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Message Discipline In Politics

December 6, 2012 - Author: newscoma

I’d like to point to an article I read today at Political Animal that discussed message discipline in politics. Go read it, I can wait.

The last several weeks of negotiations have have provided a good example of one of the left’s biggest weaknesses: message discipline. Ben Bernanke came up with the phrase “fiscal cliff,” and it stuck. This phrase is deeply misleading—indeed, it was probably deliberately exaggerated—so liberals tried to come up with a more accurate catchphrase. They tried, but failed for lack of unity. Paul Waldman called it the “austerity trap.” Chris Hayes called it the “fiscal curb.” Paul Krugman called it the “austerity bomb.” Ezra Klein, most notably, made a major push for “austerity crisis,” but even the mighty Wonkblog couldn’t get everyone to agree.

This is an easy pit for liberals to step in. We prize accuracy, we like to explore rhetoric and meaning (a tendency which in its fullest academic incarnation borders on the pathological), and we don’t respect authority that much. (Or less charitably, we think we’re all special snowflakes, who are all equally good at sloganeering, and react with knee-jerk hostility to the slightest whiff of hierarchy.)

I don’t think liberals should necessarily suppress those instincts. A tendency to quarrel in one situation might save an ally from a major mistake in a different circumstance. Furthermore, it is important for one’s catchphrases to describe things reasonably accurately.

This has been dissected many times over the past few years. The message needs to be concise and have valuable weight. The GOP Word Soup is what we are stuck with so many times. And what I get from my pals that aren’t political junkies are questions on what exactly is the “fiscal cliff.” Everyone who knows politics knows that this is just another example of political theater.

What we need to do is just get on the damned horse which I wrote about this spring.

I believe that we also tend to complicate certain issues when we don’t have to. There are only a couple of ways to get on a horse but we tend to spend a lot of time talking about the best and most effective way of getting up on the saddle that we delay the journey.

We need to just get on the horse.

When everyone is shouting about the strategy and blaming and yelling, it can become noisy where if I were the horse, I would just shrug my horse shoulders and walk back toward the barn. I believe that people want to move, they are waiting because they need leaders and not people talking about the horse.

You get what I’m saying.

What we have facing us in this state right now is news that is all over the place. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who used the term job creators a whole lot during the campaign season when he was stumping for his buddies, is now targeting guns in parking lots as a high priority. Yep, that’s what we are hearing is that he has moved that legislation forward and we once again are talking about this. We are hearing about healthcare exchanges. We are seeing Gov. Bill Haslam still not deciding on much of anything. And model legislation from organizations such as ALEC is going to rear its ugly head once again during the next General Assembly. Education is on the table again and will remain so for the foreseeable future. It’s coming rather fast and furious when you get right down to it.

And we are seeing the language being molded from Word Soup. It’s just something to think about. One thing the democrats don’t need right now is trying to explain fuzzy based policy words that can not be clearly defined.

Message discipline isn’t a bad idea in this day and age.

 

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The Car Chronicles: Part Two

December 4, 2012 - Author: newscoma

I may have an inline on a car. I’m not sure. I’ve gotten my hopes up before. Shopping on a budget ain’t easy, campers.

I identify myself as a feminist but I swear that I have asked two men to marry me over the weekend for just a couple of days so I wouldn’t have to deal with the creepiness quotient. I inquired about one vehicle and the email back to me was and I quote: “Wut U LOOK like?”

Umm, all righty then, I don’t think I want a meeting with you champ. I should have said I looked like my new girl crush, Michonne, and that he could recognize me when I walked in with a katana.

“Hey dude, I’m the bad ass chick with the two zombie pets with no arms and broken jaws on chains who is holding a sword. That’s what I look like, asshat.”

Another guy added a grand to a vehicle that went $900 bucks over Blue Book value.  Umm, no. Just, ugh.

Guys, I hate car shopping. I hate it with a thousand hates fueled by emphysema coughing demons on Red Bull.

