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Presidential Politics, E-Mail, And The FOIA: Why It Should Matter To You

The federal Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”] has recently made its way into national new stories for all the wrong reasons. Hillary Clinton has become enmeshed in a controversy involving her use of a “private” e-mail...more

Board Member Term Limits: Are They Legal?

Some cities and towns in Connecticut limit the terms of office for board of education members and other elected officials. This may come in the form of limiting a board member to two consecutive terms. At least one town in...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Tackle Election Law and Sovereign Immunity on Thursday

The Illinois Supreme Court just announced that on Thursday morning, it will hand down decisions in two civil cases: Bettis v. Marsaglia, No. 117050 – “Does a plaintiff’s failure to name the Electoral Board as a party...more

The Perils of Incomplete Service: The Illinois Supreme Court Debates Bettis v. Marsaglia

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bettis v. Marsaglia. Bettis presents an issue of potential significance to election lawyers: is a petition for Circuit Court review from an...more

Department of Education Deputy Secretary James Shelton Reportedly Leaving at the End of the Year

As reported by EdWeek, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton is planning to resign at the end of this year. “Before being promoted to deputy secretary, Shelton was the assistant secretary for innovation and...more

Update on Recent FOIA and OMA Illinois Supreme Court and Attorney General Opinions

- The Illinois Supreme Court rules state's attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. - The Illinois attorney general rules that: (i) the Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to recite the key terms of...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of June 9

While budget negotiations continue to take center stage this month, some state legislators elsewhere throughout the Capitol are making moves to change the size of state government and the rules by which elected officials and...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues...more

Cities Asking Congress to Support Dwindling Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Channels

Public, educational and government (PEG) channels across the U.S. have been closing and consolidating over the last few years. This is the result of: (1) the economic downturn’s impact on municipal funding, (2) an...more

“Mind Your Own Business”- The Connecticut Supreme Court Limits Challenges to Licensing and Certification Decisions by Public...

In a much ballyhooed case, certain residents and taxpayers of the City of Bridgeport brought a “quo warranto” action in the courts, challenging the qualifications of the City’s Superintendent of Schools (Paul Vallas) to hold...more

Governor Signs Budget Trailer Bill Without Language Suspending Parts of the Public Records Act - State-Mandated Activities Remain...

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed Assembly Bill 76 and signed Senate Bill 71. As introduced, both bills contained language that would have suspended certain provisions of the California Public Records Act. However, SB 71 was...more

OCR Reflects On The Work Done During The First Obama Administration

The Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights enforces federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, disability, age, race, color, and national origin in programs that receive financial assistance...more

The General Assembly Attempts to Save Christmas

Illinois election law has served in the role of Grinch recently by requiring that school district and municipal offices stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve to accept candidate nomination petitions for the April 2013...more

2013 School Board Elections: Handling Nominating Petitions and Objections to Petitions

There is confusion and concern about how school districts should handle receiving nominating petitions and objections to petitions for the 2013 school board elections. The Election Code says that school board nominating...more

Government

UPDATED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 Legislation – State University System. Do the statutes and provisions of the General Appropriations Act that restrict state universities’ expenditure or tuition and fees and condition...more

Second Funnel Deadline: Dead or Alive?

Friday, March 16 marked the second funnel deadline, when bills must be passed out of one chamber and then out of committee in the opposite chamber to continue to move forward. It creates a “crunch time” for many lobbyists as...more

Reliving the 200-year Saga of Benjamin Franklin’s Massachusetts Trust

Next year, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the judicial/political resolution of the final controversy over the administration and disposition of a certain Massachusetts-sited trust established under the will of Benjamin...more

CalSTRS Gets Two New Board Members

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (aka CalSTRS) claims to be the largest teachers’ retirement fund in the United States with assets of $148,000,000,000 at October 31, 2011. A 12 member board administers...more

For-Profit Colleges Challenge Education Department’s Rules

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities is taking on the Department of Education. The organization, which represents some 1500 for-profit education institutions, filed its second lawsuit this year to...more

Governor Quinn Signs Education Reform Legislation

On Monday, June 13, 2011, Governor Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 7, the sweeping education reform bill that is the product of months of negotiations between a broad group of stakeholders that included representatives from...more

MDC-T spools Dhlodlos and Madanhires as electoral defeat looms

Zimbabwean Politics is dynamic as Zimbabweans at home and abroad have come to appreciate. The return of ZAPU into the epicentre of the Zimbabwean body politic has not only upset those that thought they had everything in the...more

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