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Top 5 MN Government Relations Twitter Accounts

Posted By Mattie Roesler, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

For many people working in or with government relations, the invention of Twitter appears to have been a welcome development for receiving news updates. Lobbyists and policy makers no longer have to be in front of a desktop computer, radio or TV to get breaking news. Wherever they are, they simply click the blue app on their smartphones and scroll. However, the government relations team at Ewald has found that people don’t always know how to access this vast but efficient pool of information. It can be a bit overwhelming, as there are hundreds of Minnesota reporters and journalists to potentially follow. Because of this dilemma, we asked our team to list the #topfive people to follow for great political updates in Minnesota. This may not be where the Ewald GR team receives the bulk of their daily news, but these five Twitter personalities keep them in on the action of the capitol even when work brings them elsewhere. 


Tom Scheck - @TomScheck

Tom Scheck, government and politics reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, has become a favorite Twitter presence among many politicians and lobbyists. His tweets range from comical testimonies to full news story links, with the addition of helpful live tweeting from the Minnesota State Capitol. Scheck even received Twitter shout outs from other media sources for his  thorough coverage of the June 2015 #MNleg special session. His educational yet witty feed lands him in our #topfive Twitter feeds to supplement your newspaper or television sources.


Brian Bakst - @StowyDad

As a St.Paul correspondent for the Associated Press, Brian Bakst has the perfect Twitter account for any Minnesota political junky. Similar to Scheck, Bakst received praise for camping out at the June 2015 Special Session and live tweeting. Bakst's tweets are great for veteran followers of Minnesota politics, as he provides in-depth discussions and coverage of issues in the legislature. He often includes links to laws, reports, and additional news sources, helping his followers to see all aspects of a topic. Brian is another great Twitter resource in our #topfive.


Rachel Strassen-Berger - @RachelSB

Rachel Stassen-Berger is the capitol bureau chief for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She also spent seven years reporting for the Star Tribune. As self-proclaimed "Political Journalism Cheerleader", Strassen-Berger breaks down complicated issues from the capitol, giving the Twitter world an efficient update on all things related to Minnesota government and politics. If you are looking for accessible language and consistency, @rachelSB is a must-follow.


Patrick Condon - @patricktcondon

According to the Star Tribune, Patrick Condon is their go-to reporter for all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies. The Ewald team loves following Condon, as the majority of his tweets are live coverage of all capitol events and legislation news. No matter what's happening in St. Paul, Condon always seems to be in the heart of the action. It helps our lobbyists be in numerous places at once! He also links to great Star Tribune photography at the capitol, adding dimension to your Twitter timeline.


Briana Bierschbach - @bbierschbach

Brianna Bierschbach is an award winning journalist for MinnPost. She covers higher education, public affairs, and general politics. Her Twitter feed reads similar to Condon's, as she is often tweeting on-site at the capitol. Bierschbach's Twitter reporting is clean, easy to follow, and informative for Minnesota legislative updates. She was even mentioned by our other #topfive pick, Rachel Strassen-Berger, for her reporting work! Another big thank you goes to you, Brianna, for giving us great news updates. 

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Take time to Celebrate Legislative Successes

Posted By Owen Wirth, Government Relations Associate, Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Legislative advocacy is an important component of organizations and is one of the primary reasons members join associations. Once a legislative priority is achieved it is easy to think about what the next step will be, but it is also important to stop and recognize even a small accomplishment. Anything from a small funding increase to a major change in policy can often be considered a huge success which required hours of commitment, so it is important to take time to acknowledge each step forward. Legislative advocacy is hard work with long, demanding hours, so any success is something that should make your organization feel proud.

Spread the Good News

Effecting legislation in a positive way for organizations is tremendous news, and it is important to let members and supporters know what was accomplished. If your advocacy resulted in a funding boost, a major policy change or even fending off legislation that would have been harmful to your association, it is critical that you let people know about that good work. Be sure to acknowledge the work that legislators who championed the issue and volunteers who helped raise the awareness have done because this is their success too. Send out any information in your newsletters, e-mail blasts, and/or social media accounts so that the good news can be spread far and wide.


Everyone likes to celebrate when a group experiences success, especially when they had a hand in the effort! Depending on how big the victory for your association was, you may consider having a social event to highlight the accomplishment and show appreciation to all those who worked on the issue (staff, volunteers, legislators, coalition partners, etc.). Celebrating can give everybody a chance to reflect on the work invested to achieve the goal and rally support moving forward.

Thank a Legislator

It is always important to reach out to your legislator to thank them for the work they did for you. A timely thank you note or e-mail after the legislative session is over will go a long way towards maintaining a beneficial relationship. If you met with them or exchanged correspondence, be sure to highlight that in your thank you letter. If a legislator championed an issue for your organization you should consider presenting them with a “Legislator of the Year” award, recognizing them at an event or in the association’s newsletter. If the legislator has a social media presence, post on their Facebook page or Twitter an acknowledgment of their work and thank them publicly for their support. Don’t forget that a great way to say “thank you” can be via political contributions or volunteering for their campaign. A legislator who is in your corner can continue to be an effective insider for your organization at the capitol.

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