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This Week in Washington, Spotlight Edition - May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Below please find an exclusive Total Spectrum Spotlight interview with Kevin Hassett, who was not only a Senior Adviser and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Trump Administration, but was also the economic advisor to President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. If you're at all interested in or impacted by the economy, we're certain this conversation with our colleague Congressman Erik Paulsen will be of interest to you.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

Heard on the Hill covers Monday’s leak of an early draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion on the upcoming Roe v. Wade case – and the security, legal, and political implications of both the leak and the ultimate decision. Al Jackson brings us his Defense Update. Ramona Lessen monitored Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Cyberspace Operations. Jesse Weathington gives us some insight into Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Don’t miss the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - April 22, 2022

April 22, 2022

Congress is on their Easter in-state work period. Staff has been preparing throughout this recess for what must get done during the balance of the year and before the November elections. Patrick Robertson has written an excellent article on that subject, highlighting the internal frustrations among Democrats and the choices that Democratic leadership will need to make very soon. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. As always, be sure to take a look at the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. Now, we want to make a REALLY SPECIAL announcement. We started Total Spectrum Spotlight in the fall of 2020 so we could highlight for you news makers, news shapers, and people who fairly interpret the news. We overcame COVID, the work restrictions placed on us during the pandemic, we ironed out the wrinkles that are bound to be in any new product – and we produced some very good short interviews. Now it is time to take Total Spectrum Spotlight to the next level, so we are pleased to announce Total Spectrum Spotlight 2.0.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - April 8, 2022

April 8, 2022

Today’s Heard on the Hill leads with the Republican Leader – Senator Mitch McConnell. Steve Gordon was a consultant to him in his first campaign, and they reconnected recently at a series of events. Steve summarizes the Leader’s comments on key issues, and we think you’ll find this look into the Leader both informative and interesting. We also summarize the most current information on Rule 42, which could drastically change the number of illegal border crossings, and also the pending legislation that would provide additional funding for COVID tests and medications. Congressman Erik Paulsen helped write the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. He has written an excellent article about the reasons why Congress should make the 2017 tax cuts permanent. Al Jackson brings us up to date on defense and defense appropriations happenings, while Ramona Lessen reports on the House Homeland Security Committee’s April 5 hearing on mobilizing our cyber defenses. Well, the Georgia legislative session has ended, and the Azaleas are in bloom in Augusta. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Make sure to take a look at the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

Winter is waning, and we’ve approached cherry blossom time. Congress will pretty much be focused on the midterm elections after July 31st, so Administration and Congressional leaders are feverishly putting together a list of legislative things that must get done – and can get done – in the next few months. Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers is an important guide to possible legislative activity. Ramona Lessen reviewed two hearings – Monday’s Senate Judiciary Hearing on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and Tuesday’s Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing entitled “Building a Resilient Economy by Shoring up Supply”. Crossover Day in the Georgia Legislature has come and gone. Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report. Check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics. A great number of industries were hurt during the pandemic, but the restaurant industry is at or near the top of the list. Congressman Erik Paulsen interviewed Dwayne Allen for Total Spectrum Spotlight. Mr. Allen is the Co-Founder and Owner of the Breadfruit and Rum Bar in Phoenix, AZ and he is a member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition. He describes the rewards and the challenges he and many other local restaurants are facing. It’s a great interview and we hope you’ll watch it.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - March 11, 2022

March 11, 2022

Well, Congress just beat the buzzer in funding the federal government before money ran out at midnight tonight. The House of Representatives passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations bill on Wednesday. The President and the Democratic leadership originally wanted to include $15 billion in additional pandemic relief funding, but House Democrats from several states objected to the legislative maneuvering because they believed their states were getting shortchanged on unspent COVID aid. Therefore, Speaker Pelosi pulled the additional COVID funding from the appropriations bill. Some Republicans had been objecting to this additional funding without an audit to determine where the trillions previously appropriated had gone. So, by removing the measure from the omnibus the prospects for an ‘easier’ path to passage in the Senate became more likely. As such, the Senate passed the $1.5 trillion package Thursday night. It now awaits signature by the President. Both parties claim they each got something in the $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations bill. Democrats tout the nearly 7% increase for non-defense agencies, thus increasing that funding to $730 billion. Republicans tout the $782 billion for national defense, which is just shy of a 6% increase from current spending. Steve Ruhlen, a Total Spectrum Partner who has spent years working and understanding the appropriations process, will explain in more detail. Heard on the Hill covers Washington’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a possible new legislative agenda for Senate Democrats, final passage of postal reform in the Senate, and a few parting words about the end of the worst part of COVID. Remember that $1.5 trillion package we told you about? Congressman Erik Paulsen, who served on the House Ways and Means Committee and as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, is concerned about the impact of our ever-growing national debt on each of us, and we think you will be concerned too. Ramona Lessen gives a report on a hearing that took place this week, which is timely given this weekend’s shift to Daylight Savings Time. The hearing is entitled, “Changing Times: Revisiting Spring Forward and Fall Back.” and was before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Jesse Weathington gives us 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 - February 25, 2022

February 25, 2022

In this edition, our friend and colleague Patrick Robertson brings us a summary of Democrats’ legislative must-do list. Al Jackson brings us up to date on defense and related appropriations issues. Washington is quiet – in fact, it’s beyond quiet. Both the Senate and the House are on a state or district work week. Congressional staff, folks involved in partisan politics, and people in the advocacy world are taking a few days to catch their breath. Add in the thousands of folks who have not yet returned to their offices, and you get a real sense why both Capitol Hill and downtown Washington are listless. Restaurants are near-empty (except for on Valentine’s Day), retail stores are holding on, and cabs are virtually non-existent. But it is a very eerie quiet because there’s a lot of things happening below the surface and across the ocean.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - February 11, 2022

February 11, 2022

Total Spectrum Spotlight brings you an exclusive interview with Senator John Thune, the Republican Whip in the U.S. Senate and #2 in Senate Republican leadership. Senator Thune has announced that he would be running for another term in the Senate, thus making things even further interesting come November. With so much going on - Russia threatening Ukraine, rising prices and inflation in the U.S., health mandates being imposed on businesses, worker shortages, and President Biden’s legislative agenda stalling out – Congressman Erik Paulsen hears Senator Thune’s perspectives and insights on these topics and more, plus the legislative agenda for this mid-term election year. Steve Gordon’s Heard on the Hill covers subjects as diverse as a postal reform bill, a continuing resolution to keep the government open for another month while appropriators try to reach an agreement on a new budget, Supreme Court Associate Justice Breyer’s retirement, what it’s like to try to run a legislative agenda in a 50-50 Senate, and what Washington, D.C. is like two years after the start of the pandemic.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022

This edition includes a rare double dose of Washington intrigue. Patrick Robertson starts us off with his Washington Whispers, followed by Steve Gordon’s Heard on the Hill where he continues surveying the scene for this year’s legislative calendar and the November elections. Next, Congressman Erik Paulsen writes about the important need to increase private investment in renewable energy. Al Jackson updates us on Defense and related appropriations issues. Of course, Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report, and 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 - December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers looks at one of the causes of President Biden’s slipping poll numbers. Congressman Erik Paulsen dives into causes of the spike in inflation, and Ramona Lessen shares a glimpse at a hearing held this week before the Senate Banking Committee on stablecoins. As always, be sure to check out the Infographs for an in-depth look at current hot topics.

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