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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 […]

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 […]

Farm Bill Shows States Still Have Sway Over Federal Budget

Congress aimed to save billions by cutting food stamp benefits, but the states are saying: Not so fast.

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The Raw Milk Movement

Dairy farmers and their advocates are fighting to be able to sell their product straight from the cow, in the form of raw, unpasteurized milk. Raw milk is legal to drink in 38 states, but it is only available in retail locations in ten. In some states, it is banned outright. Other states allow for […]

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More Federal Inaction — States Forced to Take Up Long-Term Unemployment Insurance

On Thursday, U.S. Senate Democrats came one vote shy of the 60 votes needed to move forward on a bill to reinstate unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed. Despite weeks of negotiations, there appears to be no clear path forward in the Senate, let alone in the House of Representatives. Since late December, over 1.7 […]

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A “Season of Speeches” – Responding to Differing Gubernatorial Agendas

We are in the midst of what the New York Times recently termed the “season of speeches,” when President Obama and governors from the 50 states take to the podium to describe the state of our country. These State of the Union and State of the State speeches reflect the diversity of the executives who […]


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