MINING FOR LOBBYISTS

How to prevent “secret lobbyists” from creating legal problems for SGR professionals.

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EPA and the States: Is The Honeymoon Already Over?

The nation’s state environmental agency commissioners gathered this week for the 15th Annual meeting of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).  Coming into the meeting that was held in Whitefish, Montana (just outside of Glacier National Park) you would think that the states were optimistic for

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The Empire (State Court) Strikes Back

Today’s 4-3 decision by New York’s high court giving Governor Paterson the authority to appoint Richard Ravitch as the state’s Lt. Governor surprised many in Albany after two lower courts had ruled the other way.  The decision already has many in Albany and around the state wondering

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All Deficits Are Local Too

Many of us aware of the budget problems of local governments; they hit “close to home” and when services are cut and roads not repaired, we tend to notice it fairly quickly.  As we watch for the economy to improve, we are also watching for state and

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NASEO: THE ENERGY IN THE ROOM

The state energy officials meeting this week in Annapolis, Maryland can barely hide their giddiness.  Almost 50 more people showed up this morning than expected to register for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) 2009 annual meeting.  Add those people to the 200 or so

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HARD…LIKE SAND

Great state government relations programs have something in common with beaches.

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Could Citizens United v. FEC Render State Campaign Finance Laws Unconstitutional?

 

You have probably heard that the U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing rearguments on Citizens United v. FEC—the now famous case surrounding the constitutionality of the ban on Hillary:  The Movie  by the FEC.  The movie, created by the conservative organization Citizens United, portrayed Hillary Clinton

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Big Fish, 50 Ponds

It is not news that state government relations professionals are not usually afforded the same level of status or compensation as their federal counterparts.  But, having seen many a federal lobbyist sputter at the prospect of facing over 7400 legislators, 50 chief executives and 50 attorneys general,

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TRANSPARENCY AND NAAG

Recently, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) decided to end a practice it had supported for four years — the brief, public posting of “sign-on” letters being circulated for support among the nation’s Attorneys General. Limited to “sign on”  letters addressing public policy matters such as pending

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