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Topic: Politics

A Communications Strategist Discusses the Overlap of Politics and Branding

Kevin Hauswirth’s lessons learned in social media

Specs Who Kevin Hauswirth Age 29 New gig Senior strategist, Purple Strategies Old gig Chicago’s first director of social media What’s it been like to move to the private sector after working with Mayor…

Mayoral Hopeful Makes Ad Soaking Wet in His Underwear, Swears Off Strip Clubs

Kookiest political spot ever?

Man, who woulda thunk Midwestern municipal politics could make Anthony Weiner's campaign antics look boring? But Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jeff Wagner has pulled it off, emerging from a lake dressed…

GOP Votes to Punish NBC, CNN Over Hillary Clinton Programming

Won't partner with the nets for 2016 debates

The Republican National Committee unanimously voted this morning not to partner with CNN and NBC News for any presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle, a rebuke of the networks’ plans…

'Bribe the Senate' Gun-Control Campaign Is Altered Because, Well, Bribes Are Illegal

Goodby creatives avoid jail time

A jokey-yet-serious campaign called Bribe the Senate, intended to get the U.S. Senate to at least discuss the idea of mandatory background checks on gun purchases, has hit a legal…

The Most Intense Ad Ever Made for a City Council's Cable-Access Broadcasts

Blockbuster from Yukon Territory

Pulse-pounding thriller music and dramatic editing capture all the "excitement" of cable-access city-council broadcasts in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in this tongue-in-cheek (but 100 percent real) promo. The commercial is nearing…

Senator Strips in Cheeky Ad Aimed at Fighting Money in Politics

D.C.'s worst pole dancer

Here's something you don't see every day: a stripping politician. No, it's not Anthony Weiner. It's an ad for Represent.us, a new organization created late last year to fight the…

Michael Smerconish Says Talk Radio Is Like Pro-Wrestling: Fake

Pols follow the microphones

Specs Who Michael Smerconish Age 51 New gig Host, Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel Old gig Midday host, WPHT-AM, Philadelphia. Continues as fill-in host on MSNBC’s Hardball, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, author. Why leave…

Mark Sanford Is Latest Victim of an AshleyMadison Billboard Attack

Ex-South Carolina governor gets punked

AshleyMadison.com doesn't get political unless there's a sex scandal to exploit, so of course they jumped all over Mark Sanford. Wait, that came out wrong. The extramarital dating website is…

CQ Roll Call Continues Digital Expansion With New Blogs

David M. Drucker, Mort Kondracke among contributors

Since Economist Group properties CQ and Roll Call merged in November 2012, slashing staff and tearing down its online paywall, RollCall.com claims a 67 percent increase in unique visitors. Now,…

Obama's 'Fireside' Shows Google's Still Into Hangouts

Prez follows Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson on social video feature

Less than 48 hours after his State of the Union address, President Obama will participate in a question-and-answer Google+ Hangouts session dubbed "Fireside Hangout." The online session starts at 4:45…

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