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Thursday, July 28, 2016

 3:07 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan visits Packers training camp

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan visits the Green Bay Packers training camp, and a pair of UW-Madison professors opine about Ryan and internships.


- Ryan takes in Green Bay Packers practice

- Ryan visits Packers camp, meets 'favorite player' Rodgers http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/17165053/speaker-house-paul-ryan-visits-green-bay-packers-camp

- Paul Ryan visits Packers training camp


- Russ Castronovo and Lisa Cooper: Paul Ryan, internships, and the need for expanded opportunity http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/column/russ-castronovo-and-lisa-cooper-paul-ryan-internships-and-the/article_1192d937-ce61-54d5-b211-ea3c128329d9.html

- Philip N. Diehl: Ryan rewrites 50 years of poverty history


 10:17 AM 

Wendy Riemann column: Advantageous Advocacy: Listen up!

It has been said that a person has two ears and one mouth, and should use them in proportion. True in relationships. True at work. True in advocacy.

On occasion, a lobbyist would enter my office and be distracted by her phone throughout the meeting.

My impression was not, “WOW, this woman is an amazing multi-tasker.” I did not find her to be extremely important because of her “busy-ness.” I also did not reason my comments were not welcomed, since she requested the meeting. I DID, however, think that while she may hold good intentions, if she is not fully listening, she is not worth much of my time.

Other days, groups would come into my office and I would ask how a meeting on the Hill went with the member of Congress. They would tell me, “It was great! He is totally on board. He said, ‘I’m so glad you brought this to my attention.’”

I would smile and ask, “Wait, what else did he say? What you just told me is not actually agreement. That’s a polite response to acknowledge your presence.”

Then I would receive dumbfounded stares.

Advocacy must include listening for what is being said, not what a person seeks to hear.

“I’m so glad you brought this to my attention.”

“Thank you so much, I will look into this.”

“This is really helpful information, I’m glad you came in.”

None of these statements convey support, a yes, or agreement to a cause.

It is easy to misinterpret words if we are not completely listening to what is actually being said.

Listening requires being humble enough to focus 100 percent on someone else. It means placing everything else out of mind. It means letting go of preconceived ideas and putting oneself in the speaker’s shoes to best understand that perspective.

Listening entails complete concentration – not just hearing the sounds – but comprehending the words, and noticing the body language and other non-verbal cues. Without listening, it can be difficult to offer a meaningful response or ask thoughtful follow-up questions.

If a person is hearing, but not listening, he is not learning anything new – which means he is not helping his cause. If he already knows everything and does not feel the need to listen, why the meeting? For face time?

Advocates always seek a better rapport and more face time with elected officials and their staffs.

Instead of more meetings, hold more meaningful meetings. Pay attention and make the person feel important by actually listening and engaging in real conversation, and then conducting the follow-up.

For example, if a staff person is asking questions, an advocate can better develop a relationship by listening to what he is looking for and emailing additional information. It could be a courtesy meeting, but an advocate could also be making a great ally by demonstrating he is a team player and will put some skin in the game.

If an elected official responds with, “This is the first I have heard of it,” that may indicate more background information is needed.

If a member of Congress asks, “Who else is on board,” he is likely still on the fence and may need more convincing. All sorts of clues are provided to individuals who are really listening in a meeting to best guide their next advocacy decisions.

Finally, never discount what someone says because of the way it is presented. Some people speak faster, some slower, some have a stutter – listen to their words and notice their body language – it offers more insight.

In conclusion, remember, a person’s mouth is far more likely to get him in trouble than his ears – so listen more.

-- Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm. She can be reached at: wendy@1492communications.com.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 2:49 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan's office says 'devious thug' Putin 'should stay out of this election'

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan's office issues a sharply worded call for Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of the U.S. presidential election after suspicions Russia was behind the DNC email leak, Ryan breaks from Trump on trade during a WisPolitics.com interview, and Ryan and his primary opponent release new TV ads.


- Speaker Ryan to Russia: Stay out of election

- Paul Ryan Spokesman: "Putin Should Stay Out Of This Election"

- In break from Trump, Paul Ryan defends NATO, trade deals

- Ryan downplays Trump in discussion of trade policy

- Kaine's Olive Branch to Ryan Leaves Fellow Democrats Unsettled

- House Speaker Paul Ryan won't be joining Mike Pence at Wisconsin rally

- Ryan releases new ad ahead of August primary

- Paul Ryan challenger rips speaker on immigration in TV ad


Friday, July 22, 2016

 2:46 PM 

Ryan Rundown: After Trump's NATO comments, spokeswoman says Ryan believes U.S. should defend allies

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokeswoman says the Janesville Republican believes U.S. should defend its NATO allies after GOP nominee Donald Trump suggested military aid would be dependent on NATO members meeting their obligations.


