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…)

Polish and Tarnish: Why Markwayne Mullin is beating George Faught in OK2

I have a special fondness for Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District.  Not only did I grow up in the district, but most of my family still lives there.  It’s a mostly rural district with only a couple of urban areas of over 30,000 people, covering most of the eastern portion of the state, including my hometown of Tahlequah.  So it’s with a little bit of excitement that I get to write about the Republican runoff currently in progress there. (more…)