Tensions Grow in Municipal-Federal Relationship

The growing tensions between the nation’s cities and towns and the federal government over anticipated budget cuts and nearing Supercommittee deadlines were on display last week at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona.

NLC attendees railed against perceived Congressional

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Lessons From Virginia, Iowa

By Heather Williams, Vice President at Stateside Associates

(Excerpt reprinted with permission from Governors Journal)

Virginia has given us insight into how national issues are going to play in state elections in 2012.

Despite all efforts by Virginia

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Listen (dot) com

By Graham Grossman, Manager of Social Media Services

For whatever reason, when hearing the words “social media,” few of us think about the need to listen. I took a very informal survey of colleagues and friends recently and found that when asked

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An Early Look at the 2012 Legislative Session

By Stateside Associates

Over the course of the past month Stateside Associates professionals interviewed contacts in all 50 states to get a sense of the top issues that will face lawmakers in the coming year.

With state budget debates looming and a busy election cycle

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Has Davis-Bacon Run Its Course?

By Josh Fisher, Manager of Legislative Information Services

Not according to Nancy Leppink, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, who has taken to the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor to respond to criticism

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Health Benefit Recommendations Offer States Reform Incentives

By Robert Holden, Vice President

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for Essential Health Benefits, released October 6, may have injected new life into state planning for health benefit exchanges during the upcoming 2012 legislative session.

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2011 State Races Presage 2012 Vote

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Updated October 5, 2011

While the Republican presidential debates have been the focus of the national media in recent weeks, there are state elections this fall that may provide some early indications about what may happen at

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ECOS to EPA: It’s the Economy, Stupid

By Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) convened its 18th Annual Meeting earlier this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Having attended all but one ECOS meeting since the inception of the organization in 1993, it has been

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Riding Out the Storm

By Stateside Associates

State government affairs professionals rejoice and dread the time of year known as ‘end of session.’ The final days of a legislative session are full of lavish political fundraisers, staff potlucks and an overwhelming sense of camaraderie among staff, lobbyists and elected

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Social Media as Business Card

By Graham Grossman, Manager, Social Media Services

In The Beginning

Long before I was even born, only one social networking tool existed: the business card.

The contact information contained on a business card was once the only means through which we would know how to communicate

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Do You ‘Recall’ When…

By Stateside Associates

This summer the state of Wisconsin held nine general state legislative elections in an unprecedented attempt to recall Senators from both political parties. Prior to Wisconsin’s summer of recalls, only 20 legislative recall elections had ever been held in the United States.

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HO, HO, HOLD THE PRESSES!

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Veterans Day, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are holidays to most, but for elected officials they are something more–an opportunity to issue press releases, website posts, tweets and other announcements.

With headlines such as “Attorney

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Family Ties and Term Limits

By Stateside Associates

The Kennedys, the Bushes, the Daleys–all families that come to mind when I think of political dynasties.  Lesser known families include the Goodmans of Las Vegas, the Runners of California or the Chu/Engs also of California. In each of these examples, a

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Observations from the 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas ended last Thursday on a high note for the organization.  The Summit was NCSL’s largest meeting since 2007, in terms of attendance and featured over 150

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Will State Officials Moving to New Federal Agencies Affect Policy?

State officials have always found career paths that led to service in the federal government.  In areas where state law has historically been developed within a federal statutory framework, many aspects of environmental protection being an example, state officials moving into federal positions is nothing new.  Two

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State Answers to Federal Debt Questions

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

With an agreement finally having been reached over the debt limit, what are the next steps for Congress and the President?  We can look to the states to see what may happen in DC over the next two to three years. 

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Aretha Got It Right: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

By Constance Campanella, President and CEO

At a recent conference of state Attorneys General, a corporate advocate referred to the assembly of almost 30 state AG’s as the “farm team.”   It was meant to juxtapose AG’s against Governors and was intended as a compliment. 

Unfortunately, as

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An Overhaul for the National Governors’ Association

By Mark D. Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) concluded its Annual Meeting July 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marking a dramatic change in their process, the Governors allowed most of their existing policies to sunset and unveiled an entirely new policy

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Will States Be Ready and Willing to Implement Health Benefit Exchanges?

By Robert A. Holden, Esq., Vice President

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking July 11, setting out guidelines for the creation of State Health Benefit Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as well

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Local Governments Choose Bad Over Worse

By Stateside Associates

As state governments continue to deal with budget gaps, so too are the nation’s cities, counties and towns.  Local governments’ fiscal concerns mirror what is going on in most states, with employee-related costs for health care coverage and pensions having the largest

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2011 Session Wrap: States Introduce Less and Pass More in 2011

By Stateside Associates

As the summer months approach, the 2011 State Legislative season is coming to a close. As of June 1, 28 states have adjourned regular legislative sessions. 

What have we learned so far? Budget shortfalls and the tide of partisan changes in the

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Wisconsin Recalls Threaten 527 Coffers: UPDATE

By Michael J. Behm, Senior Vice President

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin state elections agency, the Government Accountability Board, has set a date of July 12 for the recall elections against Sens. Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper and Luther Olsen.  All three are Republicans.

There

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Will the NLRB Boeing Complaint Actually Hurt Unions and Union Shop States?

By Steve Arthur, Vice President

Last month’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against Boeing for building a plant in South Carolina was clearly intended to protect union jobs.  According to its own press release, the NLRB filed this complaint because Boeing decided “to transfer a second

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Wisconsin Recalls Threaten 527 Coffers

By Michael J. Behm, Senior Vice President

The petition drive to recall Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Julie Lassa ended quietly after organizers of that effort failed to file enough signatures to meet the May 16 deadline.

It was the last remaining petition drive in the efforts by

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Behind the Scenes: Major Changes Underway at NGA

By Mark D. Anderson, Esq., Senior Vice President

With the hiring of a new Executive Director, along with many new Governors in office, we can expect to see some potentially significant changes to “business-as-usual” at the National Governors Association (NGA).  Following the November elections during which

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