- Paul Ryan Offers Terse Response To Trump's Startling NATO Comments

- Could Paul Ryan Go The Way Of Eric Cantor?


- Greg Sargent: Trump's new NATO comments should put Republicans in an untenable spot

- Liesl Hickey: Paul Ryan's Efforts to Frame an Agenda Amid Republican Discord


Thursday, July 21, 2016

 3:26 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Democrats respond to Ryan's intern selfie

In today's Ryan Rundown: Democrats respond to House Speaker Paul Ryan selfie with a mostly white group of interns, and Ryan discusses the House GOP's welfare reform proposal.


- Democrats to Paul Ryan: Our summer interns are more diverse than yours

- GOP and Dem Intern Class Photos Show Diversity Differences

- House Speaker Paul Ryan On Why He Wants To Customize Welfare Benefits

- Paul Ryan's first 2016 campaign ad focuses on national security

- NRA endorses Paul Ryan for re-election


- Max Ehrenfreund: The truth behind Paul Ryan's claim that poverty is worse under Obama


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

 3:35 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan makes scant mention of Trump in RNC speech

House Speaker Paul Ryan calls for unity during his speech before the Republican National Convention, but makes little mention of nominee Donald Trump, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson picks Ryan over Gov. Scott Walker to be a future president.


- Barely mentioning Trump, Ryan calls on GOP to unite

- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell make pitch for Trump but barely mention him

- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to hammer Hillary in establishment show of support for Trump

- Speaker Paul Ryan springs the question at GOP convention: 'What do you say ... we unite this party?

- For future GOP president, Tommy Thompson picks Paul Ryan over Scott Walker


- Barton Swaim: Best RNC speech so far? Paul Ryan's.

- Jennifer Rubin: Paul Ryan sadly diminishes himself

- NYT editorial: Paul Ryan's Dance With The Donald


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 2:33 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan to make unity appeal at GOP convention

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan's speech before the Republican National Convention today is to call for party unity, and Ryan's football references at the convention are landing him in hot water.


- House Speaker Paul Ryan to call for unity in convention speech

- Paul Ryan says that not voting for Trump will only help Clinton

- Speaker Paul Ryan makes unity appeal to Texans with football

- GOP's Paul Ryan makes crucial mistake, waves Terrible Towel in Cleveland

- House Speaker Paul Ryan severely underestimates football rivalries

- First Paul Ryan TV Ad of 2016 Cycle Focuses on National Security


- Lisa Mascaro: Can Paul Ryan preside over a GOP convention so far from his own style and substance?

- Paul Ryan's Cleveland sideshow


Monday, July 18, 2016

 4:46 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan addresses Wisconsin delegation at Republican National Convention

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan highlights the House GOP agenda before the Wisconsin delegation at the Republican National Convention, and Ryan catches flak over diversity after he tweets a selfie with a mostly white group of interns.


- Paul Ryan highlights 'A Better Way' agenda in convention speech to Wisconsin delegation

- Paul Ryan tells Wisconsin delegation America's problems are fixable

- Paul Ryan: Trump Not 'My Kind of Conservative,' But GOP Must Get Behind Him

- House Speaker Paul Ryan's Instagram Post Raises Questions About Diversity on Capitol Hill

- Paul Ryan criticized over selfie with interns


- Erica Werner: For House Speaker Ryan, opportunity, and risk, at convention

- Lindsey McPherson: Paul Ryan's Tightrope Walk in Cleveland


Friday, July 15, 2016

 12:45 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan praises Trump's choice of Pence as running mate

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan praises Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and Ryan calls the attack in Nice, France, an "unconscionable act of terror."


- Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Pence: 'No better choice'

- Ryan praises Trump's 'steady and secure' running mate

- Paul Ryan on Nice Attack: An Unconscionable Act of Terror

- Ryan denounces 'dangerous call' to allow Clinton to receive classified intelligence briefings

- NPR's Interview With House Speaker Paul Ryan On Poverty And Politics


- Christine Flowers: Real GOP should reflect values more like those of Paul Ryan

- Doug Heye: What Paul Ryan's Agenda Offers Voters-and Down-Ballot Republicans


Thursday, July 14, 2016

 2:45 PM 

Wendy Riemann column: Advantageous Advocacy: Four for before

A great deal of preparation should be completed before a person ever steps foot inside an elected official’s office to advocate.  As Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Honest Abe was also wise.  Being prepared makes a meeting more efficient, impactful, and beneficial to the cause.  While we do not need to spend four hours sharpening our axe for a meeting (hopefully), we can better prepare for a meeting with an elected official, or his staff, in four simple ways.

