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State Adoption of Federal Health Care Standards: The Cause of… and Solution to… All of Our Problems

By Robert A. Holden, Esq., Senior Vice President

States Adopt Federal Health Care StandardsWhile paraphrasing Homer Simpson’s comments on alcohol may not be the most complimentary way to address implementation of federal health care standards at the state level, it may be the clearest way to relate the conflicting pressures […]

July 17th, 2015|Blogs, Health Care|

Budget Uncertainty Roils States

By Josh Fisher, Esq., Manager of State Issues

Budget Uncertainty Roils States

Disagreements over closing deficits, budgetary expenditures and expanding Medicaid are forcing several legislatures to extend their sessions and a number of other states facing significant shortfalls are struggling to figure out how to fill the gaps before their fiscal years end. […]

June 10th, 2015|Blogs, Legislative Issues|

Your Summer Groups Checklist Revisited

By Michael J. Behm, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Principal

Your Summer Groups Checklist RevisitedIn a past blog, I wrote about several threshold questions that a government affairs manager should consider prior to making state and local Groups participation commitments – a checklist to better evaluate the […]

May 28th, 2015|Advice, Blogs, Groups|

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 the […]

May 15th, 2015|Blogs, Elections, Local Government|

Ain’t No Sunshine When the House is Gone

By Stateside Associates

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 in the afternoon of […]

May 6th, 2015|Blogs, Health Care, Legislative Issues|

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 regardless […]

April 21st, 2015|Advice, Blogs, Issue Management|

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 it […]

April 15th, 2015|Blogs, Elections|

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 and […]

March 27th, 2015|Blogs, Elections|

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 pizzas […]

February 25th, 2015|Blogs, Energy, Environment, Regulatory Issues|

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 certainly […]

February 17th, 2015|Blogs, Legislative Issues|