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The Vermont senator is in some ways a mystery to K Street. Sanders does not engage with lobbyists much and has few former top staffers on K Street. One, former chief of staff Michaeleen Crowell, is a principal at S-3 Group, a bipartisan public affairs and lobbying firm. Read the full article in The Hill.

Washington, DC – S-3 Group today announced that Howard Opinsky, a seasoned corporate, reputational, and political strategist will join the firm as Managing Director and leader of the firm’s rapidly growing public affairs business. S-3 takes a holistic approach to public affairs, bringing together the best bi-partisan policy, media, political, and digital minds to stay ahead of the curve and deliver measurable wins for its clients. Opinsky’s addition will strengthen the […]

S-3 Public Affairs today announced the addition of Michaeleen Earle Crowell. She most recently served as Chief of Staff to US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Senate is expected to consider: nominations; appropriations (Defense & Labor-HHS); FAA reauthorization; potentially WRDA and legislation relating to opioids. House is in recess: Conference committees will be ongoing on appropriations covering at least seven bills; Farm Bill conference.

FROM POLITICO INFLUENCE — NFL DRAFTS WOOTEN: Todd Wooten, a principal at S-3 Public Affairs, will take a three-month leave of absence to manage temporarily the NFL‘s federal government relations division, as the group searches for a permanent replacement for Jocelyn Moore. Moore was recently promoted to executive vice president of communications and public affairs. […]

The Senate is expected to consider: nominations; America’s Water Infrastructure Act (WRDA); FAA Reauthorization; and potentially the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which would carry with it CFIUS reform (FIRRMA). The House is expected to consider: WRDA, Appropriations bills, Opioid related legislation, and potentially revisit the Farm bill.

The Senate is expected to consider: judicial nominations – the Majority Leader filed cloture on six circuit court nominations; CFIUS reform; and the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.   The House is expected to consider: Farm bill, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, and several Veterans Affairs bills.

Senate is expected to consider: nominations including judges, and national security nominations (Secretary of State, Director of Central Intelligence); before the recess, the Majority Leader added to the Senate calendar (Rule 14) S.2629, Postal Service reform and S.5247, Right to Try.    House is expected to consider: legislation regarding the Internal Revenue Service and related […]

The Bipartisan Budget Act Congress passed last month provides funding through March 23.  Senate is expected to consider: nominations; funding the federal government, gun control legislation, S.2155, the bipartisan Dodd/Frank reform legislation, and S.1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. Also on the agenda is FAA extension/reauthorization and flood insurance. House is expected to consider: funding the […]


By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK If you’re looking to reach influential young professionals, Cheddar is a good bet, and now it’s joining with Hulu. From its post on the news: “Cheddar, the leading live post-cable network, and premium streaming service Hulu today announced a distribution agreement that will bring Cheddar’s live linear […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK The next time you don’t change the font from default Calibri, perhaps consider the cost that companies go to to license typefaces. AdWeek reports, “Netflix has developed a new bespoke font called Netflix Sans that is clean, functional, subtly inspired by the brand’s famous logo—and perhaps most important of all, economical. […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK With the start of baseball season, there are more ways to catch games online. Mashable reports, “Twitter will live-stream weekly Major League Baseball games this upcoming season, renewing a partnership between the two companies that’s been in place since 2016. Twitter’s partnership is one component of MLB’s effort to distribute […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK While NCAA upsets may have busted your bracket, it’s good news for some. Time reports, “By becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1, the Retrievers made about $1.7 million for the America East Conference. Loyola-Chicago’s buzzer-beating run to the Sweet 16 will be worth double […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK A recent Pew Research survey found, “26% of American adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015 …  Overall, 77% of Americans go online on a daily basis. … Among mobile internet users – the 83% of Americans who use the internet at […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK Mashable reports on how Slack employees use Slack themselves, and its incredible growth since its start: “Slack officially launched in 2014 as a side-project from Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield. When Fast Company spoke with Butterfield the next year, the service had 500,000 daily users. Now, it has more than 6 […]

By S-3 Public Affairs The natural food industry continues to grow, even attracting the attention of venture capitalists. The Wall Street Journal reports on the upcoming Natural Products Expo West, “the niche food sector’s version of the Consumer Electronics Show. … Sales of food made with less-processed ingredients have risen 15% since 2014, more than double the rate […]

By S-3 Public Affairs Axios’ Steve LeVine reports on a mobile payment platform that has seen incredible growth in the United States in recent years. “Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce rival to Amazon, is making its first big push into the American market with a substantial play by its affiliate, Alipay. It’s built around China’s two-week lunar […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK The AP reports on how Olympic athletes are using social media to build their own brands prior to the games, winning endorsements before winning medals. The Olympic stage, however, has also dramatically boosted these athletes’ profiles. “Before breakout star Chloe Kim won gold in the snowboarding halfpipe event, her […]

By S-3 Public Affairs FACT OF THE WEEK: Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods last year raised attention for the growing food delivery industry. Just this week Amazon announced free two hour Whole Foods delivery in a handful of markets (DC is not one yet, sorry). CNBC reports, “According to projections, 70 percent of shoppers will be buying some portion of their groceries […]