Remember me? The Fat Nag is back, hands on hips, to weigh in on the raging debate over Cook County’s new tax on sugary drinks. The county’s new, penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened and diet beverage tax was supposed to kick in on July 1. The tax includes pop, low-calorie drinks, fruit juices with added sugar, sports and energy drinks, iced tea and lemonade. Illinois is broke and getting broker.
It was a yard sign, that mundane and overrated weapon of Chicago’s pugnacious street politics. For Celina Villaneuva, it became a telling symbol of the challenges women face in politics. Villaneuva, an accomplished, Chicago-based political operative and organizer, has worked the political hustings at the state, county and city levels. One day back when she was managing her first campaign, she was working alone in the office. A precinct captain walked in asked for some yard signs.
Those are three takeaways Illinois Democrats should heed in the wake of the recent special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Three presumptions that money, African-American voters and the president of the United States can make or break a hotly contested race. No, Illinois doesn’t enjoy the red clay, Hot ‘Lanta or the charming southern ways of Georgia. Yes, congressional races can have different political arcs.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".