AP: Democrats mute calls for Va. resignations with power at risk

I spoke to Nick Riccardi from the Associated Press about the political fallout in Virginia as the commonwealth’s top three constitutional officers face increasing pressure amidst a crescendo of scandals:

The subdued response from national Democrats shows how their zero-tolerance approach has put them in a bind. The party has prided itself on policing its own and hoped to contrast that record with the GOP’s tolerance of misbehavior by President Donald Trump. Now the party will have to decide whether to stick with its principles or retain its political power.

“The party’s put in an odd position,” said Liam Donovan, a Republican strategist who, like much of the political world, watched Virginia’s developments with astonishment Wednesday. “Let’s say they live by their standards and clean house. The stakes are very real now because the line of succession goes through the other side.”

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WSJ: From Beer to Casinos, Businesses Turn to Solar, Wind Power

I spoke to Tim Puko of the Wall Street Journal about the factors driving record corporate investment in renewable energy:

Congress is cool toward more tax-credit extensions and legislation more broadly, lobbyists and bankers added.

“In 2015 industry came in and said this is what we need to reach maturity with our technology,” said Liam Donovan, at the law and lobbying firm Bracewell LLP. “You can only go back with that argument so many times.”

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Toronto Star: Trump backs himself into a corner on wall shutdown after TV address

I spoke to Daniel Dale of The Toronto Star about the ongoing shutdown, the President’s prime time address, and the limited remaining options for resolving the impasse:

He did not take the opportunity to declare a national emergency, as he has mused about doing. An emergency declaration could allow him to tap into potential funding sources for the wall without having to get the usual congressional authorization.

It would also be certain to be challenged in court, likely turning into a long legal battle without an immediate winner. But that, some observers said, may be the best possible outcome for Trump at this point.

“At the moment I think it’s less about getting the wall built and more about getting out of this jam without being seen as capitulating,” said Liam Donovan, a Republican strategist and a lobbyist.

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