Lara Beck

Lara
Beck

Beck is a Democratic communications strategist.

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Beck is a Democratic communications strategist.

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January 18, 2017 1:04 PM

Let Him Tweet

Donald Trump is a inexhaustible user of Twitter. Entire news cycles are dominated by the content and subject of his tweets. His tweets have the power to send global companies scrambling, elected officials running for cover, and advocates mobilizing. It’s been a long time since I took that social psychology class at Marian College, but I’m pretty sure Donald Trump enjoys the impact of his tweets on American psyche. Who doesn’t love starting the morning…

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December 1, 2016 8:04 PM

Punitive or Petty? Or Both?

Earlier today, President-Elect Donald Trump, Gov. Pence, and a representative from Carrier stood before the Carrier logo at a media event that was widely anticipated by local and national media. One reporter, however, wasn’t allowed a credential to cover the show. Why? Because Carrier wouldn’t let him in. Carrier hasn’t offered any explanation as to why, so let me take some liberties with a possible explanation. One can reasonably assume that they don’t like that…

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October 20, 2015 7:31 PM 1 Comment

Goodbye, friend

I have so enjoyed the tributes to Mark St. John, who recently passed away. I just wish he were here to read them. Mark was so many things – a fixture at the Statehouse, a tireless advocate for equality, a voice for the poor, and a true strategist. He also was one of my earliest clients. When Mark called, I always picked up the phone. Who wouldn’t? I could never say no to him, even…

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September 17, 2015 4:06 PM 4 Comments

Will Republicans Lose Women Again?

Unlike most Americans, I managed to endure two hours of the three-hour Republican presidential debate extravaganza last night. It had everything: drama, comedy, and Chris Christie. It also had an anti-Carly Fiorina undercurrent. The ten men on stage could barely hide their disdain for her. Donald Trump said she is a “beautiful woman” in response to his recent volley of insults about her looks. Chris Christie admonished her, in his usual schoolyard bully tone, for…

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March 30, 2015 5:51 PM

The Wrong Script for our Times

This isn’t a post about the legislative nuances of the Religious “Freedom” Restoration Act. I’m fairly certain you can figure out my position on it. This is a post about what happens when you live in an echo chamber. When the public image you’ve so carefully crafted comes crashing down. When the public pushes back, and the narrative you’ve created no longer exists. When that narrative becomes what it is – hollow talking points that…

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February 3, 2015 12:50 PM 2 Comments

This JustIN: Another New State Agency

This #JustIN from the people who are dedicated to cutting the size and scope of state government: The Office of Marriage Promotion. If approved, this would be the third new state agency that has been created during the first term of the Pence Administration. First, is the embattled Center for Education and Career Innovation, which the Governor created by executive order and then dismantled. Second, is the doomed JustIN, which really needs no explanation at…

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January 22, 2015 3:59 PM

How did you consume the State of the Union?

I didn’t watch the State of the Union. I was tired. I felt like I was getting sick. Do you ever feel waves of exhaustion wash over you at 7:30 p.m.? If you don’t, you are either superhuman or aren’t a working mom. I figured I’d catch the replays in the morning. I love our democracy, but I also love a good night sleep. Until I saw the tweet where the White House made the…

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October 28, 2014 5:49 PM

There’s an Election Next Week?

Someone asked me that question today.  No joke. They aren’t the only person asking.  I fielded two questions last week from people I know who asked me if the election is this week. For those of us who live and breathe politics, it’s almost unfathomable that our family, friends and neighbors don’t know much about the elections this year.  In one of the quietest election cycles I can remember, it’s hard to blame them.  The…

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August 28, 2014 9:20 AM 2 Comments

Pence for President

Politico has an article out this morning about Mike Pence’s burgeoning presidential run, which from the looks of it, will be largely funded by the Koch Brothers. Gov. Pence declined comment yesterday, but the article has several nuggets of information worth noting, including that our Governor will be speaking tomorrow to a national summit of Americans for Prosperity activists in Dallas. One of my favorites? “His willingness to jet to Dallas for only a few…

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June 9, 2014 4:42 PM

#PartyInTheFort?

For those of you who had more to do last weekend than follow the State Republican Convention on Twitter, #PartyInTheFort was the state GOP’s anointed hashtag. Hashtags can be a very effective way to aggregate content, as well as push a topic to “trending” status. In this case, it went horribly wrong. First, despite the best efforts of some of the more reasonable minds in the Republican Party, a platform plank discriminating against LGBT Hoosiers…

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