CA Tea Party Organizes CRP Caucus – with Effective Tech
Caucus Floor Mgmnt at the CRP? It’s major good news, both politically and on the tech front as the Tea Party California Caucus (TPCC), a collection of Tea Party organizations from up and down California, announces its intent to be present at the California Republican Party (CRP) Convention in October as a formal caucus. I dare say that many Tea Party activists may well look back | Read More »
Dem Supermajority in Sacramento is gone. Can you help make it permanent??
You probably saw the ‘supermajority’ San Jose Mercury News story – as least, if you’re a Californian. The Dem supermajority in the CA Assembly ended when Bob Blumenfield in the 45th resigned his assembly seat to take his seat on the LA City Council. We have a chance to refuse the Dems a return to that supermajority in a race without an incumbent in Assembly | Read More »
Give up on cyber-security now?? Or later?
You might feel more that a bit assailed these days if you value privacy. (read on, we’ll give you the solution below) Recent headlines: The NSA, CIA and FBI claim to have FISA court authorization to watch anything you do on the Internet or cellular networks; in spite of many legal prohibitions against the NSA and CIA engaging in domestic spying. Microsoft gives your email/cloud | Read More »
Bring the real GOP power to your county
The idea that electoral power can be seized from central authority and exercised locally is gaining traction in many more quarters. Well worth reading today is a Forbes article by Ralph Benko (read the whole thing: “Will Republican Superdonors Rein In Karl Rove And Other GOP Rogue Elephants?“). In his article, Benko explains that superdonors are getting very wary of RNC promises to deploy tech that will | Read More »
NSA Sharing Data with NRCC??
The NSA apparently has not forsaken all integrity – in truly ecumenical fashion, they appear to be sharing data with the NRCC as well as the IRS and OFA*. Lots of folks, including Jim Geraghty at NRO have noticed that former Obama campaign org OFA is sending out those creepy ‘OFA-is-watching-you-personally-by-name’ emails. I’m a tech evangelist who’s constantly calling attention to tech that our adversaries get right, | Read More »
Bi-Coastal Hackathons Reveal Depth of GOP Tech Bench
Deep, deep – and very wide. That’s the measure of the bench waiting to play on the GOP tech reserve. We’re about to see that fact brilliantly illustrated this month. Two events later this month will clearly illustrate the width and depth of the GOP Tech bench in reaching for new digital solutions to bring to the conservative ground game in the 2014 and 2016 | Read More »
RNC Hires Ghost Firms for Crucial Digital Mission
It’s been roughly a month since the RNC hired Liberty Works and Data Trust to carry out what many consider the RNC’s most crucial mission of the next few election cycles for the GOP: furnish the digital infrastructure for electoral victory against the robust set of tools that the Democrats have put in place over the last 10 years. The sad news at this point | Read More »
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
It seemed like the one thousandth call I’d taken from a Tea Party activist attempting our well-known strategy of putting our people in voting seats in our local county and state parties. This activist and his Tea Party cohort had actually had far more success than he fully realized. In a well known county in Colorado, they had put several Tea Party members in | Read More »
Digital Footprints Reveal Continued RNC Cronyism, Cynicism
It’s bad enough that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has decided to continue the relationship with failed Romney consultants Targeted Victory to send the RNC’s mass emails. What’s so harrowing is the cynicism and sloppiness Targeted Victory brings to the table to fulfill that contract. One would think that Targeted Victory, in fulfilling the RNC email contract, would take extreme care and would want to remove | Read More »
Can We Trust the Tea Party Caucus?
Do we have to rely on the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters to warn us of legislation that the Tea Party Caucus should be opposing on our behalf? Because that’s exactly what happened recently on “patent reform” – the America Invents Act that Obama signed into law on Sept 16, the day after his big “Jobs” speech to the joint session of Congress. | Read More »
Obama/Reid plan more mischief when Senate reconvenes
Just when you thought it was safe to glance away from Congress for a moment, another poisonous issue raises its ugly head in the Senate. And it’s on a very, very short fuse – September 6, to be exact, the very day the Senate returns from vacation. Yes, we were wrong to think that just because Congress is on vacation that we were safe to | Read More »
Antennae UP, RS Gatherers!
The tech-savvy (and even the tech-curious) among you may wish to mark your agenda when you arrive in Charleston. At 8:30am Saturday morning, American Majority Action will be offering a special training. Yes, I know it’s early and you’ll be troubled to cut your partying early and be sure that you program your cell phone, the room alarm clock, and the hotel wake-up call system | Read More »
UniTEA Mobile: Amusement, Distraction, or Incalculable Damage?
