Politics

Tips for Consumers of Political Polling

It’s been no secret that polling is under fire. Heck, I’ve written about the topic a handful of times myself. Several peers have written in depth articles defending what we do. Still, the story continues to be debated in the public square. Clients still have questions that let me know they are concerned about today’s […]

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Common Mistakes Local Campaigns Should Avoid When Using Digital

Meet John. John is a political consultant based in Arlington, Texas. In 2016, he helped guide his clients’ campaigns to narrow victories primarily using traditional methods of TV and direct mail alone. Even though his efforts were successful (his clients won), the margin of victory was too close for comfort. John knows his future campaigns […]

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Budgeting for Political Consulting Firms Is Like Catching Fireflies

Do you remember summer as a kid? If you lived in the eastern half of the United States, your evenings probably involved catching fireflies. As you stand there in your backyard, jar in hand, you see the lightning bugs flicker their tails on and off. Your legs spring into action as you dive forward to […]

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The One Thing That Makes Your Political Campaign Successful

Imagine me coming at you like a late night infomercial, shouting a constant stream of industry buzzwords. Maybe I’m pouring wine on carpet then getting it out, or showing you a wicked-cool, growing chia pet. All while huge font text is plastered on your television screen. Now those of you who know me will say […]

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3 Benefits of Digital for Local Elections

Time flies in politics. Only two months after President Trump’s inauguration, the 2017 election cycle is gaining momentum and 2018 predictions are on the rise. Getting lost in the noise is easy in a fast-paced political environment. To win your local election this cycle, your campaign needs to standout by taking a fresh approach. Campaigns […]

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Lessons from a Trip to Colombia Presenting on Politics & Communication (…and Our Adoption Story)

I just arrived back from Medellín, Colombia – the City of Eternal Spring. If you’ve never been, seriously make it your next vacation. Beautiful setting in a valley 6,000 feet above sea level. Kind people that smile and speak to you on the streets. Perfect weather that puts Hawaii to shame. [Jump to the bottom […]

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Republican’s Final Frontier: Local Elections

Political systems in the US are looking mighty red after sweeping Republican victories in 2016. The GOP controls the White House, US Senate, US House of Representatives, 33 gubernatorial offices, and 32 state legislatures. To borrow from Star Trek, local elections are the final frontier. County and municipal elections remain a strength for the Democratic […]

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Real Polling is Not Broken

While on a panel in Las Vegas for the 2017 Reed Awards, we dove into the topic of the reliability of polling. After the well-documented number of polling misses revealed in the November election, the polling industry was deemed unreliable and inaccurate. However, it should be noted that myself and other pollsters I hold in […]

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Consultants: Demystify Digital by Taking a Packaged Approach

A new year brings new battles. Whether you are gearing up for a legislative issue fight at the Capitol or preparing for a heated primary race, digital should play a greater role in your 2017 and 2018 political operations. Despite President-elect Trump’s wild digital success, skepticism still remains about its application for down-ballot races. Without […]

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How Political Consultants Should Plan for 2017, Closeout 2016

Hopefully all your clients have paid, your bills to vendors are caught up, and you’re swimming in greenbacks. What should you be doing to finish out 2016 and lay the foundation for next year? Straighten Out Estimated Taxes Let’s get the unfun stuff out of the way. Uncle Sam always gets his cut. Whether you’re […]

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