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Reagan’s Rule for Conservatives Still Golden in 2012 Primaries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:26

It’s called the “The Eleventh Commandment,” and it was popularized by former President Ronald Reagan. The commandment states, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

As the 2012 Republican primary season nears its boiling point, some conservatives are concerned poisonous rhetoric among candidates is alienating middle-of-the-road voters.

"You have to move the mushy middle,” says Craig Copland, author of 2012 Conservative Election Handbook (www.conservawiki.com), a guide to winning campaigns at any level. He contends it is always better to elect a “soft conservative” over a “soft liberal.” Those are two categories of voters, along with independents, rounding out the “mushy middle.”

With more than 600,000 elected offices at stake throughout the United States, “the GOP has got to stop circling the wagons and shooting inwards,” Copland says. His goal is to fill every one of those positions with a conservative.

Here are ways to get more conservatives elected:

• The “Four Box” method: This includes talking points that can be used for and against your candidate, and points used for and against his or her opponent. This method allows campaign managers to easily navigate and accentuate key points. Knowledge is power.

• Narrative & Emotion: In politics, “a good story always beats a rational argument,” says Copland.Use strong emotions to move people into action. A compelling anecdote about wasteful tax-and-spend liberals elicits deeper feelings than a list of budget items.

• Target, Target, Target: Among the five categories of voters, two are predictable – hard-core conservatives and hard-core liberals. Those votes are taken, which is why it is essential to focus a proactive conservative message on soft conservatives, independents, and soft liberals. Fight for what is available.

• Media cluster: Getting the word out most effectively means using all tools at your disposal, including television, radio, print, media events, debates, speeches, and the internet.

• Content matters: There is a common denominator between Google searches and a campaign message – content. A candidate’s visibility matters only if his or her message is properly managed.

“You may have the purest conservative credentials,” says Copland. “But if you can’t win the election, then you’re only entertainment.”

Entertainment value has been a key ingredient during this primary cycle, with nearly every conservative candidate enjoying front-runner status, at least for a short while. Copland is skeptical, however, about whether all publicity is good publicity.

“In politics, a single gaffe can end an election and ruin a career,” Copeland says.

Along with proactive measures are the missteps to avoid. These mistakes include adultery, conflicts of interest, lies, breaking election rules, and embarrassing records such as video footage, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts.

“This is a handbook,” says Copland. “It contains no theory, no stories – only instructions. It tries to be honest and blunt."

About Craig Copland

Craig Copland is a retired entrepreneur with a long history as a volunteer and professional consultant with expertise in fundraising and managing political campaigns. He spent many years as an executive and CEO of international humanitarian aid agencies, helping establish and run disaster response programs for children. After searching for a guide to elect conservatives to office and not finding one, he authored “2012 Conservative Election Handbook.” As founder and president of Conservative Growth Inc., he helps elect conservatives to all levels of public office.

Mike Smiddy Wins with Overwhelming Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shirin Bidel-Niyat   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:08

HILLSDALE – Today, Mike Smiddy celebrates his primary election to be the Democratic nominee for the Illinois State House. Smiddy received the support of the Moline Dispatch, AFSCME Council 31, Laborers Local 309, Quad City Federation of Labor, Tri-City Building Trades, Illinois Association of Fire Fighters, Illinois Education Association, SEIU, Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood, and Equality Illinois.

“Tonight we achieve our first goal of this campaign. This is not just a victory for me, but for all working class families who believe that creating jobs should be our priority,” Smiddy commented during his remarks to supporters. “Now, in the days and months to come, we will let incumbent Republican Morthland know it’s time to put working families first.”

Tonight we celebrate our victory, and tomorrow we begin our campaign for the general election

Wallace Endorsed by Local GOP Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:48

Rock Island, IL…Jonathan Wallace, Republican candidate for State House District 72, released the following endorsements from Republican elected officials and local business leaders:

“I am proud to be endorsed local leaders and elected officials who have worked hard to make our communities a better place,” Wallace stated. “We are working tirelessly to make Illinois a better place for job creation and the following generations. With your support, we will move onward to victory in November as well.”

Full list of endorsements and recommendations:

Bob Westpfahl – Rock Island County Board Member

Richard L. Meredith- Moline Alderman

Kevin Schoonmaker  - Moline Alderman

Darren Woeber – Trustee, Village of Andalusia

Louie Alongi – Trustee, South Rock Island Township

Ray Choudhry – GOP Precinct Committee, MidAmerica Law Offices

Ronald Camper – GOP Precinct Committee, candidate for County Board

Chicago Tribune

Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus

Illinois Home School PAC

Fiscal Accountability PAC
Illinois Liberty PAC

NRA Victory Fund - Pro-gun candidate based on survey

Illinois Family Institute - Recommended


Jonathan Wallace is the endorsed Republican for State Representative. Wallace is endorsed by dozens of Republican leaders and groups for his pro-job creation, limited government agenda.



Mike Smiddy Election Night Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shirin Bidel-Niyat   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:12

Who: Mike Smiddy, Democratic Candidate for the IL 71st State House District, will hold an Election Night Party at the Hampton Heritage Center to watch the election results with friends, family and supporters.

What: Election night party for Mike Smiddy

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 starting at 7 PM

Where: Hampton Heritage Center, 251 S State Ave., Hampton, IL 61256

Why: This event will be held to celebrate the accomplishments of Mike Smiddy and Tracy Nesseler.

Obama for America Announces Watch Parties in Iowa for Premiere of Guggenheim Documentary “Road We’ve Traveled” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:36

CHICAGO – On Thursday, Obama for America announces watch parties across Iowa for the premiere of award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “Road We’ve Traveled.”


“Road We’ve Traveled” is narrated by Tom Hanks and includes appearances by Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren and others. The film is an opportunity to put into perspective the challenges the country faced when President Obama took office, the tough decisions he made in the face of those challenges and the progress we’ve made in rebuilding an economy that’s meant to last and strengthening and securing our nation.




Obama for America Announces Screening Parties Across Iowa


WHERE: (Please see all locations below)


Cedar Rapids

Linn County Democratic Headquarters

2857 Mt. Vernon Rd SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Time: 5:30PM

Council Bluffs

Organizing for America Office

1851 Madison Ave, Suite 550

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

Time: 6:00PM


Democratic Headquarters

1706 Brady St. #205

Davenport, IA 52803

Time: 7:00PM


Des Moines

Private Residence (Location will be provided following RSVP)

Time: 6:00 pm


Iowa City

Johnson County Democratic Headquarters

321 Market Street

Iowa City, IA 52245

Time: 6:00PM



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