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Races to Watch: State-Level Edition

By Diego Rivera | September 24, 2020

State legislative races may be the sleeper campaigns of the 2020 election. They certainly don’t carry the import of the presidential contest or the races for U.S. Senate. But they matter a great deal to advocacy professionals. Unlike Congress, where legislation on major social issues can be in short supply, state legislatures regularly debate bills…

Fight Over SCOTUS Seat Will Spike Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | September 22, 2020

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will launch fierce advocacy campaigns as Republicans and Democrats fight over whether to confirm her replacement this year. While Supreme Court nominations always swell grassroots advocacy—the numbers for Justice Brett Kavanaugh were impressive—the battle over Ginsburg’s seat will almost certainly drive more action.  The issue…

Races to Watch

By Diego Rivera | September 17, 2020

While the 2020 presidential race is capturing widespread attention, the outcome of Senate and Congressional campaigns could have a larger impact on key policy issues and on advocacy across industries. With Joe Biden leading in polls, Democrats are hoping his coattails can help them pick up the four seats they need to take control of…

Healthcare Policy for Advocacy Pros: COVID-19 and Beyond

By Diego Rivera | September 3, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Phone2Action is writing a series of posts showing what is at stake in November’s election in different industries and policy areas. See the inaugural post for an overview, as well as posts on energy policy and criminal justice reform.] While response to the pandemic is America’s most pressing public health crisis, dominating the…

Election 2020: Voters Can Reshape American Courts

By Diego Rivera | August 20, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Phone2Action is writing a series of posts showing what is at stake in November’s election in different industries and policy areas. See the inaugural post for an overview.] [UPDATE: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th, which will raise the issue of judiciary appointments as one of the main…

What Advocacy Pros Need to Know About Mail-In Voting

By Diego Rivera | August 12, 2020

With social distancing standards making in-person voting difficult, voting by mail is going to play a much larger role in November’s election. But it’s not without complexity. Voting rules are controlled by state governments, which means those rules will vary across the country. Companies, associations and nonprofits that plan to register and mobilize voters will need…

Another Relief Bill in the Making. Another Wave of Advocacy Activity.

By Diego Rivera | August 11, 2020

The boom in digital advocacy launched by the pandemic in March is still going strong, with companies, associations and nonprofits urging Congress to address various COVID relief measures. Conversations continue in Congress over a bill to take on major issues such as benefit checks for millions of unemployed Americans, an eviction moratorium for renters, liability…

How Lime is Using Advocacy to Create Safer Streets and Open Markets

By Diego Rivera | July 31, 2020

It’s been a big month for Lime. The shared micromobility company, well known for their green e-scooters, was recently one of just a few companies selected to operate in major cities including Chicago and Paris. But they didn’t do it alone.  The company engaged hundreds of advocates in both cities to contact local officials and…

The New Super Tuesday: Webinar Recap

By Diego Rivera | June 9, 2020

Setting Strategy for ‘The Overshadowed Election’ When historians write about this year’s election, it will be remembered as a turning point. The results will shape America’s racial climate, its economic recovery, and its role on the world stage.  The election may also go down as one of the most disrupted. The pandemic’s social distancing rules…

COVID Mobilizations & Virtual Fly-ins

By Diego Rivera | March 19, 2020

COVID Mobilizations & Virtual Fly-ins: How to Keep Your Audience Engaged and Show Value in today’s social distancing reality Membership and trade organizations have particular challenges conducting advocacy amid the COVID-19 emergency.  Members are preoccupied with adapting their own lives to a strange new world, their organizations to a work-from-home world, and the annual meetings…