Robert Weiner, NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ISSUES STRATEGIST Bob Weiner, a national issues and public affairs strategist, has been spokesman for and directed the public affairs offices of White House Drug Czar and Four Star General Barry McCaffrey, the House Government Operations Committee and Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and the House Narcotics Committee, and was Chief of Staff for the House Aging Committee and Chairman Claude Pepper (D-FL). He also was Legislative Assistant to Ed Koch of New York and a political aide to Ted Kennedy (D-MA) for his Presidential and Senate races. Bob worked at the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate as youth voter registration director in 1971-1972 when the constitution was amended to allow 18-year olds the vote. Since he left the White House in 2001, Bob heads up a public affairs and issue strategies company, Robert Weiner Associates. He is a regular political analyst on Radio America and has appeared on Bill Maher, CNN Crossfire, Today, Good Morning America, and the CBS, NBC, and ABC evening news. He is widely published in columns he writes on national issues in major papers throughout the country including recently the Washington Post, Denver Post, Miami Herald, Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Atlanta Constitution, New York Post, Washington Times, Sacramento Bee, Palm Beach Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Adweek. He is also regularly quoted in key media coast-to-coast, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, AP and Reuters, concerning the presidential campaign and national issues.
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(30 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Will Generation Z Vote or Have They Lost Faith from Inaction and Opposition on Police, Climate, Health, Guns, Women According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2018 election saw a 79% increase in voter turnout among people ages 18 to 29 years old compared to the 2014 congressional elections. This is a major improvement over the traditional non-participation by young voters. We're constantly questioning why younger generations are lacking enthusiasm when it comes to voting.
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Chicago, Other Cities Doubling Drug Overdose Deaths during COVID-19 Crisis Point to Urgent Need for More Treatment According to new data from the American Medical Association, Chicago has seen a marked increase in drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, stemming from the stress, economic anxiety, and loneliness involved in the crisis. The increase points to the need for more treatment.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Democrats Chances of Taking Senate and Replacing Trump Could Hinge on Biden Leaving His House More Often Trump will use every trick in his book as Election Day nears. Trump, Barr, Durham, and Senate trump ally (and regular golfing buddy, including this week) Lindsay Graham, Judiciary Chair, will try to replay the Comey playbook of a last-minute investigation like they did against Hillary Clinton-- "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" as Shakespeare famously wrote.
SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Vegas Could Shine Image by Fighting Human Trafficking, Epidemic Made Worse by Covid-19 Las Vegas could shine its image and lead the nation in fighting human trafficking, a situation made even worse with Coronavirus (Covid-19).. Hotel chains have shown that a wink and a nod are just fine with them, enabling of the destruction of young girls' lives.
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China Must Prove Covid-19 Didn't Start in Wuhan Lab or Shut It Down China as ground zero must protect both their own nation and the worldand be honest about it. The U.S. and all nations must join together to persuade China to mandate it.
SHARE Thursday, April 2, 2020
$500 Billion to Corporations in Virus "Rescue", Crumbs for SNAP With most states' schools being closed and students not getting their daytime meal due to coronavirus precautions, the time is now for the White House and Congress to increase benefits to food stamps (SNAP) as well as eligibility for it. This would alleviate financial stresses placed on working-class and lower-working-class Americans already burdened by layoffs caused by the coronavirus impact on the economy.
SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Coronavirus Big Pharma Money Scam The pharma-lobby spent over $460 million in DC last year--so as coronavirus fears spike, drug companies prepare to line their pockets, as they regularly do.
SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2020
VA Secretary Wilkie Says VA'S Volume Drug Buying Could Work for Nation Now that the impeachment entanglement has settled, and with health care the No. 1 issue in the exit polls from the primaries, Democrats and Republicans can and should make it their duty to address this vital, salient issue of volume drug buying for all Americans.
SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Social Security Threatened Once More--We Need Pepper's Courage Now Allowing Trump to cut Social Security would do a grave disservice to all Americans who rely on the program. The time has come to stand up for Social Security. The time is now to show clarity and courage in the spirit of Claude Pepper to make Trump's White House aware of the importance of this program and keeping it solvent for future generations without scaremongering about myths for the need for cuts.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 10, 2020
10,000 Scientists in Seattle Want Data, Not Politics, to Drive Research And Policy Only this year has the White House finally agreed to allow federally funded Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms studies on gun violence and deaths. It's a start. Heads in the sand is not a policy. "Knowledge itself is power," Francis Bacon said back in 1597 in "Meditations." To "envision tomorrow's earth," having more data-driven, rather than just observational, science would help society make progress in all areas.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 25, 2020
Securing Political Ads on Social Media from Hacks & Lies Has Chance to Not Be Dominated by Partisan Interests The content and purchasers of online advertisements are a mystery to the public because of outdated laws that have failed to keep up with big tech companies. It's confusing and hard to regulate-- privacy, honesty, and free speech don't mix easily.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 24, 2020
Andrew Yang's Automation Truth Andrew Yang's solutions and talking points about job-loss from automation shouldn't be unique and idiosyncratic--but among the 2020 Democratic field, they are. Whomever the Democratic nominee is, they must pick up where Yang leaves off. If not, the Party risks another Trump victory.
SHARE Friday, January 3, 2020
Mississippi Bills Could Let State Escape Decades of Nation's Worst Poverty, and Show Country Way Out Mississippi could be a model of the best kind instead of being routinely cited for income failure. Instead of the chronic listing of Old Miss as the nation's poorest state, it could be showing the nation the way up.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Americans Ask Britain: Why a Snap Election and Not a 2nd Referendum? Americans wonder from across the pond, why will your Parliament issue a snap election and not a second referendum? A second referendum vote would better reflect what the public wants from its leaders. Much like our 2016 Presidential race, voting for the Prime Minister comes at a highly precarious cost.
SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019
Russia should be banned from 2020 Tokyo Olympics The Russian Federation wants to play by its own rules in the 2020 Olympic Games. However, Russia has had a long and shameful history of doping its Olympic athletes and has been banned since 2016.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2019
ACA Repeal Would Devastate Jobs and Economy If Trump kills or diminishes the ACA, as he's trying to do, he'll lose his best talking point, national jobs growth. Despite ACA opponents' claims of "job killing" by the bill, the facts show that the 30 million new recipients and expanded benefits for 100+ million have generated exactly the opposite, big jobs increases -- and that's just common sense.
SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019
John Conyers, Progressive Giant John Conyers was the most consistent, rational voice for practical progressivism in America. With his low-key and steady tone, he always tried to move the bar of logic and accomplishment as far as he could and still win. Here is a vignette of some memories.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Canceled US-Taliban Plan & Meeting Ignored World-Leading Opium Production Funding Terror; Now Must Get it Right With the Taliban's strength growing, especially if we make a deal, our national security is at stake. Stopping the spread of deadly narcotics' dirty money stops not just the drugs but the terrorism that accompanies them.
SHARE Monday, October 7, 2019
Still Dawdling on Guns--How Can Nation Declare Vaping 'Crisis' but not Guns & Mass Shootings? The Trump administration recently has declared a public health "crisis" of the 17 deaths from vaping. How can a president do that and not say there is a real crisis which requires stepping in to stop mass shootings?
SHARE Friday, October 4, 2019
Saving Small Town Newspapers The newspaper industry has two paths it can pursue. One is the continued, status quo of spiraling downward and cutting costs. The other is pursuing innovation in video, re-invigorating investigative work the editorial style article, and other innovations each paper can uniquely create. It's an essential decision that is up to America's newspaper publishers to decide the fate of such an important industry.