Don Gonyea http://www.kplu.org en Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://www.kplu.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:28:27 +0000 Don Gonyea 17364 at http://www.kplu.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You http://www.kplu.org/post/google-glass-coming-soon-campaign-trail-near-you Google Glass is looking to be the next must-have digital device. The small computer you wear like eyeglasses allows you to surf the Web, email, text, take photos, shoot and stream live video and more — hands-free.<p>For now Google Glass is in very limited release, but even so, political professionals are eagerly exploring how it could become a powerful campaign tool.<p>I have been covering big, crowded political events of all kinds for a long time: conventions, campaign rallies, caucuses, committee meetings. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:07:03 +0000 Don Gonyea 14937 at http://www.kplu.org Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls http://www.kplu.org/post/cpac-siren-call-gop-presidential-hopefuls Start with a big ballroom at a resort hotel just outside D.C. Add thousands of conservative activists. Stir in hundreds of political journalists, and you've got an irresistible attraction for any Republican presidential hopeful.<p>For those with their eye on the Oval Office, it's also an early audition before a key audience.<p>It's the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC for short — where there's always talk of the next presidential election. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:01:20 +0000 Don Gonyea 14584 at http://www.kplu.org CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting http://www.kplu.org/post/sen-rand-paul-address-annual-cpac-meeting It is one of those primary tenets of the Republican party: a strong, robust, well-funded military and the willingness to deploy it are a critical part of national security.<p>But Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who speaks to activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, has long felt it's time to re-examine that approach.<p>In less than four years in the Senate, Paul has emerged as a prominent new face of the GOP and a contender for the 2016 presidential nomination. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:33:57 +0000 Don Gonyea 14540 at http://www.kplu.org Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention http://www.kplu.org/post/unconventional-contender-emerges-gop-ponders-2016-convention Every four years a handful of cities battle to host the big nominating conventions for the major political parties. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 05:09:33 +0000 Don Gonyea 12889 at http://www.kplu.org An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging http://www.kplu.org/post/what-has-nafta-meant-workers-debates-still-raging Two decades ago, the strongest critics of the North American Free Trade Agreement were members of labor unions. They warned that the trade deal would mean the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico and lower wages for U.S. workers.<p>Today, 20 years since NAFTA's passage, unions feel as strongly as ever that the deal was a bad idea.<p>Back in 1993, the labor movement was mobilized against the creation of a massive free-trade zone including the U.S., Canada and Mexico. There were union-backed protests around the U.S. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:14:33 +0000 Don Gonyea 11813 at http://www.kplu.org What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging America's Changing Face Presents Challenges For The GOP http://www.kplu.org/post/americas-changing-face-presents-challenges-gop The final days of an election cycle bring an obsession with the short term — the very short term. Daily tracking polls. A relentless get-it, post-it, blog-it news cycle. Trending topics on Twitter telling us something (though it's not always clear what).<p>But for just a moment, let's slow it down, look at what's happening over a somewhat longer time frame, and see what it tells us about what the country will look like for the winner of the presidential race.<p><strong>The Long View Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:36:48 +0000 Don Gonyea 6978 at http://www.kplu.org America's Changing Face Presents Challenges For The GOP