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In getting ready for next year’s races, we should all take note of what is going on right now on issues voters are seeing play out right now. Issue campaigns in off-years can provide clues as to what might drive voter decisions on Election Day – even if it is over a year away. Remember, voters always remember your positions and so do your opponents.
Modern issue campaigns are interesting creatures created out of the 1993 campaign by the Clinton White House for healthcare reform. A relatively obscure group, Health Insu
Incumbents always have held an advantage in elections, but that advantage has now become practically insurmountable. Over 90 percent of incumbent Congressional candidates are re-elected every two years. Percentages among incumbents farther down on the ballot sometimes are even higher, as often nobody even bothers to run against incumbent State Senators, State Representatives, and City Councilmen.
It would be good for everyone, however--even supporters of these incumbents--if competitive elections were restored. Because competitive elections make all candidates, even the winners, more
The two most common elements of an online campaign tend to be e-mail and a Web site with rich media and plenty of interactivity. The third and least developed leg of an online political campaign is online advertising. This article will answer questions about political online advertising strategies and explore how online advertising can target highly desirable audiences during parts of the day that are otherwise impossible to buy or prohibitively expensive. These “day parts” are subsections of the broadcasting day, used to determine the cost of advertising on a radio or television pr
“Who has the latest version of my High-Dollar Donors spreadsheet?” Does that phrase sound familiar?
Gone are the days where a campaign was run off an ever-expanding collection of spreadsheets and business card catalogues.
It is one of the great political clichés, the day before an election an analyst says about a race, “it all depends on turn-out.” That statement is true, but voter turnout is much like Mark Twain said about the weather, everyone complains about turnout but no one does anything about it. For Gavin Newsom’s mayoral campaign we did something about turnout.
In December of 2003 while managing Gavin Newsom’s mayoral race we identified the need to effect turn-out in his favor in order to win the election. San Francisco’s mayoral elections are traditionally close and ver