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David Meadvin
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David Meadvin, president of Inkwell Strategies, has advised and written for officials at the highest levels of American government. As former chief speechwriter for the U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senate Majority Leader, he has extensive experience writing creative, message-driven speeches, op-eds, policy papers, strategic plans and other content. As a senior member of the U.S. Senate leadership’s communications staff, David played a central role in crafting the national message and was the primary author of the Senate’s Weekly Radio Address.

After leaving the public sector, David launched Inkwell Strategies, a boutique firm specializing in executive speechwriting and strategic communications. Inkwell Strategies’ clients are leaders in government, business and the non-profit sector. David can be reached at david@inkwellstrategies.com.

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Planned Parenthood Gets a Gift From the PR Gods

Posted February 16, 2012 | 02/16/12 12:50 PM ET

After several days of upheaval, the dust seems to have settled on the controversy surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood. After initially announcing that it would defund about $700,000 in grant money for Planned Parenthood-run breast cancer screenings, Komen backed down and decided to extend the...

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Steve Jobs: Small Words, Big Ideas

Posted August 25, 2011 | 08/25/11 05:30 PM ET

When most people hear the name Steve Jobs, they think innovation. After all, this is the guy that has revolutionized computing and technology time after time through the years.

As professional speechwriters, when we think of the Apple CEO, the first thing that comes to mind is his...

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Rick Santorum Grasps for the Mainstream

Posted June 6, 2011 | 06/06/11 11:58 PM ET

Former Senator Rick Santorum's bid for the White House began in earnest today with a kickoff speech in Somerset, Pennsylvania. After being introduced by his wife, Santorum addressed the crowd with remarks designed to position him squarely within the ranks of viable contenders. Although Santorum's far right positions...

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Time for Truth?

Posted May 24, 2011 | 05/24/11 04:43 PM ET

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday by declaring, in both his online video and speech in Iowa, that it's "Time for Truth."

Repeating the word "truth" 16 times in his first official campaign speech, he assured voters that he would...

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How Will Trump End the Charade?

Posted May 4, 2011 | 05/04/11 06:26 PM ET

Ever since Donald Trump began his flirtation with a 2012 presidential run, he's been playing a game of chicken with himself... and losing.

I agree with those who say the presidential talk started out as another classic Trump publicity stunt. After all, we went through the same...

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President Kaine?

Posted February 9, 2011 | 02/09/11 05:02 PM ET

For Tim Kaine of Richmond, opportunity knocks.

Conventional wisdom says that Senator Jim Webb's announcement that he will not run for reelection next year is a boost to Republican George Allen's quest to retake his seat. But today's real winner is DNC Chairman and former Virginia governor...

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The Death of "Just Say No" on Capitol Hill?

Posted December 20, 2010 | 12/20/10 12:32 PM ET

There's an old cliché on Capitol Hill: when in doubt, vote no.

The thinking goes that voters rarely reward a "yes" vote on controversial legislation and never penalize a "no" vote. Politically, opposition is almost always safer.

Since Democrats won majorities in the House and Senate in 2006, Republicans have...

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Don't Sell Your Obama Stock Now

Posted December 8, 2010 | 12/08/10 02:44 PM ET

Clarence Jones is a living legend. When I was chief speechwriter for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Clarence accepted our invitation to visit with an ad hoc group of Democratic speechwriters on the Hill. For more than two hours, he mesmerized us with stories of his friendship with Martin Luther...

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