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May 13, 2013
If you’ve got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. It is contradictory to our traditions, and people have to be held accountable.
President Obama • Commenting on an admission that the IRS targeted conservative groups, many associated with the tea party, during the 2012 election cycle, following an apology from an IRS official on Friday and this morning’s leak of  the Inspector General’s report to ABC News. President Obama’s comments came during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who’s currently visiting Washington D.C. to discuss the war in Syria. source
14:59 // 11 months ago
March 22, 2013
But the negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president. ‘In the end,’ Gingrich says, ‘it was just too hard to negotiate.’

Bloomberg Businessweek has a story about how Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich nearly ran for president together on a quote-unquote “Unity” ticket. 

Hope that second to pick yourself up from fainting helped.

9:17 // 1 year ago
January 24, 2013
We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before…Simple ‘outreach’ a few months before an election will not suffice. In fact, let’s stop talking about ‘reaching out’—and start working on welcoming in.
Planned remarks by Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus for the group’s upcoming winter meeting. Since November, we’ve heard a lot from the GOP about “re-calibrating" its message to appeal to demographics it lost in 2012 (Hispanics, women, young people, African-Americans, LGBT folk, and others). What we haven’t yet heard is how, if at all, those recalibrations will manifest themselves policy-wise. Will Priebus, or anyone else at this RNC meeting, be able to articulate what policies the GOP has to offer the people who voted to reelect President Obama last year and expand the Democratic majority the the Senate? Or will they insist that it’s just a matter of messaging? Speaking of messaging, Priebus probably isn’t too happy about Republican darling Allen West’s latest. source
10:51 // 1 year ago
November 11, 2012
We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process. I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott • In a statement regarding the state’s massive lines on election day. Scott plans to have his secretary of state investigate what happened — and to make improvements in the process. “We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level,” Scott continued. “We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state.”
10:26 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012
The New York Post, everyone. (ht @BuzzFeedAndrew)

The New York Post, everyone. (ht @BuzzFeedAndrew)

1:58 // 1 year ago
1:55 // 1 year ago
election:

Infographic: How long Tumblr users waited at the polls
The amount of time 137 ShortFormBlog and Tumblr Election readers spent waiting at the polls to vote today. (We asked earlier tonight.) One unlucky person waited three and a half hours. :(
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

election:

Infographic: How long Tumblr users waited at the polls

The amount of time 137 ShortFormBlog and Tumblr Election readers spent waiting at the polls to vote today. (We asked earlier tonight.) One unlucky person waited three and a half hours. :(

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

(via gov)

0:55 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
19:35 // 1 year ago
19:15 // 1 year ago
election:

Obama vs. Romney: An analysis of the infamous e-mail campaigns
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been swamped in campaign e-mails over the last few weeks. (We even spotted some good unintentional fanfic from the Obama subject lines.) The campaigns are doing some incredibly interesting things with the format, but man, do they get overwhelming sometimes. E-mail marketing company Klaviyo was equally interested, and they found a couple of interesting things:
one There was a nearly two-month gap where Romney’s camp didn’t send e-mails. Obama sent e-mails nearly the entire time between June and November. Both campaigns ramped up in the last few weeks.
two One in seven Obama e-mails used one-word subject lines, something which Romney never did. Obama also relied heavily on subject lines which ended with colons (i.e. “This Matters:”) — something which weirded out Klaviyo’s Ed Hallen.
three Romney’s camp was more likely to send e-mails from with name lines of people other than the presidential candidate, his VP candidate, or his spouse. Nearly half of all Obama camp e-mails, on the other hand, came from “Barack Obama” himself. But we all know Obama was too busy running the country to actually send all of those himself. 
From a marketing perspective, these campaigns will be watched closely because they’re doing fairly innovative things with the format. On the other hand, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna be glad not to get so many e-mails.
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Barack Obama campaign e-mails, I will miss you.

election:

Obama vs. Romney: An analysis of the infamous e-mail campaigns

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been swamped in campaign e-mails over the last few weeks. (We even spotted some good unintentional fanfic from the Obama subject lines.) The campaigns are doing some incredibly interesting things with the format, but man, do they get overwhelming sometimes. E-mail marketing company Klaviyo was equally interested, and they found a couple of interesting things:

  • one There was a nearly two-month gap where Romney’s camp didn’t send e-mails. Obama sent e-mails nearly the entire time between June and November. Both campaigns ramped up in the last few weeks.
  • two One in seven Obama e-mails used one-word subject lines, something which Romney never did. Obama also relied heavily on subject lines which ended with colons (i.e. “This Matters:”) — something which weirded out Klaviyo’s Ed Hallen.
  • three Romney’s camp was more likely to send e-mails from with name lines of people other than the presidential candidate, his VP candidate, or his spouse. Nearly half of all Obama camp e-mails, on the other hand, came from “Barack Obama” himself. But we all know Obama was too busy running the country to actually send all of those himself. 

From a marketing perspective, these campaigns will be watched closely because they’re doing fairly innovative things with the format. On the other hand, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna be glad not to get so many e-mails.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Barack Obama campaign e-mails, I will miss you.

(via gov)

11:35 // 1 year ago