State Practice



Arizona businesses are looking for new growth opportunities, and they need allies in navigating state and federal policies and excessive regulations. Ashley Ragan and Steve Gordon - the principals of Total Spectrum Arizona – worked for Senator Jon Kyl in a senior capacity throughout the Senator’s years in the US Senate. They know Arizona, and they have the experience and understanding required to conduct business in Arizona and Washington, DC.

Our principals know our local policymakers, members of our federal delegation, and well as many of Washington’s key decision makers. We also know how to succeed in today’s highly charged political environment.

We’ve built a team of experts – in health care, tax, trade, financial services, communications, and in infrastructure. We have years of experience acquired from government service and private sector leadership positions. This experience provides the creativity and “know-how” necessary to raise a company’s visibility, develop a procurement strategy, secure a legislative priority and overcome regulatory challenge.

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Our experts are problem solvers. We appreciate emerging industry trends but more importantly, our principals have years of established working relationships with policymakers who have the jurisdiction and position to regulate. This insight can be the difference between staying a step ahead of your competition — or a step behind.

We’re Arizona’s Team, and we look forward to visiting with you.

This Week in Washington

This Week in Washington - Week of April 24, 2017 - April 25, 2017
This Week in Washington is different this week. It’s the end of a two week Congressional recess period, the end of the Trump Administration’s first 100 days, and the beginning of the push for tax reform. Jim Miller has the cover article this week, entitled “The Road to Tax Reform - or Tax Reduction.” Steve Gordon begins a series of articles remembering the 1986 Tax Reform Act – who was involved, what was involved, and how it finally came together. Steve also brings us Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston shares a glimpse at the GOP’s “Better Way” tax reform plan, according to the Tax Foundation and other think tanks, a look at the President’s recent Executive Order on H-1B visas, and a recent rule from HHS outlining regulatory changes designed to stabilize health insurance markets. She’s also provided a calendar of upcoming Congressional hearings and legislative mark-up sessions.

This Week in Washington - Week of April 17, 2017 - April 18, 2017
The Senate is in recess this week, and so is This Week in Washington. We will be back next week with a larger issue summarizing where things stand inside the beltway and where things might be going.

This Week in Washington - Week of April 10, 2017 - April 11, 2017
This week was the last week before a two-week Congressional recess and district work period. It was also a very successful week for the new Administration. Republicans are hoping that this week saw the signs that the President and the Administration have steadied the ship, turned the corner, and can use their momentum to tackle tax reform and infrastructure. Larry Smith has this week’s cover stories, highlighting the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch and an update on trade and NAFTA. Al Jackson provides an update on defense appropriations activity. Steve Gordon discusses the President’s wins last week and the things that need to be dealt with when Congress returns in “Heard on the Hill.” Steve continues with his Profile of Key People: An introduction to the People who drive the Policy Wagon. This week he introduces us to Senator John Thune of South Dakota—Chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Republican Conference – the third ranking leadership position among Republican Senators. Dana Marston provides glimpse at which states have the most at stake in renegotiating NAFTA.

This Week in Washington - Week of April 3, 2017 - April 5, 2017
The Trump Administration is 75 days old today. There is no question that it’s been a rocky start with almost a daily push and pull between noise (extraneous messaging) and news (his agenda). Cable news shows focus on the noise and the ongoing investigations about Russia’s involvement in the past election are making TV stars out of some of the key members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. The Administration needs a ‘win’ – and it will get a big one this Friday when President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is approved by the U.S. Senate. In our headline article, Larry Smith describes the case between Volks Constructors and OSHA and how Congress and the Administration are using the Congressional Review Act to get some of the regulatory relief that’s been promised – and that can be achieved. Larry also updates NAFTA and Trade. Steve Gordon talks about progress on the Administration’s key legislative agenda in Heard on the Hill, and he begins a profile series introducing us to key people in Washington who drive the policy wagon. Dana Marston provides a quick look at the $18 billion in proposed budget cuts FY2017, as well as a glimpse at the White House’s new Office of American Innovation. We’ll also provide a calendar of Capitol Hill’s upcoming hearings and meetings.

This Week in Washington - Week of March 27, 2017 - March 28, 2017
Two events – the repeal and replace of Obamacare and the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch – were the only two things on everybody’s mind last week. Thursday, our plans changed when Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he would join with other Democrats to filibuster the Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, a move that could complicate his confirmation. Then hopeful Republicans turned nervous about healthcare, and then the wheels came off the wagon.

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AZ Eyes on DC

AZ Eyes on DC - Happy Holidays! - December 16, 2016
Another year is nearly in the books, and what a raucous one it has been. We wish you all a very warm and holiday season, and look forward to 2017, when we'll continue to be your Eyes on DC.

AZ Eyes on DC - Election 2016 - November 14, 2016
We steered clear of the politics of the campaign, but the election of a new President, building a transition government, and the beginning of a new era in Washington, D.C. is going to be disruptive to the status quo. Managing Partner Steve Gordon offers his thoughts on the TrumpQuake and aftershocks to come.

AZ Eyes on DC - Issue 9 - August 15, 2016
Arizona's Eyes this summer are on politics and the upcoming November election. Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report is one of the best to offer objective observations on such things, and we're pleased to bring some of his thoughts to you. As a follow up to our last issue's discussion on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), we've also provided some additional information on this and other US free trade agreements.

AZ Eyes on DC - Issue 8 - April 29, 2016
In the second installment of our 2016 and Beyond Series, Arizona Eyes talks international trade agreements with Richard Sawaya, Vice President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Director of USA*Engage.

AZ Eyes on DC - Issue 7 - March 10, 2016
In our first edition of 2016, Arizona Eyes on DC takes a look at the wonder that is this year's presidential campaign. Beginning a series we'll call 2016 and Beyond, Total Spectrum Partner Jim Miller lends his thoughts on current tax policy deliberations and how it may tee up possible activity after the election. Jim also provides a first peek into the tax plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Arizona Chamber Webinar: 2014 Elections Wrap-up

Featuring Steve Gordon and the Total Spectrum Team as well as Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report.

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