Scott Hinkle took a state-sponsored trip to Philly to learn about “credible alternatives to neoconservative security policy,” among other things.
  • Scott Hinkle took a state-sponsored trip to Philly to learn about “credible alternatives to neoconservative security policy,” among other things.
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Republican political consultant Tom Mitchell, who worked for Carl DeMaio and had the distinction of being fired in 2011 by voluble GOP district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — as well as being San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith’s communications director — has turned up as executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico. Mitchell was hired after the party dumped the previous job-holder, Bobby Talbot, in April, after just weeks on the job, the Albuquerque Journal reports.


Scott Hinkle, a legislative aide to Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, continues his free-traveling ways. In April, Hinkle was in Boston on a $1153 tour of the national security programs paid for by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now he’s returned from a day of “educational briefings on capital markets, derivatives and systemic risk” at Philadelphia’s Wharton Business School.

Sponsor Third Way picked up $93 in travel and $49.33 worth of meals for the May 29 jaunt from Washington by train and automobile. The non-profit, backed by major corporate interests including Qualcomm, says on its website that its agenda includes “a series of grand economic bargains, a new approach to the climate crisis, progress on social issues like immigration reform, marriage for gay couples, tighter gun safety laws, and a credible alternative to neoconservative security policy.”

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