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POLITICO Birthday of the Day Q&A

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Daniel Lippman was kind enough to invite me to participate in this Q&A for POLITICO Playbook Plus as I celebrated my birthday this year. Thought I would cross-post here.

POLITICOPOLITICO Playbook Plus BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Almacy, Bush WH and Edelman alum now PR and digital strategist
11/25/2016

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom?
“Since my birthday falls on the day after Thanksgiving this year, I plan to spend it with family — assuming that we aren’t still in a turkey induced tryptophan coma. We will probably stick pretty close to home on my actual birthday but may take a trip to Williamsburg to check out the holiday decorations over the weekend. Also, no cake for me. Bring on the apple pie and vanilla ice cream!”

How did you get your start in politics?
“I was a White House intern in President George H.W. Bush’s Administration while in college. After graduation, my first job was in the broadcast services division at the Republican National Committee feeding audio news actualities to overnight radio engineers during the 1992 cycle. After volunteering on the Bush 2000 campaign, I served in the U.S. Department of Education and as White House Internet Director for President George W. Bush.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or finished? And why?
“Based on recommendations by two of my friends Gerrit Lansing and Tyler Brown, I picked up a copy of ‘Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World’ by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. In the book, he discusses lessons learned during his military career including how specific leadership principles can be used to optimize success for small groups charged with solving complex challenges. It’s an excellent read and I highly recommend it — especially as we head into the next four years.”

What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention?
“Our family spent a week in London this past August. I was quite impressed with the digital integration in the United Kingdom such as ubiquitous Wi-Fi, interactive experiences at Parliament and museums like the Churchill War Rooms, easy monetary transactions on the Tube and a restaurant that was fully digitally automated from placing an order to food delivery. Of course, some of this technology is already available in the U.S. but it was notable that as a modern global city, London has invested in ways that we haven’t yet.”

What do you think a Trump presidency/Trump America will look like?
“Well, one thing is for sure. Whether you supported him or not, Mr. Trump has consistently surprised most, even his most ardent detractors, with his success as a politician. I can only hope for the sake of our country’s future that he surrounds himself with good people and that this trend continues.”

What’s your morning routine?
“My daily schedule is pretty straightforward. I’m usually up at 6:45 a.m., check email, then a quick scan of headlines and social media. I drop my daughters off at school then coffee, email again, turn on cable news, and plan the rest of my day which usually consists of conference calls and client work. On weekends, I can usually be found on the soccer field.”

What’s a goal of yours for the next year?
“It seems that most goals typically revolve around self improvement or ambition to improve one’s status in life. All that is fine but I choose to look outwardly in 2017. For me, I am going to try and slow down and invest more time in others. As the great philosopher Ferris Bueller put it, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Good advice. We all have a lot more in common than we often care to admit. Instead of thriving on divisions, we all should just slow down, listen to each other, work together, focus on solutions, seek compromise and be thankful for the blessings we have — not just during this holiday season but year-round.”

Source: POLITICO Playbook Plus

My Case for Kasich

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Last night’s GOP debate in Houston was an all out brawl between Trump, Rubio and Cruz. They attacked, argued, called each other names and talked over each other as moderators struggled to maintain order at times. Not to mention that the discussion contained little to no substance.

Kasich New HampshireBy stark contrast, Ohio Governor John Kasich once again emerged as the nice guy who stayed positive while highlighting policy positions. In addition, a quick search on social media yielded results from users who often referred to Kasich as the only “adult in the room.”

The race is nearing a critical time with the March 1 and March 15 primaries and caucuses fast approaching. In fact, about 60% of the delegates will be decided by March 15 so if you want to make a real difference in shaping the future of our great country by choosing the right leader, the time to act is now.

Recently, my good friend Marc DeCourcey published his thoughts on Facebook and LinkedIn about his support for Governor John Kasich in a post entitled, “My Case for Kasich.” I have known Marc a long time. We have worked together both in and out of government and he is someone that I both trust and respect. We spoke last night and thought others may have similar stories or reasons for supporting Kasich. Feel free to share in social media with the hashtag #MyCase4Kasich.
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Engage launches Scorecard

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Engage is excited to announce the launch of our newest innovative social media project, Scorecard. This interactive platform is a one-stop digital dashboard that aggregates and displays social media and fundraising data of every presidential candidate who officially entered the 2016 race to the White House.

