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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Dust, Sweat and Blood: In defence of the modern political campaign

Guest post by Ryan Hastman Note: Sarcasm function is set to 8/10 for the remainder of this piece. Thank you to my good friend Dave for the opportunity to contribute this guest blog. As everyone in Canada knows, we are nearing… Continue Reading →

Alberta Diary: A political oddity hits the big time – but what do we really know about Michael Cooper?

Michael Cooper turned up door knocking on your blogger’s doorstep in St. Albert last summer. A photo was required! Below: Independent St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber, former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day and journalist Paul Wells.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

Every few years, Michael Cooper seems to pop onto the national news . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: A political oddity hits the big time – but what do we really know about Michael Cooper?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Conservatives approach a full-slate of nominated candidates in Alberta

TweetWith the next federal election less than one year away, the Conservative Party of Canada is close to nominating a full slate of candidates in Alberta’s 34 newly redrawn ridings. By my count, Calgary Rocky Ridge, Edmonton-Griesbach, Lakeland and Peace River-Westlock are the only ridings without nominated Conservative candidates in this province. The other parties . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Conservatives approach a full-slate of nominated candidates in Alberta

Alberta Diary: Battles in the ’Burbs: Independent St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber eyes formation of party as fund-raising vehicle

Independent MP Brent Rathgeber with machine gun, looking as if he could use some closer supervision, takes aim at the CBC. (Joke.) And, yes, that is Jack Layton with the other one. Below: Teddy Roosevelt. (That’s enough politicians with firearms! – Ed.)

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber – . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Battles in the ’Burbs: Independent St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber eyes formation of party as fund-raising vehicle

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Scramble for federal nominations begins in Alberta

TweetIt’s a fight – or at least it could be if two southern Alberta Conservative Members of Parliament seek their party’s nomination in the same riding. Boundary changes in the next federal election will mean that Lethbridge Conservative MP Jim Hillier will find himself living within the boundaries of the new Medicine Hat riding. Mr. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Scramble for federal nominations begins in Alberta

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

Alberta Diary: Rising Tory interest in St. Albert-Edmonton nomination could set the stage for something completely different!

Ryan Hastman’s business card, handed out at last weekend’s Conservative Convention in Calgary. Below: Mr. Hastman, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, competing Tory candidate Michael Cooper and the other side of Mr. Hastman’s card.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

There’s a new candidate in the race for the Conservative Party of Canada’s nomination in the St. . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Rising Tory interest in St. Albert-Edmonton nomination could set the stage for something completely different!

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote hangout – post-election “after hours” edition

Tweet Last night we hosted the final #yegvote Edmonton election Google Hangout. Not surprisingly, we had a lot of topics to discuss in our post-election “after hours” edition, ranging from school board races, new city councillors, and, of course, the mayoral election. When we started recording these hangouts in June 2013, I don’t believe many . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote hangout – post-election “after hours” edition

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Kerry Diotte

Tweet Last night on the #yegvote Google Hangout, Ryan Hastman, Mack Male and I were joined by mayoral candidate Kerry Diotte. We faced some minor technical difficulties, but overall I feel we had a good conversation with Mr. Diotte about his campaign for mayor and some of the key issues he has been focusing on. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Kerry Diotte

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Edmonton Election Substance and Style #1

TweetWith Edmonton’s election campaign in full-swing, it is easy for this political watcher to miss a moment or campaign announcement over the course of a week. At the beginning or end of each week, I plan to compile ‘Substance and Style’, a summary of some the week’s events that I may have missed. Please share . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Edmonton Election Substance and Style #1

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: A short roundup of municipal election races across Alberta

Tweet With a feeling of excitement in the air, Nomination Day came and went today as residents across Alberta officially became candidates in this year’s municipal election. With nearly 120 candidates registered to run in Edmonton’s municipal election, today’s event was busy. I was at Edmonton City Hall at this morning’s event and snapped photos . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: A short roundup of municipal election races across Alberta

