is working with others. Whether it be with fellow politicians or citizens. As a politician, you will be a boss too, so you will have your employees. Treating them nicely will be great feedback for you because if you can take care of your employees, you can certainly also take care of the citizens and their needs. 

Meeting up with your employees is also one of the necessities you need to do. This way, you will be able to check some of their work and also evaluate them. This will also help you to get to know about them. This will certainly happen in your office. It will be helpful for them to keep coming back to your office not just out of necessity but also because they love and enjoy staying. You can achieve that with the following:

Good Furniture

Every time they go to your office, it is important that they are comfortable and relaxed and not stressed or uneasy. Good furniture will help you with that. You might need a warm and stylish sofa, so it will be easy for them to share and talk during your meetings. Having other stylish furniture that is a good match for decors will be a good eye-pleaser.

Good Food

Food is one of the ways you can reach out to someone. It is also very welcoming to offer them something to eat as they enter the room. Food is also a good idea for meetings or even when you’re just chatting it up with your colleagues. Make sure to always have your office stacked with snacks you could eat together with your peers. Drinks like water, tea, coffee, and also juice are also essential. 

Good Atmosphere

To make your employees enjoy going back to your office is not limited to what’s mentioned above, but also the atmosphere itself can have a significant impact and that can be improved by making your office feel welcoming. It could be through decors. You can make it modern or anything that fits your style. You can add some of your personality. Make it homey by adding some pictures and some of your other interests like art or personal books is a nice idea. Scents also help, and you could use candles or incense or an air freshener. 

Good Company

The recipe for having a great atmosphere starts with you. As their boss, you should also respect them as they respect you. You should always be open to communication. This will help solve some of the problems you would be facing. If they have ideas, listen to them and always be considerate. If it is great, give them the credit. Always compliment and encourage them with their work, so they will be more dedicated. If they make mistakes, do not jump into conclusions but understand the whole situation first. Be understanding yet authoritative at the same time, making sure it will not happen again in the future. Being the boss does not mean you cannot have fun with them. You can play some games or just have a chat with food. And best of all, trust them with their work and don’t be too overbearing.

How Politicians Can Clean Their Own Cars

Politicians have a busy life, and that is for sure. Them meeting people left and right whether they are fellow politicians or citizens or their employees is just one in their list. There are also them reading and signing papers then also making them. There are also programs, meetings, and gatherings they need to attend to. With these, it will be a question if they still have the time to do other things like their chores. Some would say that they might have others to do that, and it is a big possibility. But still would still opt to do some for themselves, because it is a time for them to do something else and is therapeutic. Another reason is that they would like to have something particular in a certain chore.

Cleaning the car is one of those chores that some would want to do it on their own. Sure, there are a lot of carwashes around and available, but nothing beats doing it with their own hands in their own preference. But with a politician’s busy schedule, how can they do this? They can with the following factors:

1. Do It Often

Maintenance is the key for something to last longer, and a car is not an exception for that. Cleaning is one of the ways to maintain it. To have something done often will make it easier for other times. The reason? Here is an example, for an item to be not full of dust, it should be dusted often, so it will not be collected. If it is not done, that item will surely have a cake of dust in it. That is the same for a car. By cleaning it often, dust and stain will be avoided and easy to remove. It also will not take too much time.

2. Have It Scheduled

Because of their busy lives, they must have everything on schedule and that includes their chores. As said before, cleaning the car should be done as often as possible, so they should have that time fixed in their schedules. This way, their mind will be set on it and if there are chances that it needs to be changed because of emergency or more urgent events that need to be attended then there will be a lot of time for it to be rescheduled.

3. Make It Easy

With a busy schedule, it is better to make things faster and easier. Doing it often is one of the solutions, but there are also other ways like doing it in other ways. Instead of using a regular hose or splashing water from buckets, why not power wash it? That way, tough stains will also be easily removed. Just make sure that they know how to handle the washer or else it may do the car some harm instead of good. They can also use better materials such as soap, sponge, etc. that will make it easier. And of course, being careful of their car is the simplest way for maintenance.

Things That Should Be Kept On Hand in Any Political Office

A politician’s life is very busy. With meetings and signings and functions, they seem to do not catch a break. That is why it is important that their office is not just for work. They could make it a little bit homey and cozy so that way, they could have breaks in their own office.

For them to be easier, it would be handy to have the following on hand:

1. For Productivity

There are many things going on in a political office, and all of those working there are surely busy. Because of that, it is handy to have something to help them to be productive and also to be motivated. The tangible things included in this are the gadgets and machines used. Having a computer is at times not enough. If it is old and slow, then so is productivity. That is why it is important to have them updated as much as they can. This is the same for other things such as printers, copiers, and even scanner. Everything will be easier because of that. Then, of course, there are some things that can be done for motivation. Words help, so some pep talk and encouragements are handy. This can also be done by motivational quotes that can be spread throughout the office. Music is also a great way to add as long as it is not too distracting. 

2. For Cleaning

A clean office is not just to make it look good. It is also for the benefit of others. Having it clean will good for the health. It will also increase the productivity of clutter and unpleasant odor will just cause stress. In addition, it will reflect the politician’s image. Because of that, it is important to have cleaning tools on hand. There are basics like mops, rags, detergents, and the like. But the interior is not just the only thing that should be maintained but also the exterior. Keep in mind that it is what people will mostly see, so it is important. The garden should be maintained and manicured often for a good view. A tool that will be handy to have is an electric pressure washer. This way, concretes and exterior walls can be washed easily.

