Friday, February 20, 2009

Conservatives Push Back on Stimulus

It’s Friday, February 20, 2009. Here is what we’re looking at:

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a campaign against House Democrats (mostly freshmen) for supporting the stimulus package. It includes robo-calls against 11 Democratic Congresspersons and radio ads in 30 other Democratic districts.

The NRCC aren’t the only conservatives pushing back - the American Issues Project has started running the following television ad:

Is the push-back working?

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll shows that President Obama’s approval rating has dropped about 10 points this month. Yet he still stands strong with 67% job approval. While the survey also suggests 60% of Americans support the stimulus, it is plausible that the conservative push-back has had an impact on Democrats.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Story of Recovery

To all of our readers, this is what we're looking at today.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Looking Back on a Hundred Posts…

WAYLA is proud to announce that today is our 100th post! We decided to take a look back at some of the things we’ve been looking at since we launched the blog over four months ago.

At first we brought you (what seemed like) day-to-day analysis on the race between Barack Obama and John McCain. We looked at polls, ads, and campaign tactics to determine the strength and smarts of each side.

After the election, we began our first series: Know Your Third Parties. This fun and informative string of posts introduced you to the Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionists, Communists, Nazis, Prohibitionists, Modern Whigs, and more.

Between the beginning of 2009 and the Inauguration on January 20th we asked a panel of political consultants and professionals - as well as an academic and a political observer - to give us their ideas on Why Obama Won Our panelists were:

Lately we have been bringing you coverage of local politics as the nation holds spring elections. Places include Chicago, Virginia, Los Angeles, Louisiana, New York and others. We also conducted our first contest, "Can You Find Your Congressman?"

As we continue in the future, we want to know what you think we should be looking at! Leave a comment below to let us know!

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Monday, February 16, 2009

New Campaign Ads for the IL-5 Race

Today WAYLA Reports on local politics from Chicago.

The race to replace Rahm Emanuel in the House of Representatives has headed into the final few weeks before the March 3rd primary. The “leading candidates” for the Democrats are State Rep. John Fritchey, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, and Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley.

However, several candidates that are not among the “leading” contenders have come out with campaign ads for television. Here are a few.

We have already seen Economist Charlie Wheelan under water, now he has another hokey spot to win over your heart.

Feigenholtz touts her legislative experience in her first ad.

And Physician Paul Bryar campaigns by jumping into a workingman’s car.

Can candidates like Wheelan and Bryar pull it off?

Television ads may be able to make up years of press coverage in the way of getting the voters to know you, but it takes a variety of media (and a generally well-rounded campaign) to win.

However, this should send a signal to Fritchey and Quigley that it may be time to do some ads of their own before it’s too late.