Beltway Briefing Podcast

The Beltway Briefing is an ongoing series covering the news of the day and constantly-evolving state of play in Washington, D.C., hosted by GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford.

Recent Podcasts

Sizing Up The Democratic Field Part 2

Nov 22, 2019

With less than 3 months to go before the 2020 Iowa caucuses, we are closely following the top tier of declared Democratic candidates. Any movement in the weeks ahead could provide a clue about voters’ disaffection from the front-runners, and who may be able to step in and fill in any breach. Howard Schweitzer, Public Strategies CEO, and Mark Alderman, the group’s Chairman, are joined by CPS Midwest Principal & Director Patrick Martin to analyze the latest political data and discuss how the Democratic campaign may shape up over the next few weeks.

Sizing Up The Democratic Field Part 1

Nov 22, 2019

With less than 3 months to go before the 2020 Iowa caucuses, we are closely following the top tier of declared Democratic candidates. Any movement in the weeks ahead could provide a clue about voters’ disaffection from the front-runners, and who may be able to step in and fill in any breach. Howard Schweitzer, Public Strategies CEO, and Mark Alderman, the group’s Chairman, are joined by CPS Midwest Principal & Director Patrick Martin to analyze the latest political data and discuss how the Democratic campaign may shape up over the next few weeks.[Transcript]

Government Spending: Is a Shutdown Looming?

Nov 14, 2019

Although the fiscal year technically ended in October, Congress couldn’t come to an agreement on how much to fund the government. Instead, they passed a short-term spending bill that keeps 2018 spending levels and expires Nov. 21. Budget experts don’t think we are in for a shutdown over Thanksgiving after the government runs out of money. But they can’t rule it out either. Howard Schweitzer, Public Strategies Managing Partner, and Michael Bain, Government Relations Principal, discuss how it all may play out.[Transcript]

The Latest Political Update from Inside the Beltway

Nov 6, 2019

Mark Alderman and Howard Schweitzer, respectively Chairman and Managing Partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (CPS) discuss the latest developments in the 2020 Presidential campaign.[Transcript]

The Health Policy See-Saw: Where We Stand with the 2020 Election a Year Away - Part 2

Oct 29, 2019

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ Director of Health Policy Alexandra Campau and Chairman Mark Alderman join CEO Howard Schweitzer to dissect the policy and politics of healthcare.[Transcript]

The Health Policy See-Saw: Where We Stand with the 2020 Election a Year Away - Part 1

Oct 29, 2019

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ Director of Health Policy Alexandra Campau and Chairman Mark Alderman join CEO Howard Schweitzer to dissect the policy and politics of healthcare.[Transcript]

Major Cities Shift Leftward: Navigating the Changing Landscape - Part 2

Oct 22, 2019

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies’ John Dunn (Chicago), Pat Carey (Chicago), Katie Schwab (New York), and Rose Christ (New York) join Howard Schweitzer to explore strategies to navigate the progressive policy shift taking place in major cities across the country.[Transcript]

Major Cities Shift Leftward: Navigating the Changing Landscape - Part 1

Oct 22, 2019

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies’ John Dunn (Chicago), Pat Carey (Chicago), Katie Schwab (New York), and Rose Christ (New York) join Howard Schweitzer to explore strategies to navigate the progressive policy shift taking place in major cities across the country[Transcript]

Post-Debate Analysis of the Democratic Primary Field (Part 2)

Oct 17, 2019

Our co-hosts Howard Schweitzer and Kaitlyn Martin (Washington, DC) are joined by their colleagues Joe Hill (Philadelphia) and Jamie Ansorge (New York City) to evaluate the current Democratic primary field and discuss the October 15 Democratic primary debate.[Transcript]

Post-Debate Analysis of the Democratic Primary Field (Part 1)

Oct 16, 2019

Our co-hosts Howard Schweitzer and Kaitlyn Martin (Washington, DC) are joined by their colleagues Joe Hill (Philadelphia) and Jamie Ansorge (New York City) to evaluate the current Democratic primary field and discuss the October 15 Democratic primary debate.[Transcript]

Deconstructing Trump’s Trade Wars

Oct 7, 2019

Howard Schweitzer and Kaitlyn Martin from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies welcome Steve Myrow, Managing Partner of policy research firm Beacon Policy Advisors, to discuss President Trump’s trade policy. In the latest episode, “Deconstructing Trump’s Trade Wars,” Howard and Steve---both former senior U.S. Treasury officials who also served together in high-ranking roles at the U.S. Export-Import Bank---break down the political impacts of Trump’s trade wars with China, Mexico, Canada, and the EU, their impacts on the global economy, and the ways this may affect the outcome in 2020. Tune in to listen as they explore in detail the key players and policies that are driving decisions that reverberate throughout the globe. [Transcript]

The Beltway Briefing — Impeachment Inquiry: What's Next?

Oct 2, 2019

Mark Alderman and Howard Schweitzer, respectively Chairman and Managing Partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (CPS) play a game of “true or false” to further discuss the implications of the impeachment investigation on the 2020 presidential race. They debate whether the impeachment inquiry is more likely to advance or hinder President Trump’s reelection efforts. They also talk about its impact on the Democratic primary campaigns and debate the current frontrunners’ strengths and weaknesses in their potential matchup against Donald Trump in 2020. Finally, Howard and Mark touch on the current state of the economy and raising fears of an economic recession.

The Beltway Briefing — Impeachment Showdown: What Lies Ahead

Sep 27, 2019

Mark Alderman and Howard Schweitzer, respectively Chairman and Managing Partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (CPS), discuss key events that prompted Congress to begin the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. They break down potential effects the impeachment inquiry may have on both Trump’s re-election campaign and the President’s 2020 Democratic opponent Joe Biden, as well as other possible consequences of the looming impeachment showdown.

The Beltway Briefing – Latest Trump Administration & Congress News, 2020 Primaries & Predictions

Feb 21, 2019

On our second Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discussed the latest news from the Trump Administration and the 116th Congress, broke down the most recent developments in the 2020 primaries (which seem to be in full force!), and predicted what we could expect in the months ahead.

The Beltway Briefing – New Year, New Congress, Same Government Shutdown

Jan 9, 2019

On our first Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford and Kaitlyn Martin discuss where Washington stands on Day 19 of this partial government shutdown (with seemingly no end in sight), what bipartisan legislation might look like from the new 116th Congress, and how the Democratic presidential politics of 2020 are beginning to shape up.

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The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Live Election Day Edition

This live election day edition of our Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford give their final predictions and analysis before polls close. Will the Democrats take the House? Can Republicans keep the Senate? What does that mean for Washington going forward? 

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