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On Ex-Im Bank, GOP leadership allies launch rebellion of their own

The Washington Post – October 27th, 2015

The House approved the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-IM), with a majority of Republicans joining almost all Democrats to demonstrate broad bipartisan support to revive the finance agency. This effort was made possible by leading consultant, Tom O’Donnell of Gephardt Government Affairs.   Tom rallied the support of Pro-business conservatives to use a rare procedural tool know as a Discharge Petition. The petition allowed lawmakers to dislodge Ex-Im legislation that has been held back by party leaders.

According to the Washington Post “By almost every measure, the move was historic. It was just the third time that all 218 signatures — a bare majority in the House — for a discharge petition have been procured on the same day, according to an Oct. 14 report by the Congressional Research Service. Also, if the bank is revived, it would mark just the third time that a law was passed by going entirely through the discharge-petition route, CRS said. The other two were the first national minimum wage bill in the 1930s and a federal pay bill 55 years ago.”

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Scripps moves out of transitional phase, picks new leadership

South Florida Business Journal – September 18th, 2015

Former House majority leader Dick Gephardt is chair of the Scripps board of trustees. The Scripps Research Institute announced chemist Peter Schultz would be the organization’s new CEO and Steve Kay its president.


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Report: Airports test use of unmanned control towers

Fox News – September 15th, 2015

An Airport in Northern Sweden has an airport testing the use of unmanned control towers. Critics are worried it could lead to confusion, even a possible crash. Fox News interviews Scott Brenner of Gephardt Government Affairs who was a former senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration.


Four planes targeted by lasers in NY, NJ

MSBC  – July 22nd 2015

More than 2,700 laser incidents with planes have occurred this year. Gephardt Government Affairs Executive Vice President Tom Blank and MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin discuss the dangers that lasers pose against planes.


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Industry pushes for Export-Import Bank

The Washington Examiner – May 19th, 2015

NAM has employed big-name lobbyists Dick Gephardt and Haley Barbour to fight for Ex-Im renewal…

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Remembering Jim Wright

Politico – May 10th, 2015

“He had a mind like a steel trap,” said former Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt, who chaired the Democratic Caucus. And with this came Wright’s meticulousness — some might say obsession — about the details to be controlled.

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GGA’s Scott Brenner comments on Gyrocopter pilot

CBS News – April 17th, 2015

GGA’s Scott Brenner comments on the man who flew a gyrocopter to the U.S. Capitol

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GGA’s Tom Blank comments on TSA screeners

MSNBC – April 15th, 2015

Thomas Roberts talks to Tom Blank, former head of TSA security policy, about allegations that two TSA agents purposefully groped attractive men at checkpoints.

Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort

The New York Times – April 3rd, 2015

Mr. DiCaprio serves on the Delos advisory board, along with Deepak Chopra, the self-improvement guru; Richard A. Gephardt, the former United States representative from Missouri; and doctors at the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.

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‘Is it safe, is it not safe?': Fox host speculates metric system brought down AirAsia flight

Fox News – December 28th, 2014

On Fox & Friends Sunday, host Anna Kooiman introduced an interview with former FAA official Scott Brenner about how “the different way other countries train their pilots may be the real reason” for the crash.