First, always do the homework.  It is worth spending some time researching who the group is meeting with and his background and priorities.  This is true even if a group is “just” meeting with staff, as the staff are there to represent their boss.  Visiting the official’s government webpage will usually provide a photo, biography, and information about what committees the official serves on and issues he champions.  A review of the news/press releases he has recently issued – almost always found on his webpage – will also provide insight as to what the office values and is currently finding important.

Second, know the issue background.  This does not require a comprehensive understanding of the ins and outs of every vote or movement, but a quick google search on the meeting topic can provide the current status, some of its history and progress, and perhaps even a bill number.  Even to a subject-matter expert, spending some time online to see what was possibly overlooked, or is new, is usually worth the few minutes.  For instance, a meeting participant may understand local or state ramifications, but may not be as familiar with federal proceedings on the topic.  Furthermore, knowing any specific information as it relates to the district or home state is always most useful in helping an elected official make a decision, as his constituents vote for him to stay or leave office.

Third, know the ask.  An entire future column will be devoted to this topic alone because it is so significant.  However, the core of this point is to know why the meeting is requested and the desired outcome of the meeting.  If this was summarized in one sentence, what would that sentence be?  Is there hope that the official introduces a bill?  Hears a concern?  Votes for a bill?  Attends a business event?  Signs a letter to a federal agency?  Tours a local factory?  Why is this meeting worth everyone’s time and what should come from it?

Fourth, know the opposition.  It may appear that everyone wants to save puppies, because who does not love puppies; however, some folks are just cat people.  That is true for the majority of issues – someone is always against something – for a variety of reasons – not all of which will ever make sense.  Before a meeting, a person or group should determine who might be against the cause, why they are against the cause, and how, if at all, the proposals the group is recommending are different from what has been opposed in the past.  Providing this information is helpful to the official.  It is also helpful to the advocates because if the official has any further questions about it, the advocates are right there to alleviate any concerns or provide additional rationale or background.

Lincoln is also quoted as saying, “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”

These four tips are a great start toward earning that chance.

-- Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm. She can be reached at: wendy@1492communications.com.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

 1:18 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan defends support of Trump during CNN town hall

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan defends his support of Donald Trump during a CNN town hall, and Ryan pens an op-ed calling for Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings.


- Ryan defends support of Donald Trump

- 5 takeaways from Paul Ryan's CNN town hall

- Man falsely named suspect in Dallas attack questions Paul Ryan on gun control, PTSD

- Paul Ryan: Trump Is Not Perfect, But He's Better Than Clinton

- Ryan Criticizes Bader Ginsburg 'Bias' in Trump Comments

- What Ryan wants in Trump's vice-presidential selection [Kane]


- Paul Ryan: Hillary Clinton is unfit to handle classified information

- Jennifer Steinhauer: Can Paul Ryan Still Sell the G.O.P. Agenda?


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 4:21 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Intelligence chief refuses Ryan's request to deny Clinton classified briefings

In today's Ryan Rundown: The director of national intelligence denies House Speaker Paul Ryan's request to have Hillary Clinton barred from classified briefings, and Ryan is slated to hold a town hall event with CNN at 8 p.m. Central.


- DNI Clapper Denies Paul Ryan Request to Block Clinton From Classified Intel Briefings

- Ryan's request to block Clinton from intelligence briefings is denied  [Sciutto, Schleifer]

- Paul Ryan on whether Hillary Clinton perjured herself before Congress: 'We need to figure it out'

- How to watch CNN's town hall with Paul Ryan

- Speaker Ryan Reaffirms Trump Support But Says He Wasn't 'First Choice'

-  Ryan's Republican challenger says gap is narrowing


- Gerald F.. Seib: Ryan Has Tricky Role of Unifier at Trump’s Unconventional GOP Convention

- Richard Lawless:  What Does It Cost To Buy A Paul Ryan Vote?


Monday, July 11, 2016

 12:40 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan to stress party unity in Republican National Convention speech

In today's Ryan Rundown: House speaker Paul Ryan is to urge Republicans stand together during a speech at the Republican National Convention, and a look at the Ryan/Trump dynamic.