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination Day: Edmonton civic election official starts today

TweetDedicated citizens across Alberta will gather this morning in town halls and community centres to submit their nomination forms to become official candidates in this year’s municipal elections. In the capital city, the excitement is taking place at Edmonton’s downtown City Hall. With three-term Mayor Stephen Mandel not seeking re-election, three Councillors and a handful . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination Day: Edmonton civic election official starts today

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Steven Dollansky

Tweet After a week-long break from the world of political writing and social media, I was happy to return just in time for yesterday’s sixth edition of the #yegvote Google Hangout. This week, Ryan Hastman and I were joined by guest Steven Dollansky, who sat in for Mack Male, who could not make it this . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Steven Dollansky

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Don Iveson

Tweet Last night, we had the pleasure of having Edmonton mayoral candidate Don Iveson as our special guest on the fourth #yegvote Google Hangout. Over the course of the hangout, Ryan Hastman, Mack Male, and I questioned Don on some of the hottest issues of the election campaign. The conversation topics coverted potholes, the downtown . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout with Don Iveson

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout #3 with ActivatED

Tweet On last night’s #yegvote Google Hangout, the third in our series, Ryan Hastman, Mack Male, and I were joined by Aliza Dadani from the group ActivatED. According to their website, “ActivatED is committed to electing forward-thinking progressive councillors in the 2013 Edmonton Municipal Election.” Endorsing candidates can be a messy business and ActivatED is . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout #3 with ActivatED

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 5: Praise, political priorities and poetry

Yours Truly visiting the Texas House of Representatives in the State Capitol building in Austin, Texas – and thinking about what to say to Ryan Hastman on EdmontionPolitics.com. Below: The author with LBJ, sort of, and looking particularly fierce for the benefit of our Texan hosts.

Last week, just as my daughter Lily . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 5: Praise, political priorities and poetry

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout #2

TweetFollowing out successful first #yegvote Google Hangout a few weeks ago, Mack Male, Ryan Hastman, and I gathered online for the second #yegvote Google Hangout focusing on this October’s municipal elections in Edmonton. In this week’s hangout, we chatted about everything from the strategies of the three main mayoral candidates, the fluoride debate sparked by . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout #2

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: The first #yegvote Google Hangout

TweetTonight, I joined Ryan Hastman and Mack Male on Edmonton’s first #yegvote Google Hangout on the topic of this October’s municipal election. Over the course of 50 minutes, we discussed the hotly contested mayoral race, some of the interesting open city council races, and issues that could define this year’s election campaign. If you missed . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: The first #yegvote Google Hangout

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Controversial Ottawa Tory operative now working for Wildrose Opposition.

TweetThe westward migration of Central Canada-based political operatives continues. Controversial former Ottawa Conservative staffer Sébastien Togneri is now employed as the Caucus Whip Coordinator for Danielle Smith‘s Wildrose Official Opposition. Political watchers may remember Mr. Togneri as the aide to federal Conservative cabinet minister Christian Paradis who, in 2010, resigned over his alleged meddling in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Controversial Ottawa Tory operative now working for Wildrose Opposition.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: What kind of message will Alison Redford send Stephen Harper in the next federal election?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Calgary West MP Rob Anders plot the destruction of Alberta Premier Alison Redford and her Progressive Conservative Party. Warning: neo-Con Alberta politicians may not have been scheming when this photo was taken. Then again… Below: a very creepy CP picture of Rob and Steve all dressed up with nowhere . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: What kind of message will Alison Redford send Stephen Harper in the next federal election?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Harper-Wildrose alliance: the elephant in Alberta’s conservative room

Stephen Harper and Danielle Smith discuss their infernal electoral machine as the elephant in the room looks on. Loony-right-wing Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose-Harpercon crossovers Tom Flanagan, Vitor Marciano and Ryan Hastman.

There’s an elephant in the room whenever Albertans of a conservative political bent get together in the . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The Harper-Wildrose alliance: the elephant in Alberta’s conservative room