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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

Hillary, or The Donald: A voting guide for employers

As our regular readers know, Employment & Labor Insider is a non-partisan blog. But with the first Presidential debate coming on Monday night, I thought it would be helpful to look at the two major presidential candidates and...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

Health Care – The Fight Over the ACA Continues

Perhaps no issue has dominated the headlines during the Obama Administration more than the fight over the future of the American health care system. And while Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump disagree over many health care...more

Energy and Environment – Opposites on Oil, Gas and Coal; Potential Overlap in Nuclear Power

Like in other sectors, Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton have diametrically opposed policy priorities when it comes to energy and the environment. For the most part mirroring their parties, Mr. Trump is a strong supporter of...more

The Economy – Two Differing Ways to Grow the Economy and Create Shared Prosperity

Outside of their widely divergent tax plans, Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump emphasize similar issues when discussing their priorities for economic development, including denunciation of Wall Street and the need for more...more

Clinton and Trump Propose Diametrically Opposed Tax Plans

The tax plans proposed by the candidates are perhaps the most conventional element in an unconventional election year as both plans hew closely to their parties' proposals. In the broadest sense, Secretary Clinton's tax plan,...more

New York Passes Ethics Package Impacting Lobbying and Disclosure

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an ethics package (the Bill) including campaign finance, lobbying and disclosure amendments. Below, we briefly summarize key provisions that (i) expand...more

FBI Issues a Private Industry Alert for State Election Systems

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) issued a private industry alert on August 18, 2016, to State Boards of Election to alert them of hackings into Board of Election websites. ...more

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the RNC – July 19

Live from Cleveland, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Jim Schultz provide an update on developments unfolding at the Republican National Convention. Blake: Thanks, and welcome everyone to the eleventh call in our...more

2016 Democratic and Republican Parties’ Platforms on International Trade

As the calendar turns from July to August, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have both concluded. During the conventions, Americans learned about the candidates and their respective parties’ positions through...more

2016 Presidential Conventions: What Congress Members and Attendees Need to Know

With the 2016 presidential conventions underway and as the November presidential election draws near, this post is part of a series on what different entities and groups need to know about their political activity as the 2016...more

By Sasso's Ingeniously Simple 3-Point Index, Hillary Edges Out Trump

For my money, John Sasso has produced the best analytical framework for understanding who will become the next President of the United States. “Demographics and regional electoral factors do matter in the general...more

The Great Debate: Policing Politics in the Office

With the Republican National Convention well underway and the Democratic National Convention set to begin in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016, the workplace is abuzz with political discussions, a flood of political memes and...more

2016 Presidential Conventions: What Delegates and Attendees Need to Know

With the 2016 presidential conventions underway and as the November presidential election draws near, this post is part of a series on what different entities and groups need to know about their political activity as the 2016...more

Road to the Oval Office: Conventions Preview – July 13

Mark, Howard, and Blake preview the RNC and DNC and discuss how they see the conventions unfolding. Blake: Thank you very much. Welcome everyone to our continued series discussing the 2016 presidential race. As we noted,...more

New York State Issues Guidance on Prohibited Coordination with Super PACs

After Citizens United and its progeny paved the way for independent expenditure activity and unlimited contributions to Independent Expenditure Only committees (better known as Super PACs), one key question in...more

If You Build It, They Will Get Just Compensation

One thousand nine hundred fifty-four (1,954) miles: the length of the United States’ border with Mexico, and the possible future site for President Donald Trump’s infamous Great Wall. The Wall has been a calling card of the...more

Independence, Coordination & Super PACs in the 2016 Presidential Election

On July 4th we celebrated Independence Day. In the next three weeks, the Nation will focus on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. We cannot turn on the television without catching a political ad....more

Liechtenstein and Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution

I spent the Fourth of July holiday in the Fürstentum Liechtenstein, a very beautiful and surprisingly inaccessible part of Europe. Its capital city has no airport. The country is also largely vertical, as it is sandwiched...more

New York State Announces Broad Set of Ethics and Campaign-Finance Reforms

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust....more

Corporate Political Activity, Reputational Risk Management and the 2016 Federal Election

As the 2016 presidential primary season concludes, we are quickly approaching the summer conventions and the November presidential election. With the political contests becoming more heated, this post is part of a new series...more

Scott Brown's Trump-Dream Erupts from a Spring of Intrinsic Ambition

This past Sunday night, June 12, before all of the dead had been identified on the premises of Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump sent out a Tweet that said: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on...more

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The California Primary

Mark, Howard, and Blake discuss the results of the California primary. Blacke: Thank you very much, and thanks again to everyone who's joined us in what is our ninth call. I'm here with Mark Alderman and Howard...more

Romney Wants to Be Above Battle in Utah but Battle Keeps Reaching for Him

I don’t think Trump is qualified to be president. I don’t think it is possible for Trump to win the general election, his impressive string of Republican primary victories notwithstanding. I’ve felt that way for a long time....more

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