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This Week in Washington - July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020

Sean Callinicos is a policy expert and government relations expert in health care, but he has a special focus in the vaccine industry. He was Assistant Vice President for Federal Government Affairs for Sanofi Pasteur during the avian and swine flu crises, and his work helped open the door for the development of America’s vaccine industry. Steve Gordon and Ramona Lessen interviewed Sean to learn about his experiences at Sanofi Pasteur and to discuss the current state of our vaccine industry. The House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held an oversight hearing last week on the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve’s response to the pandemic. The invited guests were Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell. John McKechnie, Total Spectrum’s Senior Partner and financial services expert, provided a summary and overview, and Ramona Lessen monitored the entire hearing.

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This Week in Washington - June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

Steve Gordon and former Congressman Erik Paulsen report on COVID-19 and the pushes and pulls felt by members of Congress as they try to legislate and campaign during a full year of crises compacted into six months. Steve and Erik also include thoughts from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). Al Jackson provides his monthly update on Defense and Defense Appropriations. We are preparing a special interview with Sean Callinicos, an exceptional lawyer who has years of public policy experience in healthcare. Sean worked with Congress many years ago to lay the foundation for America’s vaccine industry, and his thoughts on the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine are timely.

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This Week in Washington - June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

Steve Gordon and Erik Paulsen discuss the first economic reports from America’s reopening, Congress and the Administration’s view on additional COVID-19 legislation, last week’s signing of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, two Executive Orders, and a new feature we’re calling ‘This and That’ – all that in Heard on the Hill. Steve Ruhlen, our appropriations expert, provides an update and predictions on the appropriations process during this election year. Steve Gordon responded to protests in his former home state of Minnesota, in Washington, D.C., and throughout most of the country with a special article he calls A Cry for Change. Dana Marston takes a deep dive into a few varied topics, including transportation funding legislation, growth in solar power, mortgage servicing, and WHO funding - and how the U.S.’s departure may impact the organization.

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The Yellow Sheet Report - DiMaria Joins DC-Based Firm

June 5, 2020

As reported by The Yellow Sheet Report, a newsletter that provides pressroom-level access to Arizona politics and government: DiMARIA JOINS DC-BASED FIRM Total Spectrum, a DC-based public affairs firm, is launching an Arizona office, and has picked off longtime CenturyLink lobbyist Michael DiMaria as its partner and Southwest regional director.

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This Week in Washington - Michael DiMaria joins Total Spectrum

June 1, 2020

It is with great pleasure that I announce today that Michael DiMaria has become a Partner and Southwestern Regional Director of Total Spectrum. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Michael is one of Arizona’s most effective and respected policy strategists, with a wide array of experience at the federal, state, and local levels. He has an extensive record of accomplishment and a proven ability to both create and execute legislative and regulatory agendas.

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Michael DiMaria joins Total Spectrum

June 1, 2020

Steve Gordon, Managing Partner of Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon and Associates, is pleased to announce that Michael DiMaria is now a Partner and Southwest Regional Director in Total Spectrum, a rapidly expanding public affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C.; Phoenix; Atlanta, Georgia; and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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This Week in Washington - May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

The Senate is out of Washington on a planned home state work week. The House of Representatives is in session, although 70 members of the House have filed public letters with the House Clerk asking to vote by proxy so they would not have to travel to Washington during the public health emergency. Steve Gordon and Erik Paulsen talk about the mood in Washington in this most unusual year, the first signs of economic recovery, the next major COVID-19 legislation and more in Heard on the Hill. With his years of experience working with the Pentagon, defense contractors, and defense appropriation legislation, Al Jackson has filed a report on defense and defense appropriations issues. Dana Marston shares a primer on Congressional coronavirus aid legislation to date.

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