One guy offered to not marry me, but to wear leather and look menacing. I appreciate anyone who wants to look like they are on Sons of Anarchy to be my henchman. Another one is a former Vols player who is nearly seven feet tall who said I didn’t have to marry him and that he could growl if needed.

This is of the good.

Honestly, I wish my dad was here. He knows things I don’t know.

Anyway, I’m looking at a car on Thursday with a man I know, which is good. He isn’t a psychopath so I will chalk that up to at least a possibility to become a car owner again.

Anyone have a Xanax?

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Ashley Judd, Beverly Marrero And Being Who You Are

- Author: newscoma

I don’t think there is any doubt that Ashley Judd was a bright light for the democrats this year when it was greatly needed. She was exuberant, a fresh face, lively and a wonderful voice in our party. Judd was just what the doctor ordered during times I worried if Nero was fiddling on the roof.

Let’s take a look at online reports, shall we?:

If she runs, the GOP opponent would be none other than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, one of the top Republican lawmakers in the United States. Democrats would love to knock off Senator McConnell, in part because in 2010 he said the most important thing the GOP could achieve would be “for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Would Judd have a chance against such an experienced and hard-nosed politician?

There have been countless online reports in the last few days about her running in Kentucky against Mitch McConnell. Of course that sounds awfully fun and I would love to see her pound him into the ground yet there are a few things to take into consideration. I go back to what I wrote and referenced yesterday from an Alaskan editorial:

Leaders don’t say: “Who do you want me to be?” They say: “This is who I am.”

Judd has said who she is. She has eloquently told you “This is who I am.

There isn’t any doubt about where she stands on women’s issues, civil rights and her call for unity among democrats last month to move things forward. She doesn’t hide from controversial issues. Judd doesn’t disappear behind a murky message. She’s clear and concise. The key is will democratic leaders in Kentucky, and Tennessee for that matter if it where to happen which I think won’t, be willing to have a candidate who isn’t going to compromise their positions?

You see, I find that to be really important.

I wrote earlier this year that I really thought it would be great if Sen. Beverly Marrero, who got hosed by a member of her own party during redistricing, would run for Senate. She is an amazing environmentalist, has taken strong positions on many issues and doesn’t take a lick of crap from anyone. I think it would have been hard to beat Bob Corker, but dammit if she couldn’t have spread an amazing message across the state.

There are women like Judd and Marrero who not only talk the talk, but they also walk the walk. The issue comes down to whether or not Judd will be allowed to spread her message which resonates with a lot of people without the obligatory “tone it down” whisper that tends to happen during campaign initiatives.

I think it is important that we introduce candidates who tell you who they are. Candidates in 2014 that ask “Who do you want me to be?” didn’t do very well in the last few election cycles. So why not let folks be who they are and let’s ease along.

Let’s also remember a bit of history as well, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Lois DeBerry, Annabelle Clement O’Brien not only opened doors in recent history, but they kicked those bastards down.

Maybe Ashley Judd can too.

Who knows, but I’m rooting for her if she decides she wants to do it.

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A Tale Of Two States

December 3, 2012 - Author: newscoma

A friend of mine sent me an editorial written by John Arrono that appeared in the Anchorage Press about their recent state races where the democrat lost. It’s a compelling read and one that Tennessee democrats might want to take a look at.

The problem is that, this election cycle, Alaska Democrats didn’t advocate for that competition. They made an uncomfortable, unhelpful case that, in fact, they were the actual Republicans.

When given a choice between someone who clearly states who they are and what they stand for, and someone who clearly stands next to that person and makes comments to the effect of “me too, kinda,” the voters will choose the person who speaks in declarative sentences. Regardless of how ridiculous those sentences may be.

The good news for Democrats is that—when given the effective power of “one party rule”—Republicans generally end up sending a good number of themselves to jail.

The question is whether or not the Alaska Democratic Party, under new leadership, will buck the recent trend of tethering their passion to polling data, whether they’ll commit to a backbone, even if it means they might lose reelection.

