Politics

10:18am

Tue May 13, 2014
It's All Politics

Coming Soon To Your TV: Campaign Ads Targeted At You

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 1:53 pm

Addressable TV advertising technologies, which allow advertisers to selectively target audiences and serve different ads within them, are poised to play a bigger role in political campaigns.
Matt Rourke AP

NPR's Mara Liasson interviewed top Democratic ad man Jim Margolis recently as part of her research for a story about political advertising aimed at women.

Much of the interview didn't make the final radio piece, but the picture he painted of the not-too-distant political future was fascinating — and a little unsettling.

Here are some excerpts from that interview:

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5:52am

Tue May 13, 2014
It's All Politics

In Caustic Nebraska Senate Race, GOP Battle Lines Are Blurred

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 4:02 pm

Republicans Shane Osborn (right) and Ben Sasse are slugging it out for the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska, which holds its primary Tuesday.
Nati Harnik AP

Conservative money has poured into Nebraska's Republican Senate primary race.

Big GOP names like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on opposite sides.

And the attack ads have been brutal — including one that took a page directly from the Swift-boating of John Kerry's military record during his 2004 presidential run.

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2:23am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:57 pm

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks to supporters in Jackson on Thursday. He is challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in Cochran's bid for a seventh term.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

The Tea Party Express bus tour made a recent swing through Mississippi, stopping on the lush grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson.

It's a strategic stop to rally support for a state senator who is giving longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran the re-election battle of his career. The Senate primary here is the latest episode in the national GOP power struggle between establishment forces and Tea Party upstarts.

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1:41am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

Election-Year Politics Dooms Energy Bill, Averts Pipeline Vote

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 11:23 am

Pipefitters work on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline's southern portion outside Tulsa, Okla., in January.
PR Newswire

As expected, an energy efficiency bill failed in the Senate on Monday, which makes a separate Senate vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline unlikely before the November election.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had made a Keystone vote contingent upon passage of the energy efficiency bill, and letting one doom the other may have temporarily gotten him out of a bind.

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5:19pm

Mon May 12, 2014
It's All Politics

Keith Crisco, Congressional Opponent Of Clay Aiken, Dies

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:13 am

Keith Crisco, a North Carolina textile entrepreneur who went up against former American Idol singer Clay Aiken in a Democratic primary, died in an accident at home on Monday.
Uncredited AP

A week after apparently losing his nomination bid for Congress, Keith Crisco has died.

Despite extensive experience in business and government, Crisco is fated to be best known as the person who finished behind former American Idol star Clay Aiken in a Democratic primary in North Carolina last Tuesday.

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