Contributors

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Paul Alexander is the author of numerous magazine articles and opinion pieces, eight books, and three plays. He often writes about American culture and politics.

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Both with the Children’s Health Fund, Chanya Holness is a Policy and Advocacy Fellow and Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, is the President and CEO.

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Roberto Barragan is the Executive Director of the California Community Economic Development Association, committed to community revitalization in diverse urban and rural neighborhoods across California.

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William John Titus Bishop is a performing artist who is based in the U.K.

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Andrea Bottner, J.D. is a former official with the U. S. Department of Justice.

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Ike Brannon is a former senior economist for the United States Treasury and U.S. Congress. Ike is a native of Peoria, Illinois. Currently, Ike is the President of Capital Policy Analytics, a consulting firm that does research on issues related to public policy and financial markets. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Jack Kemp Foundation and helps run the Savings and Retirement Foundation.

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James Brannon (1929–2020) was a lawyer in Peoria, Illinois. He wrote this shortly before his passing.

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Griffin Cherniss is an intern with the International Rescue Committee.

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Greg Domingue, MBA, is a licensed professional engineer, a former Siemens executive and currently in sales with a Louisiana based Siemens distributor.

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Engel served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989-2021, and when he left the House, was the 16th longest serving member of the entire Congress (tied with two Members). During his time on Capitol Hill, Congressman Engel was known for his leadership on foreign policy, which culminated in his servings as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress.

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Lewis Fein is a writer and media adviser. He resides in Southern California.

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Goodno provides communications and management consulting services to biopharma and healthcare clients. Previously he served as the Director of Industry Relations for UT Southwestern’s Office for Technology Development and Director of Communications for the national trade group Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

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Michael Gorman is the Niehaus Endowed Chair in Operations and Analytics at the University of Dayton.

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Jerry Hingle is President of the consultancy International Trade Associates, providing strategic direction to industry associations wishing to expand internationally, for over twenty years. He serves on both federal and state trade advisory committees and has presented at numerous conferences around the world on industry trends.

These are solely his opinions and not that of any federal or state agency.

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Robert Hornak is a Republican campaign strategist. He previously served on the staff of the New York State Assembly Republican Leader and was the longtime president of the NYC Young Republican Club.

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James​ B. Kobak Jr. is Senior Ethics Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. He is a former president of the New York County Lawyers Association and later chair of its Justice Center and currently board chair of the National Center for Access to Justice. He has also been a member of the adjunct faculties of Fordham and the University of Virginia Law Schools and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama Law School.

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Joseph Lai is a principal at BGR Group. He served as White House special assistant for legislative affairs and advised three U.S. senators.

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Richard Levick, Esq., @richardlevick, is Chairman and CEO of LEVICK, which represents countries and companies in the highest profile crisis and public affairs matters. He is a frequent television, radio, online and print commentator.

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Jeffrey K. Levine is a practicing trial lawyer in New York where he lives with his wife and children. He is originally from Rockaway Beach, NY and has a second residence on Sanibel Island, FL. Both communities were devastated by Hurricanes—Sandy in 2012 and Ian in 2022.

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Meltz is the Publisher of The Opinion Pages, and the Principal of Meltz Communications, a boutique public affairs and crisis management firm in Washington, DC and New Orleans.

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Frank Mir is the former two time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion. He is a sports commentator, a published issue advocate, public speaker, and brand ambassador. He has fought around the world against the biggest names in the modern fight game and holds multiple records in the UFC including longest UFC career, most heavyweight finishes, fastest submission, and was the youngest champion in 2004. He is the father of undefeated MMA Fighter Isabella (Bella ) Mir.

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Elise Nam is a junior at Barnard College majoring in economics with a minor in environmental science. She discovered her passion for regenerative agriculture during the pandemic and volunteers at farms.

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Shirin Nariman is a former political prison and a human and women’s rights activist. She has dedicated her life to the people of Iran, amplifying Iranian voices that are calling for freedom and demanding justice for those who have been silenced violently by the current Iranian regime.

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Naughton, who served for nearly three decades in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, is the Executive Director of the Centrist Democrats of America

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Christopher Neiweem is an Iraq War Veteran, military policy analyst, and has testified in front of Congress advocating for support for veterans and military personnel. Chris is the head of the American Veterans Policy Network and regularly contributes to Forbes.com, Foxnews.com, cnn.com, Military Times and is a contributor to Newsmax and the Hill.

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Graham Noyes is the Executive Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition.

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Eric Pearson is the Chairman of the American Sports Council, a national coalition of coaches, athletes, parents, and fans who are devoted to preserving and promoting the student athlete experience.

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Carina Powers is CEO of Phonics in Motion, which inspires children to move their bodies as they develop every literacy skill they need (from Phonemic Awareness and Fluency to Comprehension) to build confidence and competence.

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Harrison Rogers is a philanthropist, Founder of Freedom Fight Night, CEO of HJR Global, and and angel Investor.

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Schlein is the COO of Dezenhall Resources, one of the nation’s leading crisis communications firms. He can be reached at sschlein@dezenhall.com

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Palmer Schoening is Chairman of the Family Business Coalition.

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Shows, a Democrat, represented Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2003

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Allison Silberberg is a former Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Chuck Smith is President of Ducks Unlimited.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.

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Jason Steinbaum is Principal with The Chesterbrook Group and a Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He worked on Capitol Hill for more than three decades, during which he served as Staff Director of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Washington Chief of Staff to Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY). Mr. Steinbaum holds a JD and an MA in Law and International Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC and a BA from the University of Virginia. All opinions expressed on The Opinion Pages are his own.

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Robin Vercruse has more than 25 years of managerial and executive experience in startup and rapidly-growing commercial and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including more than a decade focused on energy and transportation fuel policy. She is the founder and principal of consulting firm RoVer Strategies. Robin is currently Policy Director at the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, focused on promoting technology-neutral and market-based policies to decarbonize transportation. Other clients include Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for state and federal measures to diversify transportation fuels and mitigate the persistent economic and national security consequences of oil dependence. Robin has a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of UC Santa Barbara, with a specialization in energy and climate change.

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Amanda Wheeler is President of American Vapor Manufacturers

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Alexandra Wilkes is the national spokeswoman for the Day 1 Alliance, a trade association representing private-sector contractors supporting government agencies in the corrections and immigration systems.

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Mark Wolfe is an energy economist and serves as the executive director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), representing the state directors of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. He specializes in energy, climate, housing and related consumer finance issues.