As promised on the podcast, here are a few key readings to go along with our latest podcast: The Three Strikes and You're the Chief of Staff Edition
The Three Strikes and You're the Chief of Staff Edition.

The podcast started talking about the experience and attributes of Nancy McKay, the incoming chief of staff to Premier-designate David Alward. I noted one vignette that I have always remembered about my two-hour stint of going around the Bathurst riding with McKay, observing her door-to-door canvassing.

Here is the top few paragraphs from the May 19, 2003, piece I wrote about Nancy McKay when she made her first electoral battle against Liberal Brian Kenny. (There is no way to link the story that appeared in the Moncton Times & Transcript.)

Walking around her old neighbourhood, Bathurst Tory candidate Nancy McKay is battling history and a formidable opponent as she tries to be the first Conservative politician elected in the north shore community in 70 years.

Bringing her mother, Isabel, with her as she door knocked in her childhood stomping grounds, McKay received a round of ringing endorsements.

In what could have been an awkward moment, the 48-year-old physiotherapist was forced to utilize her entire Spanish lexicon when she stopped at a residence where the person answering the door didn't speak English or French.

"Gracias," McKay said to the woman as she left. With a hearty laugh, the Tory candidate said she used every Spanish word she knew all in the name of politics.

The warm reception she received at several houses added an extra spring in her step. Yet, throughout the two-hour door-to-door tour, the overriding concern was that of automobile insurance.

McKay is locked in a fierce battle with Liberal Brian Kenny in the northern city.

Both candidates realize the winning combination for the Bathurst riding will take a strong mix of local issues, a dynamic character and an antidote to the skyrocketing insurance rates that is wreaking havoc on northern drivers.

As we all know now, Kenny defeated her by fewer than 100 votes in that campaign, by fewer than 200 votes in 2006 and 75 votes on Sept. 27.

The other subject switched to the Liberal-connected deputy ministers who have been given severance packages to leave their jobs.

At the time of recording, the severance packages had just been announced for the five departing deputy ministers.

A few days later, it appears that the Tories have no interest in reversing the trend of partisan appointments to NB Liquor.

We also announced our much-anticipated second "live" podcast.

It will be held in conjunction with the Fredericton Tweetup.

The event will be held on Oct. 19 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Garrison Ale House in Fredericton.

One issue that we'll be talking about is what role, if any, social media played in the New Brunswick election campaign.

If you want to get thinking about this issue, here are two very different opinions on the subject. One comes from influential writer Malcolm Gladwell in his latest New Yorker piece: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.

Here is a counter-piece by Leo Mirani at the Guardian: Sorry, Malcolm Gladwell, the revolution may well be tweeted

If you missed the immediate post-election podcast, here is The Who is Scared to Death Now Edition.

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