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Monthly Archives: January 2012

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

U.S. Mayors: Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Environment

Posted in Energy Policy, Infrastructure, Mayors, Public-Private Partnerships

By Bandele McQueen Last week, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) convened its 80th Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The conference was said to be one of the best yet with strong participation, a stout lineup of speakers, and a dynamic leadership team that will transition from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Philadelphia Mayor… 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

Data Privacy Day: Thursday, January 26

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

By Dan Caprio In recognition of Data Privacy Day next week, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is sponsoring “The Intersection of Privacy & Security” at the George Washington Law School on Thursday, January 26. The event is free and open to the public and promises to be a very timely discussion with the expected release of the White House privacy position… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: 2012 State-Level Picks

Posted in Health Policy

By Frank Micciche The January edition of Inside Health Insurance Exchanges, the only national publication dedicated exclusively to the topic, includes our Exchange team’s recent projections for state-level activity in 2012. The report anticipates that more than a dozen states will actively undertake the construction of an exchange regardless of how the Supreme Court rules… 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 Federal Cyber Market Outlook and DHS Industry Day, January 26, 2012

Posted in Cybersecurity

By Dan Caprio Cybersecurity is set to be a top federal growth market in 2012. To protect federal information systems and networks, federal agencies will dedicate more funds to cybersecurity. According to a recent study by government IT consultant Deltek, the annual market demand for cybersecurity-related products by the U.S. Government is projected to spike from USD$9.2 billion in… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds Law Banning Foreign Nationals from Spending to Influence U.S. Elections

Posted in Political Law

By David Fine Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court upheld a federal law that bans foreign nationals from spending to influence U.S. elections. See Bluman v. Federal Election Commission. The Court upheld the decision of a three-judge panel without comment. Congress had strengthened the law in question in 2002 in response to contributions by foreign… Continue Reading

Climate Change Round-Up

Posted in Climate, Energy Policy

By Eric Tanenblatt Check out these latest posts on California’s Air Resources Board low carbon fuel standard and “Top 5 U.S. Climate & Energy Questions in 2012“ from our sister blog, “Climate Change Insights: A forum for critical analysis of climate law and policy.”

Health Insurance Exchanges: On the Horizon

Posted in Health Policy, Legislatures (State)

By Cindy Gillespie and Frank Micciche For all you health insurance exchange watchers, we’ve put together a “Look Ahead to 2012” that gives a sense of the current landscape, the big decisions to come, and what steps, if any, each state may take toward establishing an exchange this year. Keep reading for a sample, or click… 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

Energy Policy: Will 2012 See Any Progress?

Posted in Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw The last several years have started with promise for progress on energy policy. In 2009, a new President, who had campaigned on establishing mandatory limits on greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, was sworn into office. In 2010, the year began with a push by a bipartisan group of Senators, including John Kerry (D-MA),… 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