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Robert Hoopes
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Robert Hoopes is a Democratic strategist in Washington, DC and President of VOX Global public affairs. Hoopes has been active in electoral politics for more than 20 years, getting his start in national campaigns in 1987 on then-Senator Joe Biden’s first run for President and in his Senate office in 1989. Most recently, he worked in the Obama/Biden 2008 Presidential campaign and was a member of the Obama/Biden Transition Team.

He has been an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Politics since 1999 and is a Trustee at Colby College.

Hoopes earned his BA in Government from Colby College and a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University.

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What Are Crucial Comms Strategies to Cut Through hte Noise Before the Midterms

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:40 PM

The midterm electorate is comprised of the most passionate voters - devoted and engaged political activists who write letters to editors, blog, volunteer on campaigns, and take part in other civic endeavors. They are at the epicenter of the US political ecosystem.

This year, there will be a tsunami of...

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A New Low for Dick Cheney

(10) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:18 PM

The United States is fully engaged in a long overdue conversation about our foreign policy and the goals and expectations we, as a country, have for one of the most volatile regions in the world.

Iraq is devolving to the brink of instability, and the United States has to discern...

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Joe Biden's Good Moves

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 7:37 PM

Vice President Joe Biden is spending some time in the Ohio Valley and in the process reminding voters, the Romney campaign and folks in the West Wing that he will be a formidable force in this year's presidential campaign. Biden connects with key voters who are critical to winning this...

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Results and Consequences

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 10:02 AM

So the results are in and tomorrow we will start to see the consequences.

First, the results:

• Romney: 30,015 votes - 25 percent
• Santorum: 30,007 votes - 25 percent
• Paul: 26,219 votes - 22 percent
• Gingrich: 16,251 votes - 14 percent...

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Governing Together: The Debt Limit Is an Ideal Opportunity

(8) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 6:20 PM

There is a saying that is widely popular among conservatives: "The government that governs least governs best." The current class of Republican legislators in Washington is taking it to a whole new level: "The government that doesn't govern at all governs best." John Boehner has tried his best to govern,...

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Is Sarah Palin Out-Donalding The Donald?

(326) Comments | Posted May 28, 2011 | 3:30 PM

It's clear to everyone now that Donald Trump had no intention, and no ability, to run for President. He was and remains the quintessential publicity hound and self promoter. But the launch of Sarah Palin's "One Nation" bus tour might make the Donald look a piker when it comes to...

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Irreconcilable Differences

(8) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 1:58 PM

The president's annual budget -- actually a budget request -- traditionally provides the baseline for policy and budget negotiations between the two political parties, legislative chambers and the executive branch of government. Changes to the budget are typically incremental, and in recent years have raised rather than lowered spending. All...

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How Mike Castle's Loss Sets Up 2010's Tea Party vs. Democratic Party Race to Watch (And Why the Tea Party Will Lose)

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 11:45 AM

On Tuesday night Christine O'Donnell received 30,561 votes and became the Republican nominee for Senate in Delaware. She beat the popular Mike Castle by 3,540 votes.

This shock and awe win has taken the Delaware Republican establishment and the Washington Republican establishment by surprise. It shouldn't have....

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A Technological Revolution for Journalists

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 12:52 PM

Some call politics a sport. So what can people in politics learn from the major sporting events? Plenty, especially about the way technology has changed the way journalists cover sports and the way fans want their sporting news. Many of the changes in major sports coverage hold parallels to the...

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What Republicans Can Learn From America's Olympians

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 10:22 AM

Republicans could learn a lot from the U.S. Olympic team.

There is a saying in politics: when your opponent is in a free fall, get out of the way. It is one of Washington's great delights, in fact, one party watching the demise of another party or another politician....

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A Critical Mass of Thinking on Health Care Reform

(22) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 3:05 PM

Recently I joined a small breakfast with a senior Democratic Senator who lamented the "lack of critical thinking" on healthcare reform. The intellectual pendulum on how to reform healthcare swings a wide and uneven arc. This is especially true in Congress, with visible factions existing even within the Democratic Caucus....

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First Anniversary of Invesco Field Brings A Needed Vacation From Politics

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 11:48 AM

Today is the first anniversary of Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Denver's Invesco Field. That speech to the 75,000+ on hand and millions watching on television stands in sharp contrast to today, where the President and his family are on Martha's Vineyard, away from the cameras and the public, pleading...

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