March 30, 2017

The Role of the Surrogate

The Role of the Surrogate: Chuck Coughlin on KJZZ


Last week, HighGround President and CEO Chuck Coughlin joined Steve Goldstein of the KJZZ Here and Now program to discuss the role of surrogates and spokespersons for elected officials.

In a time w...

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March 22, 2017

HighGround Wins Big at American Association of Political Consultants

Adding to a successful election cycle that was already highlighted by an August clean sweep and two major awards from Campaigns & Elections, HighGround took home the Gold last week from the American Association of Political Consultants.  At the AAPC ...

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February 22, 2017

HighGround Public Affairs Wins Two Reed Awards in Las Vegas

Arizona firm recognized for Best Virtual Reality Ad and Best Newspaper Ad
by Campaigns and Elections at 2017 Reed Awards Conference

PHOENIX—HighGround Public Affairs, the longest continually operating running public affairs firm in Arizona, was recogni...

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February 2, 2017

Controlling Our Actions & Reactions

A primer on American Immigration & Border Security Policy

When I began dating my wife, Patricia, she had an inscription on the mirror at her home that seemed profound to me then: “You can only control your actions and reactions.”

In the age of Twitte...

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January 20, 2017

Our Hope For The New President

Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States on February 17, 1801 on the thirty-sixth ballot in the U.S. House of Representatives - breaking a tie vote.

Certainly, our country has seen times of greater division than we are witnessing toda...

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January 13, 2017

HighGround is a Finalist for Seven National Awards

HighGround has been named a finalist for seven national awards from Campaigns & Elections –  the preeminent “how-to” journal of politics, focused on the tools, tactics and techniques of the political consulting profession.   The Reed Awards recognize e...

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January 10, 2017

Jennifer Liewer Joins HighGround

Phoenix, AZ – Long-time Valley public relations and communication professional, Jennifer Liewer has joined the team at HighGround Public Affairs as an Account Consultant for Public Relations and Strategic Communication. Liewer will expand the firm’s PR...

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November 3, 2016

Five Thoughts: an Updated Look at the Latest Returns

Since we reviewed the ballot returns a week ago, they have nearly doubled – skyrocketing from 882,000 to over 1.5 million returns.  That means we have now achieved over 62% of the anticipated turnout.  There are likely another 900,000 to 1 million peop...

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November 1, 2016

Coughlin on Voter Turnout

Will Arizona go blue?  Is Trump impacting other Arizona races?  HighGround President and CEO Chuck Coughlin was interviewed by the AP on current voter turnout in Arizona and its impact on the Presidential Election and other races.  Check it out:



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October 27, 2016

Four Observations about Voting So Far in Arizona

In the era of early voting, we like to say that every day is Election Day.  It’s true – people are making up their minds and casting their ballots every day for the past two weeks.  Now, as the ballots start coming back in (in spite of a painfully slow...

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