Author Archives: Jenna Spinks

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States take their shots at the medical device excise tax

Though the media devote much of their Affordable Care Act coverage to efforts to repeal the individual insurance and contraceptive mandates, medical device manufacturers are fighting their own battle against another Obamacare provision: a 2.3% excise tax on their devices. The excise tax, which went into effect last year, is imposed on makers of most […]

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Presidential Politics Part II: 2028

In Part II of our two part series on future presidential politics, we identify six state politicians who have the potential for national name recognition by the 2028 presidential election. They might not be household names now, but remember where you heard them first!

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Presidential Politics Part I: 2020 & 2024

In Part I of our two part series on the presidential politics of the (far) future, we take a look at politicians who have or are beginning to build a national reputation that could lead them to a presidential contest in 8-12 years. Part two will focus on state-level individuals without national recognition… yet.

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Why Democrats can vote in Republican primaries… sometimes

Two weeks ago, Mississippi’s senior U.S. Senator, Thad Cochran, won the Republican primary runoff against Republican state Senator Chris McDaniel. Before the runoff, Cochran made explicit appeals to black Mississippians, who traditionally vote Democrat by large margins, to cross over and vote for him in the GOP primary as permitted by Mississippi state law. In […]

The surprising hire that fast-growing startups need to make

You’ve spent months developing a core product. You’ve hired the most talented sales, marketing, and product teams. You’ve raised capital from respectable firms. Your product is on the market, and that market is growing across city, state, and maybe even country lines. Now that you have some capital on hand, a defined product, and proven […]

How a Machine Knew When a Democrat Started Voting with Republicans

“Retaking the Senate” seems a strange goal for a party that already holds 32 of 63 state Senate seats. In New York, however, that’s exactly what the Democratic Party wants to do. Last year, five state Senators, after running as Democrats, decided to break away from the Democratic caucus and to share power with the […]

How to Plan a Fly-In Day with FiscalNote Prophecy

Each year, trade associations, advocacy groups, and grassroots organizers fly their members to Washington, D.C. and state capitals. These highly organized visits, often known as “fly-ins” in D.C., are planned months in advance by government relations teams. The events bring groups together to meet with multiple lawmakers during the same day or week, allowing interest […]

How GraniteRoots Public Solutions Uses FiscalNote Prophecy

FiscalNote helps clients large and small keep track of the legislative data that matters most and analyze that data in order to gain actionable insights. One of our clients, GraniteRoots Public Solutions, uses FiscalNote all throughout the work day to leverage the power of their small organization and save valuable time and money. Huck Montgomery […]

Five Trends Influencing the Influencers

The lobbying industry is changing. As The Nation reported earlier this year, many of the traditional lobbying powerhouses have posted declining revenues, but that doesn’t mean that lobbying as an industry is fading away. On the contrary, the influence industry is growing into new areas, utilizing new methods, and calling itself new names. In no […]

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States Debate: Common Core or State-Specific Standards?

Last week, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill getting rid of Common Core academic standards. She said her state would be capable of developing its own standards superior to Common Core…

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