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Inside Democracy - July 9, 2018:  Q&A with Rep. Rick Allen

July 9, 2018

In this edition of Inside Democracy: From the Peach State to the Potomac, we highlight Congressman Rick Allen, who represents the Twelfth Congressional District of Georgia, which includes Augusta, Dublin, and Statesboro. Allen has served in the House of Representatives since 2015 and currently serves on the Agriculture Committee as well as the Education and the Workforce Committee.

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This Week in Washington - June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

Larry Smith is on a well-deserved vacation. Steve Gordon highlights activities on trade/NAFTA, as well as the other things he’s heard this week in Heard on The Hill. Jim Miller discusses how things can still get done in a hyper-partisan Washington in this issue of Miller Time. Dana Marston summarizes last week’s Supreme Court decision on the ability of states to tax internet sales. She also provides a look at political leanings of the Supreme Court over the years, a short list of potential candidates to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, and where cash-strapped states are turning for infrastructure funds. Next week, Congress will be on its July 4th recess. We’ll push send on the next edition of This Week in Washington on Friday, July 13th. As always, we sincerely appreciate your comments and suggestions. Enjoy your July 4th holiday – may it be joyous and safe.

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McKechnie’s insights on new credit union regulator

June 19, 2018

Total Spectrum Senior Partner John McKechnie offered his insights on the nomination of JP Morgan Chase executive Rodney Hood for a second term on the National Credit Union Administration board. (Click for story from Bloomberg Law.)

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This Week in Washington - June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

Jim Miller is one of Washington, D.C.’s premiere tax lobbyists, and we've asked him to write a regular column we’re calling Miller Time, focusing on tax, financial, and economic issues that are of interest to the membership of the Arizona Chamber. His first article in on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s carrot-and-stick treatment regarding the taxing of income from intangibles like intellectual property. It’s an important subject that is still being interpreted and reviewed, so if you have questions on this subject, or would like to suggest topics for Jim’s future articles, feel free to reach out to Jim directly at jmiller@totalspectrumsga.com. Larry Smith updates us on the current state of flux and unsettle in trade negotiations. Al Jackson updates on defense appropriations activity. Steve Gordon is on travel, but he sat down earlier this week with Congresswoman Debbie Lesko to get her initial thoughts after about a month representing Arizona’s 8th district. Dana Marston shares next week’s legislative calendar, then takes a look at USDA loans toward rural electric infrastructure, trucking of goods, and the real volume of the universally detested robocall.

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This Week in Washington - June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018

Larry Smith is a pro’s pro, and he’s showed us why this week. The trade issue kept twisting and turning throughout the week – and Larry kept adjusting and modifying his report. We counted an original report and three updates from Larry before we pushed send. Impressive and appreciated. Steve Gordon provides insights on the U.S. Senate, its leaders, the August recess and the November elections – and how they all tie together – in “Heard on the Hill.” Jake Ostenso reports on a recent hearing before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance dealing with how autonomous vehicles will impact on the future of insurance. Dana Marston shares next week’s legislative calendar, as well as a look at rising fuel prices, unemployment, a recent executive order impacting federal employment, and federal grants being awarded to states to battle the opioid crisis.

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Inside Democracy - May 30, 2018:  Q&A with Rep. Buddy Carter

May 30, 2018

U.S. Representative Buddy Carter represents the First Congressional District of Georgia, which covers the southeast portion of of the state and includes Waycross, Savannah and the Golden Isles. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2015 and currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. We recently asked the Congressman to visit with us and our Inside Democracy readers.

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This Week in Washington - May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

The Administration scored a big win this week with final passage and signing of legislation rolling back major portions of Dodd-Frank. John McKechnie reports on this milestone in our cover article. Larry Smith catches up on the ever-changing state of NAFTA/trade, while Steve Gordon gets perspectives from the Administration, Majority Leader McConnell, and Congressman Erik Paulsen in “Heard on the Hill.” Jake Ostenso continues with his weekly Agency Watch, and Dana Marston looks into trends in energy employment, states most affected by the opioid epidemic, and a financial snapshot of Americans. Both the Senate and the House have left town for Memorial Day weekend, and next week is a scheduled state/district work period. We’ll grill a few hot dogs ourselves this weekend and will be back with the next This Week in Washington the week of June 8th.

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Inside Democracy - May 21, 2018 A Moment of Bipartisanship for Veterans and Military Families

May 21, 2018

These days it is difficult to find bipartisan agreement on big issues. However, supporting our veterans and military families is an issue which tends to bring the political realm together at all levels – federal, state and local. Last week, Congress and the Trump Administration took great strides in providing that support.

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This Week in Washington - May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Larry Smith has this week’s cover story, trying to keep up with trade negotiations with Mexico and Canada on NAFTA and separate discussions with China. Al Jackson checks in on the status of defense appropriation, and Todd Smith writes about the passage of a House bill for veterans and their families. The bill honors Senator John McCain, the late Senator Daniel Akaka, and Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas, who like Senator McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Steve Gordon tells us what he heard this week in Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston shares next week’s legislative calendar, as well as a few perspectives into renewable energy, growth in real personal income, and a little-known trade law the Administration is using to protect national security.

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Inside Democracy - May 11, 2018:  Q&A with Rep. Barry Loudermilk

May 11, 2018

U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk represents the Eleventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes Bartow County, Cherokee County and parts of Cobb and Fulton Counties. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2015 and currently serves on the Financial Services Committee, the Science, Space and Technology Committee, as well as the House Administration Committee. We recently asked the Congressman to visit with us and our Inside Democracy readers.

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