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Changes at EPA Pose a New Series of Challenges

The February issue of O’Dwyer’s featured the following article by Peter Stanton on the departure of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The prospect of a new Administrator signals forthcoming changes for Obama’s environmental policies and creates the potential for renewed environmental debates on several intensely controversial issues such as hydraulic fracturing, greenhouse gas emissions, clean water, soot… Continue Reading Changes at EPA Pose a New Series of Challenges

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The Social Media Playbook: Three Brands That Won During the Big Game

There is no “time out” in the world of social media. Brands can follow the best-laid plans between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., but an event at 8:37 p.m. could change the game in unforeseen ways. That is exactly what happened during last night’s Super Bowl game between the San Francisco and the new world… Continue Reading The Social Media Playbook: Three Brands That Won During the Big Game

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Bringing Sexy Back to MySpace

MySpace was one of the earliest players in the social media universe, but as savvier rivals such as Facebook rose to prominence, MySpace stagnated, dying the slow, painful death of those who fall behind by standing still. When Justin Timberlake and Specific Media announced they were bringing MySpace back, a collective cringe rolled through the… Continue Reading Bringing Sexy Back to MySpace

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LinkedIn Axing Answers

LinkedIn announced today that it is retiring LinkedIn Answers, a feature that enabled users to ask questions and provide answers in a variety of topic areas. We frequently monitored and participated in the Q&A discussions.  We also regularly passed along relevant opportunities to our clients.  We felt the feature provided real value for professionals seeking… Continue Reading LinkedIn Axing Answers

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Health Care’s Hidden Changes

Not so long ago, I was speaking with a former colleague who served as President Clinton’s domestic policy advisor for health care who worked on Clinton’s health care reform efforts in the early 1990s. In response to a statement about the transformation of health care, he responded (and I’m paraphrasing) “I’m not sure we can… Continue Reading Health Care’s Hidden Changes

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Help Wanted – Apply Now on Capitol Hill

We hear it every day. Americans have had it with Congress. They hate the gridlock, hate the partisanship and hate the feeling that nothing is getting done. A recent Gallup poll of voter sentiment showed an abysmal 18% approval rating for Congress, nearly the lowest in history. So it came as a surprise when one… Continue Reading Help Wanted – Apply Now on Capitol Hill

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From Locke to the Federalist, Government’s Role in Transportation Policy is as American as Apple Pie

Adam Smith and John Locke gave America much of its philosophical and economic underpinning. They also both argued for governmental participation in transportation infrastructure and public works. For Locke, it was an essential part of his overall proposition for the natural rights of man, while Smith believed public works served to fulfill the natural system… Continue Reading From Locke to the Federalist, Government’s Role in Transportation Policy is as American as Apple Pie

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The Strategy Imperative

Let me begin with the obvious:  The election is over.  We know who won. The reason I bring this up is that until November 6, America’s business leaders and the economy as a whole seemed stalled in neutral.  It wasn’t as if we collectively were doing nothing at all, but uncertainty about the outcome, or at least… Continue Reading The Strategy Imperative

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A Plea on Election Day

With the polls barely opened and voting just underway, I write this with absolutely no idea of how this election is going to turn out.  I cast my ballot already, one among the millions of early voters who decided they couldn’t wait until November 6th to record their choice for President of the United States.  And… Continue Reading A Plea on Election Day

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Public relations professionals often speak about crisis communication, but when a real crisis strikes, we all have a tendency to act on impulse. Strategy is something that happens on the fly. Decisions are made as conditions dictate. Surprisingly, this works reasonably well most of the time, but clearly it is not a sound or prudent… Continue Reading SWAT Team PR

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