Leaders don’t say: “Who do you want me to be?” They say: “This is who I am.”

The Democratic Party needs to figure out its identity, get behind it, and start living it. Forget the need to win every election and figure out what a victory means. Democrats: think long term, because whether you want to acknowledge the reality or not, the short term ain’t happening for you. You currently amount to a symbolic objection in Juneau. The GOP doesn’t need you to pass their agenda. There is no need for compromise. And they haven’t taken you seriously for a good amount of time now, because you’ve been trick or treating as Republicans during campaign season.

The Democratic Party has two choices. Keep moving to the right, or plant the damn flag and figure out who you are. Win our votes. It won’t be long before we need an alternative to the folks we just elected.

Here in this state, Frank Cagle wrote last week at the Metropulse on what is the tipping point between urban democrats and rural independents.

Democrats have had success statewide with right-of-center candidates like Ned McWherter and Phil Bredesen. Where is that sort of Democrat for the future?

Will Obama Democrats get excited if some right of center Democrat comes along and tries to revive the old coalition? Can it be revived?

The election of a new party chairman early next year might give some indication of where the Democratic Party will go. Will control of the party machinery be retained by Obama Democrats or will the leadership go to someone more in tune with big donors and traditional Democratic leaders—people like Bredesen or former chair Doug Horne?

Can any potential statewide candidate gather the support of urban Democrats and also win in the small towns and rural areas of the state? There are not enough minorities and liberals in Tennessee to win a statewide election.

The article from Alaska showed that voters were not fired up by anything resembling Republican Light. In Tennessee, Cagle’s message is different on how will Democrats engage rural independents who might very well split their ballot. Folks that vote to the left want a more liberal-minded candidate, but are there enough of us in the state to make gains in 2014? It’s not a bad question to be asking ourselves as we head into 2013 and it deserves a serious conversation where everyone has a voice.

I think it should also be noted that there are so many new faces in Tennessee that want to regain some sanity that we will lose when the supermajority settles in next month. We need to start asking the right questions that have tangible solutions and gauge what will work and what won’t. We’ve been talking about messaging for years now, it’s a matter of getting it to everyone and it being concise, on-point and inclusive.

As Aronno wrote, a message of stating who we are and not just saying what we think people want us to be is crucial. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, leaders just lead.

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News, Political Pundits And Entertainment

November 30, 2012 - Author: newscoma

In the world of news, cable 24 hour channels are designed for things such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, 9/11 and other emergencies. These are events that pushed the seams of our country, but it didn’t break us a nation. For example, firefighters in New York after that fateful day 11 years ago strengthened this country as we saw a resilient spirit come from every day people. I wanted and needed to see people coming together after such great loss.

We needed hope to help with our grief, our sadness and our anger.

Those are the times that news channels in MSM work. For the most part, however, on most days there isn’t that sort of urgency so political pundits fill the airwaves.

I think it was Jon Stewart who brought up once that it amazes him that Anderson Cooper has a nightly segment on his show called “Keeping Them Honest.” I’ve questioned why Cooper would need a segment called this as that is what all news should be. Facts are facts. That should be a given in the world of journalism and I think it is a good example of how we have fallen into the world of newsertainment. Don’t get me wrong, I dig Cooper, but it’s a good example of how news has changed.

Hours have to be filled and there are an abundance of pundits on every channel.  News has always been a for-profit industry. It has changed over the years depending on the appetite of the consumer.

There are things in this country to be angry about, there is no doubt. Outrage drives ratings up, sells newspapers and gets the juices flowing. We live with Facebook and Twitter where it’s the chance for everyone to be a guru, a critic or a pundit. Hell, I do it too but I take it pretty much a grain of salt yet when it comes to news, I want serious journalism. I do.

