Highground has enabled the Miracle League of Arizona to establish strong partnerships resulting in positive, meaningful relationships with dozens of well positioned individuals & entities, ultimately benefitting our special needs children and families. With the professional guidance of Highground staff, we have established a sense of community that is united and embracing of our MLAZ vision.
HighGround has the relationships and experience we needed to help take our product to the next level and make a difference with potential government-sector transportation customers across the country. Their unparalleled level of expertise makes them an integral part of our long-term business plan.
Highground has enabled the Miracle League of Arizona to establish strong partnerships resulting in positive, meaningful relationships with dozens of well positioned individuals & entities, ultimately benefitting our special needs children and families. With the professional guidance of Highground staff, we have established a sense of community that is united and embracing of our MLAZ vision. — Dan Haren Sr., Executive Director, Miracle League of Arizona, http://www.mlaz.org/
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It’s that time of year again – the nominations for the Arizona Capitol Times 2014 Best of the Capitol have been announced. Team HighGround has been nominated in several categories, including a very interesting head-to-head between sensei and grasshopper! Click here to see the entire list of nominations.
Please take the time to #VoteforHG in a couple of categories:
19. Best Political Operative: Chuck Coughlin vs. Paul Bentz (pick one!)
20. Best Power Broker: Chuck Coughlin
23. Best Twitterer: Paul Bentz
Voting this year has been limited to Capitol Times Subscribers only, but they are offering a subscription special for $99. Subscribe, save and vote! Click here to vote.
We also encourage you to vote for Save with SRP for Best Capitol Lawn Event. Thank you for your continued support and good luck to everyone who has been nominated.
Restoring Arizona, last year’s effort to support the restoration of Medicaid in Arizona, has won the “2014 Campaign Excellence Public Affairs/Advocacy Campaign of the Year” award from the American Association of Political Consultants. The prestigious award was announced at the AAPC’s Annual Pollie Awards Gala Dinner on April 4th.
Restoring Arizona was a full public affairs effort driven by a broad coalition of business leaders, health care professionals, social groups, conservatives and many others who worked hard to make Medicaid restoration a reality. We were honored to work with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Molera Alvarez, and many others to help this effort achieve success. Most importantly, we would also like to thank Governor Brewer for her support. Without her, this victory for Arizona would not have been possible.
HighGround also took home a Gold Pollie award in the Internet, Public Affairs Division for Best Web Video, State/Local category for the “Do the Math – Arizona Medicaid Made Simple” white board video.
“This year’s Pollie Awards were especially competitive for an off cycle with over 1,600 entries. We were pleased to see innovative voter contact and persuasion strategies applied in all segments, especially in our Internet and social media categories, which saw a significant increase in number over last year,” said AAPC President Art Hackney.
About the Pollie Awards
The Pollie Awards (Pollies) are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the AAPC to members of the political advertising and communications industry who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes. A blind jury of their peers selects AAPC award winners. Esquire magazine has dubbed the Pollies as “…the Oscars of political advertising.”
In 2012, more than 2.3 million Arizona voters turned out for the November general election. Months earlier, only 870,000 voted in the August primary. It’s a trend that holds up over several election cycles — significantly fewer voters participate in primary elections.
Over 825,000 voters regularly participate in general elections, but skip the primaries altogether. More than 40 percent of these voters are independent.
Why don’t they vote? If they did vote, and that’s a big “if,” what would happen?
First, candidates would have to broaden the scope of who they talk (and listen) to. Candidates really do represent the people who elect them – it just so happens that their electors are usually a small, fiercely partisan subsection of the electorate.
Candidates often ignore those who don’t vote and don’t communicate with them. If the electorate got bigger, we would expect the candidates would shift their positions and communications accordingly.
Surveys have shown that independent types tend to emphasize education and economic policies over more partisan “litmus test” social issues that dominate party primaries. If independents voted, candidates would likely shift in a more populist direction.
Finally, most primaries feature candidates running to the ideological fringes and then trying to creep back toward the middle as the general election approaches. One would expect candidates who occupy a pragmatic policy space and have the money to convey that message would have a significantly improved chance of being elected.