Remember the Dale Robertson guy with the N-word sign who is founder of teaparty.org (disavowed by most real tea party organizations)? Well, he’s gone and done it again. And I fell for it. The days of knocking on doors, walking precincts and direct mail campaigning to efficiently gather voters may soon be dwarfed if the vision of a handful of Patriots comes to fruition. (Yes, | Read More »
Help a Competitive Conservative in CA: July 12 Victory is Near UPDATED: Huey Poised to Crush Hahn over FOX report
None of us would have predicted it after Nov 2, 2010 when the vaunted red electoral tide stopped cold at the California border. But time, a harsh economy, bad economic moves by the CA legislature, and some very hard work by highly committed California conservatives have made a real difference in a CA D+12 district. You may not be able to vote for this man, | Read More »
A Trifecta of Tools for Victory, Part II: NationBuilder
The pricing for campaign tech is in free-fall. If we applied a sort of pricing version of Moore’s Law to online campaign software, you’d have the picture. Capabilites expand arithmetically, while the price drop is almost logarithmic. That’s only a tiny exaggeration (mathematically) but better illustrated with a direct comparison: the same technology that gleaned Obama’s campaign web site 400,000 online volunteers and $750 | Read More »
Bear Witness: 30+ People ‘Saved’ at PC Altar Call (RightOnline)
It was a finish to an event worthy of the finest televangelist. No exaggeration. The first-ever PC Strategy breakout session at a major national event, last week’s RightOnline received such an enthusiastic response that the finish literally looked like a successful altar call at the end of a highly enegetic revival meeting. It almost overshadowed the actual content of the tutorial. The deans of Precinct | Read More »
RightOnline This Week – Two Firsts: rVotes and PC Strategy Break-out
If you haven’t yet, log in to your frequent flyer account now and see if you have enough miles to get to Minneapolis, MN at the end of this coming week. The revered RightOnline conference kicks off on Friday morning, and this year, has several “firsts”. One can hardly prioritize one over the other, but perhaps most exciting for activists in these spaces who have | Read More »
California Redistricting Transparency Hits Brick Wall. Hard.
Yesterday, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) published its first maps for public comment on the redistricting process. Below, you see the map published for what may become the “new” AD49 in CA. Alas, the redistricting process is rapidly losing the transparency that many hoped would govern the redistricting process characterized as a citizen’s redistricting commission. The CCRC got off to a good start with | Read More »
Spot Report: rVotes Heads for Ohio!
If you are serious about online activism tools, then clear the deck in your browser – all the links below open new tabs or windows so you don’t lose your place in this article. You will want to study the history of rVotes and it’s promise to the conservative cause. Always first where news on the best GOTV applications have come from (and are headed) Carol | Read More »
A Trifecta of Tools for Victory: rVotes (Part I of III)
An entire suite of exciting new tools have become available to Republicans, and if deployed, will mean a much wider margin of victory in 2012 than we would otherwise see – indeed, these tools may be critical for victory in 2012 at all. Article I in this series will discuss the major release of rVotes.com. Article II will tell you about Nationbuilder.com, and article III | Read More »
Snookered: Libya, corner pocket.
You just know there have to be some ‘unkind’ minds snickering away in Europe, Turtle Bay, and the Caliphate souks of the middle east. Snickering about how easily Obama was manipulated into a rash action in Libya. Combine that with how Obama is deliberately staging the US’s fade from leadership of the operation and you have a picture that should make any middle east dictator | Read More »
Who whips the whips?
John Boehner and Eric Cantor have overlooked an important principle of ”command”: never issue the order that you know will not be obeyed. The headline question is not merely rhetorical and I do have an answer for you, because our miraculous system of government (that Churchill called the worst, except for all the others) has always furnished the answer and generations before our own made | Read More »
Real-Time in Wisconsin Capitol: Leveraging Kids for Dem Dirty Work Updated: Dems Found, Flash Rally In IL
(This is a current report from the senate offices in the WI capitol. The author needed an assist that I was happy to provide. Cross-posted here with permission from Dan Collins’ excellent POWIP blog. By a separate report, Dem legislators are apparently hiding out in a motel in Rockford, IL beyond the jurisdiction of WI State Troopers who would fetch them back to vote. Update: | Read More »
Our National Debt Equals Our Entire Economy for One Year.
For more than a day now, Drudge’s main headline has been substantially the same as the headline on this story. Let me tell you what that really means. If the government took 100% of all our paychecks and pensions for the full year, that would not make an appreciable dent in our national debt. If the government took 100% of our paychecks and pensions for | Read More »
Vengeance is Mine, Saith Obama
Obama tried it all. Closing Guantanamo. Ending the war. Civilian trials for terrorists. The surge. Now he’s just killing, with a remarkable lack of dissent from his own side (remember: “Bush lied. People died.”). So we learn from drone operatives (literally) that Obama is, after all, and for solid ‘political’ reasons… a stone killer. From Newsweek: Some counterterrorism experts say that President Obama and his | Read More »