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Entries for August 2018

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EPA Unveils Affordable Clean Energy Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan

On Aug. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP), which the agency has separately proposed to repeal.

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Designing a World-Class Early Learning System in New Mexico

New Mexico is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of children aged birth to 5 living in poverty at 30 percent. While this may seem like an incredible challenge, it also presents an incredible opportunity for the state.

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Category: Education
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In Memoriam: Redistricting Pioneer Tom Hofeller

With a curmudgeonly nature leavened by a twinkle in his eye, Tom Hofeller was one of the nation’s best brains when it came to thinking spatially and legally. In other words, he was a redistricter par excellence.

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Do Election Primary Snafus Portend November Troubles?

As of last Tuesday, 40 states have held their primary elections, meaning we are most of the way through primary season—and are fast approaching November’s general election.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Federalism, School Safety, Energy Storage

What is the state of federalism today? That question anchors the cover story in the current issue of NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine.

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NCSL Talks Hollywood: Women on Screen and Behind the Camera

Los Angeles—NCSL’s Legislative Summit brought more than 5,000 people to Los Angeles, and the Women’s Legislative Network closed out the week by putting Hollywood front and center.

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Counting, Citizenship Questions Abound for Census Official at Summit

Los Angeles—In a fiery session at the recent NCSL Legislative Summit, James Whitehorne, chief of the redistricting and voting rights office of the U.S. Census Bureau, faced questions from an overflowing room touching on all aspects of the 2020 Census.

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Category: Elections, Census
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Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad?

Los Angeles—The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) defines virtual currency as “a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency.

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Help Us Compile the 'Wise Women Legislative Guidebook'

After the arduous election campaign, a newly-elected woman legislator walks through the doors of the statehouse for the first time as a representative of the people.

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From Redistricting to Right to Work: This Year’s Ballot Measures (So Far)

Missouri voters’ repeal of a right-to-work law was the highest-profile result of a dozen ballot measures decided during the primary season. The remaining ballot issues will be on general election ballots in November.

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