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Nate Silver’s 2012 election takeaways

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 08 2013

Nate Silver, statistician and blogger, held an Ask Me Anything on reddit Tuesday. The topics discussed ranged from sports to the end of the world, but here were some of his thoughts on the 2012 election cycle:

1) Election forecasts can be reliable. While Silver admits people tend to overrate predictions within complex systems, he says, “There are certainly exceptions, and presidential elections are almost certainly one of them, but it's a

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SCOTUS upholds FEC disclosure rules

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 07 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling on Monday identifying The Real Truth about Abortion, Inc. as a political nonprofit required to disclose its donors.

The Virginia-based, anti-abortion group sued the Federal Election Commission in 2008 on the grounds that it never expressly advocated for nor contributed to a political candidate—the commission’s criteria for determining campaign activity to be an organization’s major purpose and that organization a political action committee. As

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Occhiogrosso rejoins Global Strategy Group

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 07 2013

Roy Occhiogrosso’s rejoining Global Strategy Group on January 14 as managing director of the Hartford, Conn. office.

He spent seven years with the public affairs firm before leaving in 2010 to serve as senior adviser to Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.). A consultant on Malloy’s 2010 campaign, Occhiogrosso headed up the governor’s communications operations the last two years—also acting as a speechwriter.

Prior to working at GSG, he was a communications and political

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Bader in at RSLC

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 07 2013

The Republican State Leadership Committee announced Monday that Jill Bader is taking over as communications director.

Bader most recently worked with the Romney campaign in Tampa as Florida communications director for the Republican National Committee. Prior to that, she was senior public policy and communications advisor to Girl Scouts of the USA, and she’s worked on both the Hill and numerous statewide campaigns—including Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-Wis.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.).

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Click & Pledge acquires Donor Town Square

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 04 2013

The software and fundraising firm Click & Pledge has acquired one of its competitors in the fundraising space. The company announced on Friday its acquisition of Donor Town Square, which will transfer its customers to Click & Pledge by mid-February.

Late last year, Click & Pledge released a mobile credit card reader, Swiper1, to compete with market space hegemon Square—the hardware of choice for the Obama and Romney campaigns. Now the company

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Chism forms new communications firm

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 02 2013

Consultant Brad Chism has formed a new political communications firm that’ll look a lot like his old firm Zata|3—sans business partner Chad Gosselink. 

According to a source close to the firm, the new company will have offices in Washington, D.C. and Jackson, Miss., and Chism will reveal the name of the new venture sometime this month. 

In a December email to friends and clients, Chism and Gosselink announced Zata|3’s closure and their

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The best and worst of 2012

by Ben Donahower / Dec 31 2012

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of what went well and what went horribly wrong in the art and science of campaigns and elections.

A number of other politicos contributed their own lists of the year's best and worst, and I've included many of them below. Have a look and let me know what we might have missed in the comments section.
 
First, my

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The Obama team's 5 best strategic decisions

The Obama team's 5 best strategic decisions

by Michael Moschella / Dec 27 2012

During the 2012 presidential campaign, I had the opportunity to participate in many functions of the Obama campaign—organizing and constituency work with the Veterans and Military Families team, helping with GOTV in Ohio, fundraising, and working foreign policy surrogate operations.

From the perspective of a political director, who saw a wide variety of campaign functions in action, here are the top five winning strategic decisions made by President Obama’s team.

5. Latino

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On social media, sometimes less is more

On social media, sometimes less is more

by Bill Murphy / Dec 18 2012

Social media has become a valuable part of campaigns large and small. But in order to be effective, your reporting should rely less on vanity metrics and more on substance.

In other words, your total “Likes” are less important than the total number of engaged followers.

On Facebook, the simplest way to judge the effectiveness of your content is by the “People Talking about This” number. This number

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The Democratic urban surge

The Democratic urban surge

by Chris Palko / Dec 14 2012

Ever since the New Deal, the Democratic Party has been known as the party of big cities. Perhaps the most basic fact of American politics is the divide between Democratic cities and Republican rural areas.

This has been true regardless of the relative strength and weakness of the two parties. When Ronald Reagan was winning landslide victories in the 1980s, he couldn’t win, or even come close, in major northern cities

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Benenson's polling lessons from 2012

Benenson's polling lessons from 2012

by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 13 2012

President Obama's lead pollster, Joel Benenson, didn't mince words when talking about why he thinks Republicans lost the presidency at an Inside Politics breakfast hosted by Third Way earlier this week.

"If Republicans approach this [election] as if they have a Latino problem, I think they are missing a larger dynamic that's in place right now," said Benenson. "I believe that the Republican Party has a tolerance problem. I think when

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Partners at Democratic firm Zata|3 moving on

by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 13 2012

Brad Chism and Chad Gosselink, partners at the Democratic firm Zata|3, announced their decision “to move onto other pursuits” in a Thursday email to friends and clients.

The Democratic communications firm served thousands of campaigns and advocacy projects in its 13 years of existence. Its fate remains unclear with the departure of partners Chism and Gosselink, who were mum as to future plans.

Here’s the full text of

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