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What Would Trumpcare Look Like? Follow GOP’s ‘Choice And Competition’ Clues

NPR

By Julie Appleby

Analysts on both sides expect concerns about health costs and health law to play a large role again in 2020. For Republicans, “the risk of doing nothing potentially leaves no port in a storm if the ACA is overturned legally,” [Dean] Rosen says. “But a more limited version, which is what most Republicans are for, is likely to be met with the same concerns. No matter what the president says, it won’t be enough for the Democrats.”

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Sen. Alexander Releases Bipartisan Plan To Lower Health Costs, End Surprise Bills

Kaiser Health News

By Rachel Bluth

“When you have a chairman and a ranking member that have worked together on a bipartisan package in the committee of jurisdiction, it always gives more weight to the product,” said Dean Rosen a former Republican senior health adviser and a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. “Folks should take this package seriously,” he added.

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THE ROARING 2020S: WHAT ISSUE WILL LIKELY DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS?

Matter of Fact

By Soledad O'Brien

Capitalism versus Socialism. President Trump is testing out a 2020 campaign strategy against the Democrats. Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman returns to talk about which economic message voters may respond to at the polls.

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Trump turmoil keeps K Street busy on trade

The Hill

By Alex Gangitano

President Trump’s latest actions on trade have roiled Washington and global markets but are proving to be a boon for K Street. Lobbyists who specialize in trade have been busy since Trump came into office, and the intensifying turmoil has more businesses turning to the influence world to help navigate the changes.

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Market shouldn’t overreact to antitrust probes

CNBC

Mozelle Thompson, former advisor to Facebook and former FTC commissioner, and Bruce Mehlman, tech advisor and founding partner of Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, join “Squawk Alley” to discuss the impact of antitrust probes on the markets.

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Trump Claims Democrats Want Socialism, But Many Actually Want To Talk About Capitalism

NPR

By Mara Liasson

President Trump wants to make the 2020 election about socialism, but Democrats are having a debate about capitalism and how to make sure it provides broadly shared prosperity and economic mobility.

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Sens. Alexander, Murray Release Health Legislation Targeting High Bills, Drug Costs Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email

NPR

By Rachel Bluth

In a year already marked by a wide variety of congressional health care legislation, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Thursday released the details of a plan they hope will help bring down health costs and eliminate surprise medical bills for patients. Alexander and Murray are the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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Bruce Mehlman on The Roaring 2020s

Matt Lewis and the News

By Matt Lewis

Bruce Mehlman returns to discuss his latest slideshow presentation: The Roaring 2020s: The Coming Decade of Disruption & Reform.

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The Roaring 2020s and The Future of Capitalism

Politics Inside Out with Chris Frates

By Chris Frates

Chris Frates talks to Bruce Mehlman, a Republican strategist and former assistant secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush. Mehlman lays out his argument for the role of capitalism shaping U.S. economic policy and technological innovation in the coming decade.

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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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Tech giants face new threats from the government and regulators

The Economist

Software may be eating the world, as the technology investor Marc Andreessen famously said, “but the world is starting to bite back,” says Bruce Mehlman, a lobbyist in Washington.

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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

By N/A

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

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State Of The Union Is Trump’s First Major Speech In 2020 Election Cycle LISTEN· 5:03

NPR

By Mara Liasson

President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night to Congress and the nation. It’s his first major speech as the 2020 election cycle gets under way.

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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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The Midterms Destroyed Some Conventional Wisdom

The Washington Post

By Jennifer Rubin

Axios reports that a post-election analysis from consultants found, “Democrats won 87% of the Congressional districts with the most college-educated women (40%+ of female residents).” One of the consultants, Bruce Mehlman, is quoted as saying, “The new geography of Trump Era partisanship is turning suburban congressional districts into GOP killing fields, more than offsetting gerrymander gains by mobilizing intense opposition among college educated women, the beating heart of the suburbs.

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Trickle-Down Representation: Will the Most Diverse Congress Make Capitol Hill More Diverse?

