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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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This Week in Washington - May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

We debut this week Jim Miller’s new feature article, which will be about proposed legislation, regulatory changes, and intriguing ideas that will impact Arizona. Larry Smith brings us up to date on trade and NAFTA negotiations. Steve Gordon’s “Heard on the Hill” begins with his observations on last week’s Update from Capitol Hill luncheon, and then discusses the outlook for Dodd-Frank legislation and Arizona’s new Congressman. Dana Marston takes a look at trends in unemployment, predictions for one effect of the new tax law upon tax returns, and a dive into Opportunity Zones.

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The Man Who Could Replace Scott Pruitt

May 4, 2018

Andy Ehrlich, Total Spectrum Partner, has known Andrew Wheeler for the last decade. He recruited Andrew from his Capitol Hill job and was asked by a reporter to offer his opinion on Andrew’s work experience and style as the second-highest ranking job at the Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Andy’s practice includes clients in the energy and environment sphere with issues before federal agencies.

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Inside Democracy - May 2, 2018 Collins strikes a chord with Music Modernization Act

May 2, 2018

Congressman Doug Collins, who represents the Ninth Congressional District of Georgia in the northeast part of the state, has been working for several years on a piece of legislation known as the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447 or MMA), which was mentioned in our Q&A with the Representative in Inside Democracy back in February. After clearing the Judiciary Committee with unanimous approval, the House passed the MMA 415-0 and sent it to the Senate on April 25th. With 49 co-sponsors (26 Democrats and 23 Republicans) in the House, this bipartisan and measured bill should give some relief for those who despair of Congress acting on much needed and long-overdue reforms to a major law – in this instance, copyrights and royalties paid to musicians.

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This Week in Washington - April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018

Trade and NAFTA take center stage, with possible progress on NAFTA and compromise in the air with China. Larry Smith covers it all in his Trade/NAFTA report. Steve Gordon reports on what he’s heard and seen this week in Heard on the Hill. Jake Ostenso continues his reporting on changes within the Administration with another Agency Watch. Dana Marston takes a look at the role of manufacturing in GDP growth late last year, trends in home ownership, and consumer spending. Congress will be on state and district work periods next week. Senator Cory Gardner, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-6), and Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-3) will be the guests at the Arizona Chamber’s Update from Capitol Hill Luncheon on Tuesday, May 1st. Steve Gordon will be at the luncheon, and we’ll next report from Washington the week of May 11th.

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Inside Democracy - April 26, 2018 Q&A with Rep. Rob Woodall

April 26, 2018

In this edition of Inside Democracy: From the Peach State to the Potomac, we highlight Congressman Rob Woodall. Representative Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes parts of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He has served in Congress since 2011 and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, while also serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure and Budget Committees. We recently asked the Congressman to visit with us and our Inside Democracy readers.

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This Week in Washington - April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

This week’s cover story is Larry Smith’s trade/NAFTA update. Al Jackson reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriation activity. Jake Ostenso has a new Agency Watch, and Steve Gordon covers healthcare, further talk on tax cuts, appropriations and possible appropriation rescissions, and the passing of Barbara Bush in Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston provides next week's legislative calendar, as well as a look at manufacturing's role in economic growth seen in 2017's 4th quarter, and how a trade war may impact one small business. We’re very pleased to announce that Jim Miller will be starting a column looking at Congress and the Administration from the unique perspective of someone who worked in the First Bush Administration, in both the Departments of Treasury and Judiciary and then headed up the legislative practice of three major law firms. Stay tuned. We’re always thankful for your notes and suggestions.

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Inside Democracy - April 18, 2018 The Farm Bill: An Intersection of Farm Policy and Welfare Reforms

April 18, 2018

Today Congress will begin the process of reauthorizing the farm bill which expires September 30, 2018. The House Agriculture Committee takes the first step this morning with a markup of H.R. 2, the “Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018”. With over 10 million acres of farmland and a variety of commodities in the state, the agribusiness community in Georgia is sure to be paying attention. Indeed, the annual Farm Gate Value for Georgia’s agricultural production is over $13 billion, with commodities like broilers, cotton, chicken eggs, vegetables, peanuts, and fruit leading the way.

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