Contacting Congress: All Politics is Local

Executing an advocacy campaign on Capitol Hill is as much art as it is science.  Much like a political campaign, legislative advocacy is a blend of developing the right message and targeting the right people to hear your message.  One of the keys to targeting Members of Congress and to having your message heard is making contact with only an individual’s personal representative or senator.

There are two reasons for not blanketing every Member or even every member of a particular committee.  (more…)

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Northam’s A Disgrace to Virginia

In an incredible attack on E.W. Jackson’s faith and an insult to religious folks all across the Virginia Commonwealth, the God-booing party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Ralph Northam, released a negative ad attempting to paint the GOP nominee for LG, Bishop E.W. Jackson, as an extremist.  I’ll highlight portions of the ad, but because the ad is conspicuously absent from Northam’s website and YouTube channel, and I’ve only seen it air once, I’ll have to do so from memory.

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How Barack Obama Won

Well, it’s all but official now: We have to survive another four years with Barack Obama as President of the United States.  I say “all but” because the Electoral College (the body that officially elects the president) has not cast its ballots yet, and technically (in most states) Electors can deviate from the vote of the public and cast their ballots for someone other than their state’s popular vote victor, although this has rarely happened and never to the magnitude that would be necessary for Obama to be defeated.  But it technically could happen. (more…)

My Case for Mitt Romney

Good Tuesday morning!  It’s Election Day in the United States, and Americans of every race, gender, creed, and color will head to the polls today to make their voice heard.  And in my eyes, the choice couldn’t be clearer.

Demographically, I fall right into President Obama’s lock.  I am young, educated, and live in a liberal-leaning area in Northern Virginia.  As such, I bear the larger burden of proof in making the case for why Mitt Romney has my vote. (more…)

Content and Conduct: A Review of the Third Presidential Debate

Well, the snoozefest that was the foreign policy debate is now in the books; and the closing statements couldn’t have come soon enough.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the back and forth between President Obama and Governor Romney, the one-liners and the zingers.  But as politically astute as I am, I’m no foreign policy wonk so I paid more attention to demeanors and attitudes than to the facts (and spin) of the debate.  And I have a feeling most Americans did the same…at least the ones who weren’t watching Game 7 or Monday Night Football.  So it is through that framework I will opine on whom I consider the victor of 2012’s final presidential debate. (more…)

The Calm Kid and the Uncouth Incumbent

Congressman Paul Ryan remained calm while Vice President Joe Biden lost his cool throughout the debate.

Apparently, Vice President Joe Biden saw something I didn’t because last night’s vice-presidential debate wasn’t quite as entertaining as I expected.  It was solid, and both Vice President Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan got their messages across to the American people.  What struck me, however, was the manner in which those messages were delivered. (more…)