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1404, 2016

Don’t Be the Candidate that Loses by Less than 10 Votes

By | April 14th, 2016|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Don’t Be the Candidate that Loses by Less than 10 Votes

Imagine you put your blood, sweat and tears into running your campaign and learn Election Night that you’ve lost by a margin of votes you can count on your fingers. It’s a candidates’ nightmare – and it happens. More often than you might realize. Because losing is one thing. There is a lot to read into an Election Night loss of hundreds or thousands of votes – it’s not your time, or your messaging [...]

2004, 2016

Top 10 People Who Come to the Door when You’re Canvassing (and how to deal with them)

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Top 10 People Who Come to the Door when You’re Canvassing (and how to deal with them)

Canvassing is the time-honored tradition of going door-to-door through the neighborhoods in your community in an attempt to connect directly with voters. It is a painstaking but rewarding part of the political process that generally can’t be avoided. We’ve been to enough doors to know that every interaction isn’t a picture perfect two minutes of discussing the issues and securing support, but often more along the lines of a people-watching adventure at your local [...]

605, 2016

Why We’re Doing This

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why We’re Doing This

Face it, people do not like politicians. Voter turnout in 2015 was the lowest it has been across the country in 70 years. If you’re running for office, you can run all the ads you want that say, “I’m not a politician,” but guess what… You’re a politician. Especially in the eyes of a voter. People are fed up because they don’t trust their government in general. And in many cases, who can blame [...]

2907, 2016

Five Takeaways from the 2016 Party Conventions for Local Candidates

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Five Takeaways from the 2016 Party Conventions for Local Candidates

Getting past the party and personal politics from the party conventions over the past couple weeks, there is plenty to learn from the many speakers and the approach everyone is taking toward the Presidential election. Here are five takeaways that The Campaign Coach pulled from the two weeks of insanity, er, the American political process in action. 1. Be honest with voters – Not using this forum to accuse anyone [...]

1209, 2016

Call Some Consultants, Get Some Prices

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Call Some Consultants, Get Some Prices

We’re political consultants, so we don’t want to diminish the importance of bringing consultant expertise onto your campaign early in the process. However, being consultants, we also know that there’s a big disconnect between local political campaigns and professional help – local candidates who need the help most very often don’t have the resources to hire one, and consultants who know what they’re doing can’t afford to price themselves low enough to be affordable [...]

1909, 2016

Local Campaigns: Running for Leadership

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Local Campaigns: Running for Leadership

This past Saturday evening, a bomb ripped through New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, sending a scare through the city and across America. Fortunately, while 29 people were injured in the blast, no one was killed, and as of this writing on Monday morning, the FBI is in the process of hunting down a suspect. Watching the procession of elected officials (and candidates) offering their thoughts and reassurances in the hours following the incident, it [...]