Stateside Associates http://www.stateside.com Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Budget Uncertainty Roils States http://www.stateside.com/budget-uncertainty-roils-states/ http://www.stateside.com/budget-uncertainty-roils-states/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:26:58 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=19777 By Josh Fisher, Esq., Manager of State Issues 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. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, only 25 of […]

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Your Summer Groups Checklist Revisited http://www.stateside.com/your-summer-groups-checklist-revisited/ http://www.stateside.com/your-summer-groups-checklist-revisited/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 18:11:03 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=19625 By Michael J. Behm, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Principal In 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 Groups’ value proposition, if you will. Another summer is now upon us and many of you are again […]

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Local Elections Decide National Issues http://www.stateside.com/local-elections-decide-national-issues/ http://www.stateside.com/local-elections-decide-national-issues/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 16:41:58 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=19539 By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services While 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 number of people affected. More than half of the 100 most populated cities […]

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Ain’t No Sunshine When the House is Gone http://www.stateside.com/aint-no-sunshine-when-the-house-is-gone/ http://www.stateside.com/aint-no-sunshine-when-the-house-is-gone/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 17:59:04 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=19328 By Sarah Hofmann, Legislative Associate A 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 April 28 and said, “We didn’t get everything we wanted and we won’t […]

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8 Ways to Avoid Being Surprised in January, 2016 http://www.stateside.com/8-ways-to-avoid-being-surprised-in-january-2016/ http://www.stateside.com/8-ways-to-avoid-being-surprised-in-january-2016/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:49:53 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18944 By Constance Campanella, Chairman Emeritus It 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 of the month. Then, why is January – the start of most legislative sessions – such […]

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The Baton Rouge Battle Royale: Louisiana Elections 2015 http://www.stateside.com/the-baton-rouge-battle-royale-louisiana-elections-2015/ http://www.stateside.com/the-baton-rouge-battle-royale-louisiana-elections-2015/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:42:34 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18873 By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services Louisiana 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 has a shot at the top executive seat, despite fielding a lone champion in a […]

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Will a Red Sun Rise on the Bluegrass State? http://www.stateside.com/will-a-red-sun-rise-on-the-bluegrass-state/ http://www.stateside.com/will-a-red-sun-rise-on-the-bluegrass-state/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:10:11 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18680 By Nick Blazer, Manager, Social Media Services 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 local government elections in 2015 and 2016, I take a look at the Kentucky attorney general and gubernatorial […]

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Was That Marty McFly at the NARUC Winter Meetings? http://www.stateside.com/was-that-marty-mcfly-at-naruc-winter-meetings/ http://www.stateside.com/was-that-marty-mcfly-at-naruc-winter-meetings/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:59:30 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18481 By John Howell, Esq., Vice President 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 back into full-size pizzas in just a few seconds. While the film was accurate in its prediction of other advances […]

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411: Oregon Governor Kate Brown http://www.stateside.com/411-oregon-governor-kate-brown/ http://www.stateside.com/411-oregon-governor-kate-brown/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:23:31 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18414 By Steve Arthur, Vice President With 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 not a household name nationally, she is well known in Oregon politics. She began service in […]

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Speaker Roulette Ends in Massachusetts http://www.stateside.com/speaker-roulette-ends-in-massachusetts/ http://www.stateside.com/speaker-roulette-ends-in-massachusetts/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:11:31 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18243 By Robert Maurice, Legislative Associate The 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 its Speaker – erasing term-limits adopted just a few years ago to restore the people’s confidence in the […]

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