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

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.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterms - Where Are We Now?

Nov 8, 2018

On our final episode of the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford analyze Tuesday’s election results with a view toward how the outcomes will impact policymaking in Washington heading into 2019. The team also discusses the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and look forward to what the 2020 presidential election may bring.

Cozen Public Strategies New York Post Election Debrief

Nov 7, 2018

Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Ken Fisher, and Rose Christ from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies New York held a special conference call to debrief on the New York general election results featuring the races for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, State Senate and Assembly as well as New York State Congressional and US Senate seats, and the implications of the results in terms of policy for the next term.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 6 Days until the 6th

Oct 31, 2018

In the latest edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford discuss the state of the midterms with less than 7 days until the ballots are counted. On today's call, the team broke down the impacts of the news of the day on voter turnout, analyzed the latest polling numbers, and gave their predictions on what differing margins of victory may mean for policymaking in Washington in 2019.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special Attorney General Election Edition

Oct 30, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, CPS Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018. Former AG Kilgore breaks down how top-of-the ticket races (Governor, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House) will impact the results of AG elections and discusses what we can expect with AG enforcement priorities should a “blue wave” sweep several of these races on election day.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 12 Days Until Ballots are Cast

Oct 25, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, Greg Jarmas, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with less than two weeks to go. We broke down today’s breaking news and analyzed the impacts the country’s heightened state of divisive rhetoric may (or may not) have on the results in November, as well as analyzed the latest polling numbers in key Senate and Gubernatorial races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 19 Days Left

Oct 18, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with only 19 days left to go. With early voting already underway in several states, the team shared updated polling and fundraising data with an eye towards what’s driving the numbers and provided their take on hot topics from the past week. Is the "Brett Bump" still impacting polls? What was Kanye doing in the Oval Office? Is it too early to start talking 2020? Will Washington ever truly be sane again?

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh is In, What’s Next?

Oct 11, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterms podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss fresh polling numbers and campaign messaging in the wake of the Kavanaugh nomination. With only 25 days until election day, what matters for voters? Howard, Mark, and Blake share their predictions about how small shifts in the stock market, larger shifts in trade policy, and well-timed campaign messaging on healthcare might be more and more important on November 6th.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh, Midterms and Millennials

Oct 4, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the continuing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and what it means for the midterm elections. Joined by CPS Research Professionals Hope Sheils and Greg Jarmas, the group discusses the impact of last week’s hearings on this week’s polls, the nature of identity politics, and answers an age-old question: what is a millennial, anyway, and how do we expect them to vote?

Rosenstein Revelations, This Week’s Brett Kavanaugh Hearings, and Midterm Analysis

Sep 24, 2018

On this week’s call, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the breaking news surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in light of revelations he’s discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, the ongoing news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the lens though which voters may view this ongoing “chaos in Washington” heading into November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – SCOTUS, Tariffs, and November Impacts

Sep 18, 2018

On today’s call, 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 discussed the uncertain path forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the Trump Administrations’ new round of tariffs on China – and the ways these issues could influence the midterm elections. Howard, Mark and Blake also examined the latest polling and fundraising data in key Senate, House, and Governor’s races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Is a Blue Wave Coming?

Sep 13, 2018

It’s 53 days until the midterms, and with seemingly every day bringing new breaking news about the president, 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 had a lot to discuss. On today’s call, Howard, Mark and Blake opine on the fallout from Bob Woodward’s new book and the anonymous New York Times op-ed through the lens of how it’s impacting House and Senate races and the shifting electoral map.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Two Months to November

Aug 29, 2018

With a little over two months to go before the midterm election, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman discuss some of their predictions for November and analyze several highly-watched races that could tip the balance of power in Washington.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special Pennsylvania Politics Edition

Aug 22, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s Managing Partner, interviews Jim Davis, Director of our Pennsylvania Public Strategies practice, about the current political climate in Pennsylvania. In 2016, Donald Trump carried The Keystone State by less than 50,000 votes, and the results of the November elections in this purple state could tip the balance of power in Congress. Democrats only need to gain 23 seats to seize the majority in the House, and they’re targeting several Pennsylvania districts. Tune in to hear Howard and Jim’s analysis on some of these closely watched races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special New York Politics Edition

Aug 15, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections call, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s Managing Partner, interviews Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City office about the current political climate in New York, the recent activism we’ve been seeing by the City Council and Mayor’s Office – particularly as it relates to the “disruptors” like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb – and the team’s thoughts on the closely-watched Governor and State Attorneys General races in New York. Tune in to hear how President Trump and the current 24/7 cable news cycle is motivating progressive activists on the ground in the city, the impact of term limits on the lack of a real challenger to Mayor de Blasio, and the ways the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset are shaping politics in New York.

Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections: Impacts of Trump’s Trade, Immigration & Health Care Policies

Jul 24, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford analyzed the impacts President Trump’s trade, immigration and health care policies are likely to have on local races this November.

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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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