- Paul Ryan to Preach Unity at Republican National Convention

- Paul Ryan Will Speak at GOP Convention to Urge Unity

- Playbook Interview: Paul Ryan, The House speaker on his agenda, the GOP convention, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton

- Why Paul Ryan won't accept -- or dismiss -- Donald Trump

- Paul Nehlen at Paul Ryan's Mansion: 'Tear Down Your Wall' If You Won't Build One for the Country


- Ralph Benko: Speaker Paul Ryan And Chairman Kevin Brady Produce A Tax Blueprint To Make America Great Again

- Jackie Calmes: Ryan's Worst Ally

- John Nichols: Paul Ryan should be a lot more aggressive in calling out Donald Trump


Friday, July 8, 2016

 11:57 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan calls for unity, justice in wake of Dallas attack

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan urges the nation to stand together after a deadly attack on law enforcement officers in Dallas, Ryan calls for Clinton to be denied access to classified information, and Trump meets with the House GOP caucus.


- Paul Ryan calls Dallas police shootings "an attack on all of us"

- Paul Ryan Addresses Dallas Shootings: 'Let's Not Lose Sight of the Values That Unite Us'

- Ryan, Pelosi Urge Unity After Dallas Attack

- Paul Ryan asks James Clapper to deny Hillary Clinton access to classified information

- Despite Paul Ryan's Protests, Hillary Clinton Will Still Get Briefings

- Trump 'nailed it' in House GOP meeting but skeptics remain


- Steve Benen: Paul Ryan, GOP settle on a new anti-Clinton scheme

- Joan McCarter: Ryan's Freedom Caucus pushing for full Trump agenda


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

 1:41 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan says Clinton should be denied classified briefings

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan plans hearings and calls for Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after the FBI announced the results of its probe into Clinton's email practices, and Ryan faces resistance from conservatives on gun legislation.


- Ryan: Congress could strip Clinton of access to classified material

- House Speaker Paul Ryan calls for blocking Hillary's access to classified information in light of actions the FBI director called 'extremely careless'

- Ryan: GOP will hold hearings on Clinton probe

- Ryan: House GOP will ask Comey to testify over FBI's Clinton email probe

- Paul Ryan pushes for next steps over Hillary Clinton e-mails

- Ryan facing GOP resistance on gun tactics

- Lewis' meeting with Paul Ryan yields no deal on gun votes

- Rebuffed by Ryan, Dems plot next move on guns

- Trump Praises Saddam Hussein, Paul Ryan Does Damage Control


- John Nichols: Sean Duffy and Paul Ryan trash democracy to advance austerity

- Carlos Galvin: What is Paul Ryan's North Star?


 9:19 AM 

Johnson asks FBI for more information on decision not to charge Clinton over email use

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, wants more information from the FBI on its decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of private email while secretary of state.

Johnson, in a letter to FBI Director James Comey, also wants an accounting of agency resources spent on the probe.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, wrote in yesterday’s letter the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee continues to examine Clinton’s use of private email while at the State Department and asked Comey to provide the requested information no later than 5 p.m. July 19.

Johnson's letter comes as Republicans continue to question the FBI's recommendation. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced today Comey will testify before his committee Thursday.
Johnson is seeking:

*the number of FBI employees assigned to the investigation and a list of all agency resources that were consulted in the probe.

*an estimate of how much the investigation cost the agency and if other departments incurred expenses as well.

*the FBI’s view of the difference between “extreme carelessness and gross negligence." Comey announced Tuesday Clinton’s handling of classified information was “extremely careless.” The standard to file charges includes “gross negligence.”

Finally, Johnson asked, “If the evidence that the FBI collected about Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server did not constitute gross negligence, what set of facts would cause the FBI to recommend criminal charges under the gross negligence standard?”

 8:39 AM 

Johnson questions FBI recommendation not to issue charges in Clinton email probe

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Tuesday called Hillary Clinton's use of private email while secretary of state "unbelievably reckless" and questioned the FBI's recommendation not to issue charges.

Johnson said while he's not a lawyer, he questioned the difference between "extremely careless and grossly negligent," adding the latter is a crime.

He accused Clinton of using private email to circumvent public disclosure laws, saying she put the nation's security at risk.

"What's certainly known is Hillary Clinton was unbelievably reckless with our nation's national security, and now she's running for president," he told the Milwaukee Rotary. "I hope Americans have a very deep level of second thoughts."

Asked about Trump's tweet that "The system is rigged," Johnson said, "It certainly looks like there are two sets of standards."

Johnson, though, largely passed when asked about whether Trump has the judgment to be president.

