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Supreme Court HealthCare Decision April 16, 2012

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As I am sure many of you aware, the United States Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutional limits of the “Patient Protection Affordability Care Act.” After much conversation both in the media and the public, this case has finally reached the Supreme Court. There has been three days of debate within the chamber. On day one the court examined the powers of congress to tax or penalize citizens for not buying healthcare, and if the court could even take up the case, because the tax or penalty has not been enforced as of yet. The Anti Injunction Act could prevent the court from making a decision on the validity of healthcare. Day two was centered on the individual mandate, and is it constitutional for Congress to use the commerce clause to make people by a product or service,in which they are not in the market for? On day three the court reviewed the law and examined what would happen if the individual mandate were ruled unconstitutional. What does this case mean to the American people?

Between now and June when the court is expected to rule. We will see many organizations issue statements on what this case will mean to all three hundred and eight million people in this country. While the statements will sound important, it is key to remember that not one organization for or against this law can predict what opinion the court will issue. This case has many moving parts, and that is one of the reasons why this case is so complicated. What are the main points of this case, and below will be the audio transcripts of the case.

Hear are the links to the audio for all three days of arguements if you want to listen to them.

Day One, Day Two, Day Three

The three days of oral arguments have shown that the court is divided on this issue and is weighing some very heavy issues. These issues will most likely change the way the country uses healthcare and how we adapt to changing world. While many pundits have written, and spoken about what the court will decide, the fact of the matter is, that no one knows for certain what the court will finally decide. We need to keep in mind that there were one hundred and nineity five briefs filed in this case and those will be heard behind close doors. This means that the Justices’ will discuss the majority of the case in private and the clerks will do much the writing for the Justices’. Many believe that Justice Kennedy will be the deciding vote on whether the law is constitutional or not.

This column is the first in what will be a large, and much more researched healthcare blog that will be released in June. The part in June will be about what the opinion of the court will mean to all of the citizens of this country. While you may disagree with the”Patient Protection Affordability Care Act.” It is important to recognize that the costs are going to perpetually increase, and the baby boomers are retiring by the thousands daily, and we must find a way to reduce the the exponentially growing cost of healthcare on the American public. The next blog which will be in May will be about how this law was presented to the public and whether the messaging was effective.

Governor Brewer and the Arizona Supreme Court December 14, 2011

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Governor Brewer made a choice in the month of October 2011 and that choice was to recall the Arizona Independent Redistricting Chairwoman Colin Mathis,but this was the wrong choice based on the following. In 1999 a citizens group purposed that the state legislatures no longer be allowed to drawn the districts during redistricting. This citizens group suggested and sent to the ballot an initiative that created a redistricting commission. This commission would be made of two republicans,two democrats and an independent chair. This chairperson would be voted in by the other four members of the commission. This ballot initiative was voted on by the citizens of Arizona and passed by a large margin.

This new commission began it’s first attempt at re-drawing the eight congressional and over thirty legislative districts in 2001 after the 2000 census was completed.This process to redraw the political maps continued for ten years in the first attempt. However, this time the process has become more political and more contentious. The commission has drawn draft maps which have to be reviewed by the Department of Justice to ensure the maps don’t violate the Voting Rights Act. This time the republican political elite in this state have intervened and made the issue more complicated.

In October Governor Brewer sent a letter to the commission requesting them to defend the maps that they had drawn with the map consulting that was hired. Governor Brewer claimed in the letter that gross misconduct was committed. She also claimed the two democrats,and the chairwoman had colluded in order to secure the mapping firm that was more favorable to the Democratic party’s agenda. While there is a need for checks and balances this check of power by Brewer is the definition of gross misconduct.After all the political posturing and regaling the Supreme Court of Arizona finally intervened and agreed to hear case that was filled by the commission.

During the debate to remove Ms.Mathis,many of us questioned whether Governor Brewer and the legislature had acted in good faith and on behalf of the citizens they claim to represent. There has been an enormous amount of speculation that the Republican Congressional delegation have been supporting this unprecedented maneuver by the state’s most powerful political leaders.

The Supreme court of Arizona has ruled on this issue and order that Chairwoman Mathis be reinstated immediately. The court has not issued a full opinion, but it is expected to by mid December and this should show the legal grounds for the reinstatement. Governor Brewer had requested an explanation from the court and, to paraphrase they stated that Governor Brewer and the Senate had not proven gross misconduct on the part of Chairwoman Mathis or the two democratic members.

