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Can the NH GOP Find a Place at the Energy and Climate Table?

An excerpt from an editorial I wrote for The Union Leader on Earth Day 2004: Democrats support “protection of wildlife habitat to maintain healthy sustainable ecosystems”; Republicans want to “preserve sensitive ecosystems and effectively manage wildlife”.  MtBE should be “eliminated” (Democrats) or “banned” (Republicans) Ten years ago you could not distinguish between the NH Republican and Democratic Platforms when it…read more →

When Scientists Engage

In my last post I wrote about academics’ struggle to involve and engage members of the community. Last month two scientists provided examples of emerging from this struggle by looking around, finding a focus important to others, and linking the science they know about with the things people care about.   NB: without the intervention of true public relations, neither example would…read more →

The Trouble with Science Communications

Trained in science in college, I appreciate true skepticism.  Good scientists are skeptics; it is how they’re trained.    The consensus in the science community that human activities are causing climate change comes only after running global warming through its paces  – modeling, measuring, analyzing, testing, evaluating. Yet most scientists and professionals think that by marshaling enough data and information, we can change…read more →

A NH primary under the radar

January 21 2014 is the date for the 1st of 3 significant primary elections in New Hampshire within the next 24 months. After next week we’ll experience the September 9 2014 primary for gubernatorial, legislative and congressional candidates; and then the NH Presidential Primary in January 2016 (presumably*). On January 21 2014 the GOP will have a primary election to…read more →

Four elements of effective community relations

As we begin to launch client campaigns in this New Year it makes sense to revisit the progress of our longer-term community initiatives.  What have been the strengths and gaps?  What results have we achieved for our organization? Ideally, how have we benefitted the community? Where do we need to improve? Based on dozens of campaigns developed for organizations and…read more →

I miss John McCain

I miss John McCain.   I miss his missives – his term of endearment in 2007 for one of my organizers, Sam Witherbee, was “You little jerk”.  That was before the 2008 general election, before the New Hampshire primary and during the days when McCain, before giving his stump speech, would introduce Sam to the people assembled. One night McCain’s…read more →