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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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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Warning! Obamacare Very Sensitive

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Over the weekend, this appeared in my Twitter feed.

Evidently, a user was attempting to tweet out a link to a cover image of the upcoming November 11, 2013 edition of The New Yorker magazine. I was on my mobile phone at the time and was intrigued when a warning popped up after I attempted to click the link.


The text of the tweet reads “New Yorker Mag Cover Slams Obama and Sebelius” and certainly implies that the image and cover story was likely critical of the Obama Administration’s botched rollout of Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act.

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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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RG3 still Redskins QB1 #HTTR

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Yes, with Week 1 behind us, the official 2013 NFL season is finally underway! In DC, there was a ton of buzz and anticipation leading up to the Monday Night Football game featuring the Washington Redskins vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

Redskins Eagles Social ShowdownOf course, Washington looked very strong after an undefeated preseason (4-0), but all eyes were on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3). This season opener was his first chance to play in front of a hometown crowd at FedEx Field since the knee injury he sustained at the end of his phenomenal rookie year last season.

After battling back from surgery and intensive rehab in the offseason, many still questioned whether RG3’s recovery had been fully completed. However, according to Dr. Andrews, Coach Shanahan and Robert himself — he was good to go and cleared to play.

So, what happened?
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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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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DC

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Ten Unique Things To Do in Washington, DCOur Nation’s Capital is well known for iconic federal buildings, historic monuments and impressive museums.

However, there are a number of hidden gems that many visitors might not know about which are certainly worth a look while in the Washington, DC area.

Here are ten unique spots to add to your list should you find yourself “inside the beltway” this summer.

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I Spot the Shuttle…

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#SpottheShuttle from atop our International Square rooftop, 1... on TwitpicAbout 100 or so gathered on the roof of our building to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

It was slated to fly over the Washington, DC monuments for a swansong journey before officially retiring to a new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.

It was supposed to arrive between 10 AM and 11 AM ET but it was early. Word traveled faster than the shuttle.

How did we know? Why, Twitter, of course. Thanks, @Smithsonian! (HT @shkon)

So, we headed up to the roof and anxiously attempted to figure out just exactly which direction to look in anticipation of its arrival. Hashtags started to trend on Twitter such as #SpottheShuttle and #WelcomeDiscovery.

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2011 Capital Staffers Index

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The Edelman Global Public Affairs team has released findings from the 2011 Capital Staffers Index, an annual global study that analyzes top trends in global public affairs and communications.

2011 Capital Staffers IndexThis year’s expanded report is the third annual survey based on interviews with over 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above) from capital cities in 11 different countries around the world including Washington DC, Brussels, London, Beijing, Ottawa, Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, Buenos Aires and Brasilia.

Although traditional methods public affairs components are still valuable, social media channels have experienced a meteoric rise in their ability to shape and influence policy worldwide over the past year.

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Campaign 2012 Social Media Scorecard

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As the 2012 presidential campaign continues to heat up, Election Day 2011 is just around the corner. In less than twelve days, Americans will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th to cast votes for various state and local candidates. And, we’ll be almost exactly one year away from voting to determine whether President Obama will serve a second term.

Campaign 2012 Social Media ScorecardThis morning, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Holmes Report’s ThinkTank Live event here in Washington, DC where I discussed the evolving media landscape and the role of social media in shaping politics and public policy. In preparation, I got to thinking about how social media was impacting the election process this early in the race. Between the Romney-Perry video battles and the buzz around Herman Cain’s “smoking” ad featuring his chief of staff Mark Block, it was a perfect week to perform a little deeper analysis.

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