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State of Immigration Reform in the States

In the past year, state policymakers and Congress introduced nearly one thousand bills dealing with immigration. These bills cover a range of issues, from suspending deportations of legalization-eligible youth to proposing STEM green card programs for the employment of highly-skilled foreign workers in the information technology industry. Caving to pressure from the Democratic party, President […]


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!


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.


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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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Dodd-Frank Explained in Ten Numbers

Almost four years ago, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Today, many components of the regulation have yet to be finalized and the general population is still a bit confused regarding what is actually going on. We’ve put together ten numbers to help you understand the current state of this sweeping legislation.

Will Congress remain Neutral on Net Neutrality?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 last month to move ahead with its proposal for modified rules on internet traffic, which would preserve net neutrality but leave the door open for “fast lanes” of faster internet content delivery for companies that can pay. The new proposed rules are subject to a public comment period […]

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Congress Debates Funding its Own School Lunch Standards

Do kids really eat their vegetables? Should French fries count as vegetables? These are among the questions debated in Washington as politicians divide over whether to roll back recently imposed standards for school lunches. In 2010, Congress handily passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set standards for […]


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