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Who is Bobby Jindal?

This week, America will glimpse a different vision for the role of government when Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal, gives the Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress. Instead of more-of-the-same big government programs and deficit spending, Jindal is an innovator and reformer who is balancing the budget while cutting taxes. That approach is true change for Louisiana.

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Who is Bobby Jindal?

This week, America will glimpse a different vision for the role of government when Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal, gives the Republican response to President Obama's address to Congress. Instead of more-of-the-same big government programs and deficit spending, Jindal is an innovator and reformer who is balancing the budget while cutting taxes. That approach is true change for Louisiana.

02/24/2009
Parties' new battleground: Google

If you Googled “stimulus” earlier this month, you probably stumbled upon a collection of ads blasting the Democrats’ economic recovery plan. Search the phrase “card check” and Google turns up labor union ads backing the controversial Employee Free Choice Act. The “Roy Blunt” Google search, meanwhile, sends you straight to a sponsored link for the Missouri Republican’s new Senate campaign. This isn’t an accident. Campaigns and other political organizations are finally getting Google-savvy, latching onto an advertising tool that most companies have been using for years. The campaigns are using targeted search terms — acquired in Google auctions — to put their message in front of interested online readers in hopes of influencing the political debate outside traditional media and advertising outlets. The stimulus debate offers a case study in how special interests push their spin on Google to reach people who care about the topic of the day in Washington. “Savvy political marketers are looking at this as a way to build their base,” said Peter Greenberger, who helms Google’s elections and issues team in Washington, D.C. “The stimulus was the perfect example of this.” FreedomWorks, an anti-tax group that crusades against government expansion, pegged a series of online campaigns to words like “stimulus” or “stimulus package” the week of the big vote. These include an online petition against the plan, a campaign to call congressional offices and an ad campaign criticizing conservative Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the bill. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner also used targeted searches to highlight a GOP alternative to the Democrats’ stimulus bill. His political action committee, the Freedom Project, sponsored links to popular search terms to spread the Republican message online. “It’s very user-friendly and very effective,” said Don Seymour, a spokesman for the Freedom Project. “The beauty of this is that you can change the campaign on the fly.” The GOP alternative is one of three campaigns Boehner’s Freedom Project has pegged to Google search terms this year. The first was an online petition opposing the release of the second $350 billion of a Wall Street bailout. The last protested the Democrats’ decision not to post the stimulus online for 48 hours, as they had promised. Companies have employed this advertising strategy for years as a business tool, but they have also lagged in using Google as a tool to influence voters. Automakers, for example, have used Google advertising for quite some time to market their cars online. But the auto giants have been less aggressive about taking their case to voters online until last fall, when the automakers used targeted searches to make the case for what became $17.4 billion in federal loans. “They are very savvy marketers about selling cars,” Greenberger said. “They have not done as much on the issues game.” Google started building its political market in 2007 in the early stages of the presidential campaign. Greenberger and his team set out to give the presidential campaigns a vehicle to target potential voters, donors and volunteers. The Google staff also helped the campaigns tailor online searches to target the most sympathetic audience. 

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Parties' new battleground: Google

BY Patrick O'Connor

If you Googled “stimulus” earlier this month, you probably stumbled upon a collection of ads blasting the Democrats’ economic recovery plan. Search the phrase “card check” and Google turns up labor union ads backing the controversial Employee Free Choice Act. The “Roy Blunt” Google search, meanwhile, sends you straight to a sponsored link for the Missouri Republican’s new Senate campaign. This isn’t an accident. Campaigns and other political organizations are finally getting Google-savvy, latching onto an advertising tool that most companies have been using for years. The campaigns are using targeted search terms — acquired in Google auctions — to put their message in front of interested online readers in hopes of influencing the political debate outside traditional media and advertising outlets. The stimulus debate offers a case study in how special interests push their spin on Google to reach people who care about the topic of the day in Washington. “Savvy political marketers are looking at this as a way to build their base,” said Peter Greenberger, who helms Google’s elections and issues team in Washington, D.C. “The stimulus was the perfect example of this.” FreedomWorks, an anti-tax group that crusades against government expansion, pegged a series of online campaigns to words like “stimulus” or “stimulus package” the week of the big vote. These include an online petition against the plan, a campaign to call congressional offices and an ad campaign criticizing conservative Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the bill. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner also used targeted searches to highlight a GOP alternative to the Democrats’ stimulus bill. His political action committee, the Freedom Project, sponsored links to popular search terms to spread the Republican message online. “It’s very user-friendly and very effective,” said Don Seymour, a spokesman for the Freedom Project. “The beauty of this is that you can change the campaign on the fly.” The GOP alternative is one of three campaigns Boehner’s Freedom Project has pegged to Google search terms this year. The first was an online petition opposing the release of the second $350 billion of a Wall Street bailout. The last protested the Democrats’ decision not to post the stimulus online for 48 hours, as they had promised. Companies have employed this advertising strategy for years as a business tool, but they have also lagged in using Google as a tool to influence voters. Automakers, for example, have used Google advertising for quite some time to market their cars online. But the auto giants have been less aggressive about taking their case to voters online until last fall, when the automakers used targeted searches to make the case for what became $17.4 billion in federal loans. “They are very savvy marketers about selling cars,” Greenberger said. “They have not done as much on the issues game.” Google started building its political market in 2007 in the early stages of the presidential campaign. Greenberger and his team set out to give the presidential campaigns a vehicle to target potential voters, donors and volunteers. The Google staff also helped the campaigns tailor online searches to target the most sympathetic audience. 

