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"We are incredibly pleased to have Alex join the team. His knowledge of the state politics and policymaking process will be invaluable to our clients," Nelson said in a statement.

Texas-Sized Changes

There was some big news in the presidential campaigns over the weekend. Time magazine's Mark Halperin reported that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was for the first time bringing in campaign consultants from outside his Austin circle with the hires of Nelson Warfield and Curt Anderson.

The publication reported that they would focus on work for the message and media team, joining Perry's longtime media consultant David Weeks to produce ads.

Politico also reported that the campaign added Tony Fabrizio, the chief strategist and pollster for former Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.

Warfield was a top spokesman for Dole in 1996, and all three of the new Perry hires worked on Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) 2010 campaign.

The Texas Tribune also reported Monday that Joe Allbaugh, who ran President George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, will be named a senior adviser to the campaign, sharing duties with longtime Perry adviser Dave Carney.

The Perry campaign confirmed those reports in a Monday press release, which also stated that Jim Innocenzi will serve as a media consultant and Fred Maas as a senior adviser.

Granite State Drama

Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) campaign took a hit late last week when WMUR-TV, an ABC affiliate in New Hampshire, reported the departure of all five of her paid staffers in the state.

According to ABC News, the departures included state campaign manager Jeff Chidester, Nicole Yurek, Tom Lukacz, Matt LeDuc and Caroline Gigler. Team Bachmann denied knowledge of any resignations Friday, but several news outlets reported that the five released a letter Monday confirming that they had indeed quit en masse. The staffers said they remained loyal to Bachmann but "no longer have faith in the national team."

Meanwhile, the Bachmann campaign announced Monday the addition of business executive James Pollack as national finance chairman.

"Jim's years of experience in the business and financial industry, as well as his strong Midwestern roots makes him an optimum choice as we expand our campaign in preparation for the upcoming caucuses," Bachmann said in a statement.

Amy Tarkanian Gets Full Term

Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian was elected to a full two-year term Saturday, the same day the party voted to push back its presidential caucuses by three weeks to Feb. 4.

As the Associated Press reported, Tarkanian, who took over the committee in June from Rep. Mark Amodei when he resigned to run in a special election, ran unopposed for the post. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday that she had earned the support of the state's top two Republicans, Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller.

At the party's state central committee meeting Saturday, it also opposed a measure to allow same-day voter registration, the AP reported.

Fisching For Nelson

Deb Fischer, one of several Republicans challenging Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), recently announced her campaign consulting team.

Fischer, a state Senator, has brought on Rob Autry, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, as pollster; Doug McAuliffe as media strategist; Brandon Winfrey to handle PAC and national fundraising; and Aaron Trost as campaign manager.

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