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Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Legal Cost of L.I. Towns' Eruv Fight so far: $884,837
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Southampton sealSouthampton, Westhampton Beach and Quogue have spent $884,837 thus far fighting imposition of a Jewish religious boundary called an eruv in their areas, according to records obtained via Freedom of Information filings by this website.

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Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
UCLA Law Prof Says Eruvim Are Unconstitutional
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Alexandra SusmanConstruction of boundaries by Orthodox Jews called eruvim that allow certain activities on the Sabbath are unconstitutional, says UCLA Law Professor Alexandra Susman.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 8, 2015
Jackson Prescribes Comms, PA for AHCA
By Greg Hazley
 

blair jacksonLongtime agency exec Blair Jackson has moved to the American Health Care Association in Washington as VP of public affairs for the trade group of nursing homes and assisted living providers.

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Wed., Jan. 7, 2015
DC Ethics Watchdog Launches PR Firm
By Kevin McCauley
 
melanie sloanMelanie Sloan, founding executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has launched Triumph Strategy with Michael Huttner, founder of ProgressNow.
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Wed., Jan. 7, 2015
Freedom From Religion Foundation Raps NY Eruv Decision
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

frfThe Freedom from Religion Foundation denounced yesterday’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allows Orthodox Jews to escape certain prohibitions on the Sabbath in a designated area in Westhampton Beach.

 
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Tue., Jan. 6, 2015
Grodzki Powers Brunswick's PA
By Kevin McCauley
 
kevin grodskiKevin Grodzki has been elected to the newly created VP-communications & PA post at Lake Forest, IL-based Brunswick Corp.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jan. 6, 2015
Embattled City Hall Aide Takes Mercury PR Post
By Greg Hazley
 
noerdlingerChief of staff to New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray until stepping down in November amid scrutiny of her personal life lands at Mercury as a managing director for the Omnicom-owned PR and public affairs operation.
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Mon., Jan. 5, 2015
FWD.us' Hansen to Global Strategy Group in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
kate hansenCommunications director for the tech sector lobbying group FWD.us moves to Global Strategy Group as VP, comms., in the firm's Washington office.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jan. 5, 2015
Webb, Mulling White House Run, Hires Journalist as Comms Director
By Greg Hazley
 
crawfordJim Webb, the former Virginia Democratic Senator and Navy Secretary mulling a run for the White House in 2016, has hired a political journalist as communications director for his exploratory committee.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Dec. 30, 2014
'Hannity' Producer, Ex-Bush White House PR Hand Byrne to CMP
By Greg Hazley
 
chris byrneSenior producer for Fox News Channel's "Hannity" and a former White House press aide moves to Capitol Media Partners to staff a New York outpost of the PR firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Dec. 29, 2014
Brownback Aide Takes Driver's Seat
By Kevin McCauley
 
landon fulmerLandon Fulmer, chief of staff for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, is leaving Topeka for DC Jan. 5 for the VP/state affairs post at the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
King of Beers Bonds with Bond
By Kevin McCauley
 
Anheuser-BuschAnheuser-Busch Cos. has tapped Kit Bond Strategies for government affairs duties related to the production, marketing, tax and sale of alcohol beverages.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
McIntyre Swaps Edelman for Ketchum in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
william mcintryreBill McIntyre, executive VP and group head for Edelman's Washington, DC, operation, is shifting to Ketchum as a director to lead its capital office.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Blog: NYT Makes Blockbuster Pope Francis/Fido/Heaven Correction
By Kevin McCauley
 
timesNew York Times enjoys a big plate of crow with correction of blockbuster front-page article about Pope Francis' belief that dogs and cats go to heaven.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Sharpton Is Fixture at White House PR Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
al sharptonRev. Al Sharpton has visited the White House 61 times since 2009, a good chunk of those trips huddling with President Obama's PR staffers.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 11, 2014
Wiley Rein Makes Move on McBee
By Kevin McCauley
 
Wiley Rein law firm is expected to acquire Washington's McBee Strategic Consulting in a move to push into the public affairs arena.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 10, 2014
Report: CIA Public Affairs Leaked False Info
By Greg Hazley
 
ciaThe CIA's Office of Public Affairs leaked false information to boost the agency's profile and protect its controversial detention and interrogation program, according to a summary of the blockbuster Senate Intelligence Committee report released Dec. 9.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 10, 2014
AIPAC, Glover Park Alum to Red Banyan in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
jarad geldnerJarad Geldner of AIPAC and Glover Park Group decamps for a principal slot at Red Banyan Group to direct the Washington office of the Florida-based firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Dec. 9, 2014
Blog: Sen. Rubio Shows He's Not Ready for Prime Time
By Kevin McCauley
 

rubioWith today's release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, Marco Rubio showed he's not ready for prime time. John McCain, in contrast, demonstrated adult leadership.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Dec. 9, 2014
Ex-Blair Aide Joins FTI
By Kevin McCauley
 
patricia hewittPatricia Hewitt, who served in Tony Blair's government and headed Accenture's EMEA research unit, joins FTI Consulting's PR offering in London.
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