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The Developing 2017 Tax Agenda: The Tax Plans of Presidential Candidates

With Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) officially in the race for president, the total number of Republican candidates for president stands at 17, while Democrats, led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY), total five....more

The Great Presidential (logo) Debate

The day has finally arrived – the beginning of 2016 presidential debate season! The best reality TV showdown around! Democrat or Republican, I don’t discriminate, political debates are probably the only fighting “sport” in...more

Political Notes

Sertich Appointed to the Minnesota Stadium Facilities Authority - After the dust up with Stadium Authority member Duane Benson and Stadium Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen, Governor Dayton appointed former IRRRB...more

Lawsuit by U.S. Presidential Candidate Challenges the Constitutionality of FATCA

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, filed a lawsuit, July 14, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign...more

Judge stops blogging but may face discipline

A Nebraska federal judge called a United States Senator a “wacko” and unfit for a bid for the White House in his blog post…which was criticized by a GWU law professor blogger who said the blog post violated the federal...more

Public Officials Face Greater Scrutiny in Wake of McDonnell Decision

Governor McDonnell’s attorneys put it this way: The Governor’s acts weren’t “official” because “none were any more remarkable than acts that governors unthinkingly take hundreds of times weekly for countless constituents,...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Pay-to-Play Implications of Governor Chris Christie’s Presidential Run

After today’s announcement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins a long list of 2016 presidential candidates, from both parties. But Christie’s position as a sitting governor means that he is subject to different...more

Campaign Coordination: Warning to Political Candidates and Related Super PACs

Tyler Harber’s prosecution, and the two year federal prison sentence he recently received, are clearly warning shots across the bow of federal political campaigns around the country. And the blatant and unsympathetic nature...more

Trump Goes A Rockin’: Neil Young Comes A Knockin’

Donald Trump, the New York real estate mogul and self-proclaimed business genius, just kicked off his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination at Trump Tower in Manhattan to the tune of Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The General Assembly finished the 1st Regular session of the 121st Session last Thursday, but will return the week of June 16 to take up gubernatorial vetoes, conference reports, and any of the appropriations bills related to...more

Blogster's Miscellany, or How the FBI Could Be as Stupid as Any Outfit in History

‘DON’T WORRY, MR. HOOVER, WE’RE ALL OVER THAT DANGEROUS SONG.’ From the story of Whitey Bulger and the unfaithful federal agents he bent to his will, we know the Federal Bureau of Investigation is vulnerable to corruption. ...more

NC Legislative Update for April 2015 #2

This Week - The General Assembly was back in motion this week as lawmakers returned to Raleigh following a week-long spring break. House members were met with a Tuesday deadline to file public bills, which resulted in...more

The Petrobras Scandal and Corruption of Political Parties Under the FCPA

When does bribery and corruption move from a business issue to a political issue to a national issue? Why should US companies be held to the gold standard of anti-corruption laws? Should the US government even care if US...more

Bitcoin Penetrates the Presidential Campaign

Bitcoin continues to push deeper into the fabric of American society as it may now have an impact on who we elect as the President of the United States in 2016. Last week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the first candidate...more

136 Means 136: Ballot Signature Requirement Requires Strict Compliance

Ballot access statutes nearly always require that prospective candidates present a given number of valid voters’ signatures in order to qualify for the ballot. In Illinois, nomination for offices below the statewide level...more

First Ever Federal “Coordination” Case Results in Guilty Plea

In a first of its kind case, a campaign consultant for a Congressional candidate pled guilty to violating The Federal Election Campaign Act’s probation on coordination between the campaign of a candidate for federal office...more

The Pay-to-Play Effect in New Jersey’s 2015 Statewide Elections

2015 is a unique year in New Jersey politics, as the New Jersey Assembly races are the only set of elections scheduled for this year that extend beyond county and municipal lines. Even the Assembly Members’ colleagues in the...more

Guilty Plea in DOJ’s First Criminal Prosecution for Campaign Finance Coordination

The news media has already engaged in rampant speculation regarding the potential candidates from both parties in the 2016 presidential election. Inextricably tied to the talk of political campaigns is the public discussion...more

New 2015 Fundraising Restrictions on California Lobbyists and Limits on California Lobbying Firms

Lobbyists subject to new fundraising restrictions in 2015 - Effective January 1, 2015 lobbyists and their cohabitants are prohibited from hosting fundraising events for candidates and elected officials (for which the...more

Appellate Court Affirms Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Defamation Lawsuit by Political Candidate

On October 30, in Goral v. Kulys, the Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a defamation suit pursuant to the Illinois Citizen Participation Act, 735 ILCS 110/1 et seq. (the “Act”). The Goral decision...more

Court Permits Political Candidate to Solicit Nominating Signatures on Retailer’s Private Property

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a supermarket violated a political candidate’s state constitutional rights when the store manager prevented him from collecting nomination signatures on the sidewalk...more

Use of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities

The Education Code and the Courts Have Established Rules and Regulations for Campuses - With the election just days away, school superintendents, board members, administrators and principals are often confronted with...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Election Day This Tuesday - Election day is almost here. There are a number of hotly contested races on this year’s ballot and, on Tuesday, voters will pick winners in a U.S. Senate race, both Congressional races, the...more

Immigration Issues in the Massachusetts Governor Race

On Tuesday evening, the candidates for Massachusetts governor met in their last debate ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Throughout the campaign season, Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley (D) and Charlie...more

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