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Red Shift Launches

After 10 months in development, Red Shift has launched and is ready to change the way campaigns are won in America. Our platform was designed by veterans of numerous campaigns and know how winning campaigns operate.

What Is Red Shift?

Red Shift is a voter identification and information-management application that optimizes the two most precious resources a campaign has: time and money. For example, when correctly, our software will only list addresses that contain likely voters. This maximizes your door-to-door efforts by keeping you in front of likely voters and skipping addresses where the inhabitants are not likely to vote.

Our application also allows you to easily create very targeted lists. For example, if you have a position that is looked at very favorably by women between the ages of 35 and 50, you can create a list of likely voters matching that criteria in seconds. From there, you can contact them by phone, mail, or target them on Facebook.

Red Shift IDs Voters

If, during your phone-banking efforts, someone reveals that they intend to vote for your opponent, Red Shift allows you to keep track of that. If they respond well to your message, you can denote that as well. When it is time to push people to the polls, Red Shift will know who your campaign should remind to go vote, and who they should not.

Yes, We Have Competition; But Not Really

There are similar applications out there that help you track and identify voters but Red Shift is, by far, the easiest to use. Red Shift is the only application on the market that was designed and programmed by veterans of the campaign trail.

Whereas other platforms may require you to write several lines of SQL code to build targeted voter audiences, Red Shift allows you to do that in a few seconds by making selections with checkboxes. You won’t find anything easier than Red Shift to manage your campaign’s data.

The best part, our software is only for Republicans. As staunch Republicans, we believe in our party and our cause. We are here to help you win, not just take your money and wish you the best of luck.

We are excited about what we have developed, and we look forward to working with you on the campaign trail.

Business Council of Alabama Releases 2018 Book, The Future Is Now

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The Business Council of Alabama has released its 2018 book of state and federal activities, The Future Is Now, A Time for Progress and Change, which chronicles events of Alabama’s premier business advocacy organization since the release of Time and Again: The Courage to Remain Consistent, Unfinished Business, last year.

Prepared by the BCA staff and published by the BCA Press, the 355-page book includes state and federal legislative agendas, the BCA’s legislative advocacy, a written and photographic record of BCA events and activities, press releases, state and federal blogs, published Business Advocates and op-eds.

The Future Is Now is the historical record of the BCA’s substantial work during the fourth year of the 2014-18 legislative quadrennium that saw passage of bills to encourage and enhance private-sector job growth and create a world-class education system.

The Future Is Now is the ninth annual book to chronicle the BCA’s enduring commitment to the legislative process. “The BCA continues its future look to create a climate in Alabama for new and existing businesses to locate and expand,” said Mark Colson, BCA senior vice president for governmental affairs and chief of staff.

The Future Is Now highlights the important relationship between the BCA and its national partners, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, and the enduring grassroots link with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. “Our state and national partners are important to the overall success of our endeavors in the State House and in Congress,” Colson said.

The Future Is Now was released at the BCA’s Governmental Affairs Conference held Aug. 10-12 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa.

Shelby and Jones take different approaches to Supreme Court nomination

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AUGUST 6, 2018

The battle over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is heating up in Washington.

President Donald Trump selected Kavanaugh in May in what most believed to be a “slam dunk” pick given the judge’s non-controversial record and Republicans’ control of the Senate. Since then, Senate Democrats have been working to derail the nomination or at least delay it. Their latest tactic is to insist that the confirmation process cannot go forward until records from Kavanaugh’s work as Staff Secretary in the George W. Bush White House are released and reviewed. Republicans counter that the files and records released on Kavanaugh so far already amount to the most of any Supreme Court nomination in history.

Senate Republicans had been hoping to confirm the new justice in September before the Court convenes to consider new cases. It is doubtful Democrats will have the votes to stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed, but, by sparring over documents and dragging out the process, they could successfully delay the confirmation into October, frustrating Republicans.

However, Senate Democrats might want to be careful what they wish for. A Senate vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee in mid-to-late October would have major political implications for several Senate Democrats up for reelection this year: Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, and Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia. Voting against confirming Trump’s nominee to the Court would alienate conservative voters as well as some moderates while voting to confirm Kavanaugh would infuriate the liberal base. A tough spot to be in either way and the closer the vote is to the election the greater the pressure will be from both sides.

One red state Senate Democrat who doesn’t have an election this year is Alabama’s, Sen. Doug Jones. Jones is taking a deliberate approach to the Supreme Court nomination, not signaling how he might vote one way or another. I recently sat down with Jones during a visit he made to Montgomery and we discussed the situation. He is declining to meet with the nominee in person until after the confirmation hearings because Jones wants to study Kavanaugh’s answers to better inform his own conversation.

“I want to keep an open mind,” he told me.

That’s a departure from his colleagues who are fighting the nomination, like Sen. Cory Booker who likened confirming Kavanaugh to being “complicit in evil” and Sen. Kamala Harris who said the confirmation could lead to “the destruction of the Constitution.”

Sen. Richard Shelby wasted no time meeting with Kavanaugh and offering the judge his full support.

“After speaking with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, I am confident that he is principled, intelligent, and a steadfast supporter of the rule of law,” Shelby said after their meeting. He went on to say that confirming Kavanaugh “is one of the most important things we will do during this Congress.”

That’s saying a lot for the Chairman of Appropriations who is engaged in a historic effort to fix the badly broken federal spending process.

It also surely adds to the pressure on Jones, not that he needed any more of it. The Judicial Action Network is running television and radio ads aimed to ramp up the pressure on Jones and other possible swing votes. The group released a public opinion survey that showed Alabama voters favored confirming Kavanaugh by a 54 to 32 percent margin.

Jones told me he’s “not worried about the ads” and that the Judicial Action Network is “really wasting their money.”

Fair enough. I’ll take Jones at his word that he’s not thinking about the politics on this vote. A lot of Republicans are, though, and the ones interested in challenging Jones in 2020 are watching very closely.

Congressman Bradley Byrne is openly talking about challenging Jones. State Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock, and Congressman Gary Palmer are also said to be considering a run in 2020. You can bet whomever Republicans nominate would love to have Jones vote against Kavanaugh so they can use it against him on the campaign trail.

In all likelihood, Republicans will have the votes to confirm and the Democratic leadership will have no problem with Jones and other red-state Democrats voting as they please. However, if things get tight and Democrats have actually had a chance to block this nomination and score perhaps their biggest victory yet in the Trump era, Jones and his colleagues will begin to feel the heat from Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the liberal base.

That would be a tough vote. But, that’s what you sign up for when you run for the U.S. Senate.

Column @ ALDailyNews

Todd Stacy is the publisher of the Alabama Daily News. His 15-year career in Alabama politics spanned from the State House in Montgomery to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Subscribe for free to his daily political news and analysis at www.ALDailyNews.com

Business Development Lesson: Find the Money!!!

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Business plans, mission statements, and corporate culture mean absolutely nothing if clients do not have or are not willing to spend money on your product or service offering. In order to establish a successful business development strategy you must find the money.

Multiple approaches can be utilized in order to identify where the available dollars are within any industry. There is no secret magical trick to identifying these dollars, Business Development (BD) professionals must employ various techniques to identify and qualify dollars. It isn’t that simple and if it were more people would be successful at business development. The most critical skill associated with this principle being able to understanding the environment and industry specific business cycles.

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