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Top lobbyist visits USM, calls midterm elections "big positive" for Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A top lobbyist in Washington, D.C. spoke to a nearly full house Thursday at the University of Southern Mississippi about his communication strategies that influence the nation's policy.

Tony Podesta, also known as the "King of K Street," is the founder and chairman of the Podesta Group. His trip to USM was hosted by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Podesta said the recent shift in the United States Senate will have a great impact on Mississippi, since now-seven term Senator Thad Cochran will be named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"That's an enormously important post for his home state," said Podesta. "He'll be able to do things that are important to Mississippi."

It has been a busy week on Capitol Hill- first, with the failure to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation in the Senate, now with the President's address on immigration reform Thursday night. Podesta, however, said there are other issues Americans Should be watching closely.

"There's a series of tax provisions that expire on December 31 that need to be extended or they die," he explained. "The media is all focused on Keystone and on immigration, but there's very important business that the Congress has to take up while it's in this "lame duck" session."

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