Jennifer Wagner

Jennifer
Wagner

Wagner is a Democratic strategist.

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Wagner is a Democratic strategist.

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February 11, 2016 6:40 PM 1 Comment

I Want Todd Young On The Ballot

There’s a movement afoot to throw Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young off the ballot because he appears to be three certified ballot petitions short of qualifying in the First Congressional District. First, it’s unlikely this challenge will succeed. Been there, done that. And if the challenge gets booted, all we’ll have succeeded in doing is making Young seem like he’s the victim of a partisan attack. (There was a much better way to handle…

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February 10, 2016 11:35 AM

Lite Guv: What Makes Sense For Dems

Yesterday, I wrote why former Indiana Republican Party Chair Eric Holcomb is a smart pick to be Gov. Mike Pence’s running mate. Today, I offer my suggestions for Democrat and former House Speaker John Gregg, who has yet to select his LG candidate: Someone from the corporate world. I won’t lie: I had hoped former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson would run for Governor this year. The likable Lilly exec was an integral part of the RFRA “fix”…

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February 9, 2016 4:25 PM

Why Holcomb Makes Sense For Pence

To those who don’t know Eric Holcomb, it might seem odd that Gov. Mike Pence tapped him to be his new Lieutenant Governor and 2016 running mate. After all, Holcomb is a trusted adviser to former Gov. Mitch Daniels, who steered clear of the divisive social issues that have gotten Pence in so much trouble over the past 18 months. Understanding why today’s announcement is a smart move means understanding the role that Holcomb played for Daniels:…

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February 2, 2016 2:44 PM 7 Comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I’ve had enough. Or rather, I should say the mom in me has had enough. My annoyance started with this guy. And then, as results were still pouring in from the Iowa caucuses last night, you could hear chants of “she’s a liar” from supporters at Bernie Sanders’ headquarters. They were apparently upset that Hillary Clinton was giving a speech that threaded the needle on whether she’d won the state or not. Which, by the way,…

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January 21, 2016 2:22 PM 5 Comments

The Bern, I Feel Ye Not

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is out with a closing ad in Iowa, where voters will caucus in 10 days, officially kicking off the 2016 presidential race. It’s a good ad. It’s designed to make you feel all happy-squishy-gee-this-country-sure-is-swell-so-let’s-go-start-a-revolution inside. It borrows heavily from the “change we can believe in” theme that helped propel then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to victory in the state eight years ago. Maybe it’s because I’m almost a decade older or have…

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January 13, 2016 6:18 PM 4 Comments

The Time For Leadership Is Now

I’m told by the wonderful editors of this blog that the wonderful readers of this blog like to hear about political strategy. That’s good, because I have some strategic advice for my fellow Democrats who’ve signed up to be on the ballot this year: It is time for us to stop talking about the lack of Republican leadership on big issues and instead begin providing Democratic leadership on big issues. Gov. Mike Pence’s “State of the State”…

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October 13, 2015 4:36 PM 6 Comments

Mike Pence’s Re-Election Strategy, In Three Easy Steps

Gov. Mike Pence announced a $1 billion infrastructure plan today, and it got me thinking about his re-election strategy. It’s pretty simple, really. Raise a bunch of money and know that you’re going to get a bunch of additional support from the Republican Governors Association (they’ll do the dirty work of roughing up his opponent). Run against an opponent with a long legislative record who has “evolved” on many issues. Count on the general public to behave…

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October 3, 2015 2:04 PM 2 Comments

More Time With The Fam? Puhleeeeeze.

I felt it in my gut when the first push notification popped up on my phone: Republican state Rep. Jud McMillin resigns suddenly. “Oh, nooooooooes,” I thought. “He’s going to say he’s leaving the second-highest position within his incredibly powerful caucus to spend more time with his family. I just know it.” And he did. And no one believed it. And shortly thereafter came the news that he’d sent a weird group text to a bunch of people apologizing for…

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October 1, 2015 4:46 PM

Into The Light

If you were rating all the highly chronicled milliseconds of the Pope’s recent U.S. visit on a scale of one to sobbing, it was the video clip of the 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy that did me in. I found myself sitting at my computer, tears rolling down my face, wondering how those parents must have felt to have their wheelchair-bound child blessed by a man who represents their deepest religious beliefs and leads their…

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August 26, 2015 6:41 PM 1 Comment

Tip Your Server…Or Not?

As major cities across the nation consider hiking their minimum wages, I read with interest a piece this week that talked about the effect of those increases on the restaurant business. Here in Seattle, where the first stage of a $15-an-hour minimum wage law took effect in April, Ivar’s seafood restaurants switched to an all-inclusive menu. By raising prices 21 percent and ending tipping, Bob C. Donegan, the president and co-owner, calculated he could increase…

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