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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.

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.
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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.

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@election_u

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English

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206-486-0085


Episodes

EU034 - Political Spouses, Part 2

9/25/2018
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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. She offers great advice to other spouses on how to navigate the...

Duration:01:01:06

EU033- Polling for Down Ballot Races

9/18/2018
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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 blue wave.

Duration:00:49:50

EU032 - Hacking Election Voting Machines

8/29/2018
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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 this eye-opening episode and find out!

Duration:00:44:30

EU031 - Election Buster: Protecting the 2018 Midterm Elections from Foreign Adversaries

8/21/2018
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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. And we learn about his program designed to protect campaigns:...

Duration:00:59:55

EU030 - Young Candidates Breaking the Mold and Taking Over, Part 2

8/14/2018
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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 conservative gets high praise from the ALCU, what he's done to...

Duration:00:28:20

EU029 - Campaign Tools Review: Outvote

8/7/2018
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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 campaigns of any size.

Duration:00:37:35

EU028 - Case Study: Gayatri Agnew for Arkansas' 93rd District

7/24/2018
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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 the Arkansas legislature when she wins her election and what she...

Duration:00:44:36

EU027 - Campaign Photos: How to Get the Best Shots

7/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:41:54

EU026 - Working the Media So It Doesn't Work You

7/3/2018
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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 journalists? This episode will ease some of those concerns and prepare...

Duration:00:39:59

EU025 - Preparing Now for a Future Run for Office

6/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:49:11

EU024 - Not Every Campaign is a Nightmare

6/6/2018
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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 people to run for office. If you're feeling daunted by the...

Duration:00:43:32

EU023 - Campaign Tools Review: ECanvasser

5/29/2018
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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.

Duration:00:37:05

EU022 - Crafting an Excellent Speech

5/22/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:18

EU021 - Our Website is Launching Two New Features

5/16/2018
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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 free. Plus, we talk about our other free tools we've previously...

Duration:00:25:11

EU020 - The Woman Project and Rhode Island's Feminist Art-as-Activism Movement

5/9/2018
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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 about what's happening in Rhode Island and why five women came together in...

Duration:00:48:57

EU019 - Understanding the Blurry World of Digital Ads with CampaignGrid Direct

5/1/2018
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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 better target their ads online, then you don't want to miss this...

Duration:00:29:45

EU018 - Are Robocalls Dead?

4/24/2018
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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 voters? We discuss specific ways campaigns can use phones to help spread...

Duration:00:42:24

EU017 - Diversity and Politics

4/17/2018
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In Episode 17, our hosts talk with China Dickerson of Dickerson Strategies and Deputy Political Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America about the topic of diversity and the Democratic party. In our 3-part series from the AAPC's Pollie Conference in Nashville, China joins the Election University Podcast after her conference speech to discuss how political folks can do better in their candidate recruitment, their staff hiring and their retention of people of color in campaigns and government.

Duration:00:34:45

EU016 - Are Democrats Bad at Message Discipline?

4/11/2018
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In today's episode of the Election University Podcast, our hosts talk with Minnesota's Congressman from the 5th CD and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison. Is there a blue wave coming in November 2018 and, more importantly, will Democrats seize the opportunity? Congressman Ellison walks us through message discipline, running for office, and his thoughts on this year's elections.

Duration:00:35:55

EU015 - Opposition Research and the Peculiar World of Dumpster Divers

4/3/2018
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In Episode 15, we talk with opposition research consultant, Jake Wagman of Shield Research on the what opposition research is, how you can do it, and why you should do it on yourself and your staff. No one wants to be caught off-guard on the campaign trail. You may not want your election to devolve into mudslinging but it's best that you arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.

Duration:00:59:28