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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.

Shop Talk: Tumultuous Alaska GOP Could Affect Senate Race

Alaska Republicans have ousted their second party chair this year, stoking tensions in the Last Frontier State GOP that could affect a top Senate race.

Shop Talk: Troubled Minnesota GOP Names New Chairman

Minnesota Republicans “overwhelmingly” elected former state Rep. Keith Downey, a strategy and technology consultant, to lead one of the most troubled state parties in the country, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Shop Talk: Chairman Race Infighting Stymies Rhode Island GOP

Republicans continue to struggle all over New England, but nowhere has the infighting been more prevalent — and public — than it was in Rhode Island last week.

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Shop Talk: OnMessage Hires Former Top NRCC Staffer Burgos

OnMessage Inc. has brought on Joanna Burgos, a top House Republican campaign operative, according to a forthcoming announcement from the GOP consulting firm shared first with CQ Roll Call.

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Shop Talk: Who's Behind the Draft PAC for Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may not be ready to talk about her political future, but a Northern Virginia-based political action committee is ready to talk about her.

Shop Talk: Palmetto House Special Attracts Top Operatives

With the primary a week away, the South Carolina special election to fill Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s former seat is luring top GOP talent to the state during an otherwise slow time in the campaign cycle.

Shop Talk: RNC Hires House Operatives for 2014 Cycle

The Republican National Committee made two major hires from the House GOP’s campaign operations last week in preparation for the 2014 midterm cycle.

Shop Talk: Lon Johnson Takes Over Michigan Democratic Party

The nasty intraparty brawl set to occur on Feb. 23 between longtime Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer and challenger Lon Johnson never materialized.

Shop Talk: Special Teams for Illinois Special Election

Democratic consultants flocked to the hottest House primary in the country: the race to replace former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.

Shop Talk: House Political Arms Name Regional Directors

The House campaign arms this week announced their political teams for the 2014 cycle.

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Shop Talk: Former DCCC IE Director Heads to Three Point Media

Travis Lowe, the independent expenditure director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is joining Three Point Media as a partner.

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Shop Talk: Wasserman Schultz Ally Elected Chairwoman of Florida Democratic Party

Allison Tant, a Democratic fundraiser and ally of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was elected chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

Shop Talk: Entire New Hampshire Democratic Party Slate Unopposed

As the saying goes, there are only two ways to run a race: scared or unopposed.

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