Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Win-Win Politics

Posted on November 4, 2008 by Joseph McCormick

Out of the pain and frustrating dysfunction of the current win-lose political drama, a serious constituency is growing for a political system based in well tested win-win principles and practices (similiar to those adopted by large businesses over the past couple decades to reconcile the divergent interests of management, labor, and other “stakeholders.”) This constituency isn’t waiting for the political professionals to agree — its unlikely they ever will — it’s being driven by citizen leadership.

My faith and commitment to such a difficult to imagine transformation from win-lose to win-win politics is rooted in personal experience. In 2001 after spending the first half of my life as a strident hater of liberals, I left Republican politics exhausted and disillusioned to reflect in a cabin in the mountains of rural Virginia. At the age of 39 I was in personal crisis. I had recently lost a risky bid for Congress. My marriage, business and political reputation had disintegrated. After struggling with and for political power for almost a decade, fueled by an undercurrent of anger and righteousness, I had hit a wall.

Friday, March 28, 2008

This email in from a reader (didn't know I had any!)

I got this email in yesterday from a reader and it was a wakeup call to me and I want to thank you!

>"Peter Gemma, CFRE" wrote:> As I understand it, the Transpartisan news you offer is supposed to network and find common ground between right/left/centerist viewpoints. I cannot ever remember seeing counter arguments to your recycled left/liberal stuff. I can read endless stories about (yawn) the Global Warming fad, Gore, etc. etc. in the New York Times and What's new about any of this? are you breaking new ground? How about offering an alternative opinion (gasp!) and to the other info you send out. Here's an original idea: send some thoughtful right-wing/conservative opinions around -- or don't you think there is any such thing?>

My Reply to Peter was:

>Ouch, but the truth hurts Peter! You are so correct my friend and I apologize. Would you care to have posting privledges on the blog? We could discuss things back and forth!> > Think about it ok?> > Steve

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Letter from Al Gore

Dear Steve,

Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund and journalist Miriam Horn have just published a fascinating book called Earth: The Sequel - The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.

The book tells the story of scientists and businessmen working on the front lines to solve the climate crisis, turning our planet's greatest threat into our greatest economic opportunity.

The book also explores breakthroughs in solar, wind, and biomass technologies, in addition to examining how we must reinvent everything from cars to concrete and replace our current outdated centralized electrical grid with a smart, multidirectional energy network.

You can buy your copy of Earth The Sequel by clicking here.

Thank you,

Al Gore

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm Not Running For President, But... | Mike Bloomberg

I'm Not Running For President, But... Mike Bloomberg

Obama Launches Local Web Push

Centro places effort on 26 outlets in Ohio, Texas

NEW YORK - As crunch time approaches in the Texas and Ohio primaries, ascendant Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has launched an aggressive local Web campaign.The effort represents the first major Web effort for a presidential candidate to incorporate video. Until now, with the exception of paid search ads, candidates have relied primarily on their own Web sites and free placement on social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube to get their message across online.The Obama Web campaign, placed by Centro on 26 local TV, radio and newspaper Web sites in Ohio and Texas, features a Sliding Billboard at the top of the Web page with a 30-second video embedded in the expandable unit. Depending on the site, the ad plays different video ads.Some of the media sites that are carrying the ads include Belo's The Dallas Morning News and its ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV;; and The Houston Chronicle ( The buy also includes radio and TV stations that are part of the WorldNow Ohio and Texas Networks.In addition, the Illinois Senator initiated a buy earlier this week with online video ad network Broadband Enterprises to run 30-second spots on various local TV, radio and newspaper Web sites, including the Clear Channel stations WKOI in San Antonio and WKRC in Cincinnati. The buy, which is said to be in the five-figure dollar range, also includes geo-targeted inventory on several national sites represented by Broadband EnterprisesAccording to Broadband Enterprises, to date none of the candidates have spent any dollars on their network, including Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Obama Wins Wisconsin; Poised for 10 in a Row

With a projected victory Tuesday in Wisconsin, Sen. Barack Obama is poised for 10 straight victories with the Illinois senator favored in Hawaii's Democratic caucus, the state where Obama was born. The victory in Wisconsin puts Sen. Hillary Clinton in a must win position heading into contests in Ohio and Texas on March 4.

In Wisconsin, Obama has 56 percent of the vote to Clinton's 43 percent, with 4 percent of precincts reporting.

Like a week ago in Maryland and Virginia, exit polls out of Wisconsin show Obama making serious inroads into Hillary Clinton’s base – female voters and white voters. READ MORE

On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain is the projected winner in Wisconsin. The McCain campaign is hoping that decsive wins Tuesday in Wisconsin and Washington state will knock Huckabee out of the race for the Republican nomination.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

McCain beats Romney to win Fla. primary

By DAVID ESPO and LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writers

MIAMI - Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, gaining the upper hand in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination ahead of next week's contests across 21 states. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared ready to quit the race.

"It shows one thing. I'm the conservative leader who can unite the party," McCain said in a brief interview with The Associated Press.

"It's a very significant boost, but I think we've got a tough week ahead and a lot of states to come."

