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Engaging California Voters

An estimated 8.9 million people voted in California’s June 7 election, representing just under 50 percent of the entire voting-eligible population, according to news reports. The turnout seems quite remarkable compared to...more

And Then There Were Nine: Proposed Colorado Ballot Measures Down to 9 from 158 Filed

With the passing of the signature deadline at 3pm today, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office reports that five more proposed ballot initiatives have turned in signatures. Please see full Alert below for more...more

Primary Election Results

The Minnesota Primary Election held on August 9 contained a few surprises. Legislatively, the biggest change was the defeat of one of Minnesota’s longest serving House members, Representative Phyllis Kahn. In a sign of the...more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget –...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

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Primary Election Results - On Tuesday, June 14, Maine voters headed to the polls for the...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016 #2

What's New - Pursuant to the sine die resolution, legislators will return to Columbia June 15 through 22 to take up various items including vetoes and conference reports. House and Senate conferees likely meet next week...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #2

This Week - The North Carolina political community was saddened to learn Wednesday, that former Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg), who chose not to seek reelection in 2014, has been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian...more

November Preview? Local bond & tax measures fared well in June

When a third of California’s registered voters turned up to vote this month, most of them got the chance to consider one of the 89 local bond and tax measures on their ballots. School construction bonds made up over half of...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

Budget - On Wednesday, June 8, the House voted not to concur with the Senate budget, as expected. Both chambers appointed conferees (44 House members and 21 Senate members) to begin resolving differences and work out a...more

North Carolina Primary Election Report

A special Congressional primary was held June 7th due to federal court action declaring two of North Carolina's congressional districts to be illegally gerrymandered. The ruling came too late to have state lawmakers re-draw...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016

This Week - While the Senate was predominantly focused on the budget this week, the House moved forward with a number of high-profile issues. By a vote of 60-49, the House approved House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep....more

NC Legislative Update - May 2016 #4

This Week - Lawmakers have left Raleigh to enjoy a long weekend, planning to return Tuesday following Memorial Day. The House held a no vote session on Thursday, but the Senate continued to work, unveiling proposals for...more

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: PA Primary Recap

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discuss the Pennsylvania presidential primary results and other key state races for Senate, Attorney General and more....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 127th Legislature Adjourned Sine Die on April 29, 2016 The second regular session of the 127th...more

News from Second and State

A Look Ahead: - Next week looks relatively quiet, with only the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for voting session. On Monday, the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing at Hollywood Casino...more

Worth Another Look: Primary Election Post-Mortem

Yesterday was Primary Election Day in the Keystone State, and while the presidential races got the most attention by far, there were still some noteworthy state and local races. Get Out of Jail Free: - The...more

The Basics: Municipal Election Laws

Nationwide, states are seeing an uptick in voter participation. California’s election officials are now preparing for a turnout surge as the state’s June 7 presidential primary nears. Over the last three months, more...more

News from Second and State; Pre-Election Edition

With little to report on the legislative front this week, the focus in Pennsylvania is Tuesday’s upcoming Primary Election. All 203 members of the House of Representatives and 25 of the 50 state Senators are up for...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. House and Senate Debate Minimum Wage - Currently, Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. A...more

North Carolina Primary Election Analysis

An animated Presidential race prompted strong voter turnout at the polls in North Carolina. 35 percent of voters voted in primaries this season, up from 2012 but falling short of 37 percent seen in the 2008 primary elections....more

How will the March Primary and 2016 Legislative Session impact businesses operating in North Carolina?

Given their potential impact on businesses operating in North Carolina, it’s important to watch the 2016 primary election results and this year’s Legislative session....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

Observations from Campaign 2016

THE DEMOCRATS - Hillary Clinton has withstood “Emailgate” and the Democratic Party has in turn coalesced around her campaign. Senator Bernie Sanders’ more than credible challenge will fall short but has met an important...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly is preparing for their second regular session and will officially convene on January 12, 2016. The House and Senate’s various committees have diligently debated the following during the...more

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