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Elections 2012: MLA’s Campaign Textbook Series

Posted in 2012 Elections, Congress, Legislation (Federal)

By Cindy Gillespie and Eric Tanenblatt This election season, members of our Public Policy and Government Affairs and Political Law practices provided an exclusive look at the 2012 Campaign Trail in a unique call series.     MLA’s Campaign Textbook Series provided a quick and informative way to learn what was really happening behind the scenes in the races this fall. Each… Continue Reading

2012 Election Results and Post Election Discussion

Posted in 2012 Elections, Attorneys General, Congress, Governors, Legislatures (State), Mayors

By Eric Tanenblatt and Joseph Dowley With the 2012 elections concluded, we are pleased to provide this recap of the Presidential, Congressional, and State race results. We also invite you to click here to download a full report from our updated 50 State Resource Center, a comprehensive database focusing on economic and political affairs in… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity – What’s Next After the Election?

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity

 By Elizabeth Ferrell and Jim Schweiter There is widespread recognition that we must adopt new policies, laws and regulations to identify and monitor cyber threats, protect our cyber infrastructure and IT systems, share information among government agencies and between the private sector and the government, and develop effective means for responding to cyber attacks. The… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Summary and Recording

Posted in 2012 Elections, Appropriations, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley A momentous session of Congress looms ahead… We are carefully watching developments in advance of the elections to gauge likely directions once voters have spoken. There won’t be much time—or open deliberation—once the Lame Duck begins. Most decisions, if there are any, will come as a result of closed door meetings between Congressional leaders… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Notice

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley With the 2012 Congressional lame duck session fast approaching, there are a number of important issues for which public and private sector actors should be prepared. To help look more deeply into these topics, including a budget overview, sequestration, defense authorization legislation, taxes, and the implications of the Presidential and Senate elections, we… Continue Reading

State Attorneys General: 2012 Election Preview

Posted in 2012 Elections, Attorneys General

By Thurbert Baker and Jane Moffat MLA’s National State Attorneys General Practice is pleased to share the following thoughts and predictions about what to expect across the country in the upcoming November State Attorney General elections. Last year, we saw statewide elections of Attorneys General (AGs) in three states. Kentucky and Mississippi reelected Democratic AGs last… Continue Reading

The Ambitious Agenda of U.S. Mayors

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Mayors, Trade, Transportation

By Rosalind Rubens Newell and Bandele McQueen The U.S. Conference of Mayors gathered recently in Orlando, Florida for its 80th Annual Meeting, hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. This bipartisan organization serves as a bellwether for rising issues that are of importance to cities of varying sizes across the country. The programmatic theme for this year’s year’s annual… Continue Reading

The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act: Interpreting the Decision

Posted in 2012 Elections, Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie Today, we held a discussion to help interpret the Supreme Court’s decision and to consider the implications for the U.S. health care industry, employers, government contractors, and financial markets. Members of our Litigation, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Government Contracting, Health Care Regulatory, and Employee Benefits practices presented and fielded questions. Click… Continue Reading

A “Chunks” Approach to Climate Policy

Posted in 2012 Elections, Climate, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw At a Politico Pro Energy breakfast this morning in Washington, DC, White House Deputy Assistant for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal defended the Administration’s energy record but also provided a window into what a second term energy policy might look like for President Obama. These comments come after Zichal last week… Continue Reading

Energy Breakfast Highlights Ideological Divide

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw As gasoline prices approach nearly $4/gallon, there is increased attention devoted to energy policy both on the Presidential trail and in Congress. President Obama is arguing that there are no easy answers to high gasoline prices, and he is calling for an “all of the above” strategy that includes increased domestic oil and… Continue Reading

Talking to the Taliban

Posted in 2012 Elections, National Security & Defense

By Paul McHale Although President Obama made only brief reference to Afghanistan during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, it now looks like the issue of “talking to the Taliban” will be a major fault line in the 2012 Presidential election. The Obama Administration has been pushing hard to ignite serious negotiations with the… Continue Reading

State Legislature Reapportionment: Colorado Case Study

Posted in 2012 Elections, Legislatures (State), Political Law

By David Fine The State of Colorado’s recently completed legislative reapportionment is a case study in a difficult political and legal process that gets relatively little attention, but is critical to representation around the country. Just as at the federal level, state reapportionment happens once per decade following the census. Often, as in Colorado, state… Continue Reading

EPA Defends Controversial Power Plant Regulations

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw Last week, EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy provided remarks on new Clean Air Act (CAA) rules for utilities at an ICF International breakfast. McCarthy offered a vigorous defense of EPA’s Utility MACT and Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Both of these rules face opposition among some in Congress and industry. Last… Continue Reading

Save Yourself A Lot Of Pain: Double Check Your LD-203 Filing Procedures

Posted in 2012 Elections, Lobbying Compliance, Political Law

By Randy Nuckolls One of the biggest areas of noncompliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) is in the area of failure to file proper LD-203 semiannual contribution reports. Often failure to submit reports is a simple oversight. Nonetheless, such failures to report will lead to notices of noncompliance from the House and Senate or even… Continue Reading

Campaign Finance: States Propose Rule Rewrites

Posted in 2012 Elections, Government Ethics, Political Law

By David Fine The Colorado Secretary of State has proposed a significant rewrite of Colorado’s campaign finance rules. The Secretary has received public comment and my guess is that final rules will be promulgated in the near future. The rules may generate litigation and will require careful study to ensure compliance going into the 2012 elections. Once… Continue Reading

2012 Health Policy Outlook: It’s All About 2013

Posted in 2012 Elections, Governors, Health Policy, Legislation (Federal), Legislatures (State)

By Cindy Gillespie and Elizabeth Carpenter If we had to pick a theme for 2012, we’d pick one phrase: ”It’s all about 2013″. Presidential election years always have an enormous impact on Congressional and federal action, but the economic issues and the public’s anti-Congress and anti-Washington sentiment make this an election year where Washington is likely… Continue Reading

2012 Crystal Ball: Can This Congress Accomplish Anything Regarding the Nation’s Debt Crisis?

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Legislation (Federal), Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Some might argue that it already has. It has put in place a budgetary “sword of Damocles” – a scheduled January 2013, 10-year “sequestration” – $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts largely to defense and other popular discretionary spending. It was passed by this Congress and its existence will dominate all other legislative activities… Continue Reading

The Inaugural Post: Welcome to the Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity, Energy Policy, Government Ethics, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Political Law, Tax Policy, Transportation

By Eric Tanenblatt Happy New Year and welcome to the new Politics, Law and Policy Blog: Bipartisan policy insights and political intelligence. This blog is a forum led by members of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, an international law and public policy firm with offices in nine… Continue Reading

Reflections on the Iowa Caucuses

Posted in 2012 Elections

By Governor Howard Dean The Iowa caucuses exemplify the grueling nature of the Presidential nominating process in our country. Here’s my take on why that’s exactly the way it should be, what to expect from tonight’s Republican primary, including a new twist, and a look ahead to New Hampshire and beyond.

Elections, Money Drive Agendas in 2012 State Legislatures

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Legislatures (State)

By Mark Burkhalter While serving in the leadership of the Georgia Legislature, election years and money often drove policy or the lack thereof in state legislatures across America. 2012 will likely be no different. Election year state legislative sessions can typically result in “policy paralysis.” Translation, fewer major initiatives are undertaken from fear of losing… Continue Reading