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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

COVID-19 continues to impact our families, our communities, our state, and our country. It created a health crisis, which in turn created an economic crisis – and Washington’s necessary response to both may indeed cause a fiscal crisis. Steve Gordon, Erik Paulsen, and Todd Smith bring you up to date on how the Administration and Congress continue to respond to these crises in “Heard on the Hill.” Jesse Weathington gives us a glimpse at what may be a "new normal" as well as the most recent economic figures 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 - May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

COVID-19 continues to impact our families, our communities, our state, and our country. It created a health crisis, which created an economic crisis – and Washington’s necessary response to both crises may indeed cause a fiscal crisis. Steve Gordon and Erik Paulsen bring you up-to-date on how the Administration and Congress continue to respond to these crises in “Heard on the Hill.” Dana Marston shares highlights of this week’s Congressional hearings, then takes a closer look at the latest unemployment figures, how COVID-19 disrupted this tax filing season, and shares useful briefing sheets on the municipal bond market and the strategic national stockpile.

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

April 30, 2020

Welcome to our second Georgia edition of This Week in Washington. Thank you for your interest in politics and policy from the Peach State to the Potomac. It is a pleasure to welcome former Congressman Erik Paulsen to Total Spectrum and to This Week in Washington. Those of you who met Erik when he represented Minnesota in Congress and served on the House Ways and Means Committee know of both his intellect and uncommon common sense. There has been a great amount of discussion about the significant amount of our healthcare needs that are manufactured overseas. A bipartisan group of Senators passed a bill – which ultimately became part of the CARES Act – that asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to assess the vulnerability and dependence that overseas production of our healthcare products puts on our country. Steve Gordon and Erik Paulsen interviewed Joe Carson, a supply side expert, to get his thoughts and ideas. It’s a lengthy Q&A, but worth the read. In Heard on the Hill, Todd Smith and Steve Gordon write about our health crisis, our economic crisis, and our fiscal crisis and how Congress and the Administration are reacting to them. Jesse Weathington gives us a look at 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. Stay safe, healthy AND sane…

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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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This Week in Washington - April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020

It is a pleasure to welcome former Congressman Erik Paulsen to Total Spectrum and to This Week in Washington. Those of you who met Erik when he represented Minnesota in Congress and served on the House Ways and Means Committee know of both his intellect and uncommon common sense. There has been a great amount of discussion about the significant amount of our health care needs that are manufactured overseas. A bipartisan group of Senators passed a bill – which ultimately became part of the CARES Act – that asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to assess the vulnerability and dependence that overseas production of our health care products puts on our country. Steve Gordon and Erik Paulsen interviewed Joe Carson, a supply side expert, to get his thoughts and ideas on this in our cover story. In Heard on the Hill, Steve Gordon writes about our health crisis, our economic crisis, and our fiscal crisis and how Congress and the Administration are reacting to them. Dana Marston looks at COVID-19 in other ways: the USDA’s plans to assist commodity markets, trends in retail sales due to the virus, and concentrations in COVID-19 diagnoses across the country.

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This Week in Washington, Georgia Edition - April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Greetings to our friends from the Peach State to the Potomac… On behalf of the Total Spectrum team, we would like to welcome you to the inaugural Georgia edition of This Week In Washington, a publication of Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon & Associates. This periodic newsletter will contain insights and insider information that is relevant to anyone who lives, works, or plays in Georgia, or who has an interest in the national political scene and how It impacts your lives and businesses. In each edition, you can expect to hear from a team of experts with deep connections on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and under the Gold Dome.

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This Week in Washington - April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

The health crisis surrounding COVID-19 and the economic crisis resulting from the decision to shut down America to prevent the spread of the virus continues to impact almost every American. Steve Gordon’s Heard on the Hill summarizes where we are in both crises by the numbers, Washington’s response so far, the additional response that’s sure to come, and thoughts on Standing up America. Ramona Lessen found a speech from her former boss, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, in which he predicted in 2005 a viral pandemic and made recommendations on how America should both prepare and deal with it. Dana Marston takes a closer look at a few policy changes to ensure our medical workforce can best respond to COVID-19, at who is getting a CARES Act stimulus check, and emergency money allocated to help carry out America’s elections.

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This Week in Washington - April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

Arizona has so far escaped the worst effects of the COVID-19, thank goodness. But we are all affected by the impact of the economic shutdown. Steve Gordon, Stephen Ruhlen, and Mike Joyce wrote Heard on the Hill, which focuses on the economic crisis, the recently passed stimulus bill 3, and the discussion around additional stimulus bills 4 and 5. Al Jackson provides a defense update, and Dana Marston looks at the coronavirus’ projected impact on the travel industry, the national mortality rate, unemployment, and finally, a downward trend in gasoline prices. COVID-19 will impact on our health care, our economy, our lives, and our politics. We will continue to cover it from all sides in the next issue of This Week.

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This Week in Washington - March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

The unparalleled events of the last few weeks required an unparalleled response from Washington. Stimulus 3.0 – which the Majority Leader and others are correctly calling a relief bill – provides over $2 trillion in relief, and was passed unanimously by the Senate, and will be passed on Friday by the House of Representatives. The total appropriated in 1.0, 2.0, and now 3.0 is now over $2.308 trillion. Of interest - Stimulus 3.0, at $2.2 billion, is the largest single injection of federal cash into the economy in U.S. history. Steve Gordon and Todd Smith summarize 3.0 -- the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security Act, and provide links to the entire piece of legislation and key sections. Dana Marston looks at coronavirus’ transmission, rates of growth both here and abroad, and how it’s affecting both patients and industries. She also takes a dive into the Defense Production Act. The Senate delayed its planned recess to work on and pass this bill, and then recessed. Members of the House have been working in their districts this week but will pass 3.0 by voice vote on Friday and will return to Washington after Easter. We will monitor activity while the Senate and House are out of town. Stay healthy.

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This Week in Washington - March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

We are again this week exclusively focusing on the health care challenge caused by Covid-19. Steve Gordon in Heard on the Hill writes about the impact of shutting down America to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, and the economic stimulus bills that will help bring cash and confidence to rebuild our economy. Ramona Lessen spent 34 years as executive assistant to three U.S. Senators, during which time she saw 9/11, the Anthrax scare, and the 2008 financial crisis. We asked her to write about her memories of these events, and what we can learn from them as we go through March Sadness and March Challenge. Al Jackson provides an update on Defense appropriations, and Dana Marston shares infographics on the spread of Covid-19, the reasoning behind social distancing, and a map showing where employment has grown during President Trump’s tenure thus far. We’ll publish as often as events warrant. Stay well.

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