I worry, and I do, about areas in this country that are only getting the newsertainment. I’ve written about this ad nauseum especially when it comes to our state but I think it falls on deaf ears. I was recently called “just a blogger” from someone that didn’t quite understand I was writing political columns and covered news for a newspaper and a radio station 20 years ago.  I get it and I wasn’t offended. As long as you stop by now and then, I’ll take it. It is what it is. I loved the craft of journalism yet it is in the rearview mirror at this time of my life.

The world has changed and maybe I’m just being a bit nostalgic. It’s a new world, campers.

I’m grateful we don’t have stories like 9/11 or Hurricane Sandy everyday and let’s remember, there are countries on this planet who live in chaos constantly. I just wish that we didn’t create and spin chaos especially in politics just to create news for entertainment’s sake.

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A Learning Curve In State Politics

November 29, 2012 - Author: newscoma

As we have settled between the election and are smack dab in the middle of two holidays, the race for TNDP’s chair is heating up in a slow burn. Democrats from across the state have supplied several op/eds recently on state politics on what worked in this election cycle, what didn’t and varying degrees of opinions on the future.

Pundits and interested parties across the state have been writing about how the legislature should oppose/govern/compromise/all the other buzzwords. That’s one thing to watch in the upcoming general assembly. This is new ground being in such a small minority and I do not envy our state’s elected officials at this time. I don’t think there are going to be any easy answers. I don’t think a Magic 8 Ball is going to provide much until they get in and dig in their heels.

We have two things happening here. Our elected officials standing their ground in a passively aggressive hostile environment and the election of a new state leader for the party. The Supermajority will have its own problems between the moderates and tea party, which is going to interesting. There are several issues occurring that GOP leadership is going to have to deal with such as felony charges against David Hawk, and handling real public opinion on healthcare and schools.

Separate and connected in many ways when you look at the big picture of what our elected leaders must face and the next chapter for the TNDP.

If I were going to offer any words of advice right now is that what I believe your average person wants are a list of tangible solutions. They need to know what worked this election cycle (and some things did) and they also need to know what can be done to make the party stronger in the long haul.

We know the problems, so what are we going to do about it? We can bang that drum all day (and as Betsy wrote this morning, many of us have been trying to offer different degrees of our take on problems and solutions in the state political infrastructure.)That’s what we have to watch is who offers the plan that will unite the state. And it won’t happen in an Internet news cycle which last about as long as the life of an emphysema ridden mayfly.

There will be growing pains along the way. People will have to put aside being stubborn and listen. And one huge thing to remember is in this long skinny state there are a whole lot of people who are different. Huge chunks of Tennessee are getting their news from FOX and very little else. This has to be considered when discussing putting boots on the ground of distributing information on policy and the day-to-day operations of the legislature.

One thing to also take into consideration is that there is an army of passionate people who have unique skill sets that can be crucial and hugely successful in whomever takes the reins over. It’s not just knocking on doors, it is having a strategy of marketing to get the word out to smaller newspapers. It’s fighting back against the weapons of mass distraction that FOX fills into televisions in areas with little or no news. Not every radio station or newspaper has the Associated Press, so just because something goes out over the wire doesn’t mean it will show up in a particular district. Relationships can be built with media outlets outside urban areas, but it is going to buckling up and doing it. We can learn from telemarketing in the music industry of how picking up the phone can make a world of difference. Just a thought there …

I believe that we are in a learning curve, yet the key is we are going to have to listen to each other and look at the stories behind the stories (and they are there). We need to take note that this is politics, there is Good, Bad and Ugly.  There might not be quick answers, but it never hurts to have a plan and then revisit what works and what doesn’t.

Remember campers, there are no wars won in politics, just an ongoing cycle of battles.

 

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Searching For A Car Chronicles

November 28, 2012 - Author: newscoma

I’m a pretty trusting person. You really have to give me a good reason for me to want you removed from the same air I’m breathing. Yet, I’m having some trust issues right now and the person I don’t really trust is me. With what I do for a living, I have to have a car. It just absolutely is imperative.

