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Senate Committee Membership

Key Points for Consideration - ..Sitting committee Chairs/Ranking Members are listed first in each column. ..Republicans have term limits of 6 years for Chairmanship (C) and 6 years for Ranking Membership (R)....more

Antitrust in a Clinton Administration

Regardless of your political affiliation, it is worth understanding the potential changes to antitrust enforcement in the next administration. We will take a look at how antitrust might be handled by each of the two major...more

Donald Trump must have missed the mandatory training—making America harassed again

It has been just one week since the recording emerged of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Since then, women have been coming forward accusing him of harassment and assault. The recording not only...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

Election 2016: Trump on Antitrust

While antitrust policy and enforcement has not received much attention from Donald Trump on the campaign trail, Mr. Trump has made a few notable statements regarding antitrust law that provide hints as to potential antitrust...more

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Limited Political Campaign Activity for Charitable Organizations

Recently, we wrote about the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, and the importance of managing the use of social media to avoid violating these rules. This prohibition...more

When Can An Employee Take Leave To Vote?

This fall, Americans have more than falling leaves and candy corn on their minds. While Election Day is November 8, 2016, many states have already begun the absentee and early voting process. And with the current contentious...more

The 2016 Election Forecast

In This Presentation: ..The Presidential Race ..The Latest Polls ..Following a bumpy convention season, Trump's poll numbers slowly rise ..Clinton's poll numbers have remained around the mid-40s...more

US Officially Blames Russia For DNC Hack

The United States (US) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a joint statement on Friday, October 7, 2016, publicly stating for the first time that the US...more

Reducing Cyber Vulnerability and Keeping Online Voter Registration Data Safe

The recent bi-partisan approach taken by hackers in attacking both the Democratic National Committee and high ranking members of the Republican party has brought the issue of cybersecurity and the safety of online voter...more

Giving Employees Time Off to Vote

It’s probably posted on the bulletin board in your employee lounge, along with all the other employment notices California employers are required by law to post. But, it’s likely lost in that blizzard of information, and it’s...more

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing

Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturing sector. A nonpartisan...more

Political Speech in the Workplace

The upcoming presidential election between two larger-than-life characters, each capable of stirring intense emotional reactions from both sides, is sure to produce some spirited debate around the water cooler this fall. ...more

Social Media Platforms and a Company’s Right to Free Expression

Political campaigns have increasingly turned to social media as a channel to reach voters. Social media not only has the power to reach audiences numbering in the billions, but it also has the power to change the behavior of...more

Municipal Legal News

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

Local Campaign Finance Reform: What Local Agencies Can – and Cannot – Do (Part 2)

Last week, PublicCEO ran Part 1 of this article that explored the relationship between free speech and campaign finance laws, Super PACs and their influence on campaign finance, and how the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens...more

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: First Debate Analysis

Following the first debate, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford analyzed the candidates' performance and discussed next steps on the campaign trail. Blake: Thank you very much and thanks to everyone who...more

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: The Race Tightens

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discussed the current status of both campaigns and previewed the first presidential debate. Blake: Thank you very much and welcome everyone to Road to the Oval...more

Trending Now: Political Activities and Social Media

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has reached a fevered pitch, with a little over a month remaining before Election Day. After Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the stakes are high and the American...more

Election 2016: Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

On November 8, voters across the country will head to the polls to determine the next president. Some states have already begun the early voting process. Voters will also decide who fills various U.S. congressional seats,...more

South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

Hillary Clinton Advises of Changes She Would Make to the Estate Tax Rate

And its not downward – surprise! Last week, Hillary advised that she would like to move the highest estate tax rate from its current 40% to 65%. ...more

You Can't Say That! Or Can You? - Discussing Politics at Work

The 2016 presidential election season has been particularly divisive, with candidates trading insults on a regular basis. Naturally, conversations about politics and candidates spill over into the workplace. A recent survey...more

There’s a new Sheriff in town: The politics and pitfalls of patronage dismissals (Part 2 of 2)

In last week’s installment, I provided an introduction to the issue of patronage dismissals in the public sector, and a discussion of the Supreme Court’s Elrod (1976) and Branti (1980) decisions. In this installment, I’ll...more

Presidential Transition Teams

Usually during the summer of an election year, presidential candidates slowly announce the appointment of leadership and staff for their presidential transition teams. These transition teams are provided office space and...more

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