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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 7, July

A Student of the Game: Stephan Miller Is Injecting Cutting Edge Politics into College Campaigns
"The main theme was change versus more of the same," Stephan Miller tells me as he points to the headline of a page in a large yellow flip chart book. The pages are filled with handwritten outlines for everything from media strategy to messaging. Standing...
Come Clean on Your Past
Q. Candidates are often asked these days if they've ever used illegal drugs. Do they have an obligation to the public to answer such questions? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A. Political candidates do have an obligation to address past drug use, specifically...
Convention Coverage like You've Never Seen It
Chris Riley is hoping to chaperone a group of high school students to the Republican convention in Minneapolis. If those plans fall through, Riley likely will follow the convention via Twitter. The online service delivers short messages that he can...
Don't Get Snowed by Microtargeters: Use These Guidelines to Buy the Right Services for You:
I remember when I bought my first car. I went to dealership after dealership, where salesmen shouted terms at me that I did not understand, like "RPM" and "MPG." Each dealer presented me with a dizzying array of features. I wondered whether the price...
Enemy Turf Can Be Fertile Ground
Q: What's your opinion of invitations to speak to groups that support your opponents? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A: Snubbing opponents can backfire. In 2004, President George Bush rationalized that he had a basically nonexistent relationship with...
Equinox Voters Put New Areas in Play
We at Zogby International are always looking for new ways to understand the American voter, and what we have found is that the old political paradigms just don't work today. For instance, we're thinking that the Red State vs. Blue State phenomenon...
Four States, Four Stories: Are There Lessons for November in These Recent Primaries?
With the prominence of blogs on the rise, and embedded reporters and non-stop cable channels covering every moment of the 2008 elections, everyone is a political pundit these days. Want to understand why Barack Obama will face John McCain in November...
From Raising Money to Reaching Voters, It's a Tough Year Ahead for Republican Candidates. but RNC Chairman Mike Duncan Sees Hope amid the Gloom
Politics: How has the RNC been able to have so much fundraising success while the other arms of the party--the National Republication Congressional Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial...
How to Get Yourself on Air
In a world where communication avenues and opportunities are simultaneously more available and more clogged than ever, busting through the chattering masses in order to make your work rise to the top is almost as important as the quality of your work...
Nutcases on the Ballot
Let me introduce you to the Grand Old Party's new standard-bearer in Montana, the man Republican voters chose on June 3 to challenge the potentially vulnerable Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. His name is Bob Kelleher, and he's an 85-year-old lawyer with...
Opposition Research
Lake Research Partners ADDRESS: Washington, DC PHONE: 202-776-9066 FAX: 202-776-9074 CONTACT: Alan Wolf EMAIL: awolf@lakeresearch.com WEBSITE: www.lakeresearch.com YEARS IN BUSINESS: 12 PARTY AFFILIATION: Democratic SERVICES...
Oregon
IN AN ELECTION year when Republicans have little to feel good about, Oregon's 5th Congressional District seemed to offer a glimmer of hope. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Six-term Democrat Darlene Hooley surprised both parties when she announced her...
Quips&Slips
"I was a little worried you were going to yell: 'Give him the bird!'" [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] --President George Bush, giving the commencement address at the Air Force Academy, referring to a falcon statue traditionally given to guests Headlines...
Ron Klain Had a Starring Role in the Florida Recount (Ask Kevin Spacey). No Wonder Electoral Reforms Are on His Mind
Politics: HBO couldn't have picked a better time to release the movie Recount, based on the chaos in Florida in 2000. But were you surprised to learn they had signed Kevin Spacey to play you? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Klain: We found out that Spacey...
Round 4 in Indiana's 9th: Yep, Those Guys Are Running Again
If "change" is the mantra of the 2008 election cycle, Indiana's 9th Congressional district is a bit out of touch. For the last three cycles, Democrat Baron Hill and Republican Mike Sodrel have alternated wins. This year, they're at it again. But...
Running Mates: In the Hothouse of a Political Campaign, Romance Is Bound to Bloom
Brandon Hurlbut knows a thing or two about the audacity of hope. When the D.C.--based attorney decided to leave his job and take a six--figure pay cut in order to join the Obama for America campaign, falling in love wasn't on his radar. At least not...
Scrub Your Online Image
When mud gets thrown online, it tends to stick around. In most cases, politicians won't be able to scrape it off, but they can try burying it out of sight of all but the most determined diggers, according to experts in the emerging field of online...
Sins of the Media
It can be a healthy thing for political journalists to have their reporting critiqued. A painful thing, too. I am nursing more than a few scars after participating in a panel at our recent conference in Washington on "The Art of Political Campaigning."...
The GOP's Looming Civil War
BY THE END OF 2004 IT SEEMED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS ON A ROLL. Despite growing public dissatisfaction with the Iraq war, George W. Bush had managed to rally economic, social and national security conservatives to turn out 10 million more voters than...
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