September 18, 2020
Total Spectrum published its first edition of This Week in Washington on January 23, 2017. The initial goal was to keep you both aware of and involved in legislative issues and regulatory matters that are important with articles written by experienced experts who are involved in these issues every day. We wanted to introduce you to key Senators and Congressmen, and we also wanted to provide you with perspectives on the political process – because
legislating and governing does not happen in a vacuum.
We have been humbled by the outstanding response to This Week in Washington. A number of readers and clients have been approached about expanding our reporting, and we have responded.
Our goals have not changed. But now This Week in Washington will have more.
John McKechnie will continue to report on banking and financial services, Ramona Lessen will continue to report on important committee hearings, Jesse Weathington will continue to give us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report, Al Jackson will continue to watch defense and defense appropriations issues, and former Congressman Erik Paulsen, Steve Gordon and I will continue to write on all things Washington in Heard on the Hill. As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.
Patrick Robertson is new to the Total Spectrum family, but he is far from new to Washington. Patrick served former Senator Jay Rockefeller for nine years – the last five as his assistant chief of staff. He worked closely with the Senate Finance Committee on tax, trade, and trade adjustment issues, and he also worked closely with the Senate Commerce Committee. He now has spent over 10 years in the private sector and has wonderful relationships with Senate and House Democrats and their staff. Patrick is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law.
Total Spectrum Spotlight will provide short but meaningful video interviews with both news makers and news shapers. We will work to ask the questions you would ask – and keep our interviews precise and focused.
The NEW This Week in Washington starts now.
We lead off with Patrick Robertson’s first Washington Whispers column. Erik Paulsen recently wrote an op/ed in Newsweek about the need for our trade agreements to prioritize American intellectual property, and we are reprinting it here. We write about what happened in August and some of the things to watch as we go forward toward the election in Heard on the Hill. Ramona Lessen reports on a Senate Homeland Security hearing in August on the
U.S. Postal Service.
And finally, Steve Gordon interviews former Congressman Erik Paulsen in our inaugural episode of Total Spectrum Spotlight.
Thanks for your interest in Washington. Thanks as always for reading – and now watching – the NEW This Week in Washington. We will be back in two weeks with another issue.
Y’all stay safe, healthy AND sane…