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Wicked Solutions Offered in Civic Engagement Webinar

In a time of extreme partisan politics, public officials need several tools to help them effectively communicate with their constituents and develop solutions to community problems that bring the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people possible. Deliberative engagement is one such tool. 

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Legislators Draw a Crowd in Fort Collins

When it comes to state legislative public forums, the people of Fort Collins, Colo., rank high in the list of engaged citizens. Nearly every meeting held by the local two state representatives and one state senator draws upward of 100 people.

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To Speak or Not To Speak? That is the Question

Billy Fallon, a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, was quick to answer this question at a session of NCSL’s Young and New Professionals (YNP) group at the Capitol Forum. “There’s no question: the answer is to speak.”

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Sexual Harassment Reaches State Lawmakers as Well as Media, Show Business

A