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Elections & Federal

In optimistic State of the Union, Trump pitches deals to Dems

President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered his first State of the Union address, using the occasion to make a sober appeal to unity and challenged his Democratic antagonists to cooperate in overhauling the nation’s immigration system and rebuilding its dated infrastructure. The hour and twenty-minute-long speech pointedly lacked the partisan barbs that have become to […]

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Northam’s vetoes survives reconvened session

The following Va. leg. session speed-read comes by way of Dentons50 partner Shawn Day of Capital Results–editor In his first year as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam’s 10 vetoes survived the legislature’s reconvened session this week. Northam had vetoed bills addressing myriad topics, including immigration enforcement, more regulation of local government […]

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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

NY lawmakers miss budget deadline

New York State’s April 1 budget deadline came and went over the weekend without resolution of outstanding policy issues tied to the massive spending blueprint. Legislative leadership and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been locked in intense negotiations over the past week-and-a-half as they seek to resolve a handful of issues, first and foremost the question […]

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Budget progresses in Mo amid school funding feud

The Senate continued its work on its version of the state’s budget this week.  It has been Senate tradition that while the budget bills are amended and re-worked in the appropriations committee to reflect Senate priorities, they are generally not amended on the Senate Floor.  However, this tradition was broken this week when Senate Education […]

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