Hawaii Senate Race Features New Voter Communications – Linglevision

By Susan Nightingale – President & Founder, PolitiView

Source: Linda Lingle Facebook

Linda Lingle, Republican senatorial candidate for Hawaii, has taken to the television airwaves to promote her candidacy.

Seemingly unremarkable until you learn that she has created an entire cable channel that is all-Lingle-all-the-time. As The New York Times reported, “it will provide viewers with a feast of Lingle speeches, Lingle advertisements and Lingle endorsements, as well as video issue papers, televised forums and testimonials delivered in 10 of the languages spoken on these islands.”

Called LL12, the channel has a choice spot on Hawaii’s cable dial, coming after Fox News and before CNN Headline News. The channel will reach 245,000 homes and is comparatively inexpensive, costing the campaign $2,500 a week. This first in the nation strategy represents a larger drive by candidates to push through the information clutter and grab the attention of the voter. Continue reading

Do Americans Really Care More about Vacation Activities than Policy Ideas?

Evidently, there was some commotion about Mitt Romney’s recent vacation, particularly a photo of him and his wife riding a wave runner.

Photo: usnews.com

And, of course, President Obama has been criticized for playing golf during his Martha’s Vineyard vacations.

Barack Obama walks to take a putt shot at the 9th hole at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Photo: usnews.com. Barack Obama walks to take a putt shot at the 9th hole at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Is this a media obsession or does the average American voter really care?  Hopefully, it’s the former, because we Americans can do better when it comes to evaluating our candidates and elected officials.  After all, aren’t our public leaders allowed to take a break, even have some fun?  And, what does their choice of activity have to do with how their plans for our country will impact each of us?

Sure, when you’re a candidate and/or public office holder, you need to expect that everything you do is fair game for public scrutiny, right or wrong.  That’s not the point.

To be clear, we like riding wave runners and playing golf.  But when it comes to politics, candidates and political leaders, we’re much more concerned with their tax, economic and foreign policy plans.  Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

Here at PolitiView, we think Americans want to get the facts about what candidates stand for so they can make the very best voting choice.  We’re working hard to make this easier than ever for American voters.  Stay tuned.

How to Run for Political Office – Without Writing a Check to Your Opponent!

Photo: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Rabbi Shmuley for Congress Facebook.

Did you hear about the congressional candidate who invited his opponent to dinner and donated to his campaign?

No joke.  That would be Rabbi Shmuley Boteach running in New Jersey’s 9th district.

How about the candidate who legally changed his name to his campaign website URL to get the media to pay attention?

True again.  Eddie Gonzalez, now voteforeddiecom, garnered lots of attention for his race in Florida’s 25th district.

But let’s talk about all the candidates you definitely have not heard about.  These are the unknown candidates running for office at every level across our fifty states, most with barely the longest shot at victory, who do so anyway because they think they can make a difference for their community and country. Continue reading

Hey Voters. Unhappy? It’s Up to You to Make a Difference!

Unemployed circus clown Tim Torkildson, a.k.a. Dusty the Clown, sits on a bench on the north side of the Capitol building holding a sign May 16, 2012. Photo: http://www.congress.org

Americans’ approval of Congress is at 17% in June, per the latest Gallup poll.

In fact, “Congressional job approval has generally been low for years, with readings as low as 18% in the summer of 2007 and 14% in July 2008.” Continue reading

National Conventions to Get Live, Online Political Coverage

Republican National Convention 2012

We’ve always known the power of political video online, but now the world seems to agree.

June 18th article in Adweek says that in the course of only 24 hours, The Huffington Post, The New York Times and BuzzFeed all announced plans to cover both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this summer, with live online-only broadcasts.

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Hey Veterans, We’ve Got Your 6 Too

Logo: Got Your 6 and PRNewswire

Have you heard about the pro-military veterans initiative, Got Your 6?

“More than one million military service members will reenter civilian life over the next five years. In order to best inspire these individuals to success, the campaign works to ensure that they return home as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our communities. Got Your 6 focuses on the activation of the American public through six key pillars of veteran reintegration: jobs, education, health, housing, family, and leadership.”

At PoliltiView.com, we’re doing our part.  Military veterans interested in running for public office, who have not been previously elected, are eligible for a free six-month subscription to PolitiView.com. Continue reading

New Poll: 37% of Americans Dissatisfied with Political System. Why?

We were intrigued with the results from a new voter survey conducted by The Washington Times and research firm JZ Analytics.

According to the survey, 37% of Americans don’t find their views well represented by the current American political system.  Yet 62% looked within the Democratic and Republican ranks for a candidate.  Of course, those two parties dominate the ballot election choices.

What’s driving voter dissatisfaction?  Is poor communication a contributing factor?  We’d like to hear from you.

Survey Chart: The Washington Times/JZ Analytics