Avalon marks the recent passing of our client and colleague, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg(D-NJ). As the oldest member of the Senate, and the last WWII veteran serving, Senator Lautenberg was a true legend in Washington—responsible for legislation that affected millions of Americans, including banning smoking on airplanes, preventing domestic abusers from possessing guns, raising the drinking age to 21, and co-writing the new GI Bill for the 21st Century. We are proud to have worked on Senator Lautenberg’s campaign, and we join all Americans in mourning the death of this principled, collegial, and effective public servant, who spent his life serving his country.
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced recently that he will not be running for re-election in 2014. Now 89 years old, Senator Lautenberg is a true example of the American Dream – a World War II veteran who attended college on the G.I. Bill, he founded and nurtured a successful business, then chose public service as a way to give back to the state and country that gave him so many opportunities.
Last month, I put in my two cents about the political email overload in the recent campaign cycle. And I heard back from many of you that you couldn’t agree more.
Thinking back on the last weeks of the election cycle, was your email inbox as clogged as mine?
It doesn’t seem that long ago when there was lively debate about moving from two to three emails per week – presuming, of course, that there was a good reason to communicate. Well, towards the end of the 2012 cycle, that mild cadence was supplanted by two to three emails per day, in spite of having no good reason to communicate that often. Whether Obama for America, political committees, or individual campaigns of assorted sizes – the frequency set records.
With over 20 million viewers each, the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions captured the attention of a good portion of America.
While there was much talk about an empty chair, a Clinton barn-burner, and gratuitous audition speeches for 2016, both conventions featured a relentless focus on (and sometimes lip service paid to) job growth, the middle class, and health care. The conventions also provided crystal clear differentiation for voters this November.
As its website explains …Netroots (Internet + grassroots) refers to populist campaigns and movements sparked, promoted and conducted over the Internet….Think of the Netroots as a big political family. We may not agree on everything, but common threads connect us…
This year’s Netroots Nation conference featured progressives from all over the country, energized by the presidential election year, and ready to fire up the grassroots to organize and communicate online in new and exciting ways.