After the Speaker, Part 2

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

After the Speaker, Part 2Earlier this week, my colleague Connie Campanella provided some advice on what you need to be asking your New York lobbyist in light of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest over the weekend.

After an effort by Speaker Silver to hold on to […]

After the Speaker

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Who will replace Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver?The arrest of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) has shaken the Albany Capitol building and its occupants to their snow boots. Whether you like him, fear him, despise him or respect him – a leadership change of this […]

Health Care Exchange Options: Higher Premiums or Your Choice of Provider

By Robert Holden, Senior Vice President

Health Care Exchange Options: Higher Premiums or Your Choice of ProviderThe transparency and sufficiency of the provider networks available to health care consumers is at the heart of the current debate over “Narrow Networks.” In an effort to maintain affordable premiums, […]

Legal Marijuana Becomes a State Government Relations Issue

By Christopher Mitton, Legislative Associate

Legal Marijuana Becomes a State Government Relations Issue

“Corporation Fires Quadriplegic Man” reads the headline on the front page of your city’s major newspaper. As you read, you learn that the termination was for the use of marijuana and companies with federal contracts must […]

The 2015 Governors’ Inaugural Ceremonies


2015 Governors' Inaugural Ceremonies


2015 Governors Inaugural Ceremonies Update

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services

Outlined below are the 2015 inauguration swearing-in dates and planned celebratory activities. Some Governors and Governors-Elect have not released event information, but […]

All Was Calm, If Not Quiet, at NARUC in San Francisco

All Was Calm, If Not Quiet, at NARUC in San Francisco

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

Calm seemed to preside at the NARUC Annual Meeting in San Francisco in stark contrast to the sense of urgency underlying NARUC’s Summer Meetings in July. The Summer Committee Meetings were dominated by discussions, […]

Priorities of the New Governors

Priorities of the New Governors

By Robert Holden, Senior Vice President

Now that the results of election night 2014 have sunk in, 12 new Governors (eight Republicans, three Democrats, and an independent) are preparing to take the reins in their respective states. As you might expect, a review of their key campaign […]

Decide – Consultant or Client?

By Dusty Brighton, MPA, Vice President

State Government Relations - Client or Consultant?“What is it like working in a corporate government relations environment as compared to working in a government relations consulting capacity?” I am often asked this question. Well, I will let you in on a secret: things […]

Follow-Up, Follow-Up, Follow-Up…

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President and Heather Williams, Vice President

Groups Engagement - Attend a Meeting, Follow-Up, RepeatThe National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit wrapped-up last Friday – its 40th such meeting and the largest of the state and local officials Groups forums during […]

Out of Session: Out of Mind? – How One Association SGR Executive Stays Relevant

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

How One State Government Relations Executive Stays Relevant Out of SessionI hear often about association SGR programs that disappear in the months between June-January. They do not really disappear of course, but as far as […]