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Tue., May 31, 2016
When Party Politics Supersedes National Interest
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickPowerful critics from the Republican party have come to terms with the idea that party is more important than principle. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., May 27, 2016
Memorial Day 2016: A Moment to Praise, Think and Remember
By Robert Dilenschneider
Robert L. DilenschneiderThis is a day when we honor our military and our fallen heroes—brave men and women who fought and died so readers of this essay can enjoy the freedom we all too often take for granted. (1 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., May 26, 2016
How Will the World Respond to ‘President Trump?’
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickDonald Trump has introduced himself as a virtual emperor who will single-handedly change the course of American history. (3 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., May 13, 2016
Media’s Failure in a Vulgar Campaign
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickThe media have exhibited an unwillingness to address the real issues and have relinquished their responsibility to demand presidential candidates’ accountability.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Apr. 15, 2016
Bernie Sanders: Just Another Politician
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickSadly, in this most vulgar of campaigns, Sanders’ descent to ordinary politician is most discouraging. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Apr. 1, 2016
Why We’re Stuck with Turkey
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickWe are now only publicly beginning to learn that our so called NATO “ally” is no real friend at all. (5 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Mar. 21, 2016
The McConnell Doctrine: Don’t Bother Me With the Facts
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickThis pretty well sums up the thinking — or lack thereof — of the person who leads the United State Senate and is charged with reviewing nominations to the Supreme Court. (5 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Mar. 18, 2016
Post-Tuesday Primary View from Washington
By Robert Dilenschneider
Robert L. DilenschneiderThe legislative process is almost completely stalled in a way we haven’t seen for some time. (1 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Mar. 15, 2016
Trump = Charles Lindbergh Resurrected
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickOne need only analyze Donald Trump’s rhetoric that aims to “make America great again” to see where our loud Presidential candidate aims to take the nation.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Mar. 14, 2016
The Emerging Crisis of Political Correctness
By Rene Henry
Rene HenryAn increasing number of companies, organizations and institutions are being called to accommodate people who are now offended for any reason.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Mar. 14, 2016
The Anti-PR Presidential Candidate
By Fraser Seitel
Fraser SeitelIt’s now inevitable. Despite the great trepidation of Republican leaders and reasonable-thinking people everywhere, Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016
PR’s Role in One of the Most Embarrassing Campaigns in Memory
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickMany of the proposals our politicians are presenting, and the ways in which they are brought forth, are simply embarrassing.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016
PR for the Poor
By Ronald N. Levy
Ronald N. LevyPR often helps make money for the rich but rarely for the poor.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016
Trump Rewriting Political PR
By Ronn Torossian
Ronn TorossianOne longstanding, unwritten rule in political public relations has always been “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016
Political Establishment in Crisis Mode
By Brian Ellis
Brian EllisWith less than a week to go before the first votes are cast in the race for the Presidency, political leaders within both parties find themselves in crisis mode.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016
Failed Leadership Abounds in 2016 Politics
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickSadly and perilously, it’s no longer whether Trump/Cruz or Clinton/Sanders may become winners in November, nearly insomuch as what this recent picture of American politics says to the nation and the rest of the world.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016
The Intrusion Efficiency Index
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickAs the latest storm clouds gather for our armed forces in the Middle East, perhaps it’s time to take stock in what I call our “Intrusion Efficiency Index.”
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Dec. 22, 2015
Saudi-Led Anti Terrorism Coalition is Great, if Questionable, PR
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickYou can’t blame the Saudis and their powerful PR firms for belatedly devising a plan to look as though they want to go after those nasty terrorists.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Oct. 21, 2015
Blog: By Choosing Not to Run, Biden Makes Solid PR Move
By Matthew Schwartz, Joe BidenThe aura of inevitability surrounding Hillary Clinton’s march to the Democratic nomination notwithstanding, Biden made the right call. 

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Oct. 14, 2015
Blog: Media Gives First Debate Win to Clinton
By Jon Gingerich

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton came armed with rhetoric during last night’s first Democratic Party debate in Las Vegas. But was there substance behind the words?

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