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Entries for January 2016

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Supreme Court Approves Wholesale Demand Response

In a 6-2 decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the authority to regulate wholesale “demand response” and that demand response bidders may receive the same compensation as electricity producers.

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Private School Choice: From Fringe to Mainstream

This week, school choice advocates around the country celebrate the annual National School Choice Week, which provides a great opportunity to examine the explosion of private school choice programs that has occurred around the country over the last five years.

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Bloomberg's March to Ballot Would Be Long, Winding Road

The news that Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, may launch a run for president as an independent has added yet another wrinkle to an already atypical presidential race. Armed with a possible $1 billion of his own money, the former mayor could have a big impact on the race—if he can get on the ballot.

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Peripheral Systems Part of Elections Conversation

When you go into a state to learn about elections technology, as NCSL did in Rhode Island last week, you expect to talk about aging voting machines and the possibilities for replacing them.

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Kansas Must Reconsider Death Penalty for the Carr Brothers

The Wichita Massacre was so bad it got a name. And a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Health Survey Shows 50-state Progress, Challenges

States have made significant improvements in health systems performance over the past couple of years, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, "Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2015 Edition."

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Legislators Examine New Nuclear Program in United Arab Emirates

So why is the United Arab Emirates, a country with vast fossil fuel resources, investing in nuclear power to provide a bulk of its electricity?

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EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Stay - For Now

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a consolidated motion from a number of states and industry groups to stay implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan until litigation of the rule was completed.

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States Will Deal With the President's Views on the State of Elections

I decided to read the State of the Union address last night.

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A Year in Review: 2015 Early Care and Education Enactments

Welcome to 2016. As we look ahead to the legislative session of 2016 it's always nice to remember the past.

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