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Special Teams: Democratic Operatives Work Bay State

One week out from the definitive special primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, top Democratic operatives from around the country are consulting for candidates in the crowded field.

Alabama Race Showcases Robust Vs. Minimalist Campaigns

The upcoming Alabama special-election primary runoff will feature a low-turnout match between a well-funded, highly organized campaign and an effort based predominantly on volunteer elbow grease.

'Coming Out' Spot Raked In $100K for House Race

It is not often that Gawker gushes about anything — let alone a political spot. But a campaign ad created by Mark Putnam of Putnam Partners achieved just that last week.

Arkansas Democrats Elect New Chairman

Arkansas Democrats selected businessman Vincent Insalaco of North Little Rock as their new party leader at the state committee meeting in Springdale on Saturday.

Bentivolio Primary Opponent Hires Top Team

Attorney David Trott announced his primary challenge to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., last week, and now he’s assembled a top team to help him oust the vulnerable freshman.

Washington State GOP Elects Ex-TV Anchor as Chairwoman

Washington Republicans elected former TV news anchor Susan Hutchison as their new party leader in August.

Washington Republicans Have Turnover at the Top

The Washington State Republican Party is the latest state GOP organization suddenly tasked with electing a new party chairman.

Bay State Democrats Search for New Party Leader | Shop Talk

With a flurry of races ahead, Massachusetts Democrats are in the process of electing a new party chairman. But the state party’s unique bylaws mean the lucky new leader might have an extra roadblock on the way.

Maine Republicans Elect New Chairman | Shop Talk

Maine Republicans elected Rick Bennett as their new state party chairman last week. The previous chairman, Richard Cebra, abruptly resigned in early July.

California Labor Group Lists Controversial Consultants | Shop Talk

The California Labor Federation has issued a “Do Not Hire” list that includes six consultants who allegedly took part in creating direct mail that slammed two Democratic state lawmakers for supporting unions in their races against Democratic challengers.

Georgia Democrats Look for New Leader | Shop Talk

Georgia Democrats are hunting for a new state party chairman who can put behind them the financial and alleged personal legal problems that plagued their former leader, Michael Berlon.

Maine GOP Chairman Suddenly Resigns From Post | Shop Talk

Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Cebra resigned last week after six months on the job, surprising Pine Tree State Republicans.

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Indiana GOP Leadership Transitions | Shop Talk

Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb announced last week he will leave the state party to serve as state chief of staff for Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

New Jersey Democrats Pick New Party Chairman | Shop Talk

New Jersey Democrats selected Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie as their new state party chairman last week.

Lautenberg's Death Could Further Divide State Party | Shop Talk

Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg’s death creates a power vacuum that could exacerbate fractures among New Jersey state party leaders looking to bring back their ailing organization.

Top GOP Media Firm's Split Heads to Court | Shop Talk

A top GOP ad firm’s split took a litigious turn earlier this month, when Rex Elsass, the CEO and founder of The Strategy Group for Media, filed suit against his company’s former president, Nick Everhart.

Jungle Primary Angst for California Democratic Consultants | Shop Talk

The fallout in the consulting world from two obscure local races continues to reverberate in the Golden State political world. At issue is the involvement of Democratic consultants in two 2012 Democrat-vs.-Democrat California Assembly general-election campaigns.

South Carolina Democrats Elect First Black Chairman | Shop Talk

South Carolina Democrats elected their first black party chairman, Jaime Harrison, over the weekend. Harrison will succeed outgoing Chairman Dick Harpootlian.

Massachusetts Special Campaigns Hire Local Talent | Shop Talk

Massachusetts candidates in the Senate special election scouted local talent for their primary campaigns that will end on Tuesday.

Top GOP Ad-Maker Fired Via Email at Elsass' Firm | Shop Talk

A top Republican media consultant and two associates were suddenly terminated earlier this month from The Strategy Group for Media, a prominent GOP advertising firm.




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