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I Always Knew Republicans Exploit People's Fears, But...Just Wow

Seeing the words "fear" and "reactionary" in Power Point form as a actual RNC fundraising tactic just blows my mind.

From Politico:

The presentation explains the Republican fundraising in simple terms.

"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate...?" it asks.

The answer: "Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”

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The most unusual section of the presentation is a set of six slides headed “RNC Marketing 101.” The presentation divides fundraising into two traditional categories, direct marketing and major donors, and lays out the details of how to approach each group.

The small donors who are the targets of direct marketing are described under the heading “Visceral Giving.” Their motivations are listed as “fear;” “Extreme negative feelings toward existing Administration;” and “Reactionary.”

Major donors, by contrast, are treated in a column headed “Calculated Giving.”

Their motivations include: “Peer to Peer Pressure”; “access”; and “Ego-Driven.”

Posted in Submitted by Gina on March 3, 2010 - 20:22.

Political Outsider 100223 - NOI vs CPAC

Opening Remarks:
Hi, I’m Gina Cooper, the Political Outsider.
This week I want to talk about CPAC and the Tea Party movement, the progressive “un-conference, Roots camp, and compare issues addressed at each of these conferences last weekend.
I will wrap up with what this comparison reveals as the real challenge to the Tea Party movement.

Posted in Submitted by Gina on March 3, 2010 - 20:14.

History of the Reconciliation Process in Health Care Reform

Do you know why COBRA, the law that lets people keep their health insurance when they leave their jobs, is called COBRA?

"The correct name is continuation benefits. And the only reason it's called COBRA is because it was contained in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985; and that is how we came up with the name COBRA,"

According to NPR health care reform via the reconciliation process has a deep history, going back to 1882. Here's a list of health care reform legislation passed via reconciliation:

Posted in Submitted by Gina on February 24, 2010 - 09:15.

The Political Outsider 100216 Open DOJ

I've do a weekly radio segment on WDIS-am Business Talk Radio. My show is called "The Political Outsider" and is streamed online every Tuesday starting at 1:38 Pacific time, at least that's when they call me. Sometimes it starts a little later. WDIS broadcasts throughout the north-east US, from Rhode Island to Maine, including Boston, MA.

In this segment I talk about the Department of Justices Open Government Initiative. Then Patrick, Chuck and I talk about government transparency and modernizing government institutions.

During the monologue, the audio is a little week, but it gets better for the discussion segment. Here's a link to my opening remarks for your reading pleasure :p

Posted in Submitted by Gina on February 23, 2010 - 11:01.

Welfare Queen Republicans

Sure, the ad calls them hypocrites, but I think they are worse. They are Welfare Queen Republicans, obstructionists unwilling to contribute to society, unwilling to make things better, but happily sucking the teat of the system.


Posted in Submitted by Gina on February 17, 2010 - 13:14.

Economy Sucking Less

Posted in Submitted by Gina on February 16, 2010 - 18:21.

The Political Outisider: Open DOJ

So, I've started doing a weekly radio segment on WDIS-am Business Talk Radio. WDIS broadcasts throughout the north-east US, from Rhode Island to Maine, including Boston, MA. My show is called "The Political Outsider" and is streamed online every Tuesday starting at 1:38 Pacific time, at least that's when they call me. Sometimes it starts a little later.

UPDATE: audio

Anyway, here's the transcript to my intro for my first show. I'll post the audio of the entire show when it becomes available.

Hi. I’m Gina Cooper, the Political Outsider. Today I want to talk about Open Government.

Posted in Submitted by Gina on February 16, 2010 - 16:08.

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