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This Week in Washington - February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

The talk of the town last week – and for several weeks – has been the logjam over funding about 25 percent of the government, which includes the Department of Homeland Security. Steve Gordon takes us through the roller coaster of emotions in Heard on the Hill and describes how compromise and the art of the possible appears to have carried the day. Steve also describes some of the discussions at this past weekend’s National Republican Senatorial Committee winter retreat.

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This Week in Washington - February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

Steve Gordon leads off with a sweet and sour Heard on the Hill. The sweet part was Friday’s jobs report and an economic comparison of where the economy was two years ago vs. today. The sour part is the current mood in Washington, and the search for an exit ramp. Larry Smith updates us on trade, and Steve Ruhlen continues his introduction of the appropriations process with an article that discusses the possibility that some form of earmarks may return.

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This Week in Washington - January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019

Folks in Washington often speak of ‘tax extenders.’ We asked Jim Miller to explain what tax extenders are – and he has the cover article with his Miller Time. Al Jackson provides an update from the Pentagon. Steve Gordon ties last week together on the wall, the shutdown and later opening up of government, trade, and more in his Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston provides this week’s legislative calendar and looks into projected state tax revenue.

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This Week in Washington - January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick was appointed last week to the House Appropriations Committee. Steve Ruhlen served as chief of staff for two Appropriations Committee members, including Congresswoman Ann Granger, the current Republican ranking member. We asked Steve to begin a series of articles on the scope and responsibilities of this committee and his first article is in this edition. Steve Gordon rounds out this week by exploring the shutdown, the wall, the media, and China in Heard on the Hill. Jim Miller is preparing a short series of articles on tax legislation that either must or may be dealt with in this Congress, and it will begin next week in Miller Time.

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This Week in Washington - January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

We start this year continuing our work of the last, following issues of interest to members of the Arizona Chamber. Larry Smith will continue his coverage of trade issues. Jim Miller will continue to cover tax and legal issues in Miller Time, Mike Joyce will keep us advised on infrastructure developments, while John McKechnie will report on finance. Al Jackson will report monthly on armed services issues and developments, and Steve Ruhlen will introduce us to the world of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Steve Gordon will tell us just about every week what he has Heard on the Hill.

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This Week in Washington - December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018

This week, we asked Steve Gordon to focus Heard on the Hill on the things that need to be concluded by the 115th Congress. Steve calls the first half of his report ‘And now there are only one and one-half things left to do,’ and then concludes this week’s article by thanking Senator Jon Kyl for his service to Arizona. Dana Marston takes a look at the recent Farm Bill passed by both the House and Senate, last efforts at federal tax regulation this Congress, and state trade balances. We’ll close Thursday night so our partners and colleagues can be home with their families over the Christmas holiday, but we’ll keep you advised of any major developments in special editions whenever warranted. This is our last regularly scheduled report this year. We hope each of you has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and both a healthy and successful New Year.

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This Week in Washington - December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

The President and Congress spent last week trying to finish up the work of this Congress and strategizing about the next. Washington and the nation also spent last week paying respects and celebrating the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush. Jim Miller gives us a progress report on the Lame Duck Session, and then provides his reflections on the funeral of the late President Bush in Miller Time. Jake Ostenso offers his Agency Watch. Steve Gordon ties the week together in Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston shares this week’s legislative calendar, and takes a look at federal and state funding. Congress is scheduled to be in Washington through December 14th, and there’s every reason to believe that we won’t adjourn until December 21st or 22nd. We’ll aim to circulate our next report on December 14th.

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This Week in Washington - November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

The November 6th off-year election took three weeks, but it has finally effectively ended. The lame duck session is the last few weeks of the 115th Congress – which should adjourn around December 14th. Steve Gordon covers it all in Heard on the Hill. Al Jackson summarizes the status of defense appropriations. Dana Marston shares next week’s legislative calendar, then takes a look at Democrats’ leadership elected for the 116th Congress, analysis of congressmen’s professional backgrounds, and the continuing climb of drug overdose rates.

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This Week in Washington - November 16, 2018

November 19, 2018

The Lame Duck session started this week. Jim Miller outlines what will get done in the last days of this Congress in this week’s Miller Time. Larry Smith updates on trade discussions, and Jake Ostenso provides a regulatory update in his Agency Watch. Dana Marston also looks into the Lame Duck session, and at the makeup of the U.S. House and its Republican leadership in the coming 116th Congress. Congress is adjourned for Thanksgiving week and will return to Washington on November 27th. Our next edition of This Week in Washington will circulate November 30th. Best wishes for an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

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Steve Ruhlen Joins Total Spectrum

November 14, 2018

Steve Gordon, Managing Partner of Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon and Associates, is pleased to announce that Steve Ruhlen is the newest partner of this rapidly expanding public affairs firm.

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