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Roll Call: “Adam Schiff’s post-hearing review: He got nowhere”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the release of Adam Schiff’s impeachment report.

For all the partisan back-and-forth, for all the hours of third-hand testimony and despite Schiff’s penchant for the personal spotlight, he has accomplished virtually nothing but a 300-page report that half the country will likely reject as little more than a Democratic Party campaign document.

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Roll Call: “The Democratic field: middle-class heroes or millionaire hypocrites?”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the wealth tax proposals emerging from the Democratic primary:

Centrist, middle-class voters are rightfully suspicious of politicians telling them that a million dollars is OK but a billion dollars isn’t. This approach lets these wealthy candidates tell voters, “You’re OK, but I’m OK too.” What they miss is that they are making the wrong argument.

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Roll Call: “Republicans need to study the lessons of 2018 and 2019 before racing to 2020”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the need for Republicans to study the lessons of the 2018 and 2019 elections in anticipation of 2020:

Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many party operatives seem to be racing ahead to the 2020 election that’s one year away, when they should be studying more closely the lessons of the 2018 and 2019 elections. Many of last Tuesday’s outcomes are indicative of the same problems Republicans faced in 2018, yet that election seems to be in the rearview mirror for a lot of party consultants.

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Roll Call: “McConnell defeats Schumer’s tax cut for the wealthy”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the recent Senate vote with regard to the cap on state and local tax deductions.

Democrats running for president, including several sitting senators, have chosen to wage a divisive class-based strategy centered on punitively taxing the “wealthy” to fund their multitrillion-dollar “free stuff” agendas.

Back in D.C., their leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, seems to be walking a different path. Instead of working to lower drug prices or improve education or protect the climate, the New York Democrat, who represents one of the nation’s highest-taxed states, has chosen for one of his major political gambits legislative action that would almost singularly benefit the wealthiest, most elite taxpayers in the country. The very same people his Democratic presidential candidates have harshly criticized for “not paying their fair share of taxes.”

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Roll Call: “Democrats may come to regret choosing impeachment over independents”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston in today’s Roll Call on impeachment and its potential implications for 2020:

As we move toward next year’s election, one of the most critical strategic dynamics now in play is how each party chooses to address key issues with the electorate. Will the Democrats be able to balance kitchen-table issues with their focus on impeachment? Will Republicans get back to an economic agenda centered on keeping the economy moving forward? Or will both parties and the media continue to focus on their priorities as they hammer each other in increasingly harsh tones?

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Roll Call: “Why Pelosi should heed the Rodino precedent on impeachment”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in yesterday’s Roll Call about the latest on impeachment:

If the Democrats are resting their decision to impeach the president, or not, on political advantage rather than principles, they are on shaky ground. Instead, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff would be wise to follow the standard that House Judiciary Chairman Peter Rodino set in 1974 as his committee moved forward with the Nixon impeachment inquiry. Unlike Schiff, whose Intelligence panel is more star chamber than objective investigation, Rodino understood that to be effective, his committee’s process and methods had to be fair to both sides.

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Roll Call: “Washington is trapped in a bad spy novel”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the latest in impeachment.

People are confused by what’s become a three-year plot that gets harder and harder to follow. They’re not sure who’s a good guy or a bad guy, and they’re worried that the whole thing won’t end well.

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Roll Call: “While Trump tweets, Pelosi prays and Schiff parodies”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the recent news on impeachment, and with some words for Congressional Democrats:

What I am saying to Democrats, from personal experience, is be wary of choosing this path without bipartisan deliberation and recognize the responsibility to clearly lay out the rationale for impeachment.

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Roll Call: “The contract with America’s legacy”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the 25th anniversary and legacy of the Contract with America:

The political victory produced by the Contract With America in 1994 led to six years of significant policy successes for Gingrich and the Republican majority and showed that Republican principles can produce results that dramatically improve the country.

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Roll Call: “Democratic debate moderators haven’t done American voters any favors”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston on the latest Democratic Presidential Primary debate:

It’s not a surprise that the last debate didn’t move voters. Unlike the moderators, most Americans haven’t signed on to these progressive proposals that represent the largest redistribution of wealth in the nation’s history and would turn our current economic system upside down.

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