The story goes that I’ve been looking for a new to me car for about three months now. As you may remember, my former car who I called Steve Austin died a horrific death back in September.

I’ve scrimped, I’ve saved, I’ve been blessed and I had about three good options recently but they didn’t pan out. That’s cool. Things happen. Yet on the other hand I have no mechanical knowledge in the least. And I only have cash to pay so whatever I get is going to be older but I really need it to be reliable. It can look like crap I just need it to run for at least a couple of years.

So here is a guide of things I’ve gone through during this torturous procedure so you don’t have to:

  1. Everyone seems to want to sell me a car but when I look at the blue book value and it’s much less than the price they are asking, I hesitate. When I bring it up, the owners look like I have shot and killed their award-winning labradoodle puppies.
  2. I have learned about different types of titles.
  3. I have learned about asking about if there ever was any flood damage.
  4. Just because it looks pretty on the outside doesn’t mean there isn’t a rubber band and a hamster underneath the hood.
  5. I have tried to find vehicles that have just one to two owners behind them. That isn’t easy in the least.
  6. Yes, I have tried cars.com and craigslist. I have also tried word-to-mouth, which I honestly prefer. Next stop is Autotraders little news shopper I guess.
  7. I met a man recently who has several cars in his possession and has talked to me about buying one of his. He collects them. I hope he meant what he said because I am very intrigued with the deal he is offering and the car he is talking about would be a dream. I just hope he meant it. (Maybe my trust issues are running deeper. I hate car shopping on a budget. It has worn me down.)

Anyway, that’s where it stands. I have a new friend who said he would look at the car and help a sister out. I may have to call on him about it. I really just want this to be over so I can not feel so isolated. I think they call this being taught patience.

And I need to trust myself, make a decision and start moving.

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Annoying Autobiographical Pause – Holidays, Politics And Pepper Spray

November 26, 2012 - Author: newscoma

Another holiday has come and gone. Everyone lived through it. I didn’t get to go home this year again, but it was okay. Last year I felt a bit like an orphan (Little Orphan Coma) but this year it was just another heightened day. SQ worked, I sort of wandered around to friends’ events and wiped out a tray of ham rolls stuffed with cream cheese and shallots. Those were pretty damned good. I need to learn how to make those things because I inhaled them like air.

There are a few things of note that I watched over the four day holiday weekend. First of all, it really amazed me that Scott DesJarlais finally spoke and it showed up in the news on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, the day that everyone was watching bad lip-synching and football is the day he finally addressed his constituents.

I also saw this story about football and Gov. Bill Haslam where once again our governor makes a sort-0f statement. The idea that academic scholarships are involved in recent decisions concerns me.  Just my two cents on the matter …

In other news, I lost my temper Friday night with a goon who has been harassing SQ and I for about two months with some of the most offensive and idiotic crap known to evolved man. This man is so pushy that he makes the pushiest person in America look like a My Little Pony. It was handled, but for the first time in my life I am contemplating buying pepper spray. Honestly, the first time in my life I am looking at doing this. No worries, it was handled but there seems to be a bit of an obsession about my personal life. So there is that. These are the times I miss Dirk Diggler who does not tolerate fools lightly. And Mr. Jimmy, who would have tripped this guy with his fancy walking cane.

So, other than Douche McDoucherson, it wasn’t bad.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming …

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A Thanksgiving Miracle

November 19, 2012 - Author: newscoma

It is a holiday week which means that yours truly is grinding her teeth a little bit.

No, it’s not you Thanksgiving, it’s me. I’m a grinch sometimes except I’m not tall, furry, green and live on a mountaintop with a dog which is in serious need to be put in foster pet care.

This year, however, I’m going to try to do better.  A lot of traditions that I really liked are gone due to new circumstances. And it’s not going to change at Christmas either so I just need to pick myself up by my bootstraps and drink a big ol’ cup of “Shut up, Trace” which is trademarked so don’t even try to steal it.

