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Don Sweitzer Elected to Chair IFES Board of Directors

Posted in Elections

MLA’s Don Sweitzer was elected to Chair the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Board of Directors.

IFES is fortunate to have a global and bi-partisan Board of Directors. The Board includes leaders in business, government and civil society, former and sitting U.S. Senators and Representatives, and first time African-American elected state officials. There are former U.S. and Swiss Ambassadors, presidential candidates and a former chief of state from six countries. A handful of Directors were involved with Nelson Mandela’s rise to power and some have been engaged in every U.S. presidential campaign on both sides since Kennedy-Nixon.

Don Sweitzer Profile

Gordon Giffin – Member of Council on Foreign Relations Task Force

Posted in Foreign Policy

MLA’s Gordon Giffin, who leads the firm’s Canada-U.S. practice, was a member on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Sponsored Task Force that recently released the report, North America: Time for a New Focus

As the CFR website states, the report asserts that elevating and prioritizing the U.S.-Canada-Mexico relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies Shannon K. O’Neil.

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community.

Click here to read the full article on the CFR website.

Ben Dunham Quoted in Law360

Posted in Federal

MLA’s Ben Dunham was quoted in the Law360 article, “TSCA Reform Chances Dim With Boxer’s Preemption Pushback.

TSCA Reform Chances Dim With Boxer’s Preemption Pushback

Still, Benjamin E. Dunham, a director at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and who spent almost five years as a senior advisor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who was Vitter’s original partner in TSCA reform, said there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic.

“You’ve got both sides now looking at the same document and making changes to that one document, as opposed to having completely different visions for TSCA reform. The detailed differences are important, but those can be overcome,” he said.

He acknowledged preemption will be the toughest issue to resolve, but referred to Vitter’s idea, floated last summer that preemption wouldn’t kick in for state programs until the EPA had completed its action on a chemical.

“Now that the differences have been identified, there’s an opportunity to work through those and figure out common ground. The big sticking points that have been out there for a long time are still sticking points” Dunham said.

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Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General detailed state standards for access to care in their Medicaid managed care programs in a report and the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear a case from Idaho on whether health care providers can sue a state with the intention of getting the state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rate

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, Kevin Counihan, Marketplace Chief Executive Officer, gave his first interview since assuming the position and the Hawaii Health Connector signaled that it is in the final stages of selecting a permanent executive director to run the exchange.

Jon Sohn Quoted in Foreign Policy Article

Posted in Foreign Policy

MLA’s Jon Sohn was quoted in Foreign Policy’s article, “This Isn’t the Time to Go Wobbly on Slavery.

This Isn’t the Time to Go Wobbly on Slavery

 “If everyone is on a level playing field because of the new regulation,” said Jon Sohn, a DC lawyer advising companies on California’s supply chain legislation, “what we can do is to separate ourselves and begin to raise the bar even further.”

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Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, news out of Idaho confirmed that Your Health Idaho remains on track to transition to a State-based Marketplace this fall and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange selected three Third Party Administrators (TPAs) to administer the exchange’s SHOP.