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Inside Democracy - March 21, 2018 Joint Efforts on School Violence

March 21, 2018

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on at both the federal and state levels, it is that no child should fear for their safety while attending school. Last week, President Trump and Congress acted in different ways at taking on school violence.

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This Week in Washington - March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

Noise and news were both running at full tilt this week. Steve Gordon covers the news about policy, politics, and people in Heard on the Hill. Larry Smith provides a very thorough update on NAFTA and trade. Dana Marston shares next week’s hearing and markup schedule, as well as a look at the use of TIGER grants in rural infrastructure, how the Senate voted on a banking deregulation bill, and top recipients of GI Bill funds. Congress is scheduled to finish the omnibus spending bill this week or weekend and leave for two weeks of working in the district over Easter/Passover. We’ll report next Friday, and then we’ll next when Congress reconvenes in April.

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This Week in Washington - March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018

Candidate Donald Trump made support for American steel a major tenet of his campaign, and President Donald Trump made good on that campaign promise this week. Our lead article today is written by Larry Smith on developments in trade and NAFTA. He kept sending us changes to his article as the events kept changing – the last version was Thursday evening. Mike Joyce talks about the first hearings on infrastructure and gives us some insights on what’s possible. Steve Gordon tells us what he’s Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston shares next week’s Capitol Hill calendar of hearings and markups, as well as a graphics on hot topics like trade and the opioid epidemic.

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This Week in Washington - March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

Our cover story is by John McKechnie, who reports on the momentum toward Dodd-Frank reform. Larry Smith updates us on NAFTA and trade. Jake Ostenso provides the latest in regulatory reform in Agency Watch. Steve Gordon covers Governors, Appropriators, Talk of Tariffs, and The Big Wind in “Heard on the Hill.” Dana Marston shares next week’s calendar of legislative hearings and mark-ups, as well as infographics on the opioid crisis and SNAP participation. As always, we’re grateful for your comments and suggestions – and your interest in Washington.

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Inside Democracy - March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

In this edition of Inside Democracy: From the Peach State to the Potomac, we highlight Congressman Jody Hice, who represents the Tenth Congressional District of Georgia, located southeast of Atlanta. He has served in Congress since 2015. Congressman Hice was recently appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, which is an important committee for Georgia. We recently asked Congressman Hice to visit with us and the Inside Democracy Readers.

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Inside Democracy - February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

Governors from across the country convened in our nation’s capital this week for the National Governors Association’s annual Winter Meeting. This three-day meeting highlights the intersection of federal and state interaction. There is no one better suited than governors to know the broad effects, both good and bad, of decisions made by Congress and federal agencies upon states. It is a time when governors from across the political spectrum convene to discuss how they handle certain issues and circumstances with each other and with federal leaders.

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This Week in Washington - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Infrastructure is center stage in Washington – and in Arizona. Mike Joyce, our infrastructure and trade expert, provides a review of the President’s infrastructure plan. Steve Gordon discusses what he heard last weekend at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat and during the week in “Heard on the Hill.” Al Jackson reviews the defense numbers in the two-year budget deal recently signed by the President.

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Inside Democracy - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

In this edition of Inside Democracy: From the Peach State to the Potomac, we highlight Congressman Doug Collins, who represents the Ninth Congressional District of Georgia, located in the northeast part of the state. He has served in Congress since 2013 and is Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference.

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Inside Democracy - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018

Infrastructure - How Badly Do States Want It? Total Spectrum partner Mike Joyce, one of Washington’s most knowledgeable transportation and infrastructure strategists, offers his insight on the Administration's recent infrastructure proposal.

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TWIW - Special Edition - Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan

February 12, 2018

The White House rolled out this morning their long-awaited infrastructure plan. The plan calls for spending $1.5 trillion on infrastructure -- $200 billion from the federal government paid for by unspecified cuts in the upcoming budget, and $1.3 trillion from cities, states, private investors, and other sources. The plan also cuts the federal red tape that bogs down projects and increases costs. They have included specific money for rural communities, aid to support apprenticeships and other forms of workforce training, and some funds for transformative, next-century projects. Click link below to download materials released this morning from the White House. Mike Joyce will dig deeper and summarize in this week's This Week in Washington.

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