Politics Magazine

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, January

30 Years of Campaigns & Elections
As the new decade starts, this magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary. After several ownership changes, a handful of redesigns and a name change, one thing remains the same: Campaigns & Elections' Politics magazine is still the place for...
30 Years of Campaigns & Elections
Thirty years ago this month, the first issue of Campaigns & Elections was published. Between the covers of Volume 1, Issue 1 lay the future community of political professionals. I wanted to share this space with two people who had a tremendous...
Beating a Billionaire: How to Overcome a Well-Funded Opponent by Building a Coalition with the Right Message
Proposition 5 on the November 2008 California ballot looked a lot like its cousin on the 2000 ballot, Proposition 36. Both were purportedly aimed at substituting and improving treatment for nonviolent drug offenders as an alternative to sending them...
Connecticut
At a political conference in early December, Rob Jesmer, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the Connecticut Senate race is one of the GOP's top pick up opportunities. Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd's numbers are...
Finding and Measuring Your "Vision Thing": Political Branding: How to Manage It and Help Your Candidates Win
Campaigns begin with a candidate. And in the beginning, each candidate, regardless of party, regardless of the office sought, must first consider some very basic questions: Who am I politically? What do I want to achieve? Why am I uniquely qualified?...
Georgia
IF THE 2009 Atlanta Mayor's race teaches us anything, it's that a good ground game still matters in local elections. That is the message that most observers are taking away from state Sen. Kasim Reed's 714-vote win over City Councilwoman Mary Norwood...
Indiana
TYPICALLY KNOWN AS one of Washington's most moderate Democrats, many in the party say Sen. Evan Bayh has moved even further to the right over the past year. In December, Bayh bucked his party and voted for an amendment to the healthcare reform bill...
In Government We Trust?
Recent Zogby Interactive polling on healthcare and climate change found majorities of voters supporting universal coverage and reducing carbon emissions, but very unwilling to pay any extra in taxes or energy costs to accomplish either. [ILLUSTRATION...
Maryland
THE CONVICTION OF BALTIMORE Mayor Sheila Dixon late last year on a misdemeanor embezzlement charge, has turned politics in Maryland's largest city upside down. Dixon was found guilty of misusing gift cards that were intended for charity but was aquitted...
On Money and Politics
Since I left office as mayor of Philadelphia, I have taught a course at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. The course is "Political Science--the Science of Getting Elected." A staple for my course material has always been case studies...
Pennsylvania Influencers
The Pennsylvania Influences list is made up of the Commonwealth's top business, legal and civic leaders, whose opinions are respected by peers and elected officials alike. The writers consulted with a wide variety of geographically and politically...
Preparing for the Ten Year Storm: Redistricting Is Almost Here, and Democrats Say They Won't Get Fooled Again
Much has changed in the 10 years since Texas' Martin Frost led redistricting operations for national Democrats--including Frost getting redistricted out of office. The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law has shifted the rules on soft money, U.S. Supreme...
Quips & Slips
"I'm a lovable little fuzz ball!" --Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) proving that you just can't make this stuff up [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "If you think an expanded Medicare is the answer, you're smoking medical marijuana." --Former Labor...
Rumor Has It: What to Do with Personal Problems
Q: Not sure what to do with this one. This is only a rumor, but we've heard that our opponent has significant personal problems that could tip the race in our favor. Would love to know your thoughts. A: There's not much detail here. Who, what, when,...
Texas
DEMOCRATS FINALLY have what they have wanted for years: a compelling gubernatorial candidate who could--if several things break his way--give them back the governor's mansion. Houston Mayor Bill White announced in December that he will run for governor,...
The Economy Wins in Massachusetts: Coakley Gets the Nod, and the Record Books Get a New Entry
Stephen Pagliuca's campaign headquarters didn't look like most campaign headquarters. Located right next to Peet's Coffee in Harvard Square--one of the Massachusetts' liberal epicenters--Pagliuca ran his campaign for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat...
The Passion of McCain-Feingold: Under Attack from All Angles, Campaign Finance Legislation Is Dying a Painful Death
On a rather boring Wednesday evening in late October, Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold delivered speeches on the Senate floor. Their remarks were strikingly different than the cookie-cutter remarks on healthcare given by their colleagues....
What Wins a Vote?
"The Internet does not win votes." This statement has been uttered by countless campaign managers and media consultants, resulting in the statement's acceptance as fact in campaign culture. At times, even I have accepted this statement as fact, not...
Wisconsin
FOR WISCONSIN REPUBLICANS, there just isn't enough Tommy Thompson to go around. Ask party operatives who their ideal candidates for this year's open seat governor's race are and Thompson usually tops the list. Who also has the best chance to take on...
With 37 Gubernatorial Races Looming, Nathan Daschle Thinks the GOP's Newfound Bravado May Be Short Lived
Politics: Democrats suffered two tough losses in November. How do you assess what went wrong in New Jersey and Virginia? Nathan Daschle: In both of these states there's a very powerful political forte at play, and we saw it coming a year out. Both...
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