2014 Ballot Issues

A View From Across the Potomac | 0 comments | by The Hawthorn Group

To Hawthorn Friends and Family — Hawthorn’s political research director, Owen Berger, has prepared a timely summary of the ballot issues which will be decided in less than three weeks. I hope you find it useful. Let us know if you need any further details. John   As the 2014 election cycle enters its final […]

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Hawthorn Power Monitor June 2014

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  Turns out the EPA’s proposed carbon rule wasn’t about coal Even with all the “hype” around the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations, solar and renewable energy continued to dominate the conversation. EPA’s proposed carbon rule was revealed with an abundance of sunshine, but not the type you may think. When EPA announced their proposed carbon […]

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Views Following 2014’s “Super Tuesday”

A View From Across the Potomac | 0 comments | by The Hawthorn Group

  To Hawthorn Friends & Family — With primaries in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Idaho and Oregon, yesterday was the closest thing 2014 will offer to a Presidential year “Super Tuesday.” All the media is – as expected – this morning reporting the obvious: the establishment won and the Tea Party lost . . . […]

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From breaking news to issues management Twitter rules…and that’s not good news for electric utility companies.

Hawthorn Power Monitor | 0 comments | by The Hawthorn Group

Only 22% of the energy and electric utility discussion took place in the traditional media. Thirty-eight percent of the energy and electric utility conversation took place on Twitter (microblogs) and social networks (Facebook), with only 22% coming from traditional news sources like newspapers and television. The bulk of the conversation on social networks took place […]

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Solar energy dominates national energy discussion – eclipsing talk of high electric bills and climate change

Hawthorn Power Monitor | 0 comments | by The Hawthorn Group

Think your customers are just talking about high electricity bills?  Think again.  This month’s Hawthorn Power MonitorTM finds significantly more people are talking about what fuels their electricity than high electric bills or climate change.  Between early February and late April, of the overall electric utility conversation in social and traditional media, significantly more people […]

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The energy and electric utility industry was the source of over three-and-a-half million “conversations.”

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Driven by politics and the media Obamacare captures more attention, but the energy and electric utility discussion is enormous and organic.  Compared to the three-and-a-half million discussions about energy and utilities that trended positive overall, Obamacare garnered over eight million – largely negative – mentions between early February and late April in social and traditional […]

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Hacking is not the surprise, it’s the ineptness of the responses.

Crisis Risk | 0 comments | by The Hawthorn Group

Hacking and data breach are now about as common as shoplifting. Incidents like those that occurred at Target and Snapchat are everyday business news (and the topic of endless meetings, conferences and symposia). While some companies are clearly better at risk analysis than others, the increasing sophistication of hackers (from recreational to state-sponsored) should place […]

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Podesta faces a very different White House

A View From Across the Potomac | 0 comments | by The Hawthorn Group

I knew Bill Clinton’s White House and — to paraphrase the late Lloyd Bentsen – the current White House is NOT Bill Clinton’s White House. Indeed, the White House to which John Podesta returns as the newest announced counselor to President Obama is a VERY different White House than the one he left as President […]

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E-Day Minus Six

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To Hawthorn Friends & Family —  10.31.12 I wanted to get Steve Lombardo’s latest analysis to you before tonight’s debate.  How the candidates perform is as important as it’s ever been in a debate.  Both need to “win,” especially Gov. Romney . . .  and both have a lot to lose, especially President Obama.  Of […]

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2012: The Morning After

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To Hawthorn Friends & Family — 11/07/12   Well, with a difference of 100,763 votes in Ohio in a Presidential election in which more than 117,000,000 Americans voted, it was all over a lot earlier last night than I expected, with an outcome about what I expected/predicted and not terribly different from the status quo, […]

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