Your incredible support of my Politics Extra column and That’s So Cincinnati podcast has told me one thing: You can’t get enough scoops, analysis and commentary on Greater Cincinnati and Ohio politics.
I want to make it easier than ever for you to receive exclusives and insight on politics.
How easy? I’ll text it all to you.
And the best part: You’ll be able to text me back with your thoughts and observations. Actually, the best part might be that it’s free.
Rather than downloading apps, dodging bots, wading through the clutter on Twitter and Facebook, you and I will now be able to text back and forth about the 2020 election, who’s running for what and the behind-the-scenes maneuvering among Republicans and Democrats.
For the next six weeks, we’re testing group text chats between you, me and other engaged Politics Extra readers.
Before you sign up, I want to answer some questions you may have. (Or if you’re ready to sign up now, scroll to the bottom to sign up.)
What will we talk about?
You know my style: I call balls and strikes on Democrats, Republicans and other powerful public figures. My only agenda is to tell the truth, and my columns and podcast are about holding public officials accountable for what they say and do and how they spend your tax dollars.
Sure, you’ll get my quick-hit musings on the latest political news. But I’ll also let you know what’s going on behind-the-scenes and deliver scoops on the comings and goings of national, state and local politicians.
And I want to know what you think.
Let’s exchange ideas, observations and opinions on topics and issues such as Donald Trump’s efforts to win Ohio again; Congressman Steve Chabot’s campaign finance problems; political wrangling over The Banks music venue; Democrats fighting Democrats in Hamilton County; and much more.
Really, whatever political topics and issues you want to talk about, I’m up for it.
Is this really free? And what’s the catch?
It’s totally free, and there’s no catch. It’s merely a test to gauge interest in whether this could be a premium way to support our work in the future. We’re hoping readers like you will like this service enough to offer another way to deliver the in-depth political coverage that my Cincinnati.com teammates and I provide.
The only thing we’ll ask in exchange for signing up is to fill out a few surveys to let us know whether you like the group texts and want us to continue doing them.
Will other people see my number?
No. When you respond to the group text thread, it just goes to me. I might respond to you individually. Or I might “quote” part of your message back to the group thread, but that’ll come from my number, not yours and I will not use your name. Nobody else on the group chat will ever see your contact information.
What are you going to do with my number?
Junk texts are the absolute worst, and tricking people into sharing phone numbers is a terrible business model. It’s simple: We’ll never give or sell your number to a third party. Never. Ever. When you opt in, you’ll only get a few messages from me per day. You can opt out at anytime. At the end of this test, we’ll send you a follow-up note to let you know if we’re moving forward with it. No ongoing texts. No purchases. No credit cards needed.
How do I sign up?
To opt into the group chat, enter your number below, confirm it on your phone and we’re connected. Please help me test out new ways of connecting with readers, and let’s have some fun along the way.
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