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Beefing Up Communications

The Nevada Senate race officially kicks off after today's primaries, from which Sen. Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) should advance easily.

To kick off the general election sprint, the Berkley campaign recently made some changes to its communications team, hiring Xochitl Hinojosa as communications director and Colin Milligan as press secretary.

Hinojosa, a Texas native, started last month after serving for the past three years as a public affairs specialist at the Justice Department, including in the Civil Rights Division. She was the spokeswoman handling redistricting, voter ID, hate crimes, challenges to state immigration laws and the investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Previously, Hinojosa was a senior external affairs specialist at Media Matters for America and served on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Her father, Gilberto Hinojosa, was elected chairman of the Texas Democratic Party on Saturday, the state party's first Hispanic chairman.

Milligan, who replaced outgoing press secretary Eric Koch, spent the past year and a half as deputy press secretary for regional media in the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, which is chaired by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Milligan spent the 2010 cycle as deputy press secretary at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and was a press assistant and field organizer on President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.

Garden State Action

Paul Brubaker was named communications director on Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-N.J.) re-election campaign.

Brubaker, a Montclair resident and former newspaper reporter, has served for the past three years as communications director for Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). Last week, Pascrell handily defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Steven Rothman in a redistricting-forced primary. Brubaker starts June 18.

During his journalism days, Brubaker worked at the Star-Ledger, the Herald News and the Montclair Times.

"Paul has seen political journalism from both sides, and has a keen sense of what matters most to New Jersey residents," Menendez campaign manager Michael Soliman said in a statement. …

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