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About Smarter Politics

Political campaigns and politics have become more crazy, confusing and polarizing than ever before. What are political candidates and campaigns really thinking? Listen to an insightful and engaging discussion each week from the senior staff of Magellan Strategies. Each week veteran pollsters and campaign operatives David Flaherty, Courtney Gibbon and Ryan Winger talk about current events, politics, campaigns and how using voter data, technology and survey research leads to smarter politics. New episodes are released every Thursday.

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Episode 17: The Future of the Democrat Party and Polarization in the Colorado Statehouse

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we continue our discussion of the anti-Trump movement by taking a look at Elizabeth Warren’s potential impact on the 2018 Midterm elections around the country. We then move on to a [...]

Episode 16: Will the Women’s March Become a Political Force Like the Tea Party Movement?

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we discuss the possibilities of the Women’s March growing into a political force like the 2010 Tea Party movement. Segment 1: The Tea Party Brought New Voters Into Republican Primaries…Will the [...]

Episode 15: Donald Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban and Starting a War with the Media

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

There are three segments in this episode. The first segment discusses the political fallout from the Trump Administration’s executive order to increase security vetting for travelers coming into the United States from Iraq, [...]

Episode 14: Donald Trump Job Approval, the Womens March, and Polling 101

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode, we discuss Donald Trump’s job approval numbers according to a poll by Gallup. The Gallup article also discusses how Donald Trump’s approval rating compares to other Presidents at the start [...]

Episode 13: Forecasting the Political Impacts of the Trump Agenda

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode, we discuss the findings of two recent surveys from the Pew Research Center and Politico/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Both surveys measured public support and opposition for repealing [...]

Episode 12: The Top 10 Issues Facing the Colorado Legislature in 2017

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode, we discuss the top 10 issues facing the Colorado legislature in 2017. For this show we reference an article in the Denver Post, “The Top 10 Issues Facing Colorado Lawmakers [...]

Episode 11: Colorado 2016 Post Election Highlights and Looking Ahead to 2017

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode, we discuss our findings from a 500n post-election survey of unaffiliated voters and what to expect in the early part of 2017. Segment #1 – Discussing Our 500n Colorado Post [...]

Episode 10: Reviewing Voter Registration and Turnout Trends in Colorado

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode, we discuss the evolving Democrat strategy to stop the Trump Administration’s agenda. Segment #1 – Voter Registration Trends in Colorado From December 1st, 2015 to December 1st 2016, voter registration increased [...]

Episode 9: The Democrat Strategy to Stop the Trump Administration

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode, we discuss the evolving Democrat strategy to stop the Trump Administration’s agenda. Segment #1 – What is Being Reported by Media About Democrat Soul Searching Democrats have lost the support of [...]

Episode 8: What Happened in Colorado?

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we discuss the election results in Colorado and give our thoughts on politics in our home state. Segment #1 – Turnout in Colorado What did turnout look like in Colorado? Was [...]

Episode 7: What a Recount Means and Where the Polls Went Wrong

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we discuss what really happens during a recount, and then try to give at least some explanation for what happened with political polling this year and why very few were predicting [...]

Episode 6: He Actually Won?!

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we discuss the biggest surprise in American politics since Harry Truman beat Thomas Dewey for the Presidency in 1948. Segment #1 – Donald Trump Shocked the World and Got It Done [...]

Episode 5: Election Day Predictions and Voting Trends

By |November 11th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode Courtney, Ryan and David make their Election Day predictions for president and ballot issues and comment on early voting trends in Colorado. Who will win Colorado and by how much? Using data, [...]

Episode 4: Colorado Early Voting Trends and the Election

By |October 31st, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we discuss early voting data, how to analyze it, what we are seeing this cycle compared to other historical trends. We also talk about some polling that was released and our [...]

Episode 3: Republican Party Challenges Attracting New Voters and the Final Presidential Debate

By |October 28th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode the team discusses the data and trends behind the decline of voters identifying with the Republican Party, why we think this is happening and our thoughts on the final presidential debate. [...]

Episode 2: Understanding the Art of Microtargeting, Voter Data Mining and Predictive Analytics in Campaigns

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In this episode we discuss the fundamentals of microtargeting, voter data mining and predictive analytics. We talk about why this data is so valuable, how we generate it and how it can be used [...]

Episode 1: Polling 101 the Basics of Voter Opinion Polling

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

In the debut episode of Smarter Politics, the team at Magellan Strategies break down what determines if a poll is right or wrong, how polls are conducted (including the differences in robocalling and cell [...]

Getting to Smarter Politics

By |September 27th, 2016|Categories: Podcasts|

Welcome to Smarter Politics, the Magellan Strategies Podcast, I’m David Flaherty, CEO and Founder of Magellan Strategies. However you came across our podcast, we are glad to have you. If you’re looking for breathless [...]