Bob Wickers is a veteran political strategist, media consultant and pollster who, for over 30 years, has worked at the highest levels of U.S. presidential, senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. In 2008 he served as media strategist and pollster for Mike Huckabee’s campaign for president and was nationally recognized for creating some of the most innovative advertising that helped Mike Huckabee win the Iowa Caucus and seven other states. The headline of a Wall Street Journal profile of Bob Wickers at the time called him “The Spirit Behind Huckabee’s Advertising Approach.” Four years later he served as senior advisor and media consultant to Mitt Romney’s primary and general election campaigns for president. Mr. Wickers was also part of the American team that guided Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s successful 1996 re-election campaign; and went on to advise national parliamentary campaigns in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Bob Wickers began his career on the staff of former U.S. Senator Pete Wilson (CA) and as a consultant to the California Senate Republican Caucus. He is a native Californian who can often be found competing in off-road motorcycle races in the Mojave Desert.
As Americans grapple with a pandemic, economic collapse and riots, it seems an appropriate time to revisit a tenant of Chaos Theory — the so-called Butterfly Effect.
Public-sector unions around the country have spent the past eight months trying desperately to undo the U.S. Supreme Court’s handiwork in Janus v. AFSCME. But it’s one of the dirty tricks they pulled before the ruling was even issued that prompted a lawsuit by the Freedom Foundation this week in California.
United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing the city’s 30,000 teachers, spent nearly two years in fruitless negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District culminating with a week-long strike that finally ended on Jan. 22.
More than 30,000 teachers have walked out of classrooms and are striking for the first time in three decades, disrupting the education of more than half a million K-12 students and the lives of their families.
Feedback loops, the circle-of-life, the Ouroboros – the serpent that eats its own tail. California politics might not be the first place you’d think to look for science and mythology lessons, but these themes are being played out in our state with dramatic consequences.