Friday, January 25, 2013

Campaign Update: General Posting

A quick moment to take a look at what the candidates have been up to and any major events that have come out in the last couple of weeks. I'm working on a post for the latest debate, though at this rate, I may have one for the Yorkton debate (which I will be at in person) before one for the Weyburn debate. Oh well, if it happens it happens and we'll do what we can to ensure that they're covered adequately.

We'll start with Cam Broten.

Cam received an endorsement from the United Steelworks District 3, which is the first major labour endorsement for Cam so far (though, I would note that a few other unions have contributed funds to Cam's campaign, so one could read that as an endorsement as well). In addition to picking up this endorsement, Cam also managed to get endorsed by Anne Blakeney, wife of former NDP Premier Allan Blakeney. Cam has also continued to move ahead with endorsements from various community figures, activists, and average citizens.

In keeping with the endorsement front, Ryan Meili picked up an endorsement from former leadership candidate and federal party candidate stalwart Nettie Wiebe. While Trent Wotherspoon secured the final MLA up for grabs by being endorsed by Buckley Belanger; bringing the final tally for caucus endorsers to: Cam 4 (Himself, Danielle Chartier, Cathy Sproule, Doyle Vermette), and Trent 3 (Himself, Warren McCall, Buckley Belanger). As noted in prior posts, interim leader John Nilson isn't likely to endorse a candidate, and David Forbes has remained neutral but actively donated to all four candidates.

Erin Weir has kept himself busy traveling across the province, with this past week finding him focusing on a 'northwest' tour (Meadow Lake, Lloydminster, North Battleford). Ryan Meili had an evening of music and entertainment in Regina, while also using the event to resign members and recruit new ones. Trent Wotherspoon was also in the Meadow Lake area this week, while Cam Broten also spent some time in Regina.

With earlier today being the deadline for membership in order to vote in the campaign, all of the campaigns have been actively reaching out to members to renew and to recruit new members (through both traditional mediums, such as letters, to well organized social media campaigns reminding members to get their memberships.) And while we haven't heard too much about the numbers, and I don't know if any of the campaigns will willingly admit how many memberships they've managed to sell, if the information comes out it should give us a good idea of who's a bit ahead in the ground game of the race.

All the candidates also had a chance to sit down and have a chat with everyone's FAVOURITE radio show host, John Gormley. I haven't had a chance to listen to these interviews, and not sure if I will find the time to be able to talk about them. However, I believe they can all be found online for those who wish to have a listen.

In one of the more unique developments in the campaign, Ryan's camp have put forward their iOS/Android phone app. Effectively a single source for keeping tabs on Ryan's campaign (it consolidates news releases, twitter feeds, facebook posts, planned events, etc, etc, etc) it's an interesting piece of technology and certainly something that is appreciated by people like me who are trying to keep atop everything.

Ryan's camp has also released some policy statements that we haven't had a chance to talk about here on the blog. We'll talk about the First Nations & Metis policy, and the Justice policy once I've had a bit more time to take a closer look at them.

Either way, we're getting pretty close to the final all candidate's debate in February, and then it's just a stone's throw to the convention in March. And so far, the campaigns seem to have kept themselves on track, and now we just have to wait and see what the campaigns have in store for the final months.

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