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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)
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jul. 15, 2016
Perrior Leads Communications for New UK Prime Minister
By Editorial Staff
Katie PerriorKatie Perrior, co-founder and director of London's iNHouse Communications, has been named director of communications for new UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 14, 2016
Zurich's Kevelighan to Tout US Insurance Sector
By Editorial Staff
Sean KevelighanSean Kevelighan, a Bush White House alum who is global head of public affairs for Zurich Insurance Group, is returning stateside next month to lead the Insurance Information Institute in New York.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 12, 2016
Balderston Becomes FH Global PA President
By Jon Gingerich
Kris Balderston Kris Balderston has been named president of global public affairs and strategic engagement at FleishmanHillard. VOX Global president Robert Hoopes succeeds him as GM of the agency's D.C. office.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 12, 2016
ICF Locks Up European Commission Pact
By Editorial Staff
euro commissionVirginia-based ICF International has locked up an estimated $28M, four-year pact with the executive body of the European Union.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 11, 2016
Merritt Heads Communications for Health Insurers
By Editorial Staff
david merrittDavid Merritt, managing director for Luntz Global Partners, is moving to America's Health Insurance Plans in Washington to lead communications and advocacy planning for the trade group. 
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 7, 2016
PR Consultant Sentenced in Vatileaks II
By Editorial Staff
francescachaouquiItalian PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui was handed a 10-month suspended sentence by a Vatican court in the leaked document scandal known as Vatileaks II.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 7, 2016
Westhampton Board Meets and Bores Citizens
By Jack O'Dwyer

William GlassThe Westhampton Beach board had its inaugural meeting July 5, inflicting nearly two hours of bureaucratic motions and legalese on 30 residents before letting any of them speak.

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Wed., Jun. 29, 2016
DC PR Shop Credited with Brexit Campaign Win
By Editorial Staff
gerry gunsterLeave.EU, a key organizer of the UK campaign to leave the European Union, praised the work of Washington-based Goddard Gunster on campaign and issues management strategy.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 28, 2016
Trump Tabs Communications Director
By Editorial Staff
Jason MillerDonald Trump's presidential bid has tapped political ad maven Jason Miller as communications director.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jun. 24, 2016
Johnson Helms Washington Media Group
By Editorial Staff
robert johnsonWashington Media Group, the D.C.-based crisis shop, has brought in Bush administration alum Robert Johnson as president to manage the firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jun. 23, 2016
SKDKnick Adds Levine in NY
By Editorial Staff
samantha levineDirector of communications for the Children's Defense Fund - NY moves to SKDKnickerbocker as a senior VP in its public affairs unit.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jun. 22, 2016
Brunswick Chair, WPP Chief Against 'Brexit'
By Editorial Staff
Alan ParkerAlan Parker, chairman of Brunswick Group, and Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, are among more than 1,200 business leaders who signed a last-minute letter backing the campaign to keep the UK in the European Union.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 21, 2016
Agency Vet Ullyot Handles GOP Convention PR
By Editorial Staff
john ullyotJohn Ullyot, a corporate, agency and political PR advisor, has been named communications director for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 20, 2016
Journalists, Governments Ignore Radiation Health Threats
By Jack O'Dwyer

Westhamtpon meetingEfforts by ex-Canadian Army Captain Jerry Flynn to interest international and U.S. investigative reporters in the health threats of Wi-Fi have failed so far. Resistance is high at local levels, this reporter has also found. (1 reader comment)

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jun. 16, 2016
Westhampton Library Board Ducks Wi-Fi, Election, Eruv Issues
By Jack O'Dwyer

Sabina TragerThe Westhampton, N.Y. library board met last night and declined to take up three issues—the unsafe levels of pulsed micro-wave radiation in the library, the demand that the board be elected and not appointed, and the signing of an agreement with  the East End Eruv Assn. by Westhampton Beach.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jun. 16, 2016
APCO Drafts Scandling from Ogilvy
By Editorial Staff
dan scandlingDan Scandling, senior VP of public affairs at Ogilvy PR, has moved to APCO Worldwide in a senior PA role.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jun. 15, 2016
Westhampton Library Board Faces Hostile Residents
By Jack O'Dwyer

maria mooreThe Westhampton Library Board faces a hostile audience tonight since a record 162 voted to reject its budget May 17. Board president Tom Moore, whose resignation has been demanded, is husband of Mayor Maria Moore, up for re-election Friday.

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