I conducted today my interview with Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Johnson. Below are the 10 questions and answers:
@TeamJohnson2010 Q1: What are the three most important issues facing the state of Alabama?
The economy & grow jobs by growing exports of existing industries, education & dropout rate, vote on gambling and/or lottery (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q2: What are the three most important issues facing the Nation?
Stopping socialist path Obama & the liberal dems have us heading down, preventing socialized health program, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q3: Is the Economic Recession over for the Nation?
Recession’s not over. The stock market’s only going up because the Fed is just printing money and it’s inflating the financial assets first (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q4: How is your campaign using Social Media to connect with voters?
Facebook, twitter@teamjohnson2010, youtube.com/johnson4gov (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q5: Last Question before we get to user submitted questions, it is an easy one: Mac or PC?
PC Itronix IX260+ (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q6: From @bradleyhankins, What will you do to stay connected with the people of Alabama?
Though I headed a $240 million state agency, I kept open door policy & met or called from all who contacted me. Won’t give up my blackberry (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q7: From @bradleyhankin, Will you promise not to raise any taxes for anyone in the state of Alabama?
I promise not to raise taxes. I voted against over $1 bn in taxes when I was on city council in Bham. OK to vote to regulate & tax gambling (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q8: From @Walkerdl, How will you lure more jobs to AL?
My program Alabama to Go taps into the relationships of our int’l community to expand exports of our existing industries and create new jobs (Link)
@TeamJohnson2010 Q9: From @bradleyhankins, In one word, how would you describe yourself politically?
@TeamJohnson2010 Last question Q10: From @Walkerdl, What is your plan to improve education & test scores in AL?
Admit not all of our kids are going to college. Identify students early for career-tech track & get them skills to make a living wage (Link)
Thanks so much for Bill Johnson for participating in our Twitter Interview for the Alabama 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign.
I conducted today my interview with Alabama State Treasurer and Gubernatorial Candidate Kay Ivey. Below are the 10 questions and answers:
@KayIvey Q1: What are the three most important issues facing the state of Alabama? (Link)
1) Jobs jobs jobs! 2) Having our students learning at high standards. 3) Getting the government off our backs and out of our pockets. (Link)
@KayIvey Q2: What are the three most important issues facing the Nation?
1) Nat'l security 2) The economy and getting our citizens back to work with good-paying jobs 3) Systemic problems w/ govt: debt, taxes, etc. (Link)
@KayIvey Q3: Is the Economic Recession over for the Nation?
I don't believe so. Until we see SUSTAINABLE economic growth-not this seasonal bounce- w/ companies expanding to hire more employees, no. (Link)
@KayIvey Q4: How is your campaign using Social Media to connect with voters?
We utilize Facebook (2471 Friends) and Twitter (381 Followers) extensively and want to increase those #'s. We'll make more use of YouTube. (Link)
@KayIvey Q5: Last question before we get to user submitted questions, it is an easy one: Mac or PC?
I LOVE my iPhone, but don’t have MAC…yet. It’s PC tech at KI HQ. The viruses alone w/ PC are enough to make the full conversion to MAC tho. (Link)
@KayIvey Q6: Onto user submitted questions, From @bradleyhankins, What will you do to stay connected with the people of Alabama?
Make greater use of soc media from the Gov’s Ofc. I’ve hosted radio now & done a Teletownhall I’d like 2 do more of that after I become Gov. (Link)
@KayIvey Q7: From @bradleyhankin, Will you promise not to raise any taxes for anyone in the state of Alabama?
YES! We don’t need higher taxes! Govt. needs to tighten its belt. I hope you’ll scrutinize all the gov cand’s records on higher taxes. (Link)
@KayIvey Q8: From @Walkerdl, How will you lure more jobs to AL?
I have REAL experience w/ eco development & job recruitment. Worked @ ADO. Different approaches, please visit my website for more details. (Link)
@KayIvey Q9: From @bradleyhankins, In one word, how would you describe yourself politically?
@KayIvey Q10: Last question, From @Walkerdl, What is your plan to improve education & test scores in AL?
Too long for 140 characters. I’m only fmr teacher in race. Education's my passion. Plz visit my website for Chrtr Schlz & other ideas. (Link)
Thanks so much for @KayIvey for conducting our first Twitter Interview for the Alabama 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign. Stay tuned for more interviews later today!
Seeing how the Alabama 2010 election season is kicking into full gear now that the primaries are only 6 months away, I have decided to do a round of Twitter Interviews with each candidate. I am going to start with the Alabama Gubernatorial race and then move on to the Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and so on and so forth.
