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Mayor Anthony Williams Featured in The Washington Post and Independent Record

Posted in Elections

MLA’s Anthony Williams was featured in The Washington Post article, “Muriel Bowser wins endorsement from former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams” and the Independent Record article, “Former mayor endorses Bowser in DC race.”

 The Washington Post:

The campaign of Muriel E. Bowser, the Democratic nominee for D.C. mayor, said Thursday she will participate in a July 4 parade with former mayor Anthony A. Williams — unveiling an endorsement that could carry weight in the tony Northwest neighborhood they plan to march through and beyond.

In a statement, Bowser called the former two-term chief executive “one of our city’s most respected and admired leaders” and said that his endorsement — to be formally delivered after the Palisades Citizens’ Association parade Friday — is “an honor.”

“I look forward to leading the city with the same drive and effectiveness that Anthony Williams did as mayor,” she said.

Independent Record:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams has endorsed Muriel Bowser to become the city’s next mayor.

Bowser is the District’s Democratic nominee after she defeated incumbent Vincent Gray in an April primary. Her challengers in the November general election include a fellow D.C. councilmember, David Catania, and former councilmember Carol Schwartz. Both are independents.

Williams, a Democrat, served as mayor from 1999-2007 and is credited with stabilizing the city following a takeover by Congress in the mid-1990s.


Ron Kaufman Quoted in the Houston Chronicle

Posted in Elections

MLA’s Ron Kaufman was quoted in the Houston Chronicle article, “Politics brings Romney back to New Hampshire.”

So far this year, he has endorsed more than 30 candidates running for statewide office or for Congress in two dozen states, although he has appeared publicly in only a handful. Despite the re-emergence, Romney has repeatedly said he will not run for president again in 2016.

“I think there are an awful lot of people who would love to see him run again,” said longtime adviser Ron Kaufman. “Having said that, I think he has no intention to run.”

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Lisa Ellman Featured in The Hill

Posted in Federal

MLA’s Lisa Ellman was featured in The Hill‘s “Lobbying World” segment.

The public policy and regulatory affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge has brought on former Obama administration official Lisa Ellman. Her practice will include commercial and private drone use and campaign finance issues, among other emerging policy trends. Ellman comes from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy and led the department’s unmanned aircraft systems working group. She also has experience in other areas of the executive branch, including within the White House’s regulatory arm. 

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Dennis Smith Quoted in The Washington Times

Posted in Health Policy

MLA’s Dennis Smith was quoted in The Washington Times article, “Hatch’s healthier health care option.

With a Republican-led Senate, it’s likely that some of the tenets in Obamacare could be modified and replaced with something more palatable for Republicans, said Dennis Smith, a managing director at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP who served in the George W. Bush administration as Medicaid director and as health and human services secretary in Wisconsin.

“The Democrats just want to consolidate all of the authority in Washington, but the Republicans care just as much about our vulnerable populations. So the differences are not about whether there’s a role for government, but what level of government and where the decision-making lies,” Mr. Smith said.

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Mayor Anthony Williams Featured in The Washington Post

Posted in Mayors

MLA’s Anthony Williams is featured in The Washington Post article, “Anthony Williams earned the title of D.C.’s ‘mayor for life’.”

Williams (D) began reshaping the city in 1995 as its first independent chief financial officer. Upon becoming mayor in 1999, he created a durable municipal government and infrastructure that have enhanced the character and quality of life in the nation’s capital. This legacy will continue to have influence for at least the next 10 or 20 years.

In other words, the real “mayor for life” is Tony Williams. The term many used to describe him is “transformative.”

“He didn’t just change the characters on the playing field, he changed the field,” said Douglas Patton, who served during Williams’s first term as deputy mayor for planning and economic development.

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Eric Tanenblatt Quoted in Online Athens Article

Posted in Elections

MLA’s Eric Tanenblatt quoted in Online Athens article, “Broun seeking donations to retire campaign debt.”

Raising funds in the middle of a campaign isn’t easy, but it can be even harder after a campaign, notes Eric J. Tanenblatt, a veteran campaign fundraiser for Republicans and senior managing director at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

“It is a challenge for a candidate to raise funds to retire debt after losing a primary,” he said. “However, Congressman Broun still has six months of his term left and his debt amount is not that great. There are still many important matters before the Congress which the congressman will have to vote on as well as constituent matters he can be helpful in resolving.”

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Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange presented the board with a comprehensive update on enrollment operations for plan year 2015, including a SHOP update, while the board for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange discussed the exchange’s 2015 budget.

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, CMS released a proposed rule and new guidance on reenrollment in health plans offered on the federal exchange and last week in the House, a bipartisan bill was introduced that would allow for the creation of nationally designated children’s hospital networks for children with medically complex conditions who are enrolled in Medicaid.

Eric Tanenblatt Featured on Political Insider

Posted in Politics

MLA’s Eric Tanenblatt was featured on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Political Insider Blog with Jim Galloway.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura slipped into Atlanta last night for a quiet Buckhead fundraiser to benefit the Bush Institute, which includes the Bush presidential library and a policy institute on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Hosts of the event were longtime GOP operatives Eric Tanenblatt and Fred Cooper. Also there: Jimmy Blanchard, Tom Johnson, David Ratcliffe, former U.S. Sen. Mack Mattingly, Nancy Coverdell, widow of the late senator, Virgil Williams, and longtime Bush ally Mercer Reynolds and a number of others.

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Lisa Ellman Featured in The National Journal and The American Lawyer

Posted in Federal

MLA’s Lisa Ellman was featured in The National Journal Daily‘s People Roundup and The American Lawyer‘s The Churn segment.

People Roundup








The Churn

“McKenna Long & Aldridge has hired counsel LISA ELLMAN for its public policy and regulatory affairs practice in Washington, D.C. Ellman, a former law school student of President Barack Obama when he was a professor at The University of Chicago Law School, was most recently an attorney in the Justice Department’s office of legal policy. Ellman was also chief counsel for the White House’s open government partnership.”