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Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Political PR Shops Merge
By Greg Hazley
 
The Strategy Group Company, an Ohio-based political PR shop, is acquiring strategic partner Murphy Linville, the firm of the former DCI Group president Jim Murphy and ex-AT&T VP of public affairs Billy Linville.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Boehner Finally Gets the Memo
By Kevin McCauley
 
boehnerHouse Majority Leader John Boehner has finally told anti-government groups FreedomWatch, Club for Growth, Heritage Foundation, and Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity to take a hike.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Ohio Marriage Equality Push Recruits PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
 

ohioWhy Marriage Matters Ohio, the four-month old campaign by a coalition of civil and human rights groups, has brought on PR counsel and a political strategist to lead its campaign to repeal a state constitutional amendment and legalize same-sex marriage in the Buckeye State.

 
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Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
AP Photo Chief Rips Obama on Image Control in NY Times Op-Ed
By Greg Hazley
 
lyonAssociated Press VP and director of photography Santiago Lyon took the Obama White House to task in a New York Times op-ed today for its "draconian restricitions" on access for photjournalists, comparing the release of official White House photos to closed events to the tactics of "repressive governments."
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Tue., Dec. 10, 2013
Pedersen's Shot at Changing Course of World History
By Kevin McCauley
 
Long-time Washington public affairs fixture and editorial buddy Wes Pedersen died last week at the age of 91. I had the privilege of editing (very lightly) his commentaries since he began submitting them in 2008 or so.
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Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
RIP to What's Left of Free Press in Ketchum's Russia
By Kevin McCauley
 
vladimir putinRussian strongman Vladimir Putin today dissolved the country’s state-run RIA Novosti and its Voice of Russia radio unit in a consolidation move that eliminates the sole outlet willing to criticize the Kremlin, according to the BBC.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Saudi Spending Rebounds at Qorvis
By Kevin McCauley
 
saudiSaudi Arabia spent $825K at Qorvis Communications during the six-month period ended Sept. 30, a big jump from the $390K outlays received by the D.C. firm during its earlier Justice Dept. reporting period.
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Fri., Dec. 6, 2013
PR Pros, Media, Leaders Reflect on Mandela
By Greg Hazley
 
mandelaThe Dec. 5 death of Nelson Mandela has rippled throughout the world's media, drawing tributes and reflections from all corners.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 5, 2013
BerlinRosen Stokes Fast Food Strikes
By Greg Hazley
 
strikeNew York firm BerlinRosen is helping to stoke today's national strikes and protests at fast-food restaurants aimed to build support for raising the minimum wage.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Iran Deal Sets Stage for Obama's Legacy
By Kevin McCauley
 
obamaThe recovering Heathcare.gov site will help President Obama rebound from the disaster of the botched introduction of what was supposed to be his signature achievement. 
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Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Snowden's Embattled Investigator Hires DC Firm
By Kevin McCauley
 
U.S. Investigations Services, the background check operation that vetted former Booz Allen & Hamilton whistleblower Edward Snowden, has hired Washington help for oversight and legislation related to government security clearance processes.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
FCC's Hanson to Handle Sinclair DC Outreach
By Kevin McCauley
 
hansonTop advisor at the Federal Communications Commission's media bureau will join Sinclair Broadcast Group as senior VP/strategy & public policy in Washington on Jan. 2.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Gilson Takes Over FCC Media Relations
By Greg Hazley
 
fccDirector of cabinet communications at the White House moves to the Federal Communications Commission to head media relations after Tammy Sun decamps for app developer Evernote.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Will Time Mag Do the Right Thing?
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time magazine may be a shadow of its former self these days, but its annual person of the year still gets a lot of play.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Foley: My PR Company is Saving $60K Under Obamcare
By Kevin Foley
 
foleyDespite their "I told you so" proclamations, what Republicans fear most is happening at my broadcast and Internet public relations firm in Georgia.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Parents Revolt vs. Pearson, McGraw-Hill Tests
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

new york magParents across the U.S. are revolting against tests prepared by Pearson, McGraw-Hill and others that many of their children are flunking and may result in their being held back.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Education Specialist Heads Edelman PA
By Greg Hazley
 

ellnerAttorney, marriage equality operative and former senior education aide in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has moved to Edelman as group head of the firm's New York public affairs operation.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Remembering JFK
By Kevin McCauley
 
kennedyThousands of words have been written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
E-Cig Group Ramps Up PR
By Greg Hazley
 
finnThe Electronic Cigarette Industry Group, one in a small group of trade associations for the fast-growing e-cig industry, is ramping up its PR as nicotine vapor devices explode in popularity.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
Obama Down but Public Still Up on Obamacare
By Kevin McCauley
 
obamaPresident Obama is approaching George W. Bush’s lousy approval ratings territory because of his screwed up launch of what was supposed to be his signature achievement, Obamacare.
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