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Politico Influence: Mehlman's Latest

May 29, 2024

MEHLMAN’S LATEST: Mehlman Consulting’s Bruce Mehlman is out with his latest slide deck, which runs down the state of play in the race for control of Congress and the White House and highlights the...


Gaming out Trump 2.0

May 29, 2024

Official Washington is starting to game out what a second Trump presidency would mean for health policy, with industry and conservative groups prioritizing options — including for if there's a GOP s...


Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People of 2024

May 2, 2024

Our nation’s capital is full of people who aren’t elected but who shape the laws and policies that govern our nation and ultimately affect the course of history. Despite what the news says, the ma...


Mehlman Consulting Names Nichole Distefano and Paul Thornell as Partners

January 24, 2024

Washington, DC (Jan. 24, 2024) – Mehlman Consulting announced today that Nichole Distefano and Paul Thornell are the newest partners at the bipartisan firm. “Naming Nichole and Paul as partners re...


Republicans once championed public health. What happened?

December 13, 2023

PEPFAR and NIH were once pet projects for Republicans. Now they’re targets. It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans were all-in on boosting public health spending. “The highest investment pr...


The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2023

December 6, 2023

In January, Capitol Hill opened its doors to lobbyists once again after pandemic restrictions were lifted. That means corporate lobbyists, hired guns, association leaders and grassroots activists ...


Biden campaign gets much-needed jolt amid Trump’s ObamaCare threats

November 30, 2023

President Biden’s campaign was given a much-needed shot in the arm this week from former President Trump’s repeated threats against ObamaCare.  Trump handed Democrats a gift when he sudden...


‘Not a health care guy:’ Johnson likely to lean on leaders and aides for policy smarts

November 29, 2023

Health care lobbyists and advocates expect the House leadership shakeup that gave Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson the gavel and the staff exits that followed to shift more power to committee leaders...


Mehlman Consulting adds 2 Senior Hill Aides

October 16, 2023

House GOP Leadership Healthcare Aide Alye Mlinar and Ag Staff Director & former Leahy Deputy Chief Erica Chabot To Join Bipartisan Firm in October Alyene Mlinar, one of Washington, DC’s most ...


Bruce Mehlman on NewsNation

October 3, 2023

Washington strategist discusses 2024 Presidential campaign, wondering whether both parties are trying to lose.


How Polarization Sent Washington to the Brink of a Shutdown

September 30, 2023

WASHINGTON—The small group of House Republicans bucking their party leaders and trying to push the government toward a shutdown would have carried a dismissive label in past years. They would be c...


Expected Trump-Biden rematch shows how not to win, new analysis says

September 26, 2023

Are both parties trying to lose the 2024 presidential election? Driving the news: Lobbyist Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Consulting poses that question in one of his famous decks synthesizing p...


Mehlman Consulting Releases 2023 Fall Congressional Outlook

September 6, 2023

The Senate is back, the House returns next week, and there are only 11 legislative days both Chambers are in session before the end of the Fiscal Year (September 30). In honor of the start of football...


White House goes all in on ‘Bidenomics’

June 27, 2023

President Biden is attempting to coin a term central to his economic message in 2024: “Bidenomics,” using the slogan to highlight the work his administration has done to turn the economy around wh...


Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People

May 9, 2023

Here’s our list of the experts and advocates, outside the government, who are playing big roles in Washington’s policy debates. For our third annual edition of the Most Influential People Shapi...


Republicans Effectively Voted to Raise Taxes. They’re Fine With That.

April 29, 2023

The party, united for decades around the view that net tax increases are unacceptable, on Wednesday advanced debt-ceiling legislation that would raise taxes by more than $300 billion over a ...


Healthcare coverage for millions in U.S. will turn on a debate emerging in Washington

March 10, 2023

WASHINGTON —  After being eclipsed by immigration, crime and other issues in recent years, healthcare is moving back toward center stage in American politics. It’s a shift that has divided R...


Business Leaders Need Smarter Strategies to Navigate the Culture Wars

March 6, 2023

In addition to inflation, deglobalization & disruptive innovation, 2023 CEOs confront expanding culture wars. To successfully navigate them, C-suites need to follow four rules, offered below. "...


HILL TAX BRIEFING: GOP Jockeys for Ways and Means Subcommittees

January 11, 2023

Now that Republicans have named Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) as the next chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the scramble is on to chair subcommittees and begin oversight. The par...


Mehlman Issues New Report Looking Ahead to the 118th Congress

December 21, 2022

Today, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas released a new report that identifies the key issues that Congress and the Biden Administration will confront next year. While Congress is racing to finis...


Dean Rosen, David Thomas, and Mike Robinson Named in The Hill's 2022 Top Lobbyists List

December 7, 2022

Three of our partners, Dean Rosen, David Thomas, and Mike Robinson, have all been included on The Hill's 2022 annual list of top lobbyists. The list honors the corporate lobbyists, hired guns, associa...


Mehlman 2022 Election Analysis

November 21, 2022

(CNN): The Devil You Know Election: “In a slide deck seeking to understand what happened in the 2022 election, Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman wrote: ‘Voters sought stability at a time of height...


In HELP’s top Republican, K Street hopes for a dealmaker

November 18, 2022

Lobbyists are ready for Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to lead Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — touting him as a dealmaker who can work across party l...


Telehealth: “Should I Stay or Should I Go…?”

August 17, 2022

Up until a few years ago, the prevailing perception of telehealth was that it was some futuristic, Jetson-like nice-to-have for a limited set of use cases. Of course, this was misguided, but it r...


The View from The Corner Office

June 16, 2022

As an expert on America’s complex health care system, Dean Rosen G’90, L’90 says health care became his focus by accident, but has endured because of his work’s important interplay and interse...


Washington’s Most Influential People

May 3, 2022

Washington’s Most Influential People: THE 250 EXPERTS AND ADVOCATES—OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT—WHO’LL BE SHAPING THE POLICY DEBATES OF THE YEARS TO COME. There’s an old story about a senator ...


POLITICO Influence: ‘Telehealth Cliff’ Draws Lobbying From Nontraditional Players

February 11, 2022

POLITICO Influence: ‘Telehealth Cliff’ Draws Lobbying From Nontraditional Players ‘TELEHEALTH CLIFF’ DRAWS LOBBYING FROM NONTRADITIONAL PLAYERS: “Ahead of an election-year spending sho...


Down to the Wire: What to Expect as Congress Hurdles Towards Critical December Deadlines

November 15, 2021

Down to the Wire: What to Expect as Congress Hurdles Towards Critical December Deadlines True to form, the nation’s most infamous procrastinating governmental body finds itself bumping up on severa...


Bipartisan wins are there for the taking

September 10, 2021

Reports of the death of bipartisanship in Washington are greatly exaggerated. From making drinking water safer to improving surface transportation to declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday, lawmakers ...


Black Men Are Missing from Washington’s Key Power Centers

July 28, 2021

About the authors: Paul N.D. Thornell is a principal at Mehlman Consulting and a board member of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Larry Parks is chair of the Potomac Coalition. Kev...