Aaron Huertas

Aaron Huertas

Apr
28
Democrats don't have a messaging problem, they have a power problem

Democrats don't have a messaging problem, they have a power problem

James Carville kicked off another round of media + Democratic navel-gazing on messaging yesterday in Vox. As someone who's worked in
6 min read
Apr
22
Moving to Ghost

Moving to Ghost

This is just a quick signpost to note that I'm moving my writing from Medium to Ghost. As you may
2 min read
Apr
22
Yes, DC deserves statehood. No, none of the arguments against statehood make sense.

Yes, DC deserves statehood. No, none of the arguments against statehood make sense.

DC deserves statehood. The arguments against it are bunk.
4 min read
Jan
16
Which Members of Congress Were Giving Capitol Tours to Right Wing Attackers?

Which Members of Congress Were Giving Capitol Tours to Right Wing Attackers?

Several days after the startling attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal…
2 min read
Jan
10
Making Sense of the Attack on the Capitol

Making Sense of the Attack on the Capitol

This is a loose transcript of the Close Read podcast for 1/9/20. I’ll be cross-posting these to Medium with more frequency.
9 min read
Jan
06
Democrats Won the Senate, Now It’s Time to Save Democracy

Democrats Won the Senate, Now It’s Time to Save Democracy

Democrats really did it. They flipped the Senate. Now the party has control of both chambers of Congress and the presidency for the first…
4 min read
Jan
01
Better Messaging Won’t Solve Our Political Problems

Better Messaging Won’t Solve Our Political Problems

It’s tempting to think that better messaging is the key to advancing good policy and getting big political wins.
4 min read
Nov
28
No, Trump Does Not Represent Half the Country

No, Trump Does Not Represent Half the Country

Despite losing a major presidential election, conservatives are urging liberals to earnestly listen to “half the country” that voted for…
3 min read
Nov
24
Both Parties Got More Votes This Year, That’s a Challenge for Visualizing Results

Both Parties Got More Votes This Year, That’s a Challenge for Visualizing Results

Often, visualizations about election data focus on the margin of victory (the gap between a winner and loser) and share (what percent of…
5 min read
Oct
10
Elizabeth Warren Emails from 2020 (Reference Post for Close Read Podcast)

Elizabeth Warren Emails from 2020 (Reference Post for Close Read Podcast)

This is a reference post for some political emails we’re discussing for Close Read.
5 min read