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Friday, July 22, 2016

 2:46 PM 

Ryan Rundown: After Trump's NATO comments, spokeswoman says Ryan believes U.S. should defend allies

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokeswoman says the Janesville Republican believes U.S. should defend its NATO allies after GOP nominee Donald Trump suggested military aid would be dependent on NATO members meeting their obligations.


- Paul Ryan Offers Terse Response To Trump's Startling NATO Comments

- Could Paul Ryan Go The Way Of Eric Cantor?


- Greg Sargent: Trump's new NATO comments should put Republicans in an untenable spot

- Liesl Hickey: Paul Ryan's Efforts to Frame an Agenda Amid Republican Discord


Thursday, July 21, 2016

 3:26 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Democrats respond to Ryan's intern selfie

In today's Ryan Rundown: Democrats respond to House Speaker Paul Ryan selfie with a mostly white group of interns, and Ryan discusses the House GOP's welfare reform proposal.


- Democrats to Paul Ryan: Our summer interns are more diverse than yours

- GOP and Dem Intern Class Photos Show Diversity Differences

- House Speaker Paul Ryan On Why He Wants To Customize Welfare Benefits

- Paul Ryan's first 2016 campaign ad focuses on national security

- NRA endorses Paul Ryan for re-election


- Max Ehrenfreund: The truth behind Paul Ryan's claim that poverty is worse under Obama


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

 3:35 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan makes scant mention of Trump in RNC speech

House Speaker Paul Ryan calls for unity during his speech before the Republican National Convention, but makes little mention of nominee Donald Trump, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson picks Ryan over Gov. Scott Walker to be a future president.


- Barely mentioning Trump, Ryan calls on GOP to unite

- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell make pitch for Trump but barely mention him

- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to hammer Hillary in establishment show of support for Trump

- Speaker Paul Ryan springs the question at GOP convention: 'What do you say ... we unite this party?

- For future GOP president, Tommy Thompson picks Paul Ryan over Scott Walker


- Barton Swaim: Best RNC speech so far? Paul Ryan's.

- Jennifer Rubin: Paul Ryan sadly diminishes himself

- NYT editorial: Paul Ryan's Dance With The Donald


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 2:33 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan to make unity appeal at GOP convention

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan's speech before the Republican National Convention today is to call for party unity, and Ryan's football references at the convention are landing him in hot water.


- House Speaker Paul Ryan to call for unity in convention speech

- Paul Ryan says that not voting for Trump will only help Clinton

- Speaker Paul Ryan makes unity appeal to Texans with football

- GOP's Paul Ryan makes crucial mistake, waves Terrible Towel in Cleveland

- House Speaker Paul Ryan severely underestimates football rivalries

- First Paul Ryan TV Ad of 2016 Cycle Focuses on National Security


- Lisa Mascaro: Can Paul Ryan preside over a GOP convention so far from his own style and substance?

- Paul Ryan's Cleveland sideshow


Monday, July 18, 2016

 4:46 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan addresses Wisconsin delegation at Republican National Convention

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan highlights the House GOP agenda before the Wisconsin delegation at the Republican National Convention, and Ryan catches flak over diversity after he tweets a selfie with a mostly white group of interns.


- Paul Ryan highlights 'A Better Way' agenda in convention speech to Wisconsin delegation

- Paul Ryan tells Wisconsin delegation America's problems are fixable

- Paul Ryan: Trump Not 'My Kind of Conservative,' But GOP Must Get Behind Him

- House Speaker Paul Ryan's Instagram Post Raises Questions About Diversity on Capitol Hill

- Paul Ryan criticized over selfie with interns


- Erica Werner: For House Speaker Ryan, opportunity, and risk, at convention

- Lindsey McPherson: Paul Ryan's Tightrope Walk in Cleveland


Friday, July 15, 2016

 12:45 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan praises Trump's choice of Pence as running mate

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan praises Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and Ryan calls the attack in Nice, France, an "unconscionable act of terror."


- Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Pence: 'No better choice'

- Ryan praises Trump's 'steady and secure' running mate

- Paul Ryan on Nice Attack: An Unconscionable Act of Terror

- Ryan denounces 'dangerous call' to allow Clinton to receive classified intelligence briefings

- NPR's Interview With House Speaker Paul Ryan On Poverty And Politics


- Christine Flowers: Real GOP should reflect values more like those of Paul Ryan

- Doug Heye: What Paul Ryan's Agenda Offers Voters-and Down-Ballot Republicans


Thursday, July 14, 2016

 2:45 PM 

Wendy Riemann column: Advantageous Advocacy: Four for before

A great deal of preparation should be completed before a person ever steps foot inside an elected official’s office to advocate.  As Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Honest Abe was also wise.  Being prepared makes a meeting more efficient, impactful, and beneficial to the cause.  While we do not need to spend four hours sharpening our axe for a meeting (hopefully), we can better prepare for a meeting with an elected official, or his staff, in four simple ways.

First, always do the homework.  It is worth spending some time researching who the group is meeting with and his background and priorities.  This is true even if a group is “just” meeting with staff, as the staff are there to represent their boss.  Visiting the official’s government webpage will usually provide a photo, biography, and information about what committees the official serves on and issues he champions.  A review of the news/press releases he has recently issued – almost always found on his webpage – will also provide insight as to what the office values and is currently finding important.

Second, know the issue background.  This does not require a comprehensive understanding of the ins and outs of every vote or movement, but a quick google search on the meeting topic can provide the current status, some of its history and progress, and perhaps even a bill number.  Even to a subject-matter expert, spending some time online to see what was possibly overlooked, or is new, is usually worth the few minutes.  For instance, a meeting participant may understand local or state ramifications, but may not be as familiar with federal proceedings on the topic.  Furthermore, knowing any specific information as it relates to the district or home state is always most useful in helping an elected official make a decision, as his constituents vote for him to stay or leave office.

Third, know the ask.  An entire future column will be devoted to this topic alone because it is so significant.  However, the core of this point is to know why the meeting is requested and the desired outcome of the meeting.  If this was summarized in one sentence, what would that sentence be?  Is there hope that the official introduces a bill?  Hears a concern?  Votes for a bill?  Attends a business event?  Signs a letter to a federal agency?  Tours a local factory?  Why is this meeting worth everyone’s time and what should come from it?  

Fourth, know the opposition.  It may appear that everyone wants to save puppies, because who does not love puppies; however, some folks are just cat people.  That is true for the majority of issues – someone is always against something – for a variety of reasons – not all of which will ever make sense.  Before a meeting, a person or group should determine who might be against the cause, why they are against the cause, and how, if at all, the proposals the group is recommending are different from what has been opposed in the past.  Providing this information is helpful to the official.  It is also helpful to the advocates because if the official has any further questions about it, the advocates are right there to alleviate any concerns or provide additional rationale or background.

Lincoln is also quoted as saying, “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”

These four tips are a great start toward earning that chance.

-- Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm. She can be reached at: wendy@1492communications.com.

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