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Republicans Look Likely to Win Control of House

MedPage Today

By Emily P. Walker - Washington Correspondent

“It sure seems like Republicans have a good shot at taking the House, looks like they’ll come close, but not quite take the Senate,” predicted Dean Rosen, the former lead health advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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Moderate Republican Who Voted “Yes” on Climate Law Is Brought Down in Delaware

SolveClimate News

By Elizabeth McGowan

“Whether enough tea party candidates will be elected in November and form a significant voting bloc that can away climate or energy is the $64,000 question,” said Jon Hoganson, a former House staffer who is now a principal with the Washington lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. “Right now, the Republican’s feel…”

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Business groups praise export plan, but want more

Phoenix Business Journal

By Kent Hoover

“To double our exports, U.S. companies need worldwide operations and supply chains that span the globe,” said Bruce Mehlman, the council’s executive director. “Tax policies that increase the burden on U.S. companies’ global operations make American workers less competitive and undermine export-led economic recovery.”

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Elects Stacey Rampy

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

By Jill Talley

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) has elected Stacey Rampy, principal with Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc., to its Board of Directors.

“Stacey’s substantive knowledge of health care issues and considerable public policy experience will help SCAA expand its legislative presence as we continue to raise awareness, create safer and healthier communities and work to eliminate unnecessary deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.” said Rober J. Schriever, chairman of SCAA’s board of directors.

As a principal at one of Washington, D.C.’s most highly regarded government affairs firms, Rampy builds bipartisan coalitions to enact or shape legislation, develop policy and provide regulatroy and strategic advice…

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Firms offer Tasty Morsels to Blue Dogs’ Top Aides

Roll Call

By Anna Palmer

“Any effective lobbying organization needs to have ties with the Blue Dogs because any time a deal I cut on any federal spending bill you can be assured the Blue Dogs are going to be right in the middle of the debate,” said Kelly Bingel of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. Bingel served as chief of staff for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.)

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Lobbyists Circling Lincoln, Harkin

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

“We have had several different folks reach out to us,” Bingel said, noting that last week the firm was retained by the International Dairy Food Association. “In the business we’re in, you always want to grow your business.”

The ag lobbying world, she noted, has often been viewed as predominantly male. The rise of Lincoln, the first woman to head the panel, may change that. “While it’s typically been an area dominated by older white males, and typically Republicans, there might be some room for some expansion there,” she said.

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Obama’s Speech Leaves Room For Snowe’s Compromise To Putt Off Public Option

KHN: Kaiser Health News

By Eric Pianin and Mary Agnes Carery

“Creating a trigger could cause problems in the marketplace, said Dean A. Rosen, who was a chief health care advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

I worry that once you have that mechanism in place it could be triggered by the government or by Congress in the future by lower criteria or different criteria.,” he said. “What happens once the government comes in after a certain number of years? If it went away how would it go away? If it went away would that be disruptive to coverage?”

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Health debate

World Magazine

But such bills will die in the current Congress. And, despite recent roadblocks, Dean Rosen, a former Republican healthcare advisor, believes that the chances of Democrats passing some type of healthcare legislation are still good. “Failure is not an option given how far out the president and congressional leaders have gone,” he said.

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Coalition pushes for open source in government

SD Times

By Alex Handy

As its first significant act, the coalition has engaged Washington lobbying firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti to represent its interests.

“Open-source software can help deliver improved government service–plain and simple–and the administration recognizes this more than any in our nation’s history,” said David Thomas, principal with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

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Young K Street Guns Flexing Muscle on Capital Hill

CQ Politics

By Jonathan Allen

The Majority Under 40, a hotshot set of young Democratic lobbyists, is showing signs of attaining political maturity.  Specifically, they’ve gained an audience with Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, next Wednesday.

The confab with Van Hollen, who has been expanding his outreach to K street, suggests that the Majority Under 40 is becoming more influential as it establishes relationships with the new members of Congress.

David Thomas, a co-founder of the group, said it was created two-and-a-half years ago to “help the incoming members of the last class develop their networks and adjust to life in Washington.”

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Sotomayor Piles Up Senate Meetings As Hearing Nears

Congress Daily

By Dan Friedman

If successful, the meetings can energize supporters and soften foes, said Jamie Brown, a former Bush White House legislative affairs aide who accompanied and helped prepare Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito for their Senate meetings.

“If a nominee has a compelling personal story, a compelling personality and comes across as likable … it’s going to impact the way that they are questioned” in the hearing, Brown said.

Brown and Rachel Brand, who as assistant attorney general helped prepare Roberts and Alito, said each met with more than 80 senators.

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