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Elections & Federal

New federal court ruling shakes up disclosure norms in the federal independent expenditure space

In a decision likely to throw further uncertainty into the world of campaign finance disclosure rules, an Obama-appointed judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently invalidated the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) regulation regarding the disclosure of donors by organizations making federal independent expenditure communications.  In light of the ruling, […]

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Dentons 50

Connecticut guv race’s GOP stunner

The following comes by way of Dentons 50 partner firm the Connecticut Group. Tuesday’s primary results yielded one big surprise: Republican Bob Stefanowski upset the party’s endorsed candidate, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, and won the GOP nomination for governor. Stefanowski, a former GE and UBS executive who self-financed his campaign, took to the airwaves and […]

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California

California’s political landscape at 30,000 feet

Although today California is as blue a state as blue can be, to understand what that means requires an appreciation of three underlying pieces of recent political history. First, it was not always thus. From 1900 until 1998, Californians elected only three Democratic governors, two of them related by blood. As late as 1994, inspired […]

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Colorado

Denver’s Gorsuch in spotlight as Trump nears SCOTUS pick

President Donald Trump will announce his nomination for the United States Supreme Court Tuesday evening, filling a months-long vacancy made by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year. Denver native, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over the District of Colorado), is reportedly on the president’s short […]

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Georgia

Sunday brunch bill clears Ga. legislature

The years-long movement to liberalize Georgia’s Sunday alcohol sales law finally cleared both chambers of the General Assembly last week.   The proposal, dubbed the “Sunday brunch bill” around the Gold Dome, would allow for local referenda to determine whether restaurants and wineries could serve alcohol as early as 11am, an increase of 90 minutes […]

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Illinois

Illinois legislative speed read: Senate fleshes out budget

The Illinois Senate convened executive hearings this week in the hopes of forging consensus over the bargain package to end the state’s budget impasse, though no votes were taken by the chamber. The Senate Revenue Committee held a subject matter hearing on SB 9, which received an amendment with a potential additional amendment being introduced later […]

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Missouri

Greiten’s tax commission releases findings

In January of this year, Governor Eric Greitens issued an executive order establishing the Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes.  The mission of the committee was to review the state’s tax code and tax credit system and to produce a report and recommendations by June 30, 2017. The committee, which was comprised of ten […]

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New York

After turbulent Spring, here’s New York’s new landscape

Although New York State’s political waters are never calm, three major political events since the beginning of April have left things downright turbulent in Albany. Namely, the entrance of Cynthia Nixon into the gubernatorial race, the dissolution of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), and the resignation of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. All three developments have […]

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