|April 1, 2014||Posted by steveparkhurst under American Renaissance, jack kemp|
We are proud and excited to announce a big change.
GPH Consulting is expanding, reaching out and pursuing purpose. As part of that, we are changing our name and re-branding to something that we’re looking forward to, and we hope you will too.
Welcome, American Renaissance Political Consulting Group (AmRen PCG).
We hope you’ll follow us over to AmRenConsulting.com. Our other assets are simply changing names, so if you already liked us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you won’t lose us. We want to expand engagement and foster thoughtful, impactful ideas that can really bring about the American Renaissance Jack Kemp wrote about and spent a political career trying to facilitate.
2014 will be an exciting year, but it is just a start.
|February 24, 2014||artemio muniz, conservatism, Republicans, ronald reagan|
This article originally appeared at Big Jolly Politics. In addition, GPH Consulting was a proud sponsor of this event, offering supplies and volunteers to help make this event a success. By Temo Muniz Artemio Muniz, Chris Carmona, and Trebor Gordon helping an applicant And choice in education is the wave of the future because it […] more
|February 1, 2014||Detroit|
You simply must watch this documentary. The documentary, Bankrupt: How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit is online for entirely free viewing. Do the right thing. Watch this movie today. Then, share it with others. It’s free. It’s less than an hour. It’s worth it. more
|January 25, 2014||American Renaissance, jack kemp, paul ryan, wall street journal|
By Steve Parkhurst It’s no secret, I’m a big fan and admirer of Paul Ryan. I’ve said for a while that his years of working with the late Jack Kemp, have helped mold him into a modern day Kemp. You don’t have to search our site long to find examples of this. Congressman Ryan wrote […] more
|January 19, 2014||American Renaissance, energy policy|
Yet another indicator that we’re on the cusp on an American Renaissance. When even hardened Leftist Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel admits to the growth that comes from fracking and energy development, it’s time to say goodnight to anti-capitalists of the Left. The trickle-down effect of good things happening because of the energy sector will take […] more
|December 1, 2013||Posted by steveparkhurst under 2014|
District 13 campaigns must work around the holidays
Published: November 29, 2013
The special election to fill the late C.W. “Bill” Young’s seat in Congress is riddled with numerous challenges for the candidates, not the least of which is having to campaign during the holidays.
The time frame for the election is likely to prove a strong dynamic in the race. Three Republicans — lobbyist and former Young aide David Jolly, state representative and former South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters, and retired Marine Gen. Mark Bircher, a political newcomer — will square off in the Jan. 14 primary for the District 13 seat. The winner will face former state chief financial officer and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink in the March 11 special election.
Not that holiday campaigning is unprecedented. Scott Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts, prevailed in a January special election in 2010 to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat after his death. And presidential hopefuls trudge out to Iowa in January for the early caucuses there.
Nevertheless, campaigning during the holidays is unusual and presents candidates with distinct challenges.
It’s a time when money is scarce, schedules are tight and negative campaigning doesn’t fly. People are supposed to set their grudges aside and find common ground this time of year — even in Washington.
“Everybody’s just cordial. It’s different,” said Steve Parkhurst, a consultant with GPH Consulting, a national political consulting firm that works with Republican candidates. “You’ve got good tidings and joy and all of that going on.”
Commercials smearing another candidate could come across as tacky when sandwiched between ads thick with messages of joy and peace.
“Everybody can find something nice to say to everyone else that time of year,” Parkhurst said. “You have to have a level of sensitivity.”
That’s why candidates might be better off highlighting their own strengths rather than tearing down opponents in December.
“People aren’t paying that much attention and, I think, people find it tacky,” Chris Akins, of Akins Campaign Strategy in Tallahassee, said in an email.
“It simply isn’t the time to campaign, outside [of] heartfelt and genuine wishes for happy holidays. … For the campaigning that does occur, I generally advise to dial back the rhetoric and focus on what’s been accomplished and how it helps the community at large — policies that benefit everyone.”
Come Jan. 2, the barbs can come out, said Abby Livingston, a writer for Washington political blog Roll Call, who is covering the District 13 race. By then, though, it may be too late for candidates in the primary.
“It would be a sprint to the finish,” she said.
Especially considering that early voting in the District 13 race starts on Jan. 4.
By then, mail ballots for the primary will also be trickling in. Pinellas County Elections Supervisor Deborah Clark has been encouraging absentee voting in recent years. Absentee ballots went out to overseas and military voters Wednesday, and they go out to local absentee voters on Dec. 10.
Candidates need to have their message out to voters by the start of the year, though, Parkhurst said.
“You have to have your radio ads done, your TV ads done, and your direct mail has to be pretty much out the door by that time,” he said.
Getting the message out could also prove more difficult in the District 13 special election than it would in a normal election cycle.
For one, advertising rates during the holidays can be exorbitant, given that campaigns are often competing with major retailers for pricey commercial slots over the holidays.
