Most Important Election You Have Not Heard About

Categories: Political Commentary • Published on November 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Now that the dust has begun to settle from the 2012 General Election, political activists can look towards three big races that are on the horizon: 2013 Municipal Elections, 2014 Democratic Primary, and who will replace County Chair Darlene Ewing. Huh?

Darlene Ewing has served as County Chair for the Dallas County Democratic Party since her election in 2005 after what many observers consider the disastrous tenure of Susan Hays. During Darlene’s tenure, the DCDP has gone from a county party mired in financial problems to one that controls all 60 countywide offices plus a super-majority (4 out of 5 seats) on the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court. In early 2012, Darlene announced at a County Executive Committee meeting that this would be her final term. Read More

Robocalls: What’s legal? What’s not?

Categories: Campaign Advice • Published on August 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

RobocallsLast week we discussed recent changes to robocalls in VAN.  While everyone may despise getting robocalls, they have become a part of modern-day political campaigns and need to be understood.  I have put together the following article as a primer to help answer some common questions about robocalls and the legalities that surround them.  I should stress that this article is based on Texas laws and regulations, so not all information below may not apply to performing robocalls in other states.  I should state for disclaimer purposes that while I work with political campaigns, I am not a lawyer and it is always a good idea to seek your own legal counsel. Read More

Robocalls in VAN: What they don’t tell you….

Categories: Campaign Advice • Published on August 21, 2012 at 7:06 PM

NGPVAN recently sent out an email to many VAN users across Texas and other states announcing an agreement with Callfire to provide cheaper robocalls directly through VAN.  It should be stated that this is a great deal for many campaigns using VAN without easy access to other technology services.  I have used VAN and other vendors for robocalls, and wanted to use this opportunity to discuss some of the pros and cons for VAN’s robocall services.

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