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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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Facebook Makes Hill Presence Official

Congress Daily - Tech Daily Dose

In the first quarter of 2009, Yahoo disclosed $460,000 in lobbying expenditures toward a range of topics including organized retail crime, Internet advertising and online child protection. In addition, Yahoo worked with outside lobbyists like Kountoupes Consulting; Ryan, MacKinnon, Vasapoli and Berzo; Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and others.

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Consumers Favor Internet Over Cell Phone and Cable TV According to New Study From Pew Research Center

PR Newswire

“Flexibility in a national broadband plan is key as we learn more from broadband mapping and from the return on initial stimulus investments,” said IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman. “The best strategy will start by examining where we stand today and then identify policies to get us where we want to be, which ultimately is achieving our goal of 100 percent broadband adoption across the U.S.”

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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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