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Governors and Former Governors Running (--or Thinking about Running--) for President

While the summer of 2015 is just underway, it’s clear that the 2016 race for President has been well underway for quite a few months. There are all kinds of lists of who is running or considering running, and the list will probably grow a bit more in the coming days and...

Snap Results: The 2014 State Election Results, Part 2

 

As of this afternoon, there are still two undecided gubernatorial races in Alaska and Vermont.  In Vermont, the incumbent Democratic Governor, Peter Shumlin, was shocked by an extremely close race, in which his Republican challenger, Scott Milne, trails by 2,095 votes. ...

Snap Results: The 2014 State Election Results, Part 1

 

For state government relations professionals, the 2014 election cycle, with 36 governors races up and over 6,000 state legislative races, it is truly an exciting time of the year.  And this non-presidential cycle again saw big changes, just as in 2006 and 2010.  Like...

CSG Midwest: Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report

For those of us who are election junkies, having the opportunity to hear from Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report is always a treat. As Cook’s lead analyst on US Senate races, Jennifer spoke to the Council of State Governments Midwest annual meeting attendees on...

Council of State Governments Midwest Legislative Conference: State Budgets in Focus

The Council of State Governments (CSG) featured several prominent speakers at the 69th meeting of CSG Midwest in Omaha, including a presentation by Doris Kearns Goodwin about her works on presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Franklin...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Economic Briefing and Roundtable Summary

Ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony before Congress yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend an economic briefing by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Economist, Martin Regalia, who was joined by Beth Ann Bovino, the U.S. Chief Economist for...

State Budgets Improving, but Revenue Slowdown Looms

We’ve written frequently about the seemingly never ending bad news for state government budgets over the last few years. The effects of the last recession have been much longer than in past recessions, at least if one defines a recovery as a reduction in the number of...

Florida Legislature Considers Bill to Require Lobbying Registration for Local Special Districts

We came across an article the other week from the Palm Beach Post—maybe we were thinking of sunny days during the cold Washington, DC weather?—regarding a proposal that would require those advocating before the over 1,000 “special districts” in the state to register as...

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