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Resigning to Preserve Majority Won't Work in all States

Colorado state Senator Evie Hudak avoided losing her seat in May, when petitioners suspended the recall campaign they’d launched against her. But she wasn’t as fortunate this fall. Hudak resigned in November in the face of a new recall push, making her the third Colorado Democrat to lose a Senate seat to recall efforts this year.

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Learning the Lessons of Gettysburg

A recent leadership development program that NCSL staged for legislative leaders at the battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn.,  was perhaps the most impressive program that I’ve seen.

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Legislative Leaders Hear About Persuasion, Economy, Values

Legislative leaders from around the country heard presentations on persuasion, leadership, values and more during NCSL's recent special workshop in Tucson, Ariz.
 

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Lawmakers from the Massachusetts General Court and the National Assembly of Quebec this week signed a cooperative agreement aimed at establishing legislative collaboration around areas of mutual interest, including education, health, environment, energy, economic development and cultural affairs.

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Cleared for Takeoff: NCSL Lands First Class Tour of Reagan National Airport

As part of NCSL’s Fall Forum last week in Washington D.C. the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee partnered with the Airports International Council- North America (AIC-NA) to provide interested NCSL members with an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). 

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State Lawmakers Head to Capitol Hill

The Marketplace Fairness Act, fiscal uncertainty faced by states, unfunded federal mandates and tax reform were among the issues up for discussion Wednesday as more than 200 state legislators from 41 states met with congressional leadership and 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Colorado Gun Control Recall Prompts Senator to Resign

A Colorado Senator resigned last week before a recall election prompted by her vote in favor of new gun-control laws. The resignation preserved the Democrats' one-vote majority.

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Chicago Magazine Profiles 'King of Illinois' Michael Madigan

Chicago magazine profiles Michael Madigan, whose 29 years as Illinois House speaker will soon make him the the longest-tenured House speaker in the nation's history.

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Family Loyalty or Civic Duty?

Today's New York Times carries a fascinating story about the choices faced and made by one-time powerful Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger whose brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, recently has been convicted of 11 murders and other crimes.

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Cauci?

A legislator I was talking with recently stumbled for a moment over the plural of "caucus," finally blurting "cauci."

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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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