I plan on presenting all candidates with 5 questions about their specific race (Governor, Lt. Governor) and then will be accepting questions from the Twittersvere. From all of the submissions (either from twitter or comments) we will pick 5 for the candidate to answer.The five base questions for each candidate will be posted tomorrow.
The 8 major candidates for Alabama Governor have all been contacted to schedule their interview on twitter. So far we have State Treasurer Kay Ivey, Bill Johnson, and Rep. Robert Bently scheduled on Friday for their interview. The Bradley Byrne and Roy Moore campaign have also responded to our emails and we are getting their interview scheduled.
So for your part, I need questions you would like to have answered by Ms. Ivey, Mr. Johnson, and Dr. Bently in 140 characters or less and your twitter handle if you have one. No anonymous comments will be considered.
The conversation in its entirety will be posted here upon being completed. Looking forward to receiving your questions!
Follow me on twitter for the latest schedule.
I just confirmed that I will speaking at the College Republican Federation of Alabama Annual Meeting. I will be speaking on effectively using Social Media through different networks.
The meeting will be held on January 24, 2010 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Birmingham. The full schedule is posted on their facebook event page.
Its that time of year again were we change the calendars and kick off another New Year and in this case another decade. As everyone does around this time I have decided to put together my New Year Resolution's for 2010 and would love for you to help keep me accountable. These are both resolutions/goals for my personal and professional life which should be an interesting mashup. I hope I can count on you to help keep me accountable.
1. Weight Loss
For the last decade I have eaten what ever I want whenever I wanted to with no remorse for what it was doing to my health. This has caused me to become an overweight person. Right now I weigh 366 362 pounds. My goal is to weigh 250 by the end of the year. That is a weight loss total of 116 pounds in 12 months and I plan on doing it without dieting. Instead it is time for a lifestyle change. I have tried dieting (Atkins) but gained all of the weight back very quickly. Dieting is just not going to work for me. Instead I need to continue my life as normal but just eat less and exercise more. Right now I eat way too much and exercise none.
Inspired by The Biggest Loser I am joining a gym and going to start my life style change. Each Sunday I plan on posting my photo and weight right here on my blog. I ask each of you reading to help keep me accountable through my journey. Its going to be extremely tough for me personally but as I have witnessed wants the ball gets rolling it becomes easier to push.
2. Become More Interactive
Over the last few years the world we know it online has completely changed. No longer are we living in an online community full of one way streets, but instead we are all connected in one big giant neighborhood. My level of interactivity online has been decent, but not to the level I believe my network of friends and colleagues deserve.
My goal is to begin blogging regularly (twice a week on my blog, once a week on other blogs I author), participate at a more deeper level in my Social Networks, and become a more dynamic content creator.
3. Increase My Productiveness
My wife will tell you I already work way too much - but I would say I work too little. The truth is I do work a pretty good amount each day. The reason for this is my level of productivity is not as high during "normal business hours" as they should be. Instead of working my normal 15 hour days I need to focus on working 8-10 hours days and increase my productivity during those times. My thoughts on how to do this are simple really: become more organized and focus better while dismissing distractions.
That is it - 3 resolutions with achievable goals that I can take measurements on and see what my progress is. I am not only looking forward to the challenge but also looking forward to the relationships that I will build and strengthen.
On Tuesday of this week the city of Birmingham will be electing a new mayor to replace (convicted felon and) former Mayor Larry Langford. Unfortunately the three leading candidates (Patrick Cooper, Carol Smitherman, and William Bell) are all exactly what is NOT needed for Birmingham to move forward.
All three candidates are people who have been the inherent problem with the city of Birmingham or in the case of Patrick Cooper, the protege of the problem with Birmingham.
Unfortunately the remaining 11 candidates that will be on the ballot on Tuesday (including recently deceased candidate Ernie Dunn) bring no new vision, leadership, or lack of ego to help Birmingham move forward. To be quite honest some just embarrass the city (and state) even more.
I have always thought if I am going to complain about an issue then I need to provide a solution. Unfortunately it is not that simple, but instead i would recommend you do not vote for any of the 14 candidates on the ballot but instead write in your own name. Will it make a difference, probably not. But it will send a strong message that you are disgusted with your choice of candidates and with the overall lack of leadership to move the City of Birmingham forward.
As a sidenote, if you are looking for more information on the election check out WadeOnBirmingham.Com's Vote09 section.