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Suite Talk June 16, 2009

Politico

By Ariel Alexovich and Chris Frates

Suite Talk hears that Cindy Brown, longtime chief of staff to Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), is leaving Capitol Hill for a job at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

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Personal Changes

Wash Reps Weekly

Cynthia Brown has joined Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. She was previously Chief of Staff to Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).

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Making Broadband Dollars Count: Maximizing Our Return on the Feds’ High-Speed Internet Investments

Roll Call

By Bruce Mehlman and Larry Irving

Bruce Mehlman and Larry Irving are of co-chairmen the Internet Innovation Alliance. Mehlman served as assistant secretary of Commerce for technology policy in the Bush administration, and Irving served as assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information in the Clinton administration.

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Tax-break repeal seen costing jobs Sean Lengell

Washington Times

Bruce Mehlman, TCC executive director, said the White House should be credited with numerous schemes which advocate investment, however, limiting the tax deferral initiative is to the detriment of US businesses.

‘We cannot expect to lead the world in high-tech by marrying the world’s best innovation infrastructure with the world’s most confiscatory corporate tax structure,’ he said.

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‘Tax Deferral’ Change Would Cause U.S. Job and Investment Loss, New Economic Report Projects

PR Newswire (press release)

“The Obama Administration deserves credit for many initiatives to promote investment and innovation,” said Bruce Mehlman, Executive Director of the TCC, a group made up of high-tech CEOs focused on policies that strengthen American competitiveness. “But we cannot expect to lead the world in high tech by marrying the world’s best innovation infrastructure with the world’s most confiscatory corporate tax structure.”

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UPDATE 1- Tech cos enlist Democrat to blast Obama tax plan

Reuters

“It’s the no. 1 issue in Washington for a majority of high tech leaders at a time when there is a lot on the table in Washington,” said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, which also includes chiefs from Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

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Obama’s online network enlisted to support health care reform, Sotomayor Frank Davies

Mercury News Washington Bureau

Online organizing “still comes down to what you’re selling,” said Bruce Mehlman, a tech lobbyist who was assistant secretary of commerce in the Bush administration. “Obama, as an idea, was wildly popular. Will that work with health care reform?”

Mehlman is skeptical, but he added that a network of 13 million backers should not be discounted: “In the election, they mastered the tools better than anyone has so far.”

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This Time Around, Health Care Debate Much Different

CQ Today Online News (part II of Special Report from CQ Healthbeat)

By Rebecca Adams

“Some of the change is a realization that there’s a business case to be made here” for pursuing changes, said Dean Rosen, a health industry consultant at the lobbying firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti who served as a longtime GOP aide on Capitol Hill. “You have a system where the number of uninsured continues to climb.”

“There’s a feeling in health reform that there are these moments where there are alignments, and if you don’t seize this, it may be another five or 10 years before the opportunity comes again,” said Rosen. “Then the public may be more open to government involvement, and maybe single-payer folks will be in a better position to win the day.”

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‘Harry and Louise’: Bit Players Or Lethal Weapons?

CQ Today Online News

By Rebecca Adams

“There is the simplistic, straight story and the nuanced version,” said Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti who was a Senate GOP aide at the time and later worked for the now-defunct organization that ran the ads, the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA).

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Sotomayor cleared prior Senate hurdles

The Washington Times

By Stephen Dinan

Still, Jamie Brown, a former Bush administration official who helped prepare both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for their confirmations, said getting ready for Supreme Court hearings is more intense than preparing for other nomination hearings.

She said that in the other levels of hearings, when a nominee is asked about privacy or another thorny issue, “the standard answer for a circuit nominee is if they were confirmed, they would look to Supreme Court precedent and apply the law.”

“She would need to have a complete meltdown,” Ms. Brown said.

“It’s not about changing the substance of their answers, it’s about tone and style,” said Ms. Brown.

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Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns

The Hill

By The Hill Staff

David Castagnetti, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. Castagnetti is a well-respected Democrat that solidified his ties to Capitol Hill as congressional liaison for the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign.

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