The Upcoming CSG-SSL Meeting: What You Must Do Now

By Heather Williams and Josh Fisher

Last Thursday afternoon, the Council of State Governments (CSG) released the Docket for its upcoming Committee on Suggested State Legislation (SSL) meeting that will be held in conjunction with its 2013 Leadership Forum June 21-24 in Washington,

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The “Small” States: Who’s on First?

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO 

It happens every year. An idea pops up on the legislative agenda in a so-called “small state.” The appellation typically describes

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Encouraging Her to Run – Locally

By Stateside Associates

It started on a residential street in St. Louis, Missouri with a busted manhole cover and a frustrated mother. After the noise from the cars banging against

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Selling City Hall

By  Heather Williams, Vice President 

What has billions of dollars to spend on goods and services and a purchasing power greater than the federal government?

The more than 89,000

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There is No App for This

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

“If you put one foot in a bucket of boiling water and the other in a bucket of ice water – on average you would be quite comfortable.” – Charlie Cook

Well, so much for averages.

Averages, percentages, odds–those

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What’s in the Water? State Agriculture Officials Look at Innovation, not Regulation, to Protect Water Quality

By Stateside Associates

At this week’s National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Policy Conference, water policy issues took center stage among environmental concerns impacting the sector.  While NASDA is no stranger to water quality – a long-standing priority for farmers and regulators

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New Association of Clean Air Agencies

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) has been created as an association of state and local clean air agencies. This new association is a separate organization from the longstanding National Association of Clean Air

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State Elections: Trend Setters or Busters?

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Tomorrow’s election will touch every American as citizens elect a President, US Senators, Members of Congress, Governors, Attorneys General and more than 6,000 state legislators. The state ballots will also include more than 150 questions–initiatives and

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The Importance of State Trade Associations

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

I was surprised recently when, during a meeting with a state consumer protection chief, he remarked that his department receives fewer complaints

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Defending Your Government Affairs Program from Shareholder Petitions

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

As Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Government Affairs Practice Committee, I participated recently in an instructive

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From Apples to Exports: State Agriculture Officials Convene To Address Industry Opportunities and Challenges

By Stateside Associates

The heads of more than 40 state agriculture departments convened in Des Moines, Iowa last week to discuss the state of the industry

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Montana Corporate Contributions Ruling: A Boon to Democrats?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Montana state law that banned corporate political expenditures. In a 5-4 decision, the court reaffirmed its Citizens United decision in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. Rather than

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States Find Medicaid “Silver Lining” in Court Decision

By Robert Holden, Vice President

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, most Court watchers’ attention was focused on the challenge to the individual mandate.   Striking down the individual mandate could have brought down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA), or at least

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A Tale of Two Counties: Energy Development Helps Counties Go from Bust to Boom

By Stateside Associates

What are the biggest issues facing local governments in the Western United States? That was my question when I attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This annual meeting brings together county officials

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Shareholder Petitions Threaten SGR

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

I happened to be visiting a client’s office last month when an email from the general counsel arrived.  New internal disclosure rules were being considered by senior management at the request of several vocal shareholders.  Money

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Small Scale Grassroots-Large Scale Impact

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Recently, my colleague Heather Williams and I helped our client win a major victory against a coalition of NGO’s intent on putting it out of business.  The “witches brew” bill, introduced at the mid-point of the

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Cold Symptoms Acting Up? Red Tape May Be Between You and Relief

By Robert Holden, Vice President

The term “access” is ever present when discussing health care policy.  Access to needed care, be they services, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, or medical supplies drives much of the current debate on essential health benefits and health insurance reform. 

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EPA Conspicuously Absent at ECOS Spring Meeting

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) convened its Spring Meeting last week in Austin, Texas.  I would sum up the theme of the meeting by quoting the first lunch speaker, Executive Director of the Texas

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Governors Reassert Influence in the NGA Policy Process

By Stateside Associates

At the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting this past weekend in Washington, DC, a major focus for the governors was the revamping of the association’s policy process. In adopting a new policy process, NGA Chair Governor Dave Heineman (R-Nebraska) and Vice

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#StatesideChat w/ @MarkShurtleff

By @StatesideAssoc

Stateside Chat is a new and exciting forum that was rolled-out earlier this week. The foundation of this new feature is a high-level conversation between Stateside’s Issue Managers and elected officials, state and local government affairs practitioners or other leaders in our industry.

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Growing Issues at State Departments of Agriculture Meeting

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

State agriculture commissioners and directors representing nearly 40 states convened in Washington, DC for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Meeting to discuss a variety of state and federal policy issues facing

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Attorneys General Meeting Disaster

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Attorneys General and their staff from many southern states gathered in Tampa, Florida January 26 and 27 to learn about all aspects of disaster preparedness.  From enforcing price gouging statutes to managing their offices more effectively in

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In a Presidential Election Year, States Left to Pick Up the Pieces of Health Reform

By Robert Holden, Vice President

On January 25, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), released information identifying the three largest health plans in each state, as well as the three

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State Legislators Convene to Protect Agriculture

By Stateside Associates

With many commodity prices soaring, the last few years have been good to American agriculture. High prices have translated into record profits and allowed many farmers to invest in new equipment and in turn, improve productivity. In fact, in Iowa alone, the

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Stateside Associates’ List of the Best Local Politics Blogs That Are Worth Reading

Dear Clients and Other Friends of Stateside Associates,

We recently published the latest in our series of FactPadSM inserts, the Best Local Politics Blogs. Our staff compiled a list of the best municipal and/or regional issue politics blogs in the country. You can view the  Read more

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