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@debdobson62  Oh that's right! She ran in 94 and 96. Dennis was a Dem as well, but only ran in 98. Did Judy run in 98? I don't remember primary opposition. She was a solid candidate.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@ElissaFreeman  I'm perfectly OK with best ever.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@amandalgant @ginidietrich  Thanks Amanda! Sorry we couldn't swing by yesterday. Let's all get a beer soon!

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@debdobson62  Small world indeed! Our first opponent was the freshman incumbent Vince Snowbarger, so this may have been one cycle later. 

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@Rodriguez247  No Clash of Clans for me. NBA2K 2014 is the latest on XBox One. Oh, I have a little Civ V addiction I try to keep under control or else I don't sleep enough.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@makeaner  Thank you! We're still new and learning a lot!

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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Fifteen years ago, I was in a dance club in Kansas City. I had just discovered my boyfriend was cheating on me and I was blowing off some steam.

The "Have a Nice Day Cafe" club was a mix of bad 70's and current hits. Sorry, no country.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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No I don't. It's more like trying to keep up and not embarrass myself! Thanks for the well wishes. Hope we get to meet.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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Howie you are a unique and special man. I love it.

To answer:

Hoffa isn't buried.

That is cash you hear. Well cash and bearer bonds.

Oliver North and Iran Contra occurred when I was eleven. (And even then I had an opinion about his "spin." Yes, it sucked.)

Cameron is a close friend.

I was not behind anything of Anthony Weiner's.

Questions for you:

How did you become "chief alien."

Is this an elected or appointed position?

How long is your term?

Are you concerned about any recall efforts?

Just for the sake of curiosity, how would a recall work? What are the exact steps?

Also, congrats. You are the first person I've met to call Gini a country girl.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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Thanks Josh. Curious how you learned.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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Thank you everyone. Honored to be featured! I thought about including then fact that I believe I have the record for longest streaks for Gin and Topics inclusion. It was up to ten or eleven before it broke.

Politics has a lot of similarities with business and there is plenty to learn for campaigns from all of you.

7 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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The article sites two links to back up the point that gerrymandering (or really, just partisan redistricting) didn't create the gridlock and non-partisan redistricting would not help.


One article is about redrawing the fifty states as a whole. Not relevant. 

The second link talks about counties. Again, not relevant. It is population, not geography that matters most when drawing districts. 

What we should look at is what a non-partisan map of each state individually would look like. Yes, there will be plenty of safe D and R seats, but across the country how many swing seats are there overall? Is this more or less than now? Has anyone done this?

Additionally, the article attempts to argue that many of the "safe" R seats this process has created do not cause extremism because they are just "safe enough." 

What does that mean? If it is a safe seat, it is a safe seat. More than likely, the winner of the primary, which we all know will be more ideological, will win the general. 

Until I see a map created for each state with redistricting done without any consideration given to party ID or registration, I continue to think our current process, along with how we fund campaigns, needs to be changed. 

Even if nonpartisan redistricting doesn't help us Dems, too bad for us. That's what the country wants and we need to do better.

1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114989/government-shutdown-2013-gerrymandering-isnt-blame

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 @jeanniecw That's a fantastic talk!  FUSER! Well done!!! 

1 year, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Pep Talk from a Kid and a Dancing Kid

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This may be one the best weeks yet. Love the Lego video. Hope Lego Corp picks it up and runs with it.

1 year, 10 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ad Libbing for NFL Players and Animals

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 @greghauenstein Amen Greg. Completely agree with you. I started in similar fashion. Volunteering for a congressional campaign entering call notes into a database form call time. 

1 year, 11 months ago on How to Get a Job On a Campaign

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Quick question about Googling yourself. Would you recommend logging out of Google or whatever search profile you use before you start searching? I've found different results if I Google myself while logged in compared to logging out of Google, or even using private browsing to get unbiased results. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Online Reputation Management: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

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The advice in the Guide to Trading Candy about raisins is spot on!

2 years ago on Gin and Topics: Make Your Videos Go Viral

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 @ValPal4  @KenMueller TYFS is a great book book. Christopher Buckley has written some very entertaining novels. I  second Ken's recommendation whole heartedly. (Florence of Arabia and No Way to Treat a Frist Lady are also excellent.

2 years, 1 month ago on Spin Flicks: Six Great PR Movies

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We are going to live forever!  Great line. I"m going to put on my tight pants and get ready for the weekend. Go hogs!

2 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Gangnam Style and Crazy Razorback Fans

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Movies? PLURAL!? Awesome. Will you wear your tiara to the theatre?

 

The last video is my favorite, though I found myself completely absorbed with watching the aerobic championships. I couldn't look away. My mind was racing. Where are these people now? What made this a good idea? How the heck do you judge this? How did they get Alan Thicke there? What movie did they pre-empt to show this and how much better ratings did it get? Scratch the last question, OF COURSE it got better ratings!

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Gin and Topics: Featuring Kids of Friends and More

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 @ginidietrich  @katskrieger Alec Baldwin should never scare you.

2 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Dog Shaming and Sexy Guy on Rollerblades

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 @katskrieger Alec Baldwin!!! I'm Googling that right now.

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Dog Shaming and Sexy Guy on Rollerblades

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 @KenMueller Ken - for #6, which I think is awesome and can only imagine what the "made up" version includes, who gets to play you in the movie version?

2 years, 4 months ago on The 10 Things I Want to Do Before I Die

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 @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @belllindsay  Why are people so negative to eggs? I don't use my Twitter account very often (@dietch) but it does have a pic, so there!

 

 

2 years, 5 months ago on CBS Issues Fake (and Totally Awesome) News Release

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I think it is brilliantly funny, though it cannot be a regular occurrence. It is a one and done deal.

 

What really I wonder is for whom do you think the press release was written and for what point? It isn't for news coverage or mass appeal - unless maybe Joel McHale (http://www.thesouptv.com/)

 

Was it just to jab and embarrass the executives, producers and others at ABC? Do you think that is effective? Maybe some behind the scenes politics to which we are not privy?

 

I don't know the answer, so I leave it to the PR pros here. For a candidate, I would only agree to a release like this once in a great while to make a point, or else you start to sound too snarky.

2 years, 5 months ago on CBS Issues Fake (and Totally Awesome) News Release

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I wish you were working with them! I want one!!! How do we make this happen?

 

2 years, 7 months ago on Flying Car Creates PR Controversy

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Little did I know asking you why you didn't just quit and go out on your own was the start of something this great. I don't comment often here, but for this one, I'm throwing in my two cents and apologize to everyone not named Gini for the personal nature of this note. From the one bedroom tiny apartment in the "up and coming" area of St. Louis in 2002, to our first condo and your offices/closets on Michigan, Chicago and now Clark, you have have overcome every obstacle, kept your vision and refused to fail. Like anything else in life, it has been a series of ups and downs, but you've never given up and made it a success. I know you won't stop anytime soon. Me, JB, Pete the Tapeworm (welcome him back for me BTW), and every other electronic device you have named are proud, impressed and rooting for you. As a perfectionist , I know you don't often take a step back to realize what you have done. You can't see the forest for the trees, so to speak. So allow me to simply say: Well done. OK, you can go back now to leading the social media revolution. I've got a few more chapters to finish in my book: How Live With a Double Type A Personality. Mr. D

3 years, 7 months ago on An Entrepreneur’s Journey: Mine

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