ICYMI: Election season begins

election-2014My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian Pilot Thursday.

Labor Day marks the traditional start of campaign season.

These days, that means the barrage of ads intensifies.

Watching TV is about to become significantly less pleasant.  Already, the advertising is picking up. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad except you have to listen carefully to discern which of the ads are coming from third-party groups. I saw a letter to the editor the other day in which the writer thought the negative ad had come from one of the candidates. That’s perhaps the most worrisome thing about third-party spending. Fortunately, VPAP reports such spending is way down compared to two years ago. Let’s hope it stays that way 😉

Meanwhile – don’t forget the local contests on the ballot. You probably won’t see any TV ads from them.

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2 thoughts on “ICYMI: Election season begins

  1. Watching TV is about to become significantly less pleasant. Already, the advertising is picking up.”

    Conversely, my love affair with Netflix is only intensifying.

    I wonder what’s going to happen when campaigns realize they can’t reach people between the ages of 25 and 40 the way they used to? Surely they won’t sink all of their eggs into social media’s basket.

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