While potential voter support is tracked daily through a variety of traditional methods and antiquated polls. At Engage, we couldn’t help but ask the question: Is there a correlation between social media success and political success?

Scorecard was designed with an emphasis on user experience, ensuring information is presented clearly making it easy to navigate and comprehend. Processing each candidate’s recently reported fundraising numbers, as well as activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube can seem overwhelming at first, but with our clean, aesthetically inspired design, users can easily access the information they need and uncover hidden insights never before seen in one place.

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Clinton Email: “Nothing that I did was wrong”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email woes continue to plague her campaign and Republican presidential candidates pulled no punches in attacking her on the issue during last night’s GOP Debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hillary wiped serverWe now know that the personal “clintonemail.com” server in Chappaqua, New York that she chose to use contained information above TOP SECRET.

In addition, the FBI continues to investigate new revelations that Clinton aides “cut and pasted” classified information into personal emails on the unsecure network.

“It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified email or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal email account,” said Raymond Fournier, a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent. “That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.”

He says it’s clear from some of the classified emails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.”

Marked Classified
The Clinton campaign website insists that no information was “marked classified” at the time messages were sent.
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Inauguration 2017: The Final Countdown

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Fifteen years ago today, George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States.

Given the current debate over the future of our country, I was struck by these remarks from his Inaugural Address on January 20, 2001.

George W. Bush 2001 Inaugural Address“I am honored and humbled to stand here where so many of America’s leaders have come before me, and so many will follow. We have a place, all of us, in a long story, a story we continue but whose end we will not see. It is a story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, the story of a slaveholding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer.”

“It is the American story, a story of flawed and fallible people united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding American promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, that no insignificant person was ever born.”
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GOP Wins Senate, Dominates #Election2014 Headlines

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Last night was a big night for Republicans. The American people headed to the polls yesterday and voted overwhelmingly for the GOP in the 2014 Midterm Election which resulted in a seven seat pick up in the Senate, +13 in the House and a +3 swing among governors.

Three US Senate race results are yet to be decided. Votes are too close to call in Alaska and Virginia. A runoff in Louisiana is slated for December.

So far, here’s the breakdown (via Real Clear Politics) as of 11/5/14:

U.S. SENATE
Democrats 45* (-7)
Republicans 52 (+7)
*Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) & Sen. Angus King (I-ME) currently caucus with the Democrats.

U.S. HOUSE
Democrats 179 (-13)
Republicans 243 (+13)

GOVERNORS
Democrats 17 (-3)
Republicans 31 (+3)
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14 Government Shutdown Images

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Today marks Day 1 of the “Government Shutdown” after President Obama and the U.S. Congress failed to come to a budget agreement primarily due to the debate over the funding of Obamacare.

Here are some of the best shutdown images from media, blogs and other sites around web.

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2012 Year in Review Through Twitter

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What was your favorite moment of 2012? So much happens each year that we often forget to take time to reflect in the moment.

As we embark upon 2013, Jeremiah Warren has pulled together a short video on YouTube looking back on some of the past year’s highlights including events in the Middle East, London Olympics, 2012 presidential election, NASA, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilms, the Pope’s first tweet, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, the Mayans and several memorial tweets remembering those we lost.

What do you think? Anything left out?

Happy New Year!

Source: Social Times

Friday Five: Digital Road to the White House

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Friday5: Digital Road to the White HouseThis year, we will all witness and likely participate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in an unprecedented manner thanks to social media and rapidly emerging technology. Not only are the campaigns and mainstream media using these tools, but voters will also have unique opportunities that will help inform their vote on Election Day come November. Here are five ways that digital media is changing the modern political environment in the U.S.:

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Highlights from #GOP2012

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The social media numbers are in from last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and they are impressive!

GOP 2012 Social Numbers

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