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In Memoriam: Earl Mackey, First Executive Director of NCSL

Earl Mackey, the leading architect and first executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, died on Aug. 26 in Portland, Ore. He was 81.

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Getting Creative at Legislative Summit

When Amy Climer speaks to groups about creativity, she starts by asking for a show of hands: “How many of you consider yourselves creative?” Usually, about half the people—even in a roomful of artists—raise their hands. That was the case during her talk, “Deliberate Creativity: Three Elements of Innovation,” at the Legislative Summit in Nashville last week during the special Legislative Staff breakfast.

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Have a Wicked Good Time: Hone Your Skills as a Legislative Librarian in Maine

The Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (LLRL) is thrilled to host this year's LRL PDS. The conference, to be held Sept. 22-25 in downtown Portland, Maine, will include a full day in the historic Maine State House in Augusta.

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Introverts Stand Out at 2019 Summit

An intrepid group of introverts braved a packed room at the Legislative Summit in Nashville.

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Cultivating Credibility: Lessons from Journalism

Ten years ago, as the number of statehouse reporters was dwindling and newspapers were folding, Evan Smith bucked the trend. The co-founder of the Texas Tribune, a successful nonprofit online news organization dedicated to covering politics, policy, government and statewide issues, Smith says nonprofits like his are “coming to your state” because “the economics of the news business does not allow the coverage needed in a profit-making model.”

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Everyone Wins With Servant Leadership

Legislatures were established by servant leaders. But in the age of selfies, insta-influencers and immediate gratification, it’s easy to forget why servant leadership matters.

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What I Wish I Knew ...

No one said working in a legislature would be easy. But the more prepared you are for what’s ahead, the easier it will be to get up to speed and keep from feeling overwhelmed.

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Embracing Your New Normal

"Adversity can make you stronger!” When this is spoken by someone who has suffered nothing near the real adversity you have, it’s pretty hard to keep listening. But when someone who has suffered a great personal tragedy or serious injury says it, it’s hard not to want to listen to his story. 

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Winners of the 2019 Notable Documents Award Are ...

The Legislative Research Librarians and NCSL announce the winners of the 2019 Notable Document Award winners.

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Tune Up Your Professional Skills in Music City USA

The Leadership Staff Professional Association (LSS) invites all leadership staff, chiefs of staff, caucus staff, administrative staff in leader’s offices, personal and district staff to attend the 2019 LSS Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Aug. 4-5 in Nashville, Tenn.

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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.