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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

The cherry blossoms are out and tourists are slowly beginning to return to Washington. Congress is on recess, so we thought that we would take a deep look at the Administration’s infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan. Steve Veverka is one of the newest members of the Total Spectrum team. He currently divides his time between Mesa, Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his article, Steve top-lines many of the provisions of the infrastructure proposal. Heard on the Hill looks at the plan from the Administration’s perspective and that of Senate Republicans and suggests some things to watch as this bill works its way through Congress. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

Patrick Robertson talks about the next items on the Senate’s legislative agenda and the future of the filibuster in “Washington Whispers.” Congressman Erik Paulsen writes about the new challenges being confronted by America’s small businesses. Al Jackson provides a defense update, and Ramona Lessen shares details from a March 17th hearing of the Senate Finance Committee entitled, “Covid-19 in the Nation’s Nursing Homes – a National Tragedy.” As always, Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. And, of course, be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. Also, Total Spectrum Spotlight features an interview with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), who has served as a key member of both House and Senate Republican Leadership. He sits on three key committees and is the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education. Senator Blunt announced that he will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2022, so we asked him to share some of his reflections, views on current issues, and his vision going forward. In this discussion with Congressman Paulsen and Michael DiMaria, you will see why Senator Blunt is getting the recognition and praise he richly deserves as a “legislator’s legislator.”

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

Steve Gordon’s Heard on the Hill covers three big items in Washington – Senator Roy Blunt’s announcement that he will not run for re-election; the passing of the American Rescue Plan, the latest COVID emergency legislation; and the possible return of legislative earmarks. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Total Spectrum Partner and Southwest Regional Director Michael DiMaria provides some thoughts on data privacy. Congressman Erik Paulsen writes about why tax hikes are the wrong medicine for a struggling economy in his article originally printed last week by the Washington Examiner and reprinted by Real Clear Politics. Ramona Lessen summarizes a hearing held this week by the Senate Banking, Housing,and Urban Affairs Committee entitled ‘Who Won on Wall Street – GameStop,Robinhood, and the State of Retail Investing.” As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. Our Total Spectrum Spotlight this week is a replay of the webinar hosted last week by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce featuring Total Spectrum’s Strategic Consultants Erik Paulsen and Patrick Robertson.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

Patrick Robertson reports on the status in Congress of the Biden Administration’s proposal for COVID relief, and well as their plans for infrastructure and immigration reform in “Washington Whispers.” Todd Smith and Congressman Erik Paulsen report on the Administration’s healthcare wish list. Al Jackson provides his monthly defense update, and Ramona Lessen provides an overview of this week’s Senate hearing on the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021

In today’s Heard on the Hill, Steve Gordon focuses on the new Democratic majority, pendulum politics, and some off-the-record comments from a member of the Republican Senate Leadership. Steve Ruhlen, our budget and appropriations expert, takes a closer look at budget reconciliation. In the Total Spectrum Spotlight, our colleague, former Congressman Erik Paulsen, sat down for an exclusive and candid interview with Senator Mark Kelly, where he talked about his priorities and first impressions of life in the Senate. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

This is a special inauguration issue of This Week in Washington. Inaugurals are celebrations for the winners. But for all of us, inaugurals celebrate the continued victory of American democracy. Today’s edition covers Inaugural Week 2021– the environment, the swearing in ceremony, and Day One of the Biden Administration. In upcoming editions, we will take closer looks at the Biden Administration’s legislative directions and new committee assignments in both the House and the Senate.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - December 22, 2020

December 22, 2020

The legislative year finally wrapped up last night around midnight. Erik Paulsen, Steve Gordon and Todd Smith summarize the three things that had to get completed – the omnibus spending bill, COVID relief, and the National Defense Authorization Act – and take a look forward to the U.S. Senate in 2021 in Heard on the Hill. Patrick Robertson takes a last look back at the November elections, and Steve Ruhlen takes a first look forward at the 2022 midterm elections. Al Jackson gives us a defense update, and Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. Our Total Spectrum Spotlight features Erik Paulsen and Patrick Robertson discussing the anticipated focus of the Biden Administration in the first 90 to 100 days.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020

We are in the dog days of this Congressional session. The lame duck session which began this week is important, but just as important is the pandemic and the real prospect of safe and effective vaccines, control of the Senate and the runoff elections next month, and an ultimate decision on last month’s presidential election. We cover these subjects and more in Heard on the Hill. Al Jackson, our expert on defense, brings us up to date on all matters in the defense sector. Erik Paulsen addresses the need for Congress to enforce trade laws, and Steve Gordon takes a look at November’s biggest and most surprising Senate victory. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

In Washington Whispers, Patrick Robertson observes that President Trump has the right to explore all of his legal options, but in the meantime it is important to watch and think about the ideas and agenda of the Biden Team as they address transition of the administration, filling cabinet positions, continuing COVID response, prioritizing infrastructure, and if – or how – to reform the Senate. We cover the upcoming lame duck and how both the Senate and the House look after last week’s elections, as well as an overview of Georgia’s January 5th runoff elections, in Heard on the Hill. Erik Paulsen has written a fascinating – albeit frightening – article about future ‘super-bugs’. Jesse Weathington provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

Well, we decided to do one more issue of This Week in Washington as a clean-up-and-button-down issue before next week’s elections. In Heard on the Hill, we summarize ‘No Judge Left Behind’ and the successful confirmation of Justice Barrett. We also look at the reason why the COVID stimulus bill couldn’t happen before the election, what’s behind all the optimism about a COVID vaccine, the Congressional Review Act and how it could be used next year, and the outlook for a continued Republican Senate majority from the perspective of Republican strategists. Al Jackson reports on prospects for defense appropriations over the next four years under a Trump or Biden Administration, and with a Republican or Democratic Majority in the Senate. Total Spectrum Spotlight features part two of our interview with Neil Newhouse, co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies. Neil is an outstanding pollster with over 40 years of experience. He is a pro’s pro and a wonderful communicator. We had a wonderful response to part one of the interview, and believe you will find part two just as informative and interesting. Todd Smith provides an update on the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. As always, make sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. We will be back after the election with a look back at what happened and why, and a look forward to the lame duck session and 2021.

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