Raising money for those ads can also be tough.
“It’s notoriously difficult … to raise money during this time,” Livingston said. “That’s a time when people are tight with their budgets. They’d probably prefer to give their kids something nice for Christmas rather than give a candidate money for an ad for TV. It’s a harder sell.”
Organizing fundraisers to pay for that advertising can be tough as well, but not impossible, Akins said.
“An organized fundraiser might be hard to pull off, but calling your reliable donors and meeting with small groups is certainly doable,” he said. “Essentially, I might not organize a large public fundraiser, but I’d certainly consider using a week or two right after Thanksgiving and early December to get my regulars on board and meet with prospects and keep it low-key.”
As would be true of any truncated election cycle, top contenders in the District 13 race will have strong name recognition and fundraising ability. In the cases of Jolly and Peters — with Peters having the name recognition and Jolly having the financial resources — campaigning around the holidays means reaching out directly to the right voters — except on the major holidays, when most people don’t want to hear about politics.
“Special elections are always especially impacted by turnout, or sometimes lack thereof,” said Tallahassee GOP political consultant Sarah Bascom, who is serving as the Jolly campaign’s communications director. “With this race being around the holidays, you have to microtarget and be very strategic in your outreach. I know for the Jolly campaign, it has been and will continue to be a 24/7 campaign, and no stone will go unturned.”
The original story can be found here.
|November 27, 2013||Posted by steveparkhurst under Immigration Reform|
By Joe Gruters
A recent Sarasota Herald-Tribune article gave us all the information we need about the support for amnesty-first immigration reform in Sarasota County. There is none.
Political reporter Jeremy Wallace reported on an Organizing for America (OFA) event last week that was billed as an effort to get U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan to change his mind and vote in favor of HR15, the Democrat plan to legalize illegal immigrants without first ensuring the border is secure.
The meeting garnered a grand total of about 12 people. There is simply no support for that kind of immigration reform in Sarasota County. Buchanan is representing his constituents very well on the issue, and protecting them from the influence of outside, partisan, leftist groups allied with the concept of “fundamentally changing” the United States.
Organizing for America is the community organizing group created by the Democrat National Committee after Barack Obama’s election in 2008. The goal was to funnel money into organizing the hard-core left to back Obama’s political agenda. It is essentially an outgrowth of the Obama for president organization — the never-ending campaigning that is the hallmark of this presidency. (Managing apparently is irrelevant.)
The group’s state immigration director told the audience, “We don’t believe there is any chance he will change his position.” Good.
And of course the timing of the immigration push nationally is an obvious attempt to shift public attention away from the rolling disaster that is Obamacare. The same worry is reasonably connected to the Iran nukes agreement. That one does not need to be read to know it is a bad deal. Just look at who likes and dislikes it?
Who dislikes it? Israel and Saudi Arabia are vehemently against it because they fear an aggressive, nuclear-armed Iran, which is what the agreement will accomplish. Who likes it? There was literally celebrating in the streets of Tehran, Iran. That tells the tale.
It is becoming hard to even keep track of the blunders, cover-ups, scandals, constitution violations, dirty politics, mismanagements, ally alienations and ideological cliffs that are the legacy of the Obama administration.
On immigration, Republicans need to hold firm or the Democrats will try to ensure a lot more “Obamas” become president.
Reform has to start with a sealed and enforced border so we know who is coming and going, and they are accounted for and paying into the kitty from which they will be drawing. It cannot be a promise to secure the borders. Democrats have broken too many promises — “If you like your insurance, you can keep it” — and have already broken that specific one on the last immigration “reform.”
We have not had an administration this untrustworthy since Nixon at his worst moment. And Senate Democrat leadership is duplicitous beyond embarrassment.
Buchanan is right to stand firm. Only a few leftist ideologues don’t get it.
Thanks for being informed and engaged.
|November 20, 2013||Posted by steveparkhurst under California, gop, Republicans|
John Fund over at National Review Online has a great recap of some election results from last night.
In Wisconsin, Republicans held a rural assembly seat in central Wisconsin with 67 percent of the vote as expected but also held a highly competitive seat in south Milwaukee County that Barack Obama carried in 2008 and only narrowly lost last year. Republican Jessie Rodriguez, who won 56 percent of the vote yesterday, will become the first female Hispanic Republican to serve in the assembly. She was born in El Salvador but moved to the U.S. in the 1980s to avoid that country’s civil war. She is currently an outreach coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice — a nonprofit organization that helps low-income parents find schools for their children.
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But the biggest surprise yesterday may have been in California, a place where the Republican party has been on life support. But not last night. With provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted, former Democratic congressional staffer Matt Dababneh had only a 173-vote lead over Republican Susan Shelley in a special election for a San Fernando Valley assembly seat near Los Angeles. The district is overwhelmingly Democratic. Barack Obama won it in 2012 with 64 percent of the vote and Republicans make up only a quarter of the registered voters.