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Getting the Strong Urge to Run? Get Started Right After Election Day



As we approach yet another Election Day, all politically-minded eyes are focused on this year’s big races.  There are a small number of people, though, who have already begun to look beyond Election Day: next year’s candidates.  For them, while this year’s campaigns are important, the most important campaign, their own, is just beginning. 

Whether you’re just thinking about running for office next year, or you’ve already decided to throw your hat in the ring, you may be asking yourself, “When should I start my campaign?”  The best answer anyone can gi

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The Evolving Business of Political Consulting

Raymond D. Strother



There have been political consultants since the advent of democracies but the modern era evolved in a rush after Richard Nixon lost a debate to John Kennedy because of his perceived bad appearance on television.  Television sets had become a looming presence in the corner and people began to get their political information from a collection of scan lines.  

Insecure candidates realized that a firm handshake and a microphone on the courthouse steps were not substitutes for a carefully crafted television commercial. Campaigns were about to be brought into li

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New Media Is Driving Politics Into The Unknown Zone

Joe Rothstein



Technology is changing the way we work, shop, bank, exercise and most other areas of life.; Why would we expect political campaigns to be immune?  

It’s been 30 years since Robert Redford played the role of Bill McKay in “The Candidate,” which accurately represented what was then a whole new political form:

Polling for message+Poll-Driven TV spots+saturation TV buys+clever press manipulation.  That’s the way statewide campaigns and many congressional and municipal races have been run ever since.

But now we are seeing a new formula at work

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Howard Dean's Screaming TV Blunder

Gail Hogan

In many Presidential campaigns, there is one major blunder that is hammered home by the media, and that incident often ends that person’s presidential bid.  Some classics: Governor Dukakis wearing a helmet and riding the tank;  Senator Muskie crying at a news conference after a newspaper printed derogatory statements about his wife, and the classic, Senator Gary Hart and his playboy antics on that aptly named boat, “The Monkey Business.”   This year it was the Howard Dean Iowa pep rally, now dubbed the “I Have a Scream” speech. 

Whether you believe Howard Dean

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The Role of the Campaign Treasurer

Nancy Haley
Lori Le Jacobs

Once upon a time in the world of elections and political campaigns, the guidelines for state election committees consisted of one thin manual covering all state election rules. Local jurisdictions may have had ordinances in place, but these were casually enforced and perhaps casually obeyed.  

Not any longer! The state Fair Political Practices Commission is currently updating its Manuals A-F, and in the process has created separate manuals for statewide candidate committees and local candidate committees. In San Diego County, where we are based, both the City of San Diego and

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Fine Tuning your Presentation

Randall P. Whatley


How to prepare introductions

Often the hardest part of making a presentation is getting started. Once you begin, adrenaline kicks in, you become excited talking about your topic, and you find that the experience is actually enjoyable. Following are five easy ways to begin a presentation.
* Tell a story
* Establish a common bond with the audience
* Directly address your subject
* Illustrate a point
* Use humor Beyond serving to jump-start your presentation, introductions hav

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