It’s made with rotisserie crow and the tears of sock puppets with just a hint of jasmine and chicken stock. Sort of the opposite of a raw juice diet.

There are some things that have cheered me up recently. A complete fangirl moment from a friend of mine who saw an actor in our local pub that was on Star Trek. I didn’t recognize him so I guess I’m not a true Trekkie. Another fan moment of someone else I didn’t recognize from another friend of mine when an actor showed up who is in the Young and the Restless. I would, however, recognize Bigfoot and have a complete meltdown. I don’t know if it would be a fan freak out but it would be a meltdown nonetheless if a Sasquatch came into my line of view. There might even be tears of the skeert variety.

I’ve made a couple of new friends who are musicians here in Nashville. I, of course, had to share my armadillo and horsefly poetry with them although I originally mentioned my terrible love poem to the honey badger that Steffens requested. I’m a douche, I forgot to share that epic stinker, dadgummit. So we’ve decided that this is performance art and most definitely needs to be performed in public at a poetry reading. They, of course, agreed to be dressed as a Mariachi band. I will be performing as Susan Boil, which would be a combination of Susan Boyle and the girl who comes out of the television set in the movie The Ring. They are headed out on the road in the next few weeks but who knows, this could be revolutionary. Or horrible, but who the hell cares. Ideas, campers, can be invigorating and fun.

I guess the bad poem about the mosquito and the snake are a little too sexually provocative for a bad poetry performance art piece, but one never knows. Damn, that would be fun. I’ve been telling people I need new hobbies.

It’s a Thanksgiving Turkey miracle!! Even if it doesn’t happen, I swear I had a hell of a time talking about it and planning my new career in performance bad poetry art which has to be a better hobby than competitively eating hotdogs. That sort of makes me want to barf, that hotdog eating thing.

Just sayin’.

(Of course the photo credit goes to the always wonderful TheoGeo)

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An Annoying Biographical Pre-Holiday List

November 18, 2012 - Author: newscoma

A list of things I’ve learned in the past couple of weeks in no particularly order:

  • Nashvillians love their Fireball. I, on the other hand, am not a fan in the least. Tastes like road tar to me.
  • Met a man who refuses to eat pork chops without a side of applesauce. When I brought up Peter Brady, he didn’t know who that was. Friends, that was a kick in the fruit.
  • Tennessee got their ass whipped yesterday and were just plum outcoached and outplayed. It will be okay. Derek Dooley, who seems like a nice man just not a very good coach is gone. I tried to preach this to a particularly obnoxious Big Orange fan I am an acquaintance with that this would happen if he didn’t beat Vandy and he pooh-poohed me. Sorry, dude, this woman was right.
  • I’ve been trying to figure out this whole Thanksgiving thing without a car. This has definitely been a learning experience on patience.
  • That may be resolved by next week. I’m hoping.
  • I found out that I have some new readers here that said some very kind words to me within the last week that I’ve met since I moved up here. Guys, it made my night, this unsolicited kindness.
  • When I’m completely stressed out, I forget to eat. I forgot to eat for about three days other than stuffing pickles and pieces of cheese in my mouth. This probably isn’t a good thing.
  • In related unexciting news, I am having to scale back on the java. Sad, but true story of the slow break up of a woman and her coffee beans.
  • I have an Internet crush on Chris Kluwe.
  • I hate getting stood up at the last minute by text message when I’m already at the place that I was supposed to meet that person. It’s happened recently and it always makes me stabby.
  • This makes me laugh.

That’s it. Just chronicles of my life thrown up on a blog, but there mine so now they are yours too.

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Learning From Recent History

- Author: newscoma

Some times you have to take your lumps and regroup.

Criticism usually comes from two different sources: the ones that are going to criticize you regardless of what you do and the ones that care enough to offer some tough love on what they really care about. If folks are disappointed and angry, find out why they feel this way.

Getting past the criticism can also go two ways: moving past it without taking it under advisement and being angry about it or learning from it.

