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A Surge In Populism: Dangers To Transnational Trade In The Americas And Reasons For Hope

The ongoing presidential election in the United States has underscored a move against free trade by both of the main political parties. This article briefly summarizes some of the proven benefits of free trade and juxtaposes...more

Public-Private Partnerships: They’re Not Just About the Money, But the Performance

The need to spend significant dollars on the repair and expansion of the nation’s public infrastructure is a major concern expressed by many. Even the two presidential candidates for the major political parties, who don’t...more

What Might November’s Election Mean for Antitrust Enforcement?

It is probably safe to say that most voters in the 2016 presidential election do not view antitrust policy as a key campaign issue. Accordingly, the candidates’ and their parties’ views on competition policy were scarcely,...more

Blogster's Miscellany: From a Cape Cod Reef to Those Ever-Risky Backyards of MA

AS EXCITING AS LAWMAKING. In March, federal funds and proceeds from the sale of state recreational saltwater fishing licenses were used to create an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean, two miles south of Saquatucket...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Republicans, and Democrats, and Tax Policy! Oh My!

Every four years on the first day of each major political party’s convention, they adopt a broad-based platform setting forth the positions of the party at large. While not held up as hard and fast rules, the procedures...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

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

Will GOP Endorsement of ‘Hack Back’ Make Cyberspace Safe Again?

Amidst the balloons and excitement (and smoke machines and procedural kerfuffles) at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, one provision in the party platform has caught the eye of cyber experts. For the first time, an American...more

Democrats reach compromise on hydraulic fracturing as EPA continues its working on regulating methane

In the US, there is growing divide on how to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. This debate is impacting Democratic presidential politics and could affect future regulatory efforts at the federal, state and...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - June 2016 #4

House Republicans Reveal Plan for Alternative to ACA – On June 22, 2016, House Republicans released a health plan in the form of a 37-page white paper outlining a series of proposals that would replace a repealed Affordable...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016 #3

What's New - Members of the General Assembly returned to Columbia on Wednesday to take up gubernatorial vetoes on H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Bill) as well as conference reports on several...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

Sponsoring events during the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions

Recently the House and Senate Ethics Committees issued updated guidance for Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and outside groups to follow in conjunction with events being sponsored during the Republican National...more

TN Republican Party Challenges MA Pay-to-Play Rules

On April 12, the Tennessee Republican Party filed a petition in the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to invalidate the SEC’s approval of new rules extending the MSRB’s long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibitions to new...more

New York State Senate Special Election Update

With the dust still settling from Tuesday's special election for the Long Island seat vacated by convicted former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, it appears that Democratic candidate Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky finished...more

Election Insight. Front-runners stay on top. Senator Rubio decides this is not "the year." MO too close to call for both parties,...

They say numbers don't lie, but in politics momentum is paramount. In the Democratic race for the White House, Hillary Clinton has the math and the mojo on her side. She was able to brush off her loss in Michigan and claim...more

Pres. Obama Announces Nominee to S.Ct. – A Moderate on Labor and Worker Safety

President Obama has tapped a moderate in Judge Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia....more

Female Lawyer With Republican Boss? Go Back To The Kitchen!

I don’t know what to make of the study, conducted by business professors from the University of Michigan and Temple University, that purports to find a negative correlation between political conservatism among some law firm...more

Super Tuesday Analysis and Outlook

The voters in a dozen states on Tuesday cemented the leads of businessman Donald J. Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who claimed compelling victories and ended the evening with sizable leads in the...more

Top 5 Things to Know About the Caucuses in Minnesota

1. What is a caucus and how does it differ from a primary? - The caucus system is a political process put on by the major political parties in Minnesota. At the caucus, party activists endorse candidates and discuss...more

Do The Secretary Of State’s Criteria For Determining “Generally Recognized Presidential Candidates” Violate The APA?

Earlier this week, the California Secretary of State released his list of “generally recognized presidential candidates”. These are the individual whose names will appear on California’s June 2016 primary ballot. The...more

Re-Districting After Shelby County v. Alabama: a Volatile Mix of Race and Politics

In 2012, following the 2010 decennial census, Virginia re-drew the boundaries of its Congressional Districts. In 2013, plaintiffs brought a Voting Rights Act challenge to that re-districting. They alleged that the...more

Say What? The Job of a Legislator 'Isn't Worth Doing Any More' ?

I pay attention to Peter Lucas, who writes on politics for the Lowell Sun. I seldom disagree with what he says and I never dismiss out of hand anything he says about Massachusetts politics....more

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