Gloria Dittus’ Story Partners has added four staffers including Anne Brady, formerly deputy chief of staff to then-Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), who joins as vice president, and Director Mollie O’Dell, most recently with North Bridge Communications. Mary Elizabeth Margolis also came aboard as an associate from Runyan Public Affairs, while Steven Place, a recent grad of Catholic University, is the shop’s new executive assistant.
• Courtney Lamie, most recently communications director for then-Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), has signed on with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s team. The group lobbies for electric utilities co-ops on a variety of energy, environmental and fiscal policy issues, according to recent lobbying disclosure reports.
American flags decorate the hood of an antique Ford car in the 4th of July Parade in Ripley, W. Va., on July 4, 2014. The parade is billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day Celebration."