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Pollsters: Political Environment Worst in Memory

Republican pollster Neil Newhouse started off with a grabber: How many in the audience are running for office, he asked. Next, he wanted to know, how many of those races are competitive?

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What We Convey is More Than We Say

In case you’re wondering, the rock concert yesterday afternoon was in room L100ABC, during the Legislative Staff University course on communication skills.

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States on Front Lines of Drug Death Epidemic

A Minnesota state lawmaker who lost her 23-year-old daughter to a heroin overdose in 2007 carried legislation this past spring to help prevent similar deaths.

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Unclear if States Will Face Scrutiny of Elections Policy

State and federal lawmakers are far from done with fallout from the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision that disengaged a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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Cindy McCain: NFL Fumbling Human Trafficking Issue

Cindy McCain may not be a 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound linebacker, but she slammed the NFL to the turf this week in Minneapolis.

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Yo-Yo Ma: Arts Education Crucial to Innovative Society

Yo-Yo Ma has played far more acoustically-friendly venues than a convention center meeting room, but rarely to an audience more central to his passion for arts education in schools.

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One Right Makes Many Wrongs

Revolutionary times require revolutionary responses, Sir Ken Robinson told 3,000 or so attendees at the opening session of NCSL's 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis yesterday. His revolutionary idea? That the right answer is the wrong approach.

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Crowdfunding: How states hope to jumpstart new businesses

Say you’ve designed a better picnic cooler­—one that, in addition to keeping the beer and wieners cold, makes fancy crushed-ice drinks, plays music and comes with LED lights in the lid, a USB phone charger and a built-in bottle opener, among other features.

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The Not-So-Bizarre World of Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is a self-described “fat white guy who travels around the world and shoves bugs in his mouth.”

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Wesley Clark: A Strategy for U.S. Energy Security

The solution to the nation's quest for energy security is a broad-based approach to developing liquid fuels from a variety of sources, General Wesley Clark told a session at NCSL's Legislative Summit Tuesday.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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