Local Elections Decide National Issues

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services

Local Government Elections Decide National IssuesWhile the national media remains enthralled with the distant 2016 presidential and Senate races some of the largest cities across the nation will select their policymakers this year. The deficit of attention regarding these local-level elections is surprising considering […]

Ain’t No Sunshine When the House is Gone

By Sarah Hofmann, Legislative Associate

Ain't No Sunshine When the (Florida) House is GoneA long-brewing storm finally hit land in Florida when at the end of the 2015 legislative session, the House decided to adjourn three days before the scheduled sine die date. Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) addressed his chamber […]

8 Ways to Avoid Being Surprised in January, 2016

By Constance Campanella, Chairman Emeritus

8 Ways to Avoid Being Surprised in January 2016It may seem a bit premature, but the waning of one legislative session is simply the beginning of the next one. There is no dead stop. People continue to talk and plan and plot and scheme and promote […]

The Baton Rouge Battle Royale: Louisiana Elections 2015

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services

Louisiana Elections 2015: The Baton Rouge Battle RoyaleLouisiana has a highly important election season this year. Big financial problems hang overhead. The governor’s and lieutenant governor’s races are both open seat races. A recent high profile defeat is leaving the Democratic Party wondering if […]

Will a Red Sun Rise on the Bluegrass State?

By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services

Kentucky Primary Elections - Governor and Attorney General Races If someone said the “trail to the Kentucky governor’s mansion includes skydiving” and a “comic book convention,” would you believe them?

In the first of this year’s blogs about the gubernatorial, attorneys general, legislative […]

Was That Marty McFly at the NARUC Winter Meetings?

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

Was That Marty McFly at the NARUC Winter Meetings?In the 1989 movie “Back to the Future II” Marty McFly travels to the distant future – 2015. Among many advances in technology McFly encounters hoverboards, flying cars, and rehydrators which turned tiny […]

411: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Oregon Governor Kate BrownWith the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber (D) effective Wednesday, February 18, Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will assume the office since Oregon has no Lt. Governor. So what can we expect from incoming Governor Brown?

While […]

Speaker Roulette Ends in Massachusetts

By Robert Maurice, Legislative Associate

Speaker Roulette Ends in MassachusettsThe contrast of leadership battles in New York and Massachusetts this week could not be more stark.

While the New York Assembly sacks its powerful and long-tenured leader, the Massachusetts House doubles down on the power of […]

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, Chairman Emeritus

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 magnitude presents […]