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This Week in Washington - November 16, 2022

November 17, 2022

The eye of the midterm elections has now passed. Congressman Erik Paulsen joined Steve Gordon in writing about why the election results didn’t match Republican expectations – and the reaction in Washington – in today’s Heard on the Hill. Michael DiMaria, Total Spectrum’s Southwest Regional Director and Vice President of Business Development, provides an Arizona Election Recap. Patrick Robertson writes about the list of items on Leader Schumer’s lame duck to-do list in Washington Whispers. John McKechnie is Total Spectrum’s Senior Partner, with over 35 years of experience in the financial services sector. We asked John to bring us up to date on the credit card interchange bill sponsored by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) that pits the financial services industry against the retailers. Ramona Lessen continues our focus on financial services with her review of the November 15 hearing by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee entitled, “A Strong Banking and Credit Union System for Main Street.”

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This Week in Washington - Special Coverage: 2022 Midterm Elections, November 8, 2022

November 8, 2022

Election Day is upon us, and we’ll all be waiting to see the returns tonight and in the coming days. Today’s special edition of This Week in Washington provides some context for the current state of politics, the races, and the public’s sentiment.

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This Week in Washington - October 26, 2022

October 26, 2022

This is the last edition before the November 8th midterm election, so we are using a different format. Steve Gordon's Heard on the Hill column looks at the upcoming senatorial and congressional elections from the perspective of a former Republican political consultant and now managing partner of Total Spectrum. Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers column looks at the upcoming elections from his perspective as a Democratic attorney and lobbyist who served as deputy chief of staff for former Senator Jay Rockefeller and managed the 2008 Rockefeller for Senate reelection campaign. We have included an encore presentation of Congressman Erik Paulsen’s June 1st interview of Charlie Cook for Total Spectrum Spotlight. Steve was introduced to Charlie Cook in 1986, two years after he founded the independent and non-partisan Cook Political Report. He’s the dean of political journalism – and for a good reason. This interview still gets viewers and generates compliments, so I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it – or watch it again. It will be time well spent.

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This Week in Washington - October 5, 2022

October 5, 2022

Senators and Congressmen have left Washington and returned home. This quiet time provides a great opportunity to sum up the present and look ahead to the future. Heard on the Hill takes a look at the economy and then reviews the current election predictions from the statistical modeling column of Fivethirtyeight. Al Jackson also provides his update on defense and defense appropriations. In case you missed it, we have also included Congressman Erik Paulsen’s exclusive Total Spectrum Spotlight interview with Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona’s Senior Senator. I hope you’ll give it a watch - it’s well worth the time.

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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

Total Spectrum Spotlight is very pleased to bring to you Congressman Erik Paulsen’s exclusive interview with Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona’s Senior Senator. Erik Paulsen and Krysten Sinema served together in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this Spotlight interview, he asks about her approach to getting meaningful things done in the Senate, how she views the differences between working in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, and her perspectives on a possible lame duck session.

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This Week in Washington - September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022

Both the Senate and the House returned to Washington right after Labor Day, and both are scheduled to leave town by the end of September. Patrick Robertson has written an excellent summary of Congress’ legislative agenda – what’s possible in the next 10 days and what is going to get pushed off until the lame duck session. Patrick’s Washington Whispers articles are always good, and this week’s is exceptionally well done. Ramona Lessen monitored the September 20th hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, entitled “Tightening the Screws on Russia.” Today’s Total Spectrum Spotlight interview is with Nathan Gonzales, the Editor and Publisher of Inside Elections, which provides nonpartisan analysis of Senate, House, and gubernatorial, and presidential elections. Nathan provides important context and fascinating observations on November’s elections.

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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - September 14, 2022

September 14, 2022

In this week’s Total Spectrum Spotlight, Congressman Erik Paulsen speaks with Nathan Gonzales, Editor and Publisher of Inside Elections. Mr. Gonzales shares his insights on the GOP’s momentum going into November’s midterm election and how the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision may have changed that momentum. He also explores whether results from special elections should be considered as trend indicators, and which Senate races are surprising analysts – and the potential for another runoff in Georgia.

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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - August 3, 2022

August 3, 2022

Access to medical services is a priority for all. While telemedicine and telemental health have been in use since the 1950s, demand for these services exploded during the pandemic when broad waivers enabled greater access to virtual care. In fact, the CDC reported earlier this year that one in four surveyed had used telehealth services in the prior month. Congressman Erik Paulsen recently spoke with Kyle Zebley, ATA’s Vice President of Public Policy about the benefit of broadening access to healthcare using technology and the need to protect its use for future populations.

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This Week in Washington - July 27, 2022

August 1, 2022

Patrick Robertson leads off with his Washington Whispers column, reporting on what’s going to happen in the Senate and the House before they leave town for the August recess, and previewing some of the activity that is anticipated during the balance of the calendar year. Al Jackson also updates us on defense and defense appropriations issues, and Ramona Lessen monitored the July 26th hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism on decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level.

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This Week in Washington - July 13, 2022

July 13, 2022

Congress returned to Washington this week. At the top of Senate Democrats’ to-do list is building a consensus on a slimmed-down Build Back Better bill against the backdrop of a spiking inflation rate and signs of a slowing economy. In Heard on the Hill, Steve Gordon describes some of the major items that are being discussed for inclusion in this plan. Congressman Erik Paulsen wrote a wonderful article entitled “Inflation and a Slowing Economy – What to do About Both.” And Ramona Lessen monitored the July 12th Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing.

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