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Organizations promote safe medicines at panel discussion in Jackson Thursday

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Organizations Promote Safe Medicines for Patients, Healthcare Providers

Panel Discussion on Dangers of Counterfeit Drugs on Thursday

[UPDATE: Hear about the panel discussion on September 6th's "Mississippi Edition"]

The Partnership for Safe Medicines, the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association and Just Advocacy are teaming up for a panel discussion on Thursday to promote safe medicine practices to prevent dangerous counterfeit drugs from getting in the hands of patients.

What:     Safe Medicines Panel Discussion

When:     Thursday, September 5, 2013: 3:30pm

Where:     Millsaps Cabot Lodge Executive Meeting Rooms (2375 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi)

Who:     Shabir Saffdar, Partnership for Safe Medicines

Robert Dozier, Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association

Mary Troupe, Just Advocacy of Mississippi

Invited:     Healthcare providers, elected officials, the public and open to the media

Details:     These organizations will discuss instances of counterfeit drugs in Mississippi, the dangers of counterfeit drugs to patients, how patients and healthcare providers can get safe and affordable medicines, and steps being taken to ensure patients receive reliable medications through the secure, FDA approved drug chain.

More Information:

MS Senator David Parker finalist for political award

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Newly elected Mississippi state Senator David Parker has been named a finalist for a national political award for his “Sky Signs.”

From a Campaigns & Elections press release -

January 8, 2013 – Arlington, VA – Today, Campaigns & Elections announced the finalists of the fifth annual Reed Awards. The finalists represent the top talent in the political consulting business in the fields of Direct Mail, Online Advertising, Newspaper Advertising, Phones, Political Technology, Signage and Collateral Material, Radio and Television.

Winners will be awarded for their 2012 campaign work, in the following categories, at The Reed Awards Dinner on February 1, 2013, in Washington, DC:

Yard/Outdoor Signs

Ray Withy – “Sailing Away” - Indie Politics

Pigeon Forge Alcohol Ballot Initiative – Yard Sign - Calvert Street Group

Ron Kim for Assembly Sign - The Parkside Group

Tarleton Yard Sign - Argo Strategies

Yes for West-MEC Bond - HighGround, Inc.

David Parker for Senate – Sky Signs - Capstone Public Affairs, LLC

The Reed Awards recognize excellence in campaign management, political consulting and political design and bestows honors in more than 90 categories. The competition also includes 15 special categories such as Best Campaign Comeback and Most Daring (and Successful) Tactic.

Winners, selected by a panel of over 20 judges representing the industry’s best campaigning experts, will be announced at the 2013 Reed Awards on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Chosen from the largest and smallest organizations in the industry, the winners will represent the latest techniques and talent in the business.

Winners will receive a crystal statue and recognition in Campaigns & Elections in print and online. The awards, named after Campaigns & Elections’ founder Stanley Foster Reed, embodies his mission to strive for excellence in political campaigning.

For Capstone, you can thank Doc Watson

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I’m not sure when the partners of Capstone Public Affairs, LLC first began discussing forming a public affairs firm, but there is a good chance it was around a campfire at MerleFest, the festival held annually in Wilkesboro, North Carolina as a tribute to Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. Whether that was where we first decided to launch this endeavor or not, I know we have had many a strategy session there. If you have been on our side in various public affairs efforts, then you can thank Doc Watson. If you’ve been on the other side, then you can curse that tragic tractor accident that took Merle’s life. At our annual pilgrimage to the North Carolina mountains last month for MerleFest, we were fortunate enough to see Doc one final time. He passed away this week at the age of 89.

Doc Watson at MerleFest on April 28, 2012

Doc Watson and Sam Bush

Doc Watson with T. Michael Coleman, Sam Bush, Joe Smothers and others on the Watson Stage at MerleFest: April 28, 2012

Wilson Exits Noxubee Alliance

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

After several years of excellent service, Capstone Partner Brian Wilson will be leaving the Noxubee Alliance. His relationship with Noxubee County continues personally if not professionally, as it is his home and he is always looking for ideas to help that community. Because of his passion for the area, I’ve visited Noxubee many times in recent years and love downtown Macon, the Noxubee River, their blues and music heritage, and the history of the area. Wilson said in his release, “Noxubee County has a bright future of which I will always be on the team” and I personally know that to be true. The County has had some great economic successes and the seeds are planted for more, and Wilson will always be around nuturing those seeds even if he isn’t the gardener. The Columbus Commercial Dispatch and the Mississippi Business Journal both have pieces about his departure.

Mock Debate at Lanier in Jackson

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

UPDATE 1:Here is WAPT-TV’s report on the Mock Debate along with a video from their news report Tuesday night.

UPDATE 2: Here is the coverage from JPS of this event.

This morning I joined with teachers, a coordinator from the Commission on Presidential Debates, and representatives of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office in speaking to two advanced placement history classes at Lanier High School in Jackson.  My talk was “The Power of a Vote; The Power of a Voice” and I shared the significance of each person’s vote, and that through interpersonal communication and the use of new media (Facebook, MySpace, blogs, e-mail, Twitter, texts) each person can inform and persuade friends and neighbors in the upcoming election.

 Afterward, a student from Lanier served as Senator Barack Obama and a student from the visiting class from Murrah High School served as Senator John McCain in a mock debate.  I moderated the debate.  Both classes supported their colleague as the two students debated questions covering education, homeland security, energy and health care.   


Both students were prepared and did well presenting perspectives from each campaign.

Capstone Blog

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The partners of Capstone Public Affairs, LLC will be posting news and updates about the firm as well as items of interest to our clients.  We anticipate a certain amount of humor will be mixed in with what we hope will be compelling and insightful information and analysis. Stay tuned as the Capstone Blog launches this month.

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