Stateside Associates http://www.stateside.com Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:32:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 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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After the Speaker, Part 2 http://www.stateside.com/after-the-speaker-part-2/ http://www.stateside.com/after-the-speaker-part-2/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18173 By Steve Arthur, Vice President Earlier 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 power, his Democratic Caucus made it clear it was time for new leadership. […]

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After the Speaker http://www.stateside.com/after-the-speaker/ http://www.stateside.com/after-the-speaker/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:12:26 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18158 By Constance Campanella, President and CEO 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 both opportunities and threats to the lobbyist corps – and their clients. […]

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Health Care Exchange Options: Higher Premiums or Your Choice of Provider http://www.stateside.com/health-care-exchange-options-higher-premiums-choice-provider/ http://www.stateside.com/health-care-exchange-options-higher-premiums-choice-provider/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:12:43 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18093 By Robert Holden, Senior Vice President The 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, some plans have pared back the networks of physicians, specialists, and other health care providers they allow their enrollees to access. This can […]

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Legal Marijuana Becomes a State Government Relations Issue http://www.stateside.com/legal-marijuana-becomes-state-government-relations-issue/ http://www.stateside.com/legal-marijuana-becomes-state-government-relations-issue/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:00:22 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=18041 By Christopher Mitton, Legislative Associate “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 provide a drug-free workplace. But what if it was medical marijuana in a state where medical marijuana is legal? […]

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The 2015 Governors’ Inaugural Ceremonies http://www.stateside.com/2015-governors-inaugural-ceremonies/ http://www.stateside.com/2015-governors-inaugural-ceremonies/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:52:01 +0000 http://www.stateside.com/?p=17633     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 are expected to in the coming weeks. Alabama Inaugural Ceremony: January 19, 2015 Inaugural Celebration Website: http://alabamainauguration.com/ Schedule of Events: A Morning Prayer Service, Parade, Public Celebration and Inaugural Celebration […]

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