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Federal Government Affairs

Abramoff Pleads Guilty to Criminal Lobbying Violation in Landmark Prosecution

Last month, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed multiple criminal charges against well-known lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including a charge that Abramoff violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act (“Act”). According to the US Department of Justice, Abramoff plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and violating the LDA for separate cases. This marks the first […]

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Open Application Period for the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

The eagerly anticipated application period for Pennsylvania’s largest economic development grant program is expected to open for 30 days starting on July 13, 2020. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) provides grants for the acquisition and construction of economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Earlier this month the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and […]

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State Attorneys General

State Attorneys General and Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (UDAP): What to expect in the wake of COVID-19

Almost every state has its own deceptive and unfair trade practices law (UDAP), enforced by that state’s attorney general (AG). No fraud need be involved. The enforcement is civil, not criminal, but the statutory civil fines can be steep. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ceded much of the enforcement to the states. In the […]

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Local Government Solutions

Everything you need to know about Colorado’s elections

After a long-awaited night, the results of the 2018 midterm elections are in and the determination of Colorado’s state-wide leadership has been decided. The Colorado Secretary of State’s (SOS) office is reporting as of the morning of November 7,2018, that votes have been counted and the following races have been called based on majority percentages. […]

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Elections

Georgia’s 2020 Primary Election Results

The 2020 Georgia Primary is behind us. Unfortunately, in some respects, the administrative process has overshadowed the results. Adjusting to the new normal caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, problems with getting absentee ballots to folks wishing to vote by mail, a new electronic voting machine system, difficulties with training new poll workers, and long lines […]

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Colorado

Newly elected state AGs outline enforcement priorities

Eighteen new state attorneys general will take office in 2019. There will be new AGs in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawai`i, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Politically speaking, the impact of the 2018 midterm elections on the AG landscape was decidedly mixed, with […]

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Georgia

Georgia 2020 Legislative Wrap-up

After a COVID-19 induced hiatus the General Assembly returned to Atlanta for a two week sprint to Sine Die. While the main focus was passing a budget under significant revenue shortfalls the General Assembly was able to pass several other pieces of legislation including a historic hate crimes bill, surprise billing restrictions and two constitutional […]

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Hawai`i

Hawaii Governor’s Economic & Community Navigator Announced

Governor David Ige today issued a Proclamation and announced Alan M. Oshima as the Hawaii Economic & Community Navigator. The newly created position in the Office of the Governor will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Hawai`i Economic Stabilization, Recovery & Resiliency Plan, which will include three phases to recover from COVID-19: 1) Stabilization; 2) Recovery; and 3) […]

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Pennsylvania

Majority of Pennsylvanians favor face masks, support Gov. Wolf amid pandemic, new poll says

By: David Wenner About half of Pennsylvania voters, or 48%, view the state as headed in the right direction, down from 57% last fall, according to a new poll. Still, the poll authors interpreted that as “generally optimistic,” given that 32% see COVID-19 as the biggest problem facing the state. Read the full article

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