3. For Visitors

A politician will surely often have guests. It could be a fellow politician or a friend. Their families may also come all the time. Then there will be persons who will be asking for help. No matter who will it be, it is important to have them accommodated. There should food and drinks always ready for them. Facilities such as restrooms should always be prepared and clean for them to use. It is not just also about what to give them tangibly, but also the way they will feel in the office. With the right decor, furniture, and set up, they will feel at ease and cozy.

4. For Relaxation

With the busyness happening around the office, it is useful to have something that will make them relax. Music does not only help with increasing productivity but also for relaxation. Having pieces of furniture that will help people loosen up placed in the office can also be handy. They can also food or drinks such as tea for soothing and calming.

Why Politicians Should Listen To Music

It is said that music is the universal language. The reason for that is because every country, every culture has music and enjoys it. Music has different purposes. It could be for rituals, dances, expressions. etc. Truly, this just means that everyone enjoys music. We may have different tastes and likes when it comes to it, but we all enjoy it the same. That includes the politicians. They may be busy all the time, but that does not mean they do not take a break and have some quiet moments to enjoy simple things. As said before, music has different purposes. Politicians might also have different reasons for listening, and here are some of them:

1. To be entertained

To anyone, this is the reason why they are listening to music. Music is entertainment and is part of the entertainment industry, so it is not really surprising. As said before, politicians tend to get busy and have a full schedule that at times there will be no time for them to do things for their own. Listening to music can be done everywhere though. They could have any audio like an iPod or mP3 or even their phones with their playlists. This way, they can be entertained while waiting or during car rides. It is a great way to spend a short time.

2. To be distracted

With the politicians being busy and full of stress, sometimes they really need a little distraction even just a little bit. Music is a great tool for that. They can just listen to their favorite songs and briefly forget about everything. Even just for a short time, they will not think about the problems, issues, and a lot of work and just let the music drown and take control of them for a while.

3. To be relaxed

Music also relaxes us as we get distracted by it as our minds go elsewhere. Some would tend to choose slower songs and melodies or even classical songs, but it does not really matter. Some would like different like one with heavier sounds and instruments of rock or mainstream pop on the radio or even some songs with languages they do not understand. It depends on one’s taste, and politicians surely have their own too. With the stress and busyness of their work, they deserve to relax once in a while. 

4. To be more knowledgeable

Music is an expression, and many artists today use it to express their emotions, ideologies, and even protests. By listening to some music, politicians will learn more about the issues and struggles of some people. Whether is mainstream or not, it does not matter. It could be a lesson, and there are times that it could also be a warning especially with songs that are protesting in nature. This will give them ideas and solutions on how to reach out to people. Lots of songs have referenced books, movies, and even other songs, and it will be helpful for the politician to learn more about those and that would connect to other people with their interests.

5 Things You Should Have Around a Political Office

Being a politician is surely a busy life. With new laws and policies that are proposed whether by your actions or otherwise, they will need to have your input. The citizens need you to make decisions and form your own opinions about it. In addition to that, they will need you to meet up with people. It could be personally or through meetings. Greeting and shaking hands is part of a politician’s job. Whether they like it or not, they are a figure. That is why it is important for them to have a good office, both figuratively and physically. The office is where they do their job and meet people, so it must be comfortable and welcoming, while still being functional at the same time. These are some of the things every political office should have:

Computer

With today’s technology, an office without a computer is surely out of date and will be very slow and inconvenient. There might still be letters that are written by hand, but emails are much faster and easier. It is also much easier to make and edit proposals. Aside from books, research can also be done via the internet. The Internet is also the best way to stay up to date with the news. Even if it is unavoidable for the office to not have papers, it will still be less clutter because some files do not really need to be printed out. 

Furniture

If you would ask what is the most important thing to make an office comfortable, it would most likely be the furniture. It is a necessity. To get all the work done, a politician will need a comfortable chair and table. It might be where they will be spending most of their time: signing papers, reading and making proposals, sending emails, etc. They will also need to take breaks once in a while, so a daybed or a futon might be helpful for them to rest and even take naps. And of course, politicians will certainly have a lot of visitors, so they will need their office to be accommodating, and furniture is one of the keys to that. They will certainly need a comfortable chair to sit on. Furniture also includes shelves that will shelter books, decors, and some personal items.

Clock and Calendar

Politicians have a list of things to do with their day. Because of their busyness, they will need to be watching out of the time. A clock will be an important item in their office to be on check with the time while a calendar will be for dates. Smartphones both have them, and it would be great to have reminders on alarm. But having both clock and calendar will be both faster to check than a phone.

Lighting

Because being in the office will tend to be busy and stressful, good lighting will help uplift someone’s mood. Natural light would be the best, so having windows would be great. If not, artificial will still work as long as it is warm and cozy.

Food

Busyness does not mean one should neglect their health. That is why it is important to always have some sort of snack and drink in the office to boost energy and also productivity. This will also not be for the politician but also for the visitors who will come to their office. A great way to show hospitality is through food.