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The Legislature returns on January 14, 2014 for a flurry of session days before final adjournment on April 3, 2014. With the biennial budget and many other GOP big ticket items passed, the agenda this spring will include no...more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House Approves Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement - On Thursday, December 12, the House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J. Res. 59) by a vote of 332-94. A total of 62 Republicans and 32...more

Congressional budget talks – an opportunity to advance tax reform?

Taxes will be a major part of the budget discussions now under way in Washington. Is this an opening for comprehensive reform? Earlier this year, the House and Senate passed very different proposals for the federal...more

Washington Could Use A Little More Mediation

Most of us were at least slightly frustrated by Washington’s inability to reach agreement over budget and debt limit issues in the past weeks and months. In fact this kind of dysfunction and brinksmanship has become more of a...more

Content Strategy – Did Republicans lose the shutdown battle because they don’t tweet?

What does content strategy and marketing have to do with the epic shutdown battle that went into halftime today? Apparently everything. ...more

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Daily Update #9

The Elevator Speech Overview - Friday was the eleventh day of the government shutdown, with less than a week – six days – remaining until the Treasury says the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling. Senate Republicans met...more

Immigration Reform Update: Key House Republicans State That A Scaled Back Immigration Bill Is Still On Its Agenda

Since the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform plan in June, attention has turned to the U.S. House of Representatives to see if an overhaul of the current immigration system will take place this...more

Gang of Seven…Six…Five…Zero?

The “Gang of Seven,” the bipartisan group of House Representatives supporting and working towards comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) has been rapidly dwindling. On September 20, Texas Republicans John Carter and Sam...more

Newberry Station: Political Contributions vs. Political Realities

Political contributions and developer-politician interaction are facts of life in the development community. And it makes sense too – developers bring many benefits to communities, such as housing, work space, shopping, and...more

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Syria - Interrupting the congressional recess one week early and after two days of debate, last Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed...more

Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Newsroom Plans for Drones

Commercial drones for news gathering may be grounded from takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns playing out this month in the U.S. Congress....more

September Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Tribal Plans for Drones

Domestic use of drones by Native American Indian tribal governments for resource management and public safety may be grounded before takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns that will play out...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Divides U.S. Congress

Lawmakers are heavily divided when it comes to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. Currently, there are twelve bills in Congress that address the regulation of oil and natural gas operations (four in the Senate and eight...more

Congress Inching Toward Another Budget Stalemate

Congress adjourned for its summer recess on Friday, August 2nd leaving behind a number of unresolved issues, the chief of which being government funding for fiscal year 2014. Appropriations bills expire at the end of the...more

Immigration Pushed Until the Fall in the House

Despite Senate passage and urging by President Obama, the House did not take up immigration reform prior to the August recess. While the timing in the House is uncertain, the House is determined to initially approach...more

Obamacare: A Congress Divided Between Implementation and Repeal

The October 1 enrollment date for the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fast approaching and, yet, Congress remains torn along party lines about whether to work towards implementing the...more

A Deep Divide Over Corporate Tax Reform

While the debate over reforming the nation's tax code will continue when Congress returns after Labor Day, over the past few months the momentum has slowed significantly because of the hardened positions of the Senate...more

Tax Reform: An Insider's View

We often hear the question asked why the parties are unable to begin a Reagan-esque style tax reform effort if both are seemingly committed to the concept....more

GOP Support for Immigration Reform

Over the past week, various Republican members of the House of Representatives have shown support for some of the key provisions of S-744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill passed by the Senate in June....more

Cooperative Federalism? We Don’t Need No Stinkin Cooperative Federalism

Last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Oklahoma v. EPA, affirmed EPA’s rejection of Oklahoma’s state implementation plan setting forth its determination of the Best Available Retrofit Technology, or BART,...more

New lawsuit challenging CFPB’s constitutionality filed

Constitutional challenges to the CFPB’s authority have not ended with Director Cordray’s confirmation last week as CFPB Director....more

Let’s Make a Deal!

Reportedly there is a tentative deal between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate which will avoid the so-called “nuclear option” of eliminating filibusters of certain Presidential nominations....more

On the Politics of Immigration Reform

The media loves to attach political labels to often complex issues. Such monikers allow the press to create and define highly charged terms ("pro-life"; "pro-choice"; "pro-gun"; "anti-gun", etc.). The exercise is also useful...more

Social Media Law (Part 3: Defamation)

The use of social means to engage in defamation is nothing new. Indeed, defamation requires the very social element of publication. Social media - Facebook pages or posts, tweets, blogs and online comments - merely make...more

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