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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 November 13, 2017 - November 14, 2017
There are really two major focuses in Washington right now – politics and tax reform. Steve Gordon discusses both in “Heard on the Hill”, and then Steve and Jim Miller update us on the progress of the tax reform legislation. Larry Smith brings us up to date on NAFTA/trade. Dana Marston details federal recommendations offered by a presidential commission on tackling the opioid crisis, and also includes infographics on the tax reform debate, possible repeal of the individual health insurance mandate, and recent state laws in response to the opioid crisis. Congress will be in recess next week for Thanksgiving, so we’ll also take a short break to rest, recover, and count our blessings. We’ll return on November 28th with the next edition of This Week in Washington. We wish each of you and your families a warm holiday.

This Week in Washington - Week of October 30, 2017 - November 3, 2017
We created This Week to report on what’s happening – and what will happen – in Washington. Sometimes what’s happening fits into a calendar schedule, and sometimes we move the schedule to fit into the week’s activities. And so we did for this edition of This Week. We knew that it was going to be an important week because the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee planned to release the first draft of the tax reform legislation. But what we quickly realized that it was going to have that news and a whole lot of suspense and drama. Steve Gordon kept a running log of it all day by day – and it’s all in Heard on the Hill. Steve then interviewed Jim Miller for his first cut of thoughts on the tax bill. Larry Smith brings us up to date on Trade/NAFTA, and Jake Ostenso reports on his Agency Watch. Dana Marston shares some background on Jay Powell, named this week to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, passage of the budget resolution to kick off tax reform, and a look at trends in House Member retirements. We’ll continue to follow the unfolding tax reform work. We appreciate your response to our report.

This Week in Washington - Week of October 23, 2017 - October 25, 2017
We had planned to run an extensive article on the process and the thinking around the tax reform – but Senator Flake’s speech on Tuesday hit Washington like an earthquake. We decided to let Steve Gordon tackle the mood in Washington and the future of tax reform in Heard on the Hill. Mike Joyce delves into the importance of trade to trucking and what would happen if NAFTA fell apart. Dana Marston shares an updated list of President Trump’s executive orders and memoranda, some detail on ramifications of a NAFTA exit, the latest bipartisan bill to stabilize Obamacare, and the difference in tax liabilities for mortgage interest handling. We’ll provide a first cut of the proposed tax reform legislative language from as soon as it’s available, and we will analyze the process and the problems next week.

This Week in Washington - Week of October 16, 2017 - October 18, 2017
The House of Representatives was in session last week. This coming week the Senate is in session. It’s been calmer than usual – and that means that there is a storm on the horizon. Steve Gordon gets the cover slot this week. He participated in last weekend’s National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat held in Sea Island, Georgia, so his Heard on the Hill column has been renamed - for this week only - to Heard in Sea Island. Larry Smith provides an alarming but factual update on the lack of progress in NAFTA discussions, and Jake Ostenso’s Agency Watch provides the latest in the Trump Administration’s efforts to affect regulation. Dana Marston shares this week’s calendar of hearings and markups, as well as a look at fuel taxes, drunk driving and other traffic fatalities, heroin’s role in opioid epidemic, and of course, recent executive actions impacting Obamacare. We’ll provide a very early copy of the House Ways and Means Committee’s draft tax legislation as soon as we get it. Thanks again for your notes and suggestions, and your continued interest in Washington, D.C.

This Week in Washington - Week of October 2, 2017 - October 4, 2017
Our lead article is from Jim Miller, who highlights the principles, the knowns and the unknowns of the upcoming work on tax reform. Mike Joyce brings us up to date on autonomous vehicles. Larry Smith updates on NAFTA/trade. Jake Ostenso reviews some of the recent regulatory changes in Agency Watch. Steve Gordon talks about the most promising, the most perplexing, the most underrated, and the best feel good stories of last week in Heard on the Hill. Dana Marston brings this week’s busy Hill calendar, as well as a few different ways to look at tax reform – in all its complexities.

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AZ Eyes on DC

This Week in Washington - Week of May 22, 2017 - May 23, 2017
It was by every measure a whirlwind week. Steve Gordon talks about the Elephant in the Room – the problems that are being caused and the opportunities that could be created for the legislative agenda -- in Heard on the Hill. Jim Miller discusses both the opportunities and challenges for tax reform. Larry Smith covers the Robert Lighthizer’s first week as US Trade Representative, which was also a very busy week for trade and NAFTA. Jake Ostenso – new to Total Spectrum – covered the Ways and Means Committee’s first hearing on tax reform, and his report is also in this edition. Dana Marston provides some insight into Senate work on their version of a health care bill and division over Medicaid cuts, the Department of Interior’s review of national monuments, and signs of economic growth at the state level.

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.

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