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Parents fight for justice after son’s murder, securing Maryland policies to his legacy

January 19, 2021

After their son, 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, was killed days before graduating from Bowie State University, parents Dawn and Rick Collins vowed to protect future Americans. They discussed their mission and the foundation they started in their son’s memory on NBC’s TODAY show on January 13. Total Spectrum Strategic Consultants Barbara Wiley Cosgriff and Alvin B. Jackson are honored to work with Dawn and Rick Collins to ensure the 2LT Richard W Collins III Foundation (The Foundation), delivers on its mission. The Foundation was established by the Collins family to honor the brief life of their son and to pursue justice on Richard’s behalf and on behalf of other families who have suffered a similar fate. During the period following Richard’s murder and the December 2019 trial of his murderer, the Foundation spearheaded two major legislative successes in the Maryland State Legislature.

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Opinion:  Congress has a duty to enforce foreign trade deals

November 12, 2020

Total Spectrum strategic consultant and former congressman Erik Paulsen shares his views on Congress's duty to enforce foreign trade deals in The Detroit News.

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Joe Biden Keeps Everyone Guessing on Wall Street Regulation: McKechnie weighs in

October 13, 2020

“Broadly, the Biden campaign’s proposals for the financial sector are being written with an eye to meeting the expectations of the Democratic progressive base without spooking moderates who worry about expanding regulatory powers,” writes the Wall Street Journal on October 13, 2020. John McKechnie, Senior Partner for Total Spectrum and financial services lobbyist, weighs in.

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Op/Ed: The importance of protecting American intellectual property

August 25, 2020

Total Spectrum strategic consultant and former congressman Erik Paulsen shares his views on the importance of protecting American intellectual property in Newsweek.

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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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Erik Paulsen named to BPC Behavioral Health Integration Task Force

April 30, 2020

Former Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN), a Strategic Consultant to Total Spectrum, is participating on a Bipartisan Policy Center Behavioral Health Integration Task Force to improve the integration of primary and behavioral health care to achieve better health outcomes and reduce costs. A recent poll found that 50% of Americans said that their mental health has been impacted by stress caused by the coronavirus. The Task Force also released on April 30 recommendations to quickly address the urgent need to access behavioral health care as our nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic. We applaud Erik for his involvement. The April 30th press release can be read in full at the below link.

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Erik Paulsen named Chairman of the Institute for Gene Therapies

February 20, 2020

Total Spectrum strategic consultant and former Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen has been named chairman of a new group aimed at ensuring insurer coverage for new gene therapies. The Institute for Gene Therapies is a 501(c)4 organization that is bringing together experts from across the healthcare system to advocate for a modernized policy framework that encourages innovations and promotes patient access to the treatments they need. The group represents innovators and patients, business leaders and academics working to ensure policies reflect medical advances, creating a new reality for patients.

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Client Focus: Even as Energy Demand Increased, Georgia’s Emissions Fell by Roughly 95 Percent

November 14, 2019

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) released a Georgia emissions analysis that looks at key pollutants and the overall environmental improvements seen across the state in recent years. The analysis shows that Georgia’s emissions have fallen by as much as 95 percent since 1990, even as the state’s energy demand has continued to increase, proving we can have energy production, expanded pipeline infrastructure and sound environmental stewardship at the same time. In October 2019, Consumer Energy Alliance partnered with Total Spectrum's Georgia State Team to accomplish their government relations goals in Georgia. For more than 14 years, CEA has worked alongside dedicated citizens and community leaders nationwide, advocating for sensible energy policies for all consumers - such as families and small businesses - by providing sound, unbiased information on energy issues.

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TS Partner Jesse Weathington named to Lt. Governor’s Task Force on Healthcare Access and Cost

August 28, 2019

Total Spectrum Georgia Director Jesse Weathington was named today as a member of Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan's Task Force on Healthcare Access and Cost. The group will pinpoint improvements that can be made to tackle the cost and access burdens to healthcare across Georgia. Specially, the Task Force will evaluate: 1) price transparency and other free market solutions; 2) data and technology utilization; and 3) employer innovation.

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Modernizing the Federal Excise Tax for Heavy-Duty Trucks and Trailers

June 28, 2019

On Wednesday, June 19, the American Truck Dealers (ATD), with support from other members of the Modernize the Truck Fleet (MTF) coalition, held an educational event/press conference on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The event featured a vintage truck and new truck to embody the urgent need for modernizing the 102 year-old federal excise tax (FET) on the purchase of new heavy-duty trucks and trailers. The FET is the highest excise tax at 12%. Total Spectrum’s Mike Joyce and Traci Peters were instrumental in designing and executing this event for our clients.

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