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Will the NRCC Declare Its Love for Nancy Pelosi on a Mobile Billboard Outside her Office?

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, October 18 2012

The National Republican Congressional Committee is asking its supporters to propose messages to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that the committee plans to display on a mobile billboard to be driven around the speaker's San Francisco office.

The message shared the most by email or Twitter wins.

In first place: "You have to spend your retirement fund to find out how much is in it."

In second place: "We love you, Nancy. We need you as speaker."

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House Dems Look to Go Viral With Health Care Push

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 10 2012

Nancy Pelosi/Facebook

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's newly minted new media director, Faiz Shakir, is out to challenge House Republicans' stranglehold on social media. House Democrats' latest work is an image shared on Pelosi's Facebook page that links a call for health insurance for firefighters to the Affordable Health Care Act. It uses a pullquote from John Lauer, a "hotshot crew" firefighter with a South Dakota-based outfit in the United States Forest Service that recently worked a massive blaze in Colorado. Lauer, who started a Change.org petition in support of health care for firefighters that has 126,241 signatures out of a goal of 150,000, was quoted in an A.P. article as saying, "You pray you don't get sick ... I wonder if people know we're uninsured." Read More

Nancy Pelosi Hires Think Progress Editor as New Media Director

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, May 8 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has hired Faiz Shakir, editor-in-chief of the liberal-leaning Think Progress blog run by the Center for American Progress thinktank, as her new director of new media and senior adviser, the Huffington Post reported. He will be replacing Karina Newton, who plans to travel the world with her husband, according to the Huffington Post. Read More

San Francisco, Organizational Hub for a New Class of National Politicos

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 8 2012

From left to right: Chris Kelly, Christine Pelosi and Fred Davis at Rally's Super Tuesday party. Photo: Rally.

What was unusual about an evening Super Tuesday gathering in San Francisco was that many of the people there aren't working in a startup aimed at making some commercial aspect of life easier, faster and more fun. Instead, they are part of a generation of people with both political and tech savvy, using the web to fundamentally alter politics in general and specific campaigns in particular. For these people, the promise of a networked world and a new, networked politics — where people connecting outside the by-all-accounts-flawed and scandal-fraught party apparatus are starting to make an impact — is coming into focus. And rather than using their knowledge of the technology world to start the next Facebook, they're building a cadre of Silicon Valley companies that work in public affairs — not just non-profits, government, and civic life, but politics and campaigns. Read More

Pre-Facebook IPO, Here's Where Shareholders Put their Political Cash

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 3 2012

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Says Its Mission Is To "Make The World More Open And Connected."

Facebook's initial public offering is in the works and the company is already gearing up to exert the kind of influence in Washington that one might expect from a publicly held firm. With a political action committee for the company already in place, here's a look at some of the politicians who might benefit from the rising fortunes of Facebook's early investors, based on those investors' past political contribution habits as reported by OpenSecrets. Read More

'Advances in Technology,' Budget End House Page Program

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 8 2011

House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday announced that the House page program will be shut down. Here's The Hill's take: The program, which has been associated with lawmaker scandals ... Read More

Pelosi's Health Care Tweet-a-Thon

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

On a day that Liz Taylor's death is leading NYTimes.com, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is "tweeting a benefit of the Affordable Care Act every hour for 24 hours." The health care overhaul bill was signed a ... Read More

Nothing Succeeds Like Success. And the Opposite.

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 19 2011

Photo credit: Medill DC Here's a raw nugget of reportage that's been collecting dust on my desk. Perhaps you can make some additional sense of it: Read More

Daily Digest: Questions, Cats, and Chaos Avoidance

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 14 2009

Quizzing RNC Hopefuls: The race to be the next Republican National Committee chair is heating up, and it remains particularly fascinating because no clear front-runner has emerged. With two weeks left before the vote ... Read More