The Supreme court of Arizona has made the correct decision based on the following parameters.This commission has followed all the requirements set-fourth by proposition 106. The maps that have been drawn and are just draft maps and have to obtain pre-clearance from the Department of Justice. The public has also had thirty days to comment on these maps and the thirty days has commenced at this point. If Govern Brewer or any political representative had concerns about the maps they should have come forward and presented their case in public meetings,instead of going to Governor Brewer and having closed door private meeting. In this state we have laws that are designed to keep the public informed about what is taking place.We call these laws open meeting laws. You Governor Brewer and the Legislative leadership do not believe in the rule of law. It is ironic that the laws you profess to value and protect are the exact ones that were broken when discussing the removal of Chairwomen Mathis and the two other commissioners. This process is designed to keep the politicians out the redistricting and to protect communities of interest and the voting public. If the leaders of our state who claim to represent the voters truly value them then you should not have broken open meeting law, and a ballot proposition eradicating proposition 106 should not be consider,and instead you should follow the procedure that every other citizen uses and if that does not satisfy the leadership then a grievance should be presented to the court of legal facts.

 

 


 

Blog Post Delay July 21, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

I should have published my blog for this week by now, but due to some new projects I have been working on I have not had time to finnish the blog post this week I promise to have the latest installment up by tomorrow afternoon at about 3 pm. Just as a reminder it will be about social media and Pr professionals who use it. Again I apologize for the delay.

Editorial Calendar July 14, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

I have been promising all of you an editorial calendar for a month now and I am excited to say that it is final here! This calendar will be current until September at that time I will publish one blog post every month because school will be in session and I will not have the time to publish as much but  I will continue to publish.  Also at that time I will review the calendar and make updates as needed.  So, without further delay here is the editorial calendar for the next seventy nine days.

July 

July 14,2011 editorial calendar released

July 21,2011 commentary article about social media for Public Relations Professionals

July 28,2011 Current Public Relations news with opinion about the news

August 

August 4,2011 Current News and how the news cycle is telling the story

August 11,2011 Social media news around the industry

August 18,2011 Current Public Relations News and Events

August 25,2011 ROI on Social Media for Clients

September

September 4,2011 Political Communication and the campaigns

I hope you all enjoy the soon to be new posts and as always feedback is more than welcome.

 

 

 

Blog Update July 13, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

In June I had said I would post an editorial calendar for the next four months. It has taken me sometime to get this project since I have been applying to jobs in pr and I have had a very busy June. However, I am putting the finishing touches on the calendar and will have it posted by Thursday morning. I am very excited about the articles I am going to be publishing. If anyone has a topic or idea they would like me to consider please post it in the comments section. Please be advised my expertise is in communications with a focus on social media and the pr agency industry. I am open to all ideas though.

 

Public Relations in Pima AZ July 1, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

I have not had time to write,but I did find a most interesting story that has been developing out of Arizona in the county of Pima,Ariz. This story has many developing parts, however, that led me to have some questions about how well the Pima County sheriff’s department was managing their own public relations? The following will be: a brief descriptions of the incident,then an analysis based on my experiences of how they are handling the issue and their pr and finally,what could be done differently next time. So, what is this story and how is it affecting Pima County and Arizona?

At 9:00 a.m. on May 5,2011, the Pima County Sherifs department with their swat team entered the home of Mr. Guerena. The wife ran to get her husband to inform him that a group of people in tactical gear were entering the home and they had not identified themselves. Mr. Gurena is former military,and he had special training on how to handle this situation and the weapons needed to protect himself. The swat team entered the home and saw Mr.Guerena standing at the end of the hallway with an AR-15 assault weapon. The swat team preceded to fire seventy rounds in less than a minute at Mr. Guerena and sixty of those rounds entered his body. Shortly after the incident Mr.Guerena was pronounced dead at the scene. At no point was an ambulance called after the shots had been fired. This is the summary of the incident that has embroiled the Pima Sheriffs department and Mr. Dunpik is the Sheriff of the county. This is a horrible tragedy, because as the officers searched the home for drugs that they thought were being sold out of the home, they found no drugs in home or any other evidence that would prove he had or was breaking the law. This was a tactical plan that went horrible  wrong,but there is another part of this story that mystifies the mind of any law abiding citizens and me the current communications professional that I am. I think, I know what you are thinking and that is what is the public relations problem here and why would that matter?

