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RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

Arizona’s Revised Laws on PACs and Corporate Contributions

The recent major revisions to Arizona’s campaign finance laws (passed in bills S.B. 1516, H.B. 2296 and H.B. 2297), which took effect late last year, modified the previous restrictions on corporate contributions to political...more

EOs and EOs: Exempt Organizations and Presidential Executive Orders

In the twelve days since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has issued a flurry of executive orders relating to, among other things, the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the construction of oil pipelines, the...more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

California's Campaign Finance Agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, Announces 2017/2018 Gift and Contribution Limits

The California Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with implementing the state’s campaign finance law, recently announced new gift and contribution limits for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. The agency is required to adjust...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Will Convene Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - The First Regular Session of the 128th...more

Hedge Fund Seeks Absolution from the SEC Claiming the Potential Pay-to-Play Penalty Doesn’t Fit the Violation

Pershing Square Capital Management has found itself in the unenviable position of having to seek absolution from the Securities and Exchange Commission for the consequences of an unintended $500 pay-to-play error by one of...more

Federal Court Rules that FEC Cybersecurity Study is Exempt from FOIA Disclosure

Last week, a D.C. federal judge ruled that an investigative reporter was not entitled to a 2014 cybersecurity study performed by an outside vendor detailing vulnerabilities in the Federal Election Commission’s information...more

Managing Employee Interactions in the Wake of the Trump Election

You may have been able to keep politics away from the annual Thanksgiving gathering of relatives with diverging viewpoints, but the workplace requires daily interaction. What’s an employer to do with emotions still running...more

What the Campaign Can Tell You About Marketing Your Practice

Before we start this out of the gate: this isn’t about the actual positions of the candidates or what the candidates did or not do, this is about what the election campaign can tell us that actually help with our retirement...more

Post-Election Outlook: A New, Unpredictable World

In a shock to investors and political analysts around the world, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, putting the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Even...more

Flash: What the Election Means for Health Care

There are a number of factors to consider that have broad implications beyond health care: ..In the first 100 days of a new Administration, there is typically an opportunity for legislative achievement — for folks to...more

California Election Results: The State Zigs While the Nation Zags

“The path that this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back, and that's OK.” - President Obama...more

2016 Post-Election Report

President - While final vote tallies are still being counted in several battleground states, Republican Donald J. Trump has surpassed the 270 Electoral College vote threshold to be elected as the 45th president of the...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Election Results

In January 2017, Donald Trump will begin his term as the nation’s 45th President. Both bodies of Congress will also be under Republican control. Trump’s win brought Republican victories to Minnesota as well. The Minnesota...more

Early Reaction to Presidential Election Results

On November 09, 2016, in a result that stunned at least 47.7% of the American electorate and many observers abroad, a contentious Presidential election finally came to a conclusion, with Republican candidate Donald J. Trump...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome 2016 Maine Election Edition - It’s been a very busy and active campaign season in Maine, with candidates for federal offices and all Maine legislative seats, plus six ballot questions. We thought it timely...more

2016 State Election Results

With the 2016 Presidential Election dominating political news for more than a year, it was easy to miss the important races at the state level—races that often have a far more direct impact on our clients' businesses and...more

Minnesota's 2016 General Election Results

Minnesota - With the polls—as well as the history books—closing only hours ago, we would like to give you a quick snapshot of how Minnesota voters rendered their verdict in yesterday's historic election. Most races have...more

2016 California Election Preview: What We’ll Be Watching in Tuesday’s Election Returns

California Voter Turnout - A record number of Californians, more than 19.4 million, are registered and eligible to vote on Tuesday. That’s 1.2 million more eligible voters since the last presidential election in 2012,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Wells is working hard to keep from having to produce four databases in ongoing toxic RMBS litigation with an investor class headed by Royal Park & BlackRock...more

$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

Potential Cabinet Secretaries & Key Staff — Hillary Clinton Administration

Key Points for Consideration - ..Overall, the Clinton Administration will strive to appoint a Cabinet that is diverse in its background, appearance, and experiences. ..While it will not be certain which party...more

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Before Advocating a Political Agenda

A Brief Case Study: Your nonprofit’s founder sends out an email in their official capacity to all of its members urging the them to vote for or against a political candidate or for or against a local proposition. It may...more

What Your New President Will Do For or To You

We begin with a Rorschach test. As the big election day approaches, which candidate do you see in the photograph? Discuss among yourselves. Get ready for lots of musical interludes. The nation’s despair runs deep and...more

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