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Would ‘Debt Super Committee’ Transparency Be a Bad Thing?

Sen. John Kerry is among those who have been appointed to the debt supercommittee. Photo: File photo / Associated Press

Nine of the 12 “debt super committee” members have been chosen, with House Speaker John Boehner selecting three fellow Republicans to join the other six members chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Only House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has yet to make her selections.

Rep. Pelosi has asked for transparency during the super committee process, calling for sessions to be made public for visitors and available to watch online. Speaker Boehner and other organizations have made the same request.

However, The Atlantic says this could be a bad thing.

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Presser Will Hopefully Bring Weinergate to a Close

Weiner announced his resignation in Brooklyn. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

“Today I announce my resignation, so my colleagues can get back to work and my neighbors choose a new representative,” said the now-former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

With a four-minute speech, which came complete with a heckler, we hope, Weinergate comes to a close.

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Pelosi Comms Director Headed to Ogilvy

Brendan Daly, communications director for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will join Ogilvy Washington as EVP and national director for public affairs. Daly will lead the firm’s public affairs offering from D.C.

He has worked with Pelosi since 2002. “Brendan has been an essential part of my team for nearly a decade, and his leadership, hard work, and dedication have been essential to the progress we have made on behalf of the American people,” Pelosi said in a statement. This is Daly’s first job in the private sector, Politico writes.

Research: @speakerpelosi Is Congress’ Most Influential on Twitter

HP has measured the “100 Top Influencers in Congress” and determined that @speakerpelosi (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA), @reppaulryan (Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI), and @michelebachmann (Rep. Michele Bachmann , R-MN) top the list. HP Labs used an algorithm to determine influence, which is not entirely dependent on the number of followers; both Ryan and Bachhmann have more than Pelosi.

“In short, influential users are those that are best at inspiring their followers overcome their predisposition to remain passive,” reads the research release.

HP’s research also found that 70 of the most influential Congressional tweeters are Republicans, and out of the 86 that had an election campaign 80 won.

AllTwitter takes a look at why the social media platform is best for politicians.

White House Comment on Midterms Will Come at 1p.m. ET

After losing the House of Representatives but holding on to the Senate in the midterm elections yesterday, White House officials are carefully choosing their words and how they will frame the results.

The White House communications staff will stay silent, Politico reports, and President Obama will issue the first official comments at a 1p.m. ET press conference today. Meanwhile, the White House blog has not posted anything in reaction to the midterm results.

That doesn’t mean top officials from both parties haven’t already begun the spin game. A round up of commentary after the jump. Read more

Wal-Mart, Target Top Women at NBCU Index

Women at NBCU, the female-targeted marketing and research initiative at NBC Universal, has released the September results of its “Brand Power Index,” with retailers Wal-Mart and Target coming out on top, in that order. EBay came in at number three. Since these are findings for September, could the index be influenced by the back-to-school shopping season?

Notable on the list is “One A Day” by Bayer, which jumped 241 spots with a website that encourages visitors to sign up and share for better health. PlayStation Move from Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii also moved up.

Car brands, including Ford (#5) and Honda (#9), had a good showing as well. NBCU attributes their higher rankings to the use of social media to introduce new car lines. It’s also tied to the “power of the purse” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said was “so self-evident” when she spoke at last month’s NBCU event on marketing to women. Chrysler, which also moved up in the rankings, was also represented at that event.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: ‘PR Has Always Been Two-Way’

Left to right: Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Debora Spar, President, Barnard College; Tina Brown, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast; Lauren Zalaznick, President, NBCU Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks; Mark Addicks, Chief Marketing Officer, General Mills; Kim Brink, Executive Director, Advertising and Sales Promotion, Cadillac; Donna Speciale, President of Investment and Activation, MediaVest USA.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker (who just confirmed that he will be leaving the company) kicked off this morning’s Women@NBCU annual Power of the Purse breakfast with a brief chat about the purchasing power of women and the increased effort marketers should be making to reach them.

“The power of the purse is so self-evident,” she said. However, to get women to purchase your products, you need to communicate with them.

“PR has always been two-way,” she continued. All relationships are doomed “when one side doesn’t feel they’re being communicated with.”

The conversation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Pat Mitchell, president of the Paley Center for Media.  She was joined on stage by a panel that included Tina Brown, founder and editor-in-chief at The Daily BeastDonna Speciale, president of investment and activation at Mediavest; and Mark Addicks, CMO of General Mills. Additional comments and video after the jump. Read more

On the Podcast: Healthcare reform, Mark Cuban, Tiger & Fleischer

On this week’s PRNewser Podcast, we discussed healthcare reform, the media, and its surrogates with Flatiron Communications owner and The Flack blogger Peter Himler.

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Himler likes Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Alan Grayson, (D-FL), while I like Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Himler believes Nancy Pelosi needs to adopt more of a “Hillary Clinton scowl” and lose the smile.


We also covered Mark Cuban‘s beef with his PR firm, Tiger Woods parting ways with Ari Fleischer, and the benefits of small firms and big firms.

House Passes Health Care: Lets Look At The Press Statements

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The House of Representatives passed health-care reform yesterday, and the spinning will continue from both sides of the aisle for days, months and years to come.

Already, The Washington Post is reporting on President Obama’s “public relations blitz” to drive positive public opinion of the bill.

“The Republicans have way overshot the runway in their criticism of health reform,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told the Post.

After the jump, a look at some of the hundreds of press statements issued after the vote.

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Political PR Players Debate State of the Union

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Powerhouse D.C.-based public relations firm Qorvis Communications hosted a conference call this morning to review and analyze President Obama’s State of The Union address, which he delivered last night.

Qorvis partner and former Policy and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) Rich Masters said the speech was “closer to what Ronald Reagan wanted to do” when he had to turn around low poll approval numbers after his first year in office. Reagan’s State of The Union after his first year “was more combative,” he said.

In comparison, “Clinton, in his first year came out and said, ‘We screwed up, we have to recalibrate,’ and then took smaller bites at the larger ideas they had.”

When evaluating the administration’s communications team, Masters said, “I think Gibbs and his team did a good job.”

“The Obama White House understands that communications has really changed. A vast majority of people didn’t view this speech, but a lot of them will watch coverage and even more will find it online. By 10 p.m. last night, individual sound clips were taken out and pushed out in social media. If the only policy you care about in middle America is energy, you can find what President said on energy.”

However, Masters also had praise for the GOP, saying that they “did a much better job this year compared to last year in their communications strategy.” The Republican rebuttal was presented by newly-elected Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Last year of course was the disastrous rebuttal by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Karen Hanretty, managing director at Qorvis and former Communications Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee said the President’s speech “didn’t give you a lot to hold onto” if you are a moderate Democrat. This group “needs to distance themselves from the President and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” she said.

Hanretty also wasn’t impressed by the PR roll-out. “The President gives speeches all the time,” she said. Adding, “this wasn’t a difficult speech.”

In regards to McDonnell’s rebuttal, Hanretty said he was a “rock star” and “the right guy to have out there.”

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