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FWIW Virginia: The Best Things in Life Are Free (Growing Social...

From FWIW Virginia: When many people hear “digital,” what they really hear is “social media.” Almost every campaign in Virginia up and down the ballot...

Friday News: “Trump Praises Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists,” “Stokes Fear and Conspiracy”...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 12.  Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Has U.S. Weighing Sanctions...

Thursday News: “Trump Has Treated Britain Shamefully”; Acosta #FAIL; Cooch Says...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 11.  New research shows that Paris Agreement goals...

FWIW Virginia: Dems on Defense; “Republicans have outspent Democrats online early”

This week's report from FWIW Virginia (click the previous link or see below) really frustrates me - not the excellent report, of course, but...

FWIW Virginia: How Westboro Backfired; Danica Roem Raised Nearly $30,000 in...

Interesting...from FWIW Virginia," a weekly newsletter covering digital spending trends on both sides of the aisle in advance of Virginia's state legislative elections in 2019." HEY,...

POLL: What Should Happen to Facebook?

Before answering this poll, here are a few articles you might want to check out: The case against Facebook: It’s not just about privacy;...

Facebook, Twitter Power Rankings: Virginia U.S. Senate and House Candidates

Here are the Democratic and Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate and U.S. House from Virginia this year, along with their Twitter and Facebook...

With 93 Days Until the Election, Who’s Winning the Social Media...

With just 93 days until the 2017 general election here in Virginia, how are the statewide candidates and parties doing on social media --...

Off His Recent Victory, Dem Strategist Ian Redman Discusses Optimal Use...

I've been arguing for many moons now that in today's digital age, Democrats need to get away from low-bang-for-the-buck methods like broadcast TV (e.g.,...

RPV Outpacing the DPVA?


The Republican Party of Virginia has spent most of this century chasing its transformation tail. Now it is mimicking the Organizing for America strategy with VA Victory. There was something of a rollout at Shad Planking, but it was not ubiquitous. No threat to Obama, it does threaten the DPVA.

VA Victory is taking an "all of the above" approach including t-shirts and stickers with QR codes and using mobile payment systems with smartphones to take donations. On the face of it, the Republican demographic does not seem poised to embrace all such innovation, though the donation ready smartphones fit. The rubber meets the road energizing social media and that too appears incongruous with the party still mired in the age of Lincoln, only on the opposite side. Whether their intent is to attract followers then use a shotgun approach to contact or to organize leads in the manner Ben Tribbett suggests will determine how much progress they will make this year. Nevertheless, it leaves Republicans a leg up for 2013 as the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) takes a breather year, relieved of responsibility for any substantial grassroots effort.