October 31, 2014
Lee Carter dissects two Republican attack ads for the 2014 Midterm elections: one that works, and one that doesn't. Thom Tillis blasts North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan for failing to act against ISIS while in office. Lee reports that Americans felt the ad fell flat and was just another case of political axe grinding. On the other hand, Lee lauds the effectiveness of the ad against Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, noting its simple, memorable, and potentially viral message could pack a punch for the upcoming election.
October 30, 2014
Michael Maslansky talks about midterm election predictions on Fox News with Dr. Larry Sabato, director of University of Virginia Center of Politics and Bill O’Reilly. Both guests agreed that Republicans will take the Senate. Maslansky explains that as we approach the election, issues surrounding Obama’s administration are going to move voters toward the GOP. Dr. Sabato brings up the fact that neither Democrats nor Republicans have satisfied U.S.
February 14, 2014
When we think about current policy debate in America, few issues have become as pervasive as the energy debate. And when you're dealing with something so relevant and so urgent, language matters.
That's why we were shocked to hear one particularly vocal U.S. senator, who shall remain nameless, coining an impressively meaningful phrase this week: "Energy Renaissance." Take a look at Lee Carter's analysis of how these words could reframe, or even win, the energy policy debate for those who know how to use them.
February 11, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is set to make her first announcement to the House Financial Services Committee today. Lee Carter takes a look at what current expectations are for the new Chair's policies, and how the market will respond to the language she uses to describe them.
January 29, 2014
President Obama delivered his State of the Union to the House last night, repeatedly emphasizing five key ideas: action, opportunity, supporting the middle class, creating jobs, and restoring America. Sound familiar? For a Republican, maybe. Yet the responses to the President's GOP-friendly speech weren't too well received by Republican audiences.
Lee Carter breaks down these five points from last night's address to see how different audiences on either side of the aisle responded. And her conclusion doesn't surprise us: as always, it's not what you say...it's what they hear.