Candidates, stop spamming

In today’s very noisy media landscape, candidates are going to have a harder time than ever getting their message in front of voters. Twitter is too ephemeral. Facebook buries your posts unless to pay to cut to the head of the line. Google+ is, well, Google+. One of the few reliable ways to reach your potential audience is through good old-fashioned email. Unfortunately, it seems that getting your supporters to sign up on your website isn’t enough for some candidates. Today I received a campaign announcement email from Doug Owens…

One Thing All Campaigns Must Have To Win

In the past, most of the focus on what makes a good politician has come down to two things: how personable they are and if they can connect with voters. When those things are combined with a governing philosophy that is compatible with the people in their district, you have a guaranteed win. Of course, this assumes that there aren’t any October surprises that trip the politician up. It is still important to connect and be personal. However, as evidenced by political campaigns since 2008, it is even more important to…

KSL’s Sheryl Worsley Files Ethics Inquiry About Tribune’s Mia Love Biography

In a coup for raising the standards of professional journalists (who are disappearing like dinosaurs after a giant meteorite hit), KSL’s News Director Sheryl Worsley (not apparently acting in her capacity as a KSL employee) sent an “ethics inquiry” to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to complain about the Salt Lake Tribune’s publication of a biography on newly elected Mia Love. Unauthorized by Mia Love or her campaign, the biography tells Love’s story, from her birth to Haitian immigrants through to election day on Tuesday November 6, 2014, and was written by Tribune reporters…

Book Review: Mia Love — The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, by Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr

With Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, a biography of Mia Love by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham,  with Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr, readers are fortunate to find a glimpse into the history and biography of Utah’s newest Representative to Congress, the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The book (which you can find at mialovebook.com or at the Amazon link below) is not authorized by Mia Love or her campaign. Americans should be so lucky as to have…

What Do We Take Away from Election 2014 in Utah?

Election 2014 was Mild, Except for Mia Utah’s Election 2014 outcomes were pretty mild compared to the rest of America. While nationally voters were repudiating President Obama’s policies by voting for Republicans at all levels of government, here in Utah the only excitement was about Republican Mia Love’s win over Democrat Doug Owens for Utah’s 4th Congressional District to replace Congressman Jim Matheson, Utah’s highest profile Democrat for over a decade. Love substantially outraised and outspent her opponent, so it was no surprise she won. Dave Hansen, Utah Republican’s most experienced…

Election 2014 Fearless Predictions from the Utah Politico Hub

Today is the big day.  (Well, as far as elections go, ‘big day’ may be a stretch.)  While most races wrapped up months ago, there are still a few worth watching tonight night.  So without any real research and a lot of fun speculation, we present this year’s Utah Politico Hub’s Fearless Predictions: Dan Karen Shon Holly Curt Jesse John Stan Fearless Prediction Congressional Races UT-04 Doug Owens v Mia Love  Mia Love  Mia Love Doug Owens  Mia Love by 8 pts  Mia Love Mia Love  Mia Love  Mia Love…

Mia Love vs Doug Owens in CD4: A Competitive, Vapid Campaign

Campaigns are about choice and distinctions between candidates, and in the CD4, both Democrat Doug Owens and Republican Mia Love have done a great job, jointly, in defining the choice without discussing a single specific issue. With my campaign consultant hat on, I see this as a brilliant move by both campaigns.  Love is running away from her own 2012 Tea Party campaign, and Owens is running away from national Democratic Party positions, much like Jim Matheson did.  Both are strategically good moves for the respective campaigns. The first debate…

Doug Owens Probably Doesn’t Want You To Know…

Doug Owens is a government shut down artist. Or at least was, when the cause meant enough to him. And it cost Utah millions. But first, the back story. Mia Love and Doug Owens had their third and final debate of the campaign on Thursday. My initial thoughts from listening to the debate – Owens tries really, really hard to paint Mia as a partisan extremist and himself as this bipartisan, moderate problem solver. It was by far the most fiery of their interactions to date, with Mia sounding more…

Owens Uses Debate to Attack Love instead of Offering Solutions to Voters [UPH Wire]

Voters FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 30, 2014 Contact: James Evans Phone: 801.949.0955 *Owens Uses Debate to Attack Love instead of Offering Solutions to Voters* Salt Lake City, UT– Doug Owens, once again, uses his time on The Doug Wright Show to tell voters what he doesn’t like about Mia Love’s stances instead of offering real solutions for Utah voters. Owens spent the majority of the hour-long debate attacking Mia Love for pushing for less federal government intrusion and more local control for Utahns. “This kind of finger pointing and attacking is exactly what…

A Closer Look at the Dan Jones and BYU Polls, or TL;DR: Why You Can’t Always Trust Pollsters

(Authors Note: While I am an unpaid intern on the Stormont Campaign, this article is entirely independent of that, and does not reflect the candidate or campaign’s views.) It’s “Hey! Look at our Polling Data Week.” It seems like every whosit has a poll prognosticating how the election will turn out. I’m going to look at just two of them, both released on Monday October 27th:Utah Policy Daily (Dan Jones) and BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (BYU-CSED). Both have problems, but the Dan Jones poll is especially…