The Washington Post

By Colby Itkowitz

It’s well established that when it comes to diversity, Congress has not accurately represented the United States at large. The share of female, African American, Latino and Asian lawmakers is significantly lower than in the American population. The new class of Democrats, with the first Muslim and Native American women ever elected to Congress, is changing the makeup of Capitol Hill. Just look at this graph from D.C.-based Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman.

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Voter turnout for the 2018 midterms was highest since 1914

Fox News

By N/A

More than 115 million votes were cast in the midterms — nearly half of the eligible electorate; reaction and analysis from Bruce Mehlman, former secretary of commerce for technology policy.

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Republicans Planning Bite-Sized Health Initiatives in Lame Duck

Bloomberg

By Shira Stein

A bill to suspend the Obamacare mandate that employers insure their workers and delay the law’s “Cadillac” tax on high-cost insurance plans (H.R. 3798) won House Ways and Means Committee approval before the fall recess and Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has said it could get a vote in November. Bringing the bill up for a vote in the lame duck session is “very likely and was always the plan,” Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, told Bloomberg Government. “Senate action is another matter.” Rosen said he thinks “the elections will really dictate the appetite to do anything big in the lame duck on Cadillac or anything else.”

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California lawmakers poised to wield power in a Democratic House

San Francisco Chronicle

By Tal Kopan

“It’s extraordinarily important to push back against a president who is very anti-California, and you think about the talented delegation we have,” said Steve Haro, a lobbyist and former senior staffer for California Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein and ex-Rep. Xavier Becerra. “The influence and power they’re going to wield and the respect they have of their current colleagues will put California in a great driving position to push back against the White House and potentially get some serious legislation done,” Haro said.

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The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino

Fox News

By Dana Perino

Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas principal Dean Hingson appears on The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on October 31, 2018.

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Trump’s Drug-Pricing Policies Fail to Move the Needle

National Journal

By Erin Durkin

Lauren Aronson, executive director for the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, said the administration deserves credit for the work it has been doing in this area, and pointed to the Medicare Advantage policy as a move that will have an impact on beneficiary costs. “To move major markets takes quite a bit of time and so I think the administration is doing a lot here to try to move the needle,” she said.

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BRUCE MEHLMAN PREDICTS DC DISRUPTION WITH UPCOMING MIDTERM ELECTIONS

The Daily Caller

By Evie Fordham

Disruption is coming to Washington, D.C., thanks to the upcoming midterm election, a “fraught” lame duck session and a rookie 116th Congress, Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman argued Monday.

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Kavanaugh slugfest could boost GOP in midterms, as polls show voter interest rising

Fox News

By Gregg Re

Political headwinds normally work against the party of incumbent presidents in their first midterm elections. According to an analysis by former George W. Bush administration official Bruce Mehlman, in the past 11 such midterm seasons, new presidents saw their party make net gains only once in the House, four times in the Senate and zero times in state gubernatorial contests.

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Kavanaugh fight foreshadows a wild lame-duck session and crazy 2019 in Congress

The Washington Post

By James Hohmann

Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman warned clients in a presentation this week (entitled “The Chaos Continues”) that the lame-duck session between the November elections and the swearing-in of the new Congress in January could be especially fraught. “We may all miss October come December,” Mehlman told me yesterday. He thinks Nov. 6 is “merely the five-mile marker in the marathon,” and that “a huge hill is approaching.” Here are four questions Mehlman outlined:

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GOP’s gender gap problem

Axios

By Mike Allen

This was a striking graphic that David Nather spotted in a recent slide deck by Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. It shows how rapidly women have drifted away from the Republican Party since the 2016 election — opening up a lopsided preference for Democrats to control Congress in just the last few months.

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There’s Life Beyond the Hill but When Do You Explore It?

Roll Call

By Alex Gangitano

When people tell David Thomas they want to leave the Hill, he asks them to be sure they’ve thought the decision through. “The first thing I always ask is, ‘Are you truly ready? Are you going to miss being in the center of the action?’” he said. Thomas, 47, a partner at Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, left the Hill over a decade ago. He started out as an intern for Al Gore, when he served as a Tennessee senator, and he was California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s chief of staff for four years.

