Should Companies Disclose All Political Spending?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

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What public policy spending should our company disclose? Recent news events have rekindled this debate, and it is an issue on which I have provided guidance to clients. This has involved

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Burning Water

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

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The debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is hot…almost as hot as burning water. At the federal, state, and local

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Call to Duty: Why Groups Enlist Business to Help with Military Challenges


By Michael J. Behm, Senior Vice President

Paying attention to the military has become much more than a nod to patriotism for state and local officials Groups, but rather an urgent recognition that military-related challenges facing public officials,

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Why EPA Swarmed the States’ Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President and Sarah Hunt, Esq., Manager State Issues and Ethics Officer


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12 Local Officials Groups You Should Not Go Without

By Heather Williams, Vice President

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America is well organized. Almost 90,000 county, city, township and special district governments establish policies and procedures for everything from plastic

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No Check? No Problem

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

WinningThere are two kind of political candidates.

1. Those who have lots of money or who raise it from

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The State AG Formula for Success

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

As my colleagues noted last week in their blog, the National Governors Association met

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Partisan Debate Roils NGA Winter Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President and Patrick Stone, Manager State Issues and Information

Dueling partisan messages became a surprising theme at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter

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Greetings From Hotel California

By John Howell, Esq., Vice President

cell towersThe National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Winter Committee Meetings presented an interesting blend

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No Good Gift Goes Unreported

By Sarah E. Hunt, Esq., Manager, State Issues and Ethics Officer

Thirty-nine (39) states have enacted 130 new campaign finance laws since the completion of the 2012 election cycle. If you have not yet done so for the

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By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

What do you think of when you hear the word, TRENDS?

A series of actions that form a predictive pathway to future actions?

A great tool for state and local government relations professionals?


Major events like hurricanes, man-made

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News / Blog

News / Blog

Upcoming MeetingRobert Holden to attend the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Annual Meeting April 24-26, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

Should Companies Disclose All Political Spending?Should companies disclose political and policy contributions? That’s the question Steve Arthur explores in his latest blog. READ

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Searching for Regs in All the Wrong Places

By John Howell, Vice President

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak before a group of government affairs professionals regarding best practices in state and local regulatory advocacy. My message was quite simple: engage regulators as often and early in

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Coalitions and Partnerships: Going Beyond Reliance on Trade Associations

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

A year ago, I wrote about the importance of trade associations for a successful state government relations

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ACA Medicaid Enrollees Threaten State Budgets

By Josh Fisher, Esq., Manager of State Issues

While many have focused on the difficulties facing people seeking to enroll through Federally Facilitated Health Benefit Exchanges, state-run health benefit exchanges have been able

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Cities’ Health Improving

By Heather Williams and Will Higgins

This morning, the National League of Cities (NLC) released its 28th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.

The news is promising. The overall

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Climate Change Dominates ECOS Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Esq. and Sarah E. Hunt, Esq.

Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution control created a heated atmosphere at last week’s 2013 Environmental Council of

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Direct Democracy: Avoiding issue management pain at the 2014 ballot box

By Sarah E. Hunt, Esq., Manager, State Issues

Will your issue soon be the subject of an expensive general election ballot measure campaign? Taking the direct democracy temperature now in the states is one important way to avoid unpleasant surprises late

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By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

I published recently a blog about conducting Audits for State Government Relations programs. In response, lobbyist/attorney Dennis Duncan of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole in Sioux Falls, South Dakota offered his own advice for hiring and managing lobbyists

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NCSL Legislative Summit Report

By Michael Behm, Steve Arthur and Heather Williams

Lightning Storm ClearingAtlanta…In August. Yes, the National Conference of State Legislatures held its 39th annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia in the heat

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State Government Relationships

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

HandshakeAs my colleague Michael Behm pointed out in a recent blog post, there are a large number

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It’s Audit Time Again and Again and Again

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

The Public Affairs Council (PAC) recently invited me to address a webinar audience about the best practices and purposes of auditing outside professionals.

While I happen to be one of those “outside professionals,” the role we

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No Vacancies

By Stateside Associates

Local Government MonitoringOur state government relations work with local officials often focuses on business issues such as zoning, wage and benefit requirements, taxes or plastic bag restrictions.  However, to be

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Your Summer Groups Checklist – Seven Questions to Ask

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

State Government RelationsI am writing this blog at 30,000-plus feet somewhere over Kansas, according to our pilot, as I travel to meet with a client about

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Waiting for the Health Care Reform Express

By Robert Holden, Vice President

For health care policy makers, consumers and employers alike, the question this summer is: will the health care benefit exchanges be operational on time?  Based on federal progress reports, the answer appears to be no, or at

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