The victory was worth 57 national convention delegates for McCain, a winner-take-all haul that catapulted him ahead of Romney for the overall delegate lead.

Giuliani ran third, his best showing of the campaign but not nearly good enough for the one-time front-runner who decided to make his last stand in a state that is home to tens of thousands of transplanted New Yorkers.

In remarks to supporters in Orlando, he referred to his candidacy repeatedly in the past tense — as though it was over. "We'll stay involved and together we'll make sure that we'll do everything we can to hand our nation off to the next generation better than it was before," he said.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trailed, but told supporters he would campaign on. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was fifth, and last.
Romney, who has spent millions of dollars of his personal fortune to run for the White House, also vowed to stay in the race.
"At a time like this, America needs a president in the White House who has actually had a job in the real economy," he told supporters in St. Petersburg.
Florida marked the end of one phase of the campaign, the last in a series of single-state contests.
The campaign goes national next week, with 21 states holding primaries and caucuses on Tuesday and 1,023 party convention delegates at stake.

Returns from 73 percent of the state's precincts showed McCain, the Arizona senator, with 36 percent of the vote and Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, with 31 percent.
The victory was another step in one of the most remarkable political comebacks of recent times. McCain entered the race the front-runner, then found his campaign unraveling last summer as his stands in favor of the Iraq War and a controversial immigration bill proved unpopular.
The war gradually became less of a concern after President Bush's decision to increase troop deployments began to produce results. McCain also sought to readjust his position on immigration.

By the time of the New Hampshire primary, he was primed for victory, and got it. He won the South Carolina primary last week, taking first place in the state that had snuffed out his presidential hopes in 2000.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Campaign 2008 Updates

GOP funk slows turnout, moneyBy: JIM VANDEHEIand JOHN F. HARRIS So far, the story of the 2008 campaign on the Republican side is what’s not happening. Read More Comment

Romney skips S.C., bets on NevadaBy: JONATHAN MARTINand LISA LERER Just a day after his big win in Michigan, he cedes South Carolina to his rivals. Read More Comment

Anti-war groups retreatBy: RYAN GRIM Anti-war groups back away from drive to cut funding and pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home. Read More Comment

Jewish voters lean toward Hillary ClintonBy: BEN SMITH Clinton emerges as candidate with the bulk of establishment Jewish support. Read More Comment

Economic distress forces bipartisanshipBy: MARTIN KADY IIand PATRICK O'CONNOR Nancy Pelosi and John A. Boehner meet in rare closed-door meeting to discuss economic stimulus package. Read More Comment

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Michigan Primary Update

Romney Wins Michigan Primary

In what amounted to a must win for his presidential campaign, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the projected winner of tonight's Michigan presidential primary. With 11 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has 37 percent of the vote; McCain, 31 percent. Last week, Romney pulled his resources out of South Carolina and Florida to focus solely on the state where his father was once governor -- a strategy that appears to have paid off. READ MORE

On the Democratic side, Sen. Hillary Clinton's name was the only one on the Michigan ballot among the top three Democratic contendors. Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards removed their names from the ballot after the DNC revoked the state's delegates to the national convention for moving the state's primary to Jan. 15 in violation of DNC rules.
With 12 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton has 61 percent of the vote; uncommited 34 percent. READ MORE

Monday, January 14, 2008

McCain Surges to Lead in New Poll

CBS News
Posted: 2008-01-14 10:41:49
Filed Under: Elections News

(Jan. 13) - Surging after his win in the New Hampshire primary, Arizona Sen. John McCain has come from behind to now lead the national Republican race, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. However, among Democrats, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has maintained her double-digit national lead in the race, despite winning only one of the two contests so far.McCain is now the choice of 33 percent of Republican primary voters in the poll, up from just seven percent in the last CBS News/New York Times poll taken in December. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is in second place with 18 percent, down from 21 percent in December. The biggest drop downward is in former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s support, from leading at 22 percent in the last poll to ten percent now. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson are tied in this poll at eight percent.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

McCain Projected to Win N.H. Republican Primary

With 12 percent of precincts reporting, Arizona Sen. John McCain is projected to win the New Hampshire Republican primary. He leads with 37 percent of the vote; former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney follows with 28 percent of the vote.

Check later for full analysis and results.

Clinton Wins N.H. Democratic Primary

Sen. Hillary Clinton tonight was declared the winner of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, ensuring the continuation of a tight two-way race between Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses.

With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton has 40 percent of the vote; Obama, 36 percent.

"It looks like a heavy turnout among women, particularly older women may have really helped [Clinton]," said pollster John Zogby. "And it looks like the emotion she showed yesterday may have helped her too, especially with women."
Exit polls suggest as many as 18 percent of Democratic voters did not decide on a candidate until today -- a significantly higher percentage than usual, Zogby said.

Check later for full analysis and results.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Huckabee, Obama Declared Caucus Winners

With most precincts reporting, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is projected to defeat his nearest rival former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by 11 percent in the Iowa Republican caucus. On the Democratic side, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois leads former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York by 7 percent.

Check for full analysis and results.