Monthly Archives: %sSeptember 2009


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

By |September 28th, 2009|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off

Federal Health Care Reform isn’t the only thing going on … This Week in Health Care

While most eyes are on Congress, health care reform is proceeding apace at the state level.  Our eyes are focused squarely on the states.  In the insurance arena, states are looking at a number of reforms, including the development their own public options. States are also continuing to grapple with shortfalls in revenue and […]

By |September 25th, 2009|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

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 the renewed partnership between the states and […]

By |September 24th, 2009|Blogs, Environment|Comments Off

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 aloud whether the decision was influenced by […]

By |September 22nd, 2009|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

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 local budget conditions to improve.  However, as […]

By |September 15th, 2009|Blogs, Local Government|Comments Off


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 pre-registered attendees for the meeting – staff […]

By |September 14th, 2009|Blogs, Environment|Comments Off


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

By |September 12th, 2009|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off


By Stateside Associates

ICMA will hold its Annual Conference September 13-16 in Montreal, Canada. There will be offerings from ICMA University, and roundtable discussions about trends in local government, the local effect of changes to the Clean Water Act, outsourcing locally and globally, recruiting international business to your community, city-school partnerships […]

By |September 9th, 2009|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

Stateside Associates Advances with Cutting Edge Web and Marketing Technology

Arlington, VA, September 2, 2009 – Introducing a new website design, a new service for their clients and an enhanced online marketing plan that includes social media tools, Stateside Associates is ahead of the curve again with their innovative approach to Government Relations. See the new web design here:

Employing cutting-edge technology […]

By |September 9th, 2009|Blogs, Stateside News|Comments Off

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 in an unflattering 90 minute documentary which was […]

By |September 9th, 2009|Blogs, State Politics|Comments Off

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, I know that the status mark does […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|Blogs, Issue Management|Comments Off


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 federal legislation  (not enforcement or litigation actions) […]

By |September 2nd, 2009|Blogs, Groups|Comments Off