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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TRENDS and FORECAST REPORTS: THE 2014 CRYSTAL BALLS

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?

Yes.

Major events like hurricanes, man-made

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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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SHE SAID, HE SAID – CONSULTANT and LOBBYIST

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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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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