The Election University Campaigns and Politics Podcast

The Election University Campaigns and Politics Podcast

The Election University Podcast offers sage advice and time-saving tips for candidates and campaign staff while also providing fascinating insights into down-ballot campaigns. Are you running for a non-federal office now or want to learn more about how to plan a future run? Or are you simply interested in campaigns and elections generally? Then the Election University Podcast is for you. We are your campaign training and election resource hub. We regularly interview vendors and campaign experts from across the country on their best recommendations for winning campaigns. Plus, we toss in a laugh or two.... Show More

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February 5, 2019

In Episode 37, we attempt to unpack the roles and responsibilities of a local elections director. Our hosts talk with Registrar of Voters for Orange County, Neal Kelley. Orange County is the 5th largest voting jurisdiction in the nation and weathered an enormous turnout election in 2018 that was nearly as high as the 2016 election. What goes into conducting an election like that? Were there attempts to attack and corrupt the electi...

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Welcome to Season 2, fair listener! Political commentators and pundits have long-predicted the death of political direct mail. But is it dead or does it continue to persuade voters? In Episode 36 (our first full episode of Season 2), our hosts dig deeper into the data with Lionel Dripps, Managing Director for Program and Digital at The Voter Participation Center, who answers the burning question and so much more.

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We preview our upcoming Season 2 with a Holiday Bonus episode! In Episode 35, our hosts chat with Rene LeBeau, program manager for Seattle's Democracy Voucher Program. A very specific, first-in-the-country type of public financing program for funding candidate campaigns, Democracy Vouchers made their debut in 2017 and are getting geared up for Round 2 in 2019. What is this peculiar program and what is its impact on candidates a...

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In Episode 34, our hosts interview Kerry Kriseman, spouse of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, about her 20-year front row seat on campaigns. From having "The Conversation" before his first run to color-coded scheduling to facing hate crimes at her child's school, Kerry shares with our listeners how she dealt with it all. Now, she's using her extensive communications background to write a book about her experience...

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In Episode 33 of the podcast, our hosts talk with Russ Swindell, Chief Client Strategist for Public Policy Polling - one of the country's top rated polling firms. We talk about ways down ballots campaigns can afford accurate, useful research and polling information without breaking the bank. We discuss the challenges of polling post-2016 and what Russ is seeing after 1,200 polls across the US this year in terms of the impending...

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In Episode 32, our hosts talk with cybersecurity expert, Jake Braun, one of the organizers of Def Con's "Voting Villages" about the vulnerabilities of our electronic voting machines. Last year's Voting Village invited hackers to find exploits and vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. This year, they invited kids, ages 5-17 to hack replica websites of various Secretaries of State. What happened? Listen to th...

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How far did Russian meddling in the last election extend? What were some of the tactics employed to mislead and manipulate folks outside of the Facebook ads and Twitter trolling efforts extensively covered by the media? In this week's episode, our hosts talk with election systems expert, Joshua Franklin, and his discovery of foreign adversaries buying up domain names and redirecting them to phishing or pharmaceuticals sites. An...

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In Episode 30, we are recording live from Def Con 26 in Las Vegas, the world's largest and oldest hacker conference, to talk with experts on elections, hacking, and privacy. First up, we talk with Montana State Representative Daniel Zolnikov from District 45. He ran for office at 25 years of age, was sworn into office at 26 and is chair of the powerful Energy and Technology Committee at 31 years of age. We discuss how this cons...

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In Episode 29, our hosts talk with Naseem Makiya, owner and CEO of a new GOTV app, called Outvote. Friends who get reminders from friends are twice as likely to vote. With Outvote, you can become a digital canvasser for your favorite campaigns by matching your contacts lists against voter files to see who is registered to vote in the districts or jurisdictions of your favorite candidates. It's a simple and effective app for cam...

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In Episode 28, our hosts talk with Gayatri Agnew, candidate for the State House in the 93rd District in Arkansas. In a regular series of case studies on campaigns, our Election University hosts discuss the state of Gayatri's campaign midstream, what makes this red-leaning district winnable and what advice Gayatri would give other prospective candidates. Plus we learn how Gayatri plans to double the number of women of color in t...

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In Episode 27, our hosts talk with Nate Gowdy, Time Magazine and CNN photographer for the 2016 Presidential election. He photographed the Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Trump campaigns and gives our listeners great advice on how to get the best shot. Whether you have a sophisticated digital camera or a simple iPhone, you can improve the photos on your campaign with some tips on maximizing the best lighting and angle. 

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In Episode 26, our hosts talk with Marco Lowe, political commentator on King5 News and adjunct professor at Seattle University where he teaches "Campaigns and Elections." Marco brings two decades of campaign and media relations experience to the podcast to help campaigns calibrate their press expectations and help them maximize their chances of landing a great article or story. Nervous about dealing with reporters or journa...

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In Episode 25, host Jason Bennett talks with veteran political consultant, Dean Nielsen of Cerillion N4 Partners about the planning involved for prospective candidates who want to know what to do now to prepare for the future. With experienced in 37 states, Dean walks EU listeners through messaging, photos, contacts lists and the single best piece of advice in preparing a potential run for office.

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Not every campaign involves a bloodbath or negative campaign or even raising thousands of dollars. Some are actually pretty tame. In Episode 24, our hosts outreach into a small suburban town in New Jersey to speak with Interlaken School Boardmember Jill Barrett. She walks us through what motivated her to run for this position, what it was like to have her young son help swear her into office, and what we all should do to get more p...

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In Episode 23, we talk with Brendan Tobin, Head of Growth for ECanvasser.com - a field canvassing app for political campaigns. We discuss how this low cost app is being used in more than 70 countries and how the company is handing the more than 100 campaigns it is onboarding a month. Plus, we talk the repeal of Ireland's Amendment 8, GDPR and toxic partisan climates. 

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In Episode 22, our hosts talk with Eric Liu, former speech writer and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. Based on a specific request from an avid podcast listener the Election University Podcast covers the topic of speech writing and how to deliver an effective stump speech. Plus, we talk about how to retain optimism during particularly trying times.

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In today's episode, the Election University website is getting an upgrade. Our hosts discuss two new free tools for candidates and campaigns: a free jobs board and a free approved vendor list. Jobs will always be free to post and free to access. We are requiring employers to list a salary range - NO DOEs allowed! We also detail how a political vendor gets "EU Certified" and how you can make or claim your own profile for...

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When you think of states that have earned an "F" rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, which states come to mind? Does Rhode Island? It should because it has. How is one of the bluest states in the country earning such low scores when it comes to women's reproductive health? In today's 20th episode, our hosts talk with two founders of The Woman Project, a feminist art-activism project in Rhode Island to learn more a...

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In Episode 19, co-hosts Reiny Cohen and Jason Bennett discuss the confusing and blurry world of online advertising, IP and cookie tracking and how to better improve your targeting of online ads. Audience Partner's President, Jordan Lieberman walks us through his simple, low-cost tool, CampaignGrid Direct, which allows campaigns to place their own ads with their own targeting. If you're trying to understand how campaigns can...

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In this week's episode, the Election University Podcast hosts continue their roadshow in Nashville with a great interview with Chris Hayler, Senior Account Executive of Stones' Phones, to discuss phones and campaigning. Is this once highly-used, cost-effective, targeted method for reaching voters going the way of the dodo bird? Or are phones evolving and getting more creative about the ways they can engage and persuade vote...

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