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App store challenge among first tech cases likely to go before Kavanaugh

The Washington Examiner

By Steven Nelson

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is poised for a lifetime shaping the nation’s laws, and no area is more likely to see movement than technology as justices wrestle with how the Constitution applies to modern devices.

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Axios Sneak Peek

Axios

By Mike Allen

Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas has found a new way to measure House Republicans’ peril: “vulnerability ratio” (net number of seats at risk vs. number needed to flip).

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What Republicans have going for them heading into midterms

Fox News

By Dana Perino

Bruce Mehlman Discusses what Republicans have going for them heading into midterms.

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Midterms in the Age of Disruption

By Bruce Mehlman

Mehlman Castagnetti Infographics: Midterms in the Age of Disruption

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Wildcards Republicans need to watch out for heading into the 2018 midterms

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Chris Frates

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti discuss their new report “Midterms in the Age of Disruption: What to Expect in the 2018 Elections.”

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Wildcards Democrats need to watch out for heading into the 2018 midterms

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Chris Frates

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti discuss their new report “Midterms in the Age of Disruption: What to Expect in the 2018 Elections.”

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A look at Wave Indicators heading into the 2018 midterms

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Chris Frates

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti discuss their new report “Midterms in the Age of Disruption: What to Expect in the 2018 Elections.”

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GOP Women Seek to Keep Numbers From Dwindling in the House

The Wall Street Journal

By Kristina Peterson

With more than a quarter of the current 23 House Republican women leaving Congress after this year, GOP women are working to replenish their ranks in primary elections like Thursday’s crowded showdown in this Knoxville district.

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100 days: Dems have midterm edge, but it’s not historic

The Hill

By Reid Wilson

“Everything politics has taught us in the last four decades suggests you want to be the party out of the White House in a midterm when the president’s net approval is as low as it is today,” said Bruce Mehlman, a Republican lobbyist who closely tracks electoral trends.

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Dan Coats, the Intelligence Chief, Finds His Voice. Will It Anger Trump?

The New York Times

By Julian Barnes

Throughout Dan Coats’s career in public service, as a senator and now as the director of national intelligence, he has prided himself on working the back rooms, not seizing the bully pulpit.

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Midterms in the Age of Disruption

Bloomberg Government

By Bloomberg Government

Midterms in the Age of Disruption

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History argues for Democratic Senate gains

The Hill

By Reid Wilson

Senate Democrats have one enormous advantage even as they face one of the most difficult political terrains in recent memory: They are not the party that controls the White House.

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Midterm history 101

The Washington Post

By Paul Kane

In 2012, Sen. Sherrod Brown faced more than $24 million in ads from conservative groups opposing his first reelection. Six years later, the Democrat has been forgotten as outside groups have almost entirely abandoned the Ohio airwaves, vastly improving his chances to win a third term in November.

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Wave Watch: Surge Indicators for Dems

Axios

By Mike Allen

A series of measures of the national mood, especially presidential and congressional approval, are similar to past wave elections, pointing to a potential bonanza for Dems, lobbyist Bruce Mehlman points out in a new presentation.

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Mulvaney as chief of staff, boon or bust for budget hawks?

PoliticoPro

By JENNIFER SCHOLTES and KAITLYN BURTON

“I think it’s evident that the administration will take a fiscal hard line on negotiations,” says Mike Robinson, a former House GOP appropriations aide who is now a lobbyist at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.

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Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Hires Senior Hill Veteran Steve Haro

Press Release

By David Thomas

Mehlman Castagnetti welcomes long-time Capitol Hill chief of staff and former Obama administration official, Steve Haro, as its newest principal.

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Mindless Tribalism Infecting American Politics

National Journal

By Josh Kraushaar

This week’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll contained news of a disheartening but unsurprising development: Voters in both parties hate the opposition more than they support their own side’s policies. This dynamic, known as negative polarization, is poisoning our politics and contributing to a mindless tribalism.

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