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Tue., May 10, 2016
Westhampton Library Board Faces Showdown May 11
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Southampton PressThe Westhampton, N.Y., library board, faced with shouts of “Resign!” at its meeting April 13 because board members insulted citizens by calling them “minions” and “rancorous,” faces the same angry citizens Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Mon., May 9, 2016
How TV Turned Politics Into a Sitcom
By Arthur Solomon
 
arthur solomonTelevision has turned politics into a sitcom, with the cast composed of hosts, pundits, politicians and their spokespersons. 
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 4, 2016
Cobos Takes Climate Change PR Post
By Editorial Staff
 
Stacie Paxton CobosStacie Paxton Cobos, senior VP for Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Washington, has moved to the Climate Reality Project as senior VP for communications and marketing for the Al Gore-founded organization.
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Mon., May 2, 2016
Ketchum's Levinson Prescribes Comms for PhRMA
By Editorial Staff
 
Lauren LevinsonLauren Levinson, a corporate and PA group manager for Ketchum, has moved to drug company lobbying giant the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America as VP of communications.
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Wed., Apr. 27, 2016
McKenna Takes PR Reins at NYRA
By Editorial Staff
 
nyraPat McKenna, a Democratic PR aide and associate for media strategy firm Parkside Group, has trotted to the New York Racing Association as director of communications and media relations.
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Mon., Apr. 25, 2016
Hackbarth Takes Kentucky Health Policy PR Post
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Bonnie HackbarthBonnie Hackbarth, a senior counselor for Guthrie/Mayes PR, has moved to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, as director of communications for the health policy research group.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Apr. 21, 2016
Partoyan Named Direct Impact CEO
By Jon Gingerich
 
Connie PartoyanBurson-Marsteller grassroots unit Direct Impact has promoted president Connie Partoyan to the role of CEO.
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Wed., Apr. 20, 2016
Glover Park's Barrett to Food Policy Action
By Editorial Staff
 
betsy barrettBetsy Barrett, VP in Glover Park Group's strategic communications practice, has joined Food Policy Action in Washington as political and communications director.
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Fri., Apr. 15, 2016
Christie's Comms. Director Resigns
By Jon Gingerich
 

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top spokesman announced that he will leave his post next week.

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Fri., Apr. 15, 2016
Davis Exits Levick, Starts PR Venture
By Editorial Staff
 
Lanny DavisLanny Davis, the DC insider and Clinton confidante, has left Levick to launch his own PR and legal operation.
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Fri., Apr. 15, 2016
Excessive Radiation Is Emergency Situation
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
Wired Health Now 2016The electromagnetic radiation bombarding adults and children has reached excessive levels.  EMR health advocates will have their own three-day conference April 19-21. (4 reader comments)
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Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Politico's French Flies to McBee
By Editorial Staff
 
lauren frenchLauren French, a Congressional reporter for Politico, has moved to McBee Strategic Consulting as senior manager to lead a new policy communications offering.
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Tue., Apr. 12, 2016
Marshall Guides PR for Ohio Medical Marijuana Push
By Editorial Staff
 
Aaron MarshallAaron Marshall, a former reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been tapped to lead PR for the push for medical marijuana in Ohio.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Apr. 8, 2016
Obama Nominates PN Alum Lehrich to Head Dept of Ed Comms
By Editorial Staff
 
matthew lehrichPresident Barack Obama has nominated Matthew Lehrich for the top communications post at the Department of Education, assistant secretary for communications and outreach. (1 reader comment)
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Wed., Apr. 6, 2016
New York Post Plays up Clinton/Abedin Tie
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

New York Post - Hillary Clinton & Huma AbedinPhotos of Hillary Clinton and aide Huma Abedin are being featured in the New York Post as a means of embarrassing Clinton since Abedin is married to “disgraced” former Congressman Anthony Weiner. (1 reader comment)

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Wed., Apr. 6, 2016
Stubhub Selects Franklin Square Group
By Jon Gingerich
 
StubHubeBay-owned online ticket marketplace Stubhub has hired Franklin Square Group for Capitol Hill representation on consumer and computer industry issues.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 5, 2016
Shocker: Huge Teacher Retirement Pay on Long Island
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

James FeltmanTen retired Long Island teachers are getting $250K+ in retirement pay and 100 get more than $157K. L.I. cops are well paid also, Newsday in 2014 listing total pay of $160,977 for Chief Edward Ecker of East Hampton down to total pay of $98,792 for officer Michael Selz, 49th on the list. (2 reader comments)

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