Purple Strategies hires Griffin

  • Jan 22, 2015

The bipartisan firm Purple Strategies has unveiled former Rep. Tim Griffin as a senior advisor for “communications and growth strategies.” Griffin, who is currently lieutenant governor of Arkansas, retired...

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Campaigns need to accept that print is dead

  • Jan 16, 2015

It’s been said a number of times from “Ghostbusters” in 1984 to a more recent Onion article where there was an obituary under the headline “Print, Dead At 1803.” Now, it’s true — at least for 95 percent of campaigns...

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Choosing your next political job

  • Jan 13, 2015

The midterm elections are over, we’re into a new year and everyone is already getting ready for 2016. This is the perfect time to make a career move. So how do you decide what your next step should be?...

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11 consultant predictions for 2015

  • Jan 05, 2015

All good consultants have some ability to predict the future. Whether that translates into shifting a candidate’s position to be in line with social trends or having her invest early in a robust digital...

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6 stories that rocked the consulting world in 2014

  • Dec 30, 2014

This was the first cycle the Obama campaign’s tools were scaled to down-ballot races and there were mixed results. Endangered New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen managed a narrow Senate victory after...

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10 new year's resolutions for Democratic consultants

  • Dec 29, 2014

It’s soul searching time for Democratic campaign consultants. There are a multitude of lessons to be learned from the past year — lessons that can help us further our dream of social justice, of equality...

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Why big data projects often fail

  • Dec 29, 2014

There's a growing need for good project managers at parties and top campaigns. This skill deficit has been highlighted by the spectacular failure of several recent political data projects. From the Conservatives in Canada and their ill-fated C-Vote project...

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4 questions for your digital consultant

  • Dec 16, 2014

It’s safe to assume that every well-funded campaign next cycle will have a seat for a digital consultant at the kitchen table. But which pro should fill it? The proliferation of digital firms and rapidly...

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Tactics even tech-savvy campaigns shouldn't ignore

  • Dec 08, 2014

When was the last time you had a serious conversation about the value of generating letters to the editor in support of a candidate or campaign? For many political operatives, the answer is likely to...

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Shop Talk: Is a digital obsession handicapping campaigns?

  • Dec 04, 2014

This issue’s Shoptalkers: Shayna Englin, managing director at Mercury Public Affairs; Chris Faulkner, owner of Gridiron Communications; John Thomas, founder and CEO of Thomas Partners Strategies; and Michael...

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