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This Week in Washington - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Infrastructure is center stage in Washington – and in Arizona. Mike Joyce, our infrastructure and trade expert, provides a review of the President’s infrastructure plan. Steve Gordon discusses what he heard last weekend at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat and during the week in “Heard on the Hill.” Al Jackson reviews the defense numbers in the two-year budget deal recently signed by the President.

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Inside Democracy - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

In this edition of Inside Democracy: From the Peach State to the Potomac, we highlight Congressman Doug Collins, who represents the Ninth Congressional District of Georgia, located in the northeast part of the state. He has served in Congress since 2013 and is Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference.

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Inside Democracy - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018

Infrastructure - How Badly Do States Want It? Total Spectrum partner Mike Joyce, one of Washington’s most knowledgeable transportation and infrastructure strategists, offers his insight on the Administration's recent infrastructure proposal.

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TWIW - Special Edition - Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan

February 12, 2018

The White House rolled out this morning their long-awaited infrastructure plan. The plan calls for spending $1.5 trillion on infrastructure -- $200 billion from the federal government paid for by unspecified cuts in the upcoming budget, and $1.3 trillion from cities, states, private investors, and other sources. The plan also cuts the federal red tape that bogs down projects and increases costs. They have included specific money for rural communities, aid to support apprenticeships and other forms of workforce training, and some funds for transformative, next-century projects. Click link below to download materials released this morning from the White House. Mike Joyce will dig deeper and summarize in this week's This Week in Washington.

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This Week in Washington - February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

The Budget Battle went to the center stage this week. Republicans wanted to raise the caps on defense spending, and Democrats wanted to spend more on domestic programs. Neither party saw the benefit of shutting down the government, and the idea of governing with a series of stop-gap, last minute patches didn’t set well with anybody. Steve Gordon summarizes the week, including a summary of Glen Hamer’s meetings in Washington, in “Heard on the Hill.” Dana Marston provides a calendar of next week’s hearings and legislative markups, as well as the latest in the nation’s unemployment numbers, the trade balance, and Congress’s proposed budget deals. Next week, Steve will summarize some of the conversations from the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s winter retreat, and we’ll have updates on pending legislation from some of our colleagues.

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Inside Democracy - February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

In this edition of Inside Democracy: From the Peach State to the Potomac, we highlight Congressman Tom Graves, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, located in the northwest part of the state. He has served in Congress since 2010 and is the dean of Georgia’s House Republicans.

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Inside Democracy - January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018

This week, we look at President Trump's State of the Union address from federal-state perspective. By the time you read this article, President Trump’s first State of the Union address will have been delivered. Transcripts for State of the Union speeches are being polished almost right up to the minute the President leaves for the Capitol, so transcripts are not yet available.

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Gardner as Trump Scold? Why It Makes Sense — and Why It Doesn’t

January 29, 2018

For an exception to the rule that it doesn’t pay for a congressional Republican on the rise to cross President Donald Trump, the curious case of Senator Cory Gardner may provide the current best example. “He won by calling himself ‘a new kind of Republican,’ and so be it if that means being outspoken when he disagrees with the president,” said Steve Gordon, Total Spectrum’s Managing Partner, a long-time GOP operative, and veteran of Gardner’s 2014 campaign. “That’s just who he is, and fortunately for him it’s also good politics at home.”

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This Week in Washington - January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018

Thanks for your continued interest in Washington, D.C. and for reading This Week in Washington. Steve Gordon provides an overview of this year’s legislative agenda – from the vantage point of the Senate Majority Leader – in “Heard on the Hill.” Larry Smith updates NAFTA/Trade, while Mark Strand, President of the Congressional Institute, contributes his thoughts on Congress’s role in NAFTA. Al Jackson provides a look into the impact of continuing resolutions on military readiness, while Jake Ostenso updates on regulatory changes in Agency Watch. Dana Marston provides next week’s Capitol Hill calendar, as well as insight into President Trump’s draft infrastructure plan, new tax laws facing U.S. companies that operate internationally, where your health insurance dollars go, and the Senate’s work to avoid a second government shutdown. The President’s State of the Union address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th. Senate and House Republicans will have a legislative retreat later next week. We’ll publish an abbreviated version next week, and a full report the following week. Thanks for your thoughts and comments, and thanks again for reading This Week.

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This Week in Washington - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

Thanks for reading This Week in Washington. The new tax reform legislation is generating early but very positive signs. Americans are beginning to give this legislation that the kind of positive response that Republican legislators expected. Congress is starting 2018 with two carry-over challenges -- spending and immigration. The federal government will run out of money Friday night. Both sides say that there will not be a government shutdown… both sides say the other side will be responsible if there is a shutdown. We’ll focus our attention this year and keep you up to date on key areas of concern for members of the Arizona Chamber. This week, Steve Gordon discusses everything he’s seen and heard this week in Heard on The Hill. Mike Joyce tells us about the upcoming infrastructure proposal. Dana Marston provides a calendar of hearings and markups today and next week, as well as graphics on the President’s key trade advisers, proposed Medicaid work requirements, effects of the new tax law on your paycheck, where DACA matters most, and who is affected by a government shutdown… if it comes. Please continue to feel free to reach us with your comments and suggestions for future editions.

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