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July 17, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John McCain lost his communications team and aides in two key states Monday, as staff turmoil continued to roil the campaign of the former Republican presidential front-runner. Stumping in Silicon Valley, the Arizonan professed not to worry, saying he was certain his candidacy would rebound once voters started playing closer attention this fall to the campaign.
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NATIONAL
July 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
John McCain's campaign is losing two veteran Republican strategists in Iowa and will report a seven-figure debt for the second quarter in a row, back-to-back blows to a presidential bid still reeling from a major staff shake-up this week. Ed Failor Jr. said Thursday that he and Karen Slifka plan to notify McCain by letter of their decisions to leave. Both are GOP operatives with deep ties in Iowa, which holds the nation's first caucuses, and national politics. "As much as I like Sen.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
David Crane is smart, rich and unshakably sure that private money will flood California to help build roads, railways and other badly needed public works. Politicians just need to get out of the way. His boss, politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, agrees. "We'll miss out if we don't take private money and build public projects," the governor said at a recent town hall meeting in Monterey. "We have to be creative."
NATIONAL
July 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
John Edwards is reshuffling the ranks of his top staff, adding two prominent Democratic operatives as senior advisors and shifting some responsibilities from campaign manager David E. Bonior. Paul Blank and Chris Kofinis, leaders of the labor-backed anti-Wal-Mart effort WakeUpWal Mart.com, were expected to join the Edwards campaign as early as next week. Blank would take over day-to-day campaign operations, and Kofinis would serve as communications director.
NATIONAL
June 14, 2007 | James Gerstenzang and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
President Bush on Wednesday named a Washington insider to one of the most important jobs among his senior aides, choosing Ed Gillespie, a lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, as his new White House counselor. Under Bush, that job was held by Karen Hughes and then Dan Bartlett -- two Texans who had no White House experience but had ties to Bush dating to his first gubernatorial race.
NATIONAL
June 14, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Two former senior White House officials were subpoenaed Wednesday by congressional committees investigating the firing last year of eight U.S. attorneys. The subpoenas of former counsel Harriet E. Miers and political affairs director Sara M. Taylor set the stage for a new confrontation between Congress and the White House.
NATIONAL
June 2, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
As George W. Bush underwent a seven-year metamorphosis from gubernatorial candidate to president, and then through the six years, four months and 12 days of his White House tenure so far, Dan Bartlett was always at his side. On Friday, Bartlett announced that he was heading out the door. His departure leaves only political advisor Karl Rove among the Texans who arrived in Washington with Bush and worked closely with him in the White House West Wing.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors dismissed a gun charge against an aide to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). The aide, Phillip Thompson, 45, was arrested last month when he tried to enter a Capitol office building with a loaded handgun in his briefcase. Thompson had been charged with carrying a pistol without a license. U.S. Atty. Jeffrey A. Taylor said in a statement that there wasn't enough evidence to prove the charge. "Today's decision concludes the investigation of this incident," he said.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former senior staffer on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the public by steering potential clients and inside government information to disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in return for cash, gifts and the promise of a high-paying job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
The top aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could earn a state salary exceeding $200,000 a year as part of a round of raises the governor is preparing to award his senior deputies. The raises could lift some salaries among the 185 people working in the governor's office to $169,500 in certain cases, with the governor's chief of staff, Susan P. Kennedy, eligible for up to $225,000. Kennedy now collects a state salary of $143,000, and the most senior aides beneath her earn about $134,000.
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