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Why term limits mean longer cycles for consultants

Why term limits mean longer cycles for consultants

by Philip Young / Aug 08 2013

Legislative term limits in Nebraska haven’t added more money to consultants’ bottom lines, but they are giving candidates more time in the field.

Some advocates worry the additional lead time for candidates and consultants is yet another step toward the permanent campaign. But for states with big-population legislative districts, an early kick off may mean that a candidate can knock on some 20,000 more doors over the course of the campaign. It could also help

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How to make the post-campaign career jump

How to make the post-campaign career jump

by Ryan Rudominer / Aug 06 2013

Here’s some free advice to anyone who might be worried about how to translate their experiences on the campaign trail into the next phase of their career: Don’t be. The same rule of thumb applies to those politicos’ parents who are worried about when their child will get a “real job.”

In addition to being a recovering political animal myself, I speak from experience having worked with and managed quite a few communications professionals over

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Study: Facebook reach among young viewers comparable to network TV

by Jake Williams / Jul 31 2013

As the political ad landscape continues to fragment, a Nielsen report out Wednesday says Facebook has a larger reach to younger age groups than network television during daytime hours. 

The report, commissioned by the social networking site, finds that Facebook adds up to a 41 percent reach during the day for consumers age 25 to 34. The report also suggests that Facebook allows for an overlap of between 14 and 18 percent in reach to

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Announcement rallies in the digital age?

by Brandon Howell / Jul 31 2013

The traditional announcement rollout has long been campaign bread and butter, during which a bevy of public appearances, grandiose speeches, and press conferences tout a candidate’s entry into the field of whatever office he or she is seeking.

Recent history, though, could well indicate that the digital age of American politics is heralding a new approach to what’s long been seen as a traditional ritual.

Take a look at two recent announcements for the U.S.

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The colors to avoid on yard signs 

by Ben Donahower / Jul 29 2013

There's a lot of popular interest in color psychology and in the case of the humble yard sign, it's one of the few decisions that a campaign needs to make. It's important, however, to put colors' influence in context. There are a number of other factors to consider when choosing the best color for a campaign sign, including choosing colors that are easy to see and contrast with one another and that are in line

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Is California about to regulate the political blogosphere? 

by Sean J. Miller / Jul 25 2013

The consulting industry in California is waiting to see if the state's Fair Political Practices Commission follows through on a proposal to require candidates and campaigns to publicly report payments to people who generate promotional blog posts and social media commentary.  

At its June meeting, the FPPC considered a draft regulation, which according to a memo “simply provides the public with an easy-to-use means of determining who is being paid to

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Will San Diego Mayor Filner be able to hire another consultant? 

by Sean J. Miller / Jul 24 2013

Laura Fink, who was Bob Filner's deputy campaign manager during his 2006 congressional reelection campaign, has accused the Democrat of patting her “posterior” – the latest allegation of sexual misconduct against the San Diego mayor. 

While Fink was a staffer at the time, she's since co-founded a San Diego-based political consulting firm called Fink & Hernandez Consulting LLC.  

Her story could make Filner even more radioactive to outside consultants. 

During a fundraiser -- the

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Lary Lewman remembered for his 'Joe Sixpack' voice

by Sean J. Miller / Jul 23 2013

Voiceover actor Lary Lewman is being remembered in the consulting world as the dean of political narrators.

"He was the first narrator I ever worked with," Mark Putnam, a Democratic media strategist, tells C&E. "He not only had a wonderful voice, he was also a voice of calm in what could be very stressful situations if you were crashing on a deadline."

The 76-year-old Lewman died July 11 at his Clarksville, Md.

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Detroit's bankruptcy hands Republicans opportunity

by Ryan Williams  / Jul 22 2013

During the 2012 election, President Obama ruthlessly attacked Gov. Mitt Romney for his 2008 New York Times op-ed on restructuring the American auto industry. The piece, titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” (a headline that was written by editors at the Times, not Romney) gave the Obama campaign fodder to unfairly paint the former Massachusetts governor as somebody who had lost touch with the struggles facing the city that he was born and grew

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Experts: NASS should welcome international observers

by Joao Soares and Tina Schoen / Jul 19 2013

With the National Association of Secretaries of State gathering in Anchorage, Alaska this week for its annual meeting, these top elections officials have a chance to take an important step forward that the federal government cannot. 

In a nation where the Constitution leaves most election management details to the states, united action from the NASS could fundamentally strengthen U.S. elections and their compliance with the country’s international commitments.

As a founding member of the

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Mayor Filner creates dilemma for San Diego Democrats

by Chris Crotty / Jul 19 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has served in elected office since 1979, including school board, city council and Congress. In 2012, Filner gave up his safe congressional seat to successfully run for mayor – his crowning achievement.

Filner is a passionate champion of progressive issues. He often personally deals with constituent concerns. His allies are among labor, minorities and environmentalists. He's at his best when fighting for the "little guy" against big business and the Republican

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CMDI to offer ‘TurboTax’ product to campaigns

by Sean J. Miller / Jul 18 2013

CMDI will now offer a service it’s touting as TurboTax for campaigns. 

The campaign finance services platform is making the product, known as CrimsonFiler, available to all its Crimson users starting July 22.

"It's one of the most significant changes to the Federal Election Commission filing process since CMDI was the first to file electronically," Erik Nilsson, who runs sales and marketing for CMDI, tells C&E.

CMDI, which handles two of every three dollars raised

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