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Breakout Star!

Posted by janelle on January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Working closely with Attorney General Rob McKenna over the last seven years, I’ve been amazed at his intellect, energy, compassion and overall leadership. He’s been a phenomenal Attorney General and he’ll make a great governor.

With the 2012 election looming ahead, it’s so gratifying to know others recognize this amazing leader themselves.

Just this week, he was recognized in two national publications as one to watch in 2012:

  • National Journal’s Hotline On Call ranks him No. 2 in their list of 2011 Breakout Stars, saying “Can a Republican win statewide in the blue state of Washington — during a presidential year? Talk to the national Republicans bullish about the attorney general’s chances in the open governor’s race, and you’ll hear a lot say yes (you’ll also hear reminders that Mckenna ran ahead of President Obama in the state in 2008.) McKenna has polled well — leading Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee in a couple of live caller surveys. A key for his chances: crossover appeal. If he can get enough Obama voters, he may give Republicans a prized pickup next year.”
  • Politico continues to rank the Washington Governor’s race as one of the nation’s most competitive, but they’ve downgraded the race from the most competitive to the 4th most competitive due to the strength of the McKenna campaign, saying Rob’s opponent “is shouldering two distinct burdens: discontent with outgoing Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire and the trappings of Washington. Inslee, who has never waged a statewide campaign, has trailed in every recent poll and faces an opponent with a genuine moderate sheen that fits the state and the moment.”   They go on to note the most recent polling: McKenna 44 percent, Inslee 38 percent (SurveyUSA, 549 likely voters, Nov. 21-23)

We all know this will be a tough race–and we’re certainly not taking anything for granted– but stories like these continue to reinforce what McKenna supporters already know. Here’s to a great 2012!

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Happy New Year!

Posted by janelle on January 1, 2012 in Leadership, Uncategorized |

Welcome to 2012!  While it’s often difficult to predict what to expect in the coming year, I know one thing for sure: Things are about to change. First, let’s take a look back. Over the last nearly seven years, I’ve been blessed to work with a dedicated and intelligent group of people at the Washington […]

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Lifting up for Labor Day

Posted by janelle on September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized |

With Labor Day upon us, our speechwriter, Maureen, drafted our annual message to staff to send out tomorrow and sent it to me for review today.  Her message recognized the importance of this holiday weekend but also reminded all our co-workers how lucky we all are to have jobs from which to take a break […]

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Keeping our cool

Posted by janelle on August 28, 2011 in Uncategorized |

We just spent our tax refund on a new Trane cooling system but it appears to be overheating! Not a good thing…

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Vacation!

Posted by janelle on August 3, 2011 in Strategy, Tips |

I’m almost to the end of my two-week vacation and I’ve tried really hard to disconnect, not think about work and really relax. Like many Americans, I have an over-inflated sense of my importance at work. Amazingly enough, everything seems to be going along fine without me! I’m actually enjoying not being on my Blackberry […]

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Back to School

Posted by janelle on April 14, 2011 in Media relations, Strategy |

Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University to discuss the variety of work available for public relations professionals interested in politics and policy. Saturday, I joined new PR professionals and career-changers at the Puget Sound PRSA Career Jumpstart Conference. Wednesday, I visited Barry Mitzman’s Strategic Communications […]

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411

Posted by janelle on March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized |

It was great to spend time with the South Sound PRSA Group today. Fellow panelists included: Hunter George from Pierce County John Henrikson from The News Tribune Rob McNair-Huff from the City of Tacoma As a journalism major, I remember hearing the doom and gloom nearly 20 years ago about the decline of journalism as […]

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We’re from the government…

Posted by janelle on March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized |

And we’re  here to help. Ronald Reagan called those nine little words the “nine most terrifying words in the English language.” I can see his point. We’ve all heard the stories of government waste, arrogance and down-right nastiness. However, having spent 15 years of my 17-year public relations career in government, I’ve also seen the […]

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Speaking up and speaking out

Posted by janelle on February 7, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Every couple of years since he took office, Attorney General Rob McKenna invites AGO staff to share their ideas on how to improve the office. He conducted the first round of Speak-Ups! in 2005  before I joined the office then developed teams to address the ideas and bring them to fruition. The next round of […]

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Mastering health

Posted by janelle on February 2, 2011 in Networking |

The trip to Seattle tonight was well worth it. The PRSA Masters Program was incredibly informative: from the health care reform recap by Ron Lahner, attorney and partner at Dorsey and Whitney’s Global Health Group, to the presentations on Starbucks’ health and wellness initiatives by Trina Smith and Shannon Boldizsar to the overview of REI’s […]

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