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ESTABLISHMENT GATEKEEPERS ARE COMING DOWN; IS THAT A GOOD THING?

Matter of Fact

By Television Appearance

Americans are placing less and less trust in traditional institutions. According to Gallup, that trust has been waning for at least the past 20 years. And that means rising political stars don’t need the blessing of the establishment to win elections. Soledad O’Brien sits down with Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman to talk about the rise of what he calls “permissionless politics” and the potential downsides.

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Smaller tax refunds (so far) are a big headache for Republicans

Politico

By Aaron Lorenzo

Sage Eastman of Mehlman Castagnetti, a former longtime Republican aide on the Ways and Means Committee, said, “People were voting in 2018, so you party with bigger paychecks in 2018 and risk the hangover in 2019 and hope it wears off before 2020.”

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The State of Our Union

Fox Business News

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Bruce Mehlman appears on Fox News Business to discuss why the state of our union is better than you think.

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The state of our union is better than you think — here’s why

Fox News

By Bruce Mehlman

Stories of Washington’s political dysfunction are legion, the laments predictably consistent. Tribalism is rising. The middle has disappeared. The media crave conflict. Voters tune out. Such sad and overwrought tales make for great copy. They reflect what we feel and they’re often true.

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Axios AM: Mike’s Top 10

Axios

By Mike Allen

Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, in one of his hotly awaited decks, says we’re moving toward a “Permissionless Planet,” spurring “mounting calls for new guardrails, gatekeepers or even systemic reform.”

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The Daily 202: Anxiety about the pace of change animates populist movements on the right and left

The Washington Post

By James Hohmann

Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman believes the defining clash of our time is between people who believe change is coming too slowly and those who believe change is happening too quickly.

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Democrats seek early victories on drug prices

The Hill

By Peter Sullivan

Lauren Aronson, executive director of the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, said her group has “long supported the Creates Act and other bipartisan, market-based solutions that will put an end to Big Pharma’s abusive practices, boost competition and lower drug prices.” “We’re looking forward to continuing our work with lawmakers to advance these bills and provide relief to millions of Americans,” she said.

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Looking To 2020, Both Democrats and Republicans See Costs and Benefits of Trump’s ‘MAGA’ Rallies in Midterm Election Results

Los Angeles Times

By Noah Bierman

“People entered the 2018 election with pretty strong views of the president, one way or another,” said Bruce Mehlman, a Republican strategist and lobbyist who publishes a widely read political analysis. “The rallies didn’t change them. But the rallies allowed the president to make the election a referendum on him.”

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Lobbyists Target Newly Elected Democrats

Politico

By Theordoric Meyer and Marianne Levine

The number of new Democratic members who have forsworn accepting corporate PAC contributions — which would climb to 41 if T.J. Cox is confirmed to have beaten Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), according to End Citizens United PAC — has made some corporations nervous. Lobbyists have tried to reassure their clients that not all the newly elected Democrats consider themselves part of the progressive wing of the party. “When you look at those new members, there are a lot of moderate members, too,” said David Castagnetti, a partner at the lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. “They’re not all hostile toward business.”

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House Results Underscore That What’s Good For Trump Isn’t So Good For The GOP

The Washington Post

By Dan Balz

Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman produced a set of charts analyzing the 2018 election, including one showing various fault lines within the electorate. They include divisions based on race, age, gender, education and geography. Race — whites vs. nonwhites — remains the biggest divide of all. But geography is by far the fastest growing, and now the urban-rural divide is almost as wide as the divide between whites and nonwhites.

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