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The Savvy Blog is a sassy little blog about public relations, journalism and politics, with occasional diversions. New posts show up about twice a week, most of them written by Dennis Bailey, president of Savvy, Inc., a leading public relations firm in Portland, Maine, with infrequent guest posts from bloggers around the country. Please offer your comments and subscribe by submitting your email in the form above. And Connect with . Thanks.

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Media Training 101: When you're in the hot seat, don't be a jerk.

  
  
  
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

If you saw 60 Minutes last week, you know all about high frequency trading and how it has corrupted the stock market and big Wall Street investment firms. If you didn't see it, it's going to take a minute to explain.

How Eliot Cutler can win the 2014 race for Maine governor

  
  
  
Independent candidate Eliot Cutler

He can’t.

How Mike Michaud can win the 2014 Maine governor's race

  
  
  
Congressman Mike Michaud

(Note: This is the second of three blog posts examining how each of the three declared candidates for Maine governor – incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud, and independent lawyer/lobbyist Eliot Cutler – can forge a path to victory in the 2014 race for the Blaine House.)

How Maine Gov. Paul LePage can win reelection

  
  
  
Gov. Paul LePage

(Note: This is the first of three blog posts examining how each of the three declared candidates for Maine governor – incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud, and independent lawyer/lobbyist Eliot Cutler – can forge a path to victory in the 2014 race for the Blaine House.)

Could better public relations save GMOs?

  
  
  
Could better PR save GMOs?

Imagine an issue on which there is a broad consensus of agreement among top scientists worldwide. But due to a concerted PR and social media campaign by passionate individuals and groups that ignore the overwhelming scientific evidence, public opinion – and public policy – has been skewed in the opposite direction, contrary to what most reputable scientists believe.

Media to White House: We want our news back!

  
  
  
the situation room photo

The White House reporters are complaining, and have been for some time, that they’re being shut out of many events that are routinely covered by the official photographer employed by the White House, who then posts the photos on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels for instant public viewing around the world.

Five things you need to know before your next media interview

  
  
  
five media training tips

When one of my clients is asked to be interviewed by a member of the news media, there are generally two types of reactions. One is complete and utter nervousness and fear. “What do I say,” they ask. “What if I’m asked a question I don’t know the answer to, or don’t want to answer?”

Controlling the PR when a candidate comes out

  
  
  
Rep. Mike Michaud

This morning, Mainers woke up to the news that the likely Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud – a six-term congressman from the state’s northern, more conservative district – is gay. Commentators, columnists and pundits will ponder this for weeks trying to decide how it will affect the dynamics of the 2014 race for the Blaine House.

Angus King and the education of a consensus candidate

  
  
  
Sen. Angus King

Angus King, the independent from Maine, ran for the US Senate promising to work across the partisan divide and find common ground between Democrats and Republicans. That was the idea anyway. But if you’ve heard his somewhat uncharacteristic rhetoric recently about the government shutdown and why consensus with the House Republicans is impossible, you might think that he’s crossed the Rubicon and is now reading from the same partisan playbook he claimed to abhor.

Does LinkedIn have a public relations problem?

  
  
  
LinkedIn PR problem

Several weeks ago, a friend complained to me that she was routinely receiving notices via LinkedIn from people who accepted her invitation to connect. The problem was she hadn’t sent an invitation to connect with these people. In fact, some of them came from people she had long ago forgotten or would never want to connect with in the first place.

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