02/24/2009
Schwarzenegger Goes to Washington

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Washington this week for the National Governors Association meetings.  During the Presidential campaign, he called Obama's economic policy European socialism and called Obama "scrawny."  Now he's praising the stimulus package that will bring California over $60 billion in federal money and saying Republicans who opposed the stimulus are not "team players."  Back in 2004 he was praising the free market in his classic "Don't be economic girlie men" speech to the Republican National Convention:

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Schwarzenegger Goes to Washington

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Washington this week for the National Governors Association meetings.  During the Presidential campaign, he called Obama's economic policy European socialism and called Obama "scrawny."  Now he's praising the stimulus package that will bring California over $60 billion in federal money and saying Republicans who opposed the stimulus are not "team players."  Back in 2004 he was praising the free market in his classic "Don't be economic girlie men" speech to the Republican National Convention:

02/24/2009
Urgent: Call to Protect Privacy in Oklahoma

FreedomWorks  has been closely watching the REAL ID battle in Oklahoma and other states like South Carolina.  Representative Dr. Mike Ritze has three bills ready to go that will help protect the privacy of Oklahoma citizens.  The bills protect sensitive personal information on Oklahoma citizens, stop REAL ID and enhanced driver's license implementation.

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Urgent: Call to Protect Privacy in Oklahoma

FreedomWorks  has been closely watching the REAL ID battle in Oklahoma and other states like South Carolina.  Representative Dr. Mike Ritze has three bills ready to go that will help protect the privacy of Oklahoma citizens.  The bills protect sensitive personal information on Oklahoma citizens, stop REAL ID and enhanced driver's license implementation.

02/23/2009
Letter to President Obama: Enforce Executive Order against Earmarks

click here for PDF version of letterThe PresidentThe White HouseWashington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. President,

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Letter to President Obama: Enforce Executive Order against Earmarks

click here for PDF version of letterThe PresidentThe White HouseWashington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. President,

02/23/2009
Some Governors May Reject Stimulus

Republican governors from Louisiana, Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina may reject parts or all of the stimulus bill.  Most of the Governors are worried about future expenses down the road when the stimulus money stops flowing.  Others are concerned about federal requirements in the bill that might place extra costs on business.  Either way, federal money almost always comes with federal strings and an erosion of the healthy divide between power in Washington and power in the states.  

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Some Governors May Reject Stimulus

Republican governors from Louisiana, Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina may reject parts or all of the stimulus bill.  Most of the Governors are worried about future expenses down the road when the stimulus money stops flowing.  Others are concerned about federal requirements in the bill that might place extra costs on business.  Either way, federal money almost always comes with federal strings and an erosion of the healthy divide between power in Washington and power in the states.  

02/23/2009
Why Are You REALLY Opposed to the Stimulus?

Opening my public policy class last night, the professor brought up an interesting question regarding the "stimulus" package: what seems to be the public's response and why are they reacting that way? My interaction with the public and perusal of media sources seems to indicate that there are many Americans discontent with this debt plan and the reasons vary.

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Why Are You REALLY Opposed to the Stimulus?

Opening my public policy class last night, the professor brought up an interesting question regarding the "stimulus" package: what seems to be the public's response and why are they reacting that way? My interaction with the public and perusal of media sources seems to indicate that there are many Americans discontent with this debt plan and the reasons vary.

02/20/2009
New Hampshire's Revolutionary Bill

Four New Hampshire State Representatives have sponsored a bill to affirm “States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.”  Some of the bill’s text is copied below including a description of what “shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the government of the United States of America.”  It looks like some folks in New Hampshire are willing to fight to keep their guns and their rights. 

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New Hampshire's Revolutionary Bill

Four New Hampshire State Representatives have sponsored a bill to affirm “States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.”  Some of the bill’s text is copied below including a description of what “shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the government of the United States of America.”  It looks like some folks in New Hampshire are willing to fight to keep their guns and their rights. 

02/20/2009
Video: Rick Santelli tells it like it is

Here is a great video from CNBC correspondent, Rick Santelli, on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange summarizing what I think is the sentiment of many Americans right now:

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Video: Rick Santelli tells it like it is

Here is a great video from CNBC correspondent, Rick Santelli, on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange summarizing what I think is the sentiment of many Americans right now:

02/19/2009
FreedomWorks North Carolina Activists Call for More Domestic Energy

FreedomWorks North Carolina Legislative Liaison Kathy Hartkopft writes: On Tuesday, February 17, North Carolina FreedomWorks members visited with Senator Richard Burr and the office staff of Senator Kay Hagan.  At a rally held in Raleigh, activists met up with and thanked Senator Burr for his continued support of energy exploration off the North Carolina coast. Activists visited the Raleigh office of Senator Hagan to encourage her to support the measure.

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FreedomWorks North Carolina Activists Call for More Domestic Energy

FreedomWorks North Carolina Legislative Liaison Kathy Hartkopft writes: On Tuesday, February 17, North Carolina FreedomWorks members visited with Senator Richard Burr and the office staff of Senator Kay Hagan.  At a rally held in Raleigh, activists met up with and thanked Senator Burr for his continued support of energy exploration off the North Carolina coast. Activists visited the Raleigh office of Senator Hagan to encourage her to support the measure.

02/19/2009

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