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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 38: What Does Steve Bannon’s White House Exit Mean for the Republican Party?

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this episode, we examine the behavior and agenda of former White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon. We discuss his politics, his influence on Donald Trump, and his self-described enemies list. Most importantly, what impact will Steve Bannon have on the thinking of Republican primary voters.

Episode 37: GOP Congressional Agenda, Sen. Jeff Flake, Gov. Jim Justice and Walker Stapleton’s Super PAC

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this episode we discuss a grab bag of political topics, including the challenges facing the Republican Congress when they return from their August recess, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s criticism of President Trump, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s switch to the Republican Party and Walker Stapleton’s super-PAC.

Episode 36: Reviewing the Fundraising Totals for Colorado Candidates

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this episode, we discuss the latest fundraising totals for the Democrat and Republican candidates for Governor and other down ballot races.

Episode 35: An Interview with Ian Silverii of ProgressNow Colorado (Part 2 of 2)

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , |

In this episode, continue our discussion with ProgressNow Colorado’s executive director Ian Silverii. We discuss the most competitive State House districts in Colorado for the upcoming 2018 elections.

Episode 34: An Interview with Ian Silverii of ProgressNow Colorado (Part 1 of 2)

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this episode, we welcome ProgressNow Colorado’s Ian Silverii. Ian Silverii provides an experienced and informed Democrat point of view to our discussion about the national and Colorado political landscape. We discuss Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s withdrawal from the Governor’s race, Donald Trump’s influence on our elections, and a wide range of state and national political trends.

Episode 33: Five Insights From the Clinton Campaign Memoir, Shattered

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this episode, the Magellan team discusses five insights into the 2016 Clinton Presidential Campaign memoir, Shattered. It is a fascinating book, and delivers a well-documented, truthful story of what happened to the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.

Episode 32: Evaluating Jared Polis and the Democrat Candidates for Colorado Governor

By | June 15th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In this episode, we discuss the big announcement of Congressman Jared Polis’s entry into the Democratic race for Colorado Governor. The discussion also covers the impact on the other Democrat candidates in the race, and who is a perceived winner or loser.

Episode 31: An Analysis of the 2018 Senate Battleground Districts in Colorado

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In this episode, we look ahead to 2018 at key State Senate districts in Colorado, and provide insight into how we view the fundamental demographics and the true competitiveness of each district.

Episode 30: Colorado Legislative Session Wrap-Up

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In this episode, we discuss the end of the Colorado legislative session, which big issues were tackled, and where there still remains work to be done.

Episode 29: Colorado Voter Opinion Survey Results Part 2

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Colorado Voter Opinion Polls & Survey Research, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In this episode, we finish discussing the results of our Colorado survey. We cover the topics of repealing and replacing Obamacare and how well the Democrat and Republican parties are connecting with Colorado voters. [...]

Episode 28: Cory Gardner & Donald Trump Approval Ratings in Colorado

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

In this episode, we discuss part one of our recently released survey of likely 2018 voters in Colorado with relation to Trump approval ratings. Segment 1: Survey of Likely 2018 Voters in Colorado We [...]

Episode 27: President Trump’s First 100 Days and France’s Presidential Election

By | April 27th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In this episode, we discuss the recent round of polls showing voter opinion of President Trump’s first 100 days. How important are these polls, how relevant are they to the 2018 midterm elections, and [...]

Episode 26: How to Run a Data-Driven Political Campaign

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Subscribe in iTunes Google Play Music Stitcher In this episode, we take a break from current events and discuss the fundamental steps of putting together a successful data [...]

Episode 25: Special Elections and Their Insight Into 2018 Midterms

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In this episode, we take a look at some special elections being held around the country, and explore what they may reveal about the 2018 midterm elections. We also check in on Colorado’s Democratic [...]

Episode 24: 2018 CO Governor Democratic Primary Candidates + Prop 108 Opt Out

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this episode we take an early look at the candidates in Colorado’s 2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary and consider the possibility that Colorado’s major parties might opt-out of Proposition 108. Segment 1: Assessing the [...]

Episode 23: The Republican Failure to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Subscribe in iTunes Google Play Music Stitcher In this episode, we discuss the failed Obamacare repeal and the implications it has going forward, both among the Republican [...]

Episode 22: European Polling Disasters, French Presidential Election & Online vs. Telephone Polls

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this episode, we discuss recent European election polling misses and how their polling challenges are different than the polling challenges we face in United States elections. Segment 1: Recent Misses for European Election [...]

Episode 21: Colorado’s Republican Primary Voters and Fixing Colorado’s Roads

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this episode we discuss our survey of Republican primary voters in Colorado, where they stand on President Trump and his policies, and how they fit into the battle over how best to [...]

Episode 20: President Trump’s Address to Congress and The Obamacare Replacement Bill

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In this episode we discuss President Trump’s address to Congress last week, check in on the public polling data after one month of the Trump administration, and take a look at the Obamacare [...]

Episode 19: TABOR and the Politics of Colorado Transportation Funding

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In this episode we focus on Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, twenty-five years after its approval. Does TABOR still enjoy majority support among Colorado voters? What are the factors that influence support [...]

Episode 18: 2018 Republican Primary Candidates for CO Governor & the Trump Effect

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this episode we take an early look at the potential candidates in Colorado’s 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Primary, and how they are positioning themselves in a crowded field, and how President Trump’s policies, and [...]

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

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

Subscribe in iTunes Google Play Music Stitcher In this episode we continue our discussion of the anti-Trump movement by taking a look at Elizabeth Warren’s potential impact on [...]

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

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

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|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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|Tags: , , , , |

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|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 & Voter Turnout Trends in Colorado

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

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|Tags: , , , , |

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 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 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 [...]