As the story continues to emerge we see how the law and open communications begin to have a conflict with one other. Sometimes that battle is in public and other times it is in private. In this moment it is public. The huffington Post has a lengthy article describing the incident and the disagreement that has been displayed publicly.  Most disturbing about this incident is the fact that the records where sealed by a judge four days after the incident and only after the Sheriff’s department  realized their mistake. Here is the original statement by the police department. In this statement the police department states quite clearly that Mr.Guerena fires at the officers and they proceed to fire back in what one could conclude was self defense.  Following this initial statement and a review of the police report the police department releases a second statement in an attempt to clarify what they were saying previously. Here is the press release issued by the department. While they try to explain to the public what has happened they are also trying to protect their policies and the officers involved. There are also a few recent developments that are worth noting.

Frist, the officers involved where cleared of any wrong doing and that they operated within procedural protocol. Second,news stories have surfaced trying to paint Mr. Guerena as less then an upstanding citizen. While this story may get more complicated as the press continues to try and learn all they can about the people involved. It is important that we the public do not allow anyone to be vilified . These are the most recent developments in what will continue to change over time. Now how is any of this a public relations strategy when you a making inaccurate statements?

The frist two press releases are what began the debate about how credible the police department was. Which is how this turned into a public relations problem in the first place. Had the police department originally reviewed the police report and statements from the officers involved they would have had the facts accurate.  When incidents like this one surface it is key that all the facts are in order before you release a statement that is for public consumption.

I have always been told by experts in field that public relations and the legal department at times disagree with each other. Which means that we want the public to know as much as they can and we as practioners want to be as transparent as possible. However, legal is wanting to protect the organization and the owners from legal liability.  This debate in this scenario clearly demonstrates communications won the first round and legal won the second round when the records were sealed. Now that I have told you what happened and the problems that surfaced with communications team and the community,let me provided you some insight as to how this public relations crisis could have been prevented.

As I have previously mentioned the public information officer or PIO should have gathered all of the facts and statements before issuing a press release. Second, the department was trying to balance timeliness and the current news cycle we live in against the  need to keep the public informed and safe. This battle should not even been a battle, because in this situation like many others facts matter.  While  I am sure this situation was complicated and may have been stressful for the PIO officer. They  should have only issued a statement when they knew all of the facts,and had they waited the story would not have been on the front page of the Huffingtonpost and many other publications such as the New York Times. This simple rule of getting facts should be the very first thing a communication expert should be aware of before they issue any statement. So, for all of us in the field keep in mind that facts matter and the news cycle will never stop.

As a side note this story is a bit dated but I thought is was important as we have seen many pr crises emerge in the last six months. Next week will be my editorial calendar.

 

Happy 4 of July

Ryan Beck

Blog May 21, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

After a through review of my latest post,and a few phone calls I have decided to not post this particular blog post. The reasons are personal,but to give you some insight it would have potentially reflected negatively on me and company I may work for in the future. To keep each reader entertained and engaged I will post an analysis of the President’s speech by Monday afternoon. I hope you all understand why I made the choice that I did and I apologize for this but I simply could not post this blog post. Also, thank you for your understanding.

Until next time,

Ryan Beck

Statement about Blog May 20, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

Because, of the complexity of the Blog this week I will be delaying my blog post for tonight,but will have it up by tomorrow night for your reading pleasure. I apologize for the delay but this particular blog post requires more research and thought.

Until Next Time,

Ryan Beck

Blog update May 12, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

Well, the semester is finally over and I can now take the time to relax over the summer and work on some other projects that are important to me.  This blog will be on of  those projects that I will continue to develop. So here is what you can expect from this site from now on. One I will post at least once a week on a topic centered on communications in the public affairs industry. Two I will have an editorial calendar posted once a month so that you can see what I am thinking about writing and provide insight or ideas on things you would like to see written about. Last there will some  technical changes to the blog that will make the blog more convenient for you to read and subscribe to if you choose to. If anyone has thoughts or input as to what they would like to see or thoughts on development please contact me through the comments section.  Thank you for your understanding as I continue to develop this blog and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it. One side note before I end this blog post my next post will be about Burson Marstellar Whisper Campaign and the what this says about ethical practices.  It will be up by  Thursday of next week.

Have a good week

Analysis Coming January 26, 2011

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Hello Loyal Readers,

While I am very busy the semester, I will be writing a response to the State of Union by Friday  I appreciate your understanding and patience.

Have a good evening,

Ryan Beck