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Wed., Aug. 17, 2016
Westhampton Residents Will Protest to Library Board Tonight
By Jack O'Dwyer

Calling for an Elected Board logoWesthampton, N.Y., residents who want the library board to convert to elected status and to stop plans to spend $3 million on construction on a six-year-old building will press their case tonight.

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Wed., Aug. 17, 2016
Alpert Takes PA Role with Pfizer in Nashville
By Editorial Staff
dennis alpertDennis Alpert, a White House aide to Al Gore and public affairs hand for Wal-Mart, has moved to Pfizer in a government relations and PA role.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
Howard Directs Communications for Insurance Advisory Group
By Editorial Staff
melanie howardMelanie Howard, a seasoned insurance sector marketing and PR exec, has moved to the American Association of Insurance Services as director of communications for the Lisle, Ill.-based rating bureau.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
Seagal Says Mankind Must "Transcend Territorial Concerns"
By Jack O'Dwyer

Steven Seagal with Hiroshima victimSteven Seagal, who has long supported nuclear disarmament, helping to fund the multinational Center for Defense Information, today said the cause of peace will be advanced when nations realize they are "one family" that must transcend an obsession with national borders.

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Mon., Aug. 15, 2016
World War II Ended 71 Years ago Today
By Jack O'Dwyer

San Francisco paperWorld War II ended 71 years ago today with the surrender of Japan. O’Dwyer staffer Sharlene Spingler and actor Steven Seagal took part in a ceremony commemorating the deaths of more than 120,000 in atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Mon., Aug. 15, 2016
Ullyot Advises Trump Campaign
By Editorial Staff
john ullyotPR veteran John Ullyot is serving as deputy communications director for the Trump presidential campaign.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016
Jadotte Flies to AAR in DC
By Editorial Staff
marcus jadotteMarcus Jadotte, an Obama administration Commerce Department assistant secretary and former public affairs chief of NASCAR, has joined defense contractor AAR as VP of public affairs to establish a Washington outpost for the Wood dale, Ill.-based company.
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Wed., Aug. 10, 2016
Denver's Sewald Hanfling Adds PR
By Editorial Staff
Gordon BronsonGordon Bronson, an Obama White House associate and Colorado political aide, has moved to Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs in Denver as director of strategic communications.
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Tue., Aug. 9, 2016
GOP Florida Comms Director Quits Over Trump
By Editorial Staff
wadi gaitanFlorida Republican Party communications chief Wadi Gaitan has stepped down, citing the candidacy and comments of Donald Trump.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016
AARP, Under Pressure, Quits Legislative Group
By Jack O'Dwyer

AARPAARP, which reps 37 million seniors, quit the American Legislative Exchange Council under pressure from Center for Media & Democracy, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, and other groups.

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Mon., Aug. 8, 2016
White House Aide Marcus to McBee
By Editorial Staff
Robert MarcusRobert Marcus, special assistant to President Obama for legislative affairs, is moving to McBee Strategic Consulting next month to handling lobbying and communications for the Washington-based firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016
GOP, Association Pro Miller Resets
By Editorial Staff
lisa camoosa millerLisa Camooso Miller, a veteran GOP aide and association PR exec, has joined Reset Public Affairs as a partner of the Washington-based firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016
Levick's Aaron to Mercury
By Editorial Staff
stephen aaronStephen Aaron, VP for Levick who spent several years mobilizing support for the National Rifle Association, has moved to Mercury in Washington as a senior VP.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016
Sanders Campaign Alum Jones Joins Revolution
By Editorial Staff
arianna jonesArianna Jones, a top communications deputy for Bernie Sanders' presidential bid, has landed at Revolution Messaging as senior VP of PR for the Washington-based progressive digital shop.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016
DNC Comms Director Among Trio Bounced After Hack
By Editorial Staff
luis mirandaDemocratic National Committee communications director Luis Miranda has resigned, along with CEO Amy Dacey and CFO Brand Marshall, amid the email hack that earlier toppled the party chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
Walker Named First Female Partner at Mercury
By Editorial Staff
ashley walkerAshley Walker, Florida director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, has been named a partner at Mercury, the first woman in that role at the firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016
ICF Wins CDC PR Pact to Target Opioid Abuse
By Editorial Staff
ICF InternationalVirginia-based ICF International has won a $4.8M, two-year pact from the Centers for Disease Control to develop a PR campaign highlighting the risks of prescription opioid abuse.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 27, 2016
Clark to Exit MD Gov's Office for FTI
By Editorial Staff
matthew clarkMatthew Clark, communications director to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, is leaving the administration to return to FTI Consulting.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 26, 2016
Thoughts on the Republican National Convention
By Robert Dilenschneider
Robert L. Dilenschneider10 thoughts on the Republican Convention in Cleveland that can serve as a supplement to what you may have already read and seen.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 26, 2016
Former Gingrich Aide Heads to The Herald Group
By Jon Gingerich
The Herald GroupFormer Newt Gingrich aide RC Hammond has joined The Herald Group as vice president.
Category: Public Affairs
Sun., Jul. 17, 2016
If I Was Hillary Clinton's PR Advisor
By Arthur Solomon
arthur solomonAfter listening to the Republican congressional assaults on the FBI director and Clinton, if ever an aggressive counter attack against the GOP inquisitors was called for, now is the time. Updated 7/17/16 (3 responses)
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Tue., Oct. 25
NBC Doubling Down on Buzzfeed
By Ronn Torossian
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
By Arthur Solomon
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
By John Carnett
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
By Stephanie DeViteri
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
By Bodine Williams
Bodine Williams

Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
By Patrick Hirigoyen
Patrick Hirigoyen

Fri., Oct. 21
It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
By Loren Antonio Duran
Loren Antonio Duran

Fri., Oct. 21
Defenders of the Healthcare Brand
By Lisa Kersey
Lisa Kersey

Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
By Gil Bashe &
Kristie Kuhl
Gil BasheKristie Kuhl

Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
By Robert Dilenschneider
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Wed., Oct. 19
PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
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Wed., Oct. 19
Keeping Pace in an Evolving Marketplace
By Dan Martin
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Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
City of Redmond

Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
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Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
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Thu., Oct. 6
Nassau Health Care Seeks Ad Agency

Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
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Tue., Oct. 4
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Warren County Tourism Department

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