"Any president is going to need extremely good advisers," said Johnson, who repeated the line word-for-word when asked the question again.

He also declined to comment on the effort at the national convention to block Trump from securing the nomination, saying he's not a political pundit and will not be a delegate.

"I've got a serious responsibility," said Johnson, chair of the Homeland Security Committee. "I'm focused on those things."

Johnson also said he is still giving "careful consideration" to the TPP and would not commit to making his position known before the fall election.

Johnson knocked those who had a "knee-jerk reaction" to the document, saying it's 6,000 pages long and he's "got some modesty in terms of how much I know." Johnson said "my opponent" and unions are opposed to it. But of the groups he's met with, only one farm group has registered its opposition, while all others have been strongly for it.

"I'll keep meeting constituent groups and will evaluate this until I have to take a vote," Johnson said.

Feingold spokesman Michael Tyler accused Johnson of ducking and dodging "his way through every question over his support of Donald Trump" and knocked his answer on the TPP.

"Sen. Johnson failed to connect with the people of Wisconsin today. The only thing he accomplished was reminding Wisconsinites that he's all Washington," Tyler said, echoing a line in a new TV ad the Feingold campaign began today.

Watch the luncheon:

See the full Feingold statement:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 1:02 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan blasts FBI's decision not to prosecute Clinton over email server

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan blasts the FBI's decision to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her email server, Ryan denounces Donald Trump's use of 'anti-Semitic' imagery in a tweet targeting Clinton, and guns are on the agenda as the House returns to business.


- Ryan: FBI announcement on Clinton 'defies explanation' http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/clinton-fbi-email-paul-ryan-225112

- Paul Ryan, GOP officials blast Clinton over FBI email findings http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/05/republican-reaction-hillary-clinton-fbi-emails/86708602/

- Paul Ryan Denounces Donald Trump's Use of 'Anti-Semitic' Hillary Clinton Image http://time.com/4393437/paul-ryan-donald-trump-tweet-anti-semitic/

- Paul Ryan on Donald Trump's star tweet: 'He's got to clean this up' http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/5/paul-ryan-trump-star-tweet-hes-got-clean-this-up/

- House returns to resume a bitter fight over gun control http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/04/house-returns-resume-bitter-fight-over-gun-control-republicans-ryan-democrats/86669656/

- Dems plan to resume disrupting House business to force gun votes http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/05/dems-plan-to-resume-disrupting-house-business-to-force-gun-votes.html


- Matt Pommer: Paul Ryan prescribes new GOP cure for nation's health care system http://www.gazettextra.com/20160703/matt_pommer_paul_ryan_prescribes_new_gop_cure_for_nations_health_care_system

- Francis WIlkinson: There Might Be Light At End Of Tunnel For Paul Ryan http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-wire-wilkinson-paul-ryan-gop-in-ruins-0705-20160701-story.html


Friday, July 1, 2016

 1:37 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Obama signs Ryan-backed Puerto Rico debt bill

In today's Ryan Rundown: President Barack Obama signs a bill championed by Paul Ryan to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis, and columnists react to a planned House vote next week on gun control.


- President Obama signs Puerto Rico rescue bill

- How Ryan wrangled Republicans for a much-needed win on Puerto Rico

- Puerto Rico Debt-Relief Bill Marks Major Win for House Speaker Paul Ryan

- Paul Ryan goes to Silicon Valley


- Michael Cantrell: What Paul Ryan just did is going to make gun lovers FURIOUS

- Jazz Shaw: Why I'm not bothered by Paul Ryan "caving" on gun control votes

- Francis Wilkinson: Paul Ryan Among the Ruins

- Newt Gingrich: Watch out, House Democrats: You may face Ryan's revenge


 9:22 AM 

House to take up gun legislation, mental illness bill next week

Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republicans on a conference call the House will vote on a terrorism package next week that includes a provision designed to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, according to a source on the call.

The source did not offer details on how the provision would work.

The Senate last week debated a couple of approaches designed to prevent those on a watch or no-fly list from purchasing a gun. One would have given investigators 72 hours to prove someone on the list has ties to terrorism. Otherwise, the person would be allowed to purchase a gun.

Another, backed by Dems, sought to bar anyone on a terrorism watch list from buying a firearm.

Ryan, R-Janesville, has urged caution on the issue, telling "Meet the Press" last month, "We've got to get it right. We're going to take a deep breath and make sure that this is done correctly." The source said Ryan struck a similar tone during the call, calling for an approach that protects due process.

Ryan also told his colleagues the House will take up a mental illness bill as part of their response to mass shootings.

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