There is quite a bit of finger pointing right now (and rightfully so) about how Mark Clayton got so many votes in urban areas. Much of the blame has been pointed to the TNDP while I’ve read other accounts that voters didn’t educate themselves very well about that particular candidate’s failings.

The blame game is happening and, quite frankly, it keeps people standing still.

I like to think I pay attention to the state’s political climate. I do this each morning for people that want to sign up for it. and although much of the criticism I’ve seen is of value, I also believe that it goes back to deeper issues. (I wrote-in Jacob Maurer for Senate if you were wondering.)

The national news screamed about Scott DesJarlais but, and I’m asking sincerely, did that information make it to smaller newspaper and radio stations in his district which is some sage advice that JR Lind gave. The Times Free Press has done an excellent job getting his indiscretions out, mind you, but that’s a weird funky district and I just wonder if it is getting to each rural town.

Yet some passionate writers around the state have been trying to sound the horn for several years that the message wasn’t fluid and it was getting drowned out when it came to educating folks on candidates and policies that impact everyone in this state. A post I wrote four years ago which I revisited this morning still has a lot of things in it still unresolved. And Terry Heaton laid out a wonderful way to communicate as well four years ago where several of us also opined on ideas to help get out the word. It is worth the time and energy, as Heaton wrote years ago, to invest in ambassadors, for lack of a better word. (And the language in that post also will show you how web terminology has evolved.)

And what local and state news competes with is bundled news about things like Twinkies (where folks miss the message that banking regulations were at fault and not much else. Don’t worry campers, they aren’t going anywhere because another company will save them. This is a weapon of mass distraction. The losers in this battle where workers because the company knew they were going bankrupt and took huge salaries, but that is another story for another day.)

This is a time of great opportunity to start making the necessary changes needed in dealing with a new media market. Just think of all those Tennesseans on Facebook or Twitter that will be available to share a message with their friends yet it needs to be organized. National news is sexy and readily available, local news not so much. One thing that made a difference this year, once again, was social media.

In politics there is always another exit down the road and 2014 has some things on the ballot that will make your want to set your hair on fire. There is value in rebuilding leadership and educating ourselves on what our state is doing. Hopefully we won’t let history repeat itself.

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On-line Petitions

November 14, 2012 - Author: newscoma

On-line petitions are about gaining email accounts where demographics can be herded like cats in many ways. I’m not necessarily against on-line petitions, but it is important to know that they serve a purpose that is much more about the issue you might be voting for or against.

I’m not saying don’t sign petitions. Sign them if you want to. It’s a part of democracy of being able to say and sign what you want to. I have signed some myself because I knew that I would continue to be sent information about specific things. It’s just a reminder though that many times when people put their digital signature to a cause of the week, not much will get done in instituting any real, meaningful change in government or meaty policy. It’s basically just a new way to say I’m all in. I tend to like local petitions from state-wide entities like TEP or Tennessee Citizen Action, but that’s just me.

This isn’t just politics, it’s the new way business tries to grab folks’ attention. World Market sends me about three pressers in my inbox a week because I signed up for a free sample of coffee on my birthday. I received a free cup of java and they got an email address that they use quite a bit. I don’t mind, I asked for it with my John Hancock. The same goes with organizations such as Amazon and countless others.

With your email address, another element for promotion is gained in spreading a message, an issue or a product.

And for that whole secession hoopla going on right now. It is as exactly at Southern Beale writes this morning. The states are not going to secede (it’s a law ya’ll).  It’s just another way that disgruntled voters that weren’t too happy with last week’s election to raise some hell about Pres. Obama without doing much more than signing a petition. She also brings up the other side to on-line petitions and that is there really is no way to gauge what are real contacts and what aren’t.  In so many ways, this is just another way to stay in the news for a little bit longer.

As I said, on-line petitions are great and inexpensive ways to gather email addresses. It’s also good to know that is part of what is happening.

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