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Longoria to be on stage at inauguration

Longoria to be on stage at inauguration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Actress Eva Longoria, who helped U.S. President Barack Obama secure the Hispanic vote in November, says she will be onstage with him at his inauguration.
Bush out of sight, but his policies aren't

Bush out of sight, but his policies aren't

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Former President George W. Bush is content being out of the limelight as the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign chugs forward, a former adviser says.
Rivals make Romney's business plus a minus

Rivals make Romney's business plus a minus

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney hoped his business acumen would bolster his quest for the Republican U.S. presidential nod, but his rivals turned it into a negative, observers say.

Web campaign aims to build 3rd U.S. party

BOSTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A grassroots group says it will use the Internet to allow U.S. voters to help it select a third-party candidate for the 2012 presidential election.

Manhole thefts costing Georgia $500,000

ATLANTA, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation said at least 645 grates and 20 manhole covers have been stolen from Atlanta-area streets since last spring.
Town hall challenge dicey for McCain

Town hall challenge dicey for McCain

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- Town hall meetings probable Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain wants to have with his Democratic foe carry risks and rewards, strategists say.

As presidency wanes, Bush pals move on

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Two of U.S. President George Bush’s most trusted strategists are now on divergent paths.

Bush's PBS appointment draws criticism

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's decision to appoint TV producer Warren Bell to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board has met with strong opposition.

Bush staffs split for Romney, McCain

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- As the contest for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination takes shape, a split between the Bush brothers has appeared, the Los Angeles Times reports.

McCain moves on '08 presidential run

PHOENIX, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has decided to begin building a formal organization for the 2008 presidential race, ABC News reported.

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UPI's Capital Comment for May 10, 2002

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Commentary: Voices carry

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- It is four months since sneak terrorist attacks on New York and Washington caused the deaths of close to 3,000 people. It was a stunning blow to the national ps
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst
Mark McKinnon
White House advisor Karen Hughes, Mark McKinnon, President Bush and Laura Bush look over the stage where the President will speak to the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sept. 2, 2004. (UPI Photo/Greg Whitesell)

Mark McKinnon is a Republican political advisor in the United States, the President of Maverick Media, and the Vice-Chairman of Public Strategies, Inc., a business advisory firm located in Austin, Texas. He has worked for causes, companies and candidates, including former President George W. Bush, 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, late former Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong and Bono.

Mark McKinnon began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, working along-side country music's legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson. He returned to Texas to study at The University of Texas at Austin and was the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Texan. While working for The Daily Texan he was jailed briefly on a First Amendment issue. McKinnon’s first political campaign experience was volunteering for Senator Lloyd Doggett’s 1984 campaign. Paul Begala, who worked in the upper echelon of the campaign at the time, gave him his first big break moving him into the press office for Doggett’s campaign. Mark McKinnon then went to work for former Texas Governor Mark White during his 1986 campaign and then worked on former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer’s campaign in 1987. McKinnon later went to work for the New York-based international political media consulting company Sawyer Miller Group in 1998. McKinnon spent the next several years working on many Texas Democratic winning campaigns, including for late Governor Ann Richards, former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, and the late Congressman Charlie Wilson. After returning to Texas, he joined Public Strategies, Inc. in 1990 and in 1996, McKinnon announced in the Texas Monthly that he was shifting gears and leaving partisan politics in an article entitled, "The Spin Doctor is Out".

McKinnon returned to politics after meeting then Governor George W. Bush at a dinner at the governor’s mansion. Following this encounter, McKinnon and Bush developed a personal relationship. According to Karl Rove, "Bush and McKinnon clicked from moment one. In a bow to McKinnon's cool image, Bush dubbed him "M-Kat." Of his relationship with Bush, McKinnon said, “We had a personal relationship before we had a professional relationship. And when Texas’ Democratic lieutenant governor Bob Bullock endorsed Bush over the Democratic gubernatorial nominee-his own god-son- well that’s when I crossed the bridge. But it was not an easy decision.” In his autobiography, Karl Rove says that Bob Bullock actually recommended McKinnon to handle Bush's advertising. During a Frontline interview describing the former president’s ascendance into the national political arena, McKinnon said, “this Governor Bush was doing some things that really got my attention. He was talking about education reform. He was talking about immigration reform. He was talking about issues that had typically been Democratic issues. He was talking about them in a really compassionate way.’’ McKinnon said that he was particularly “impressed with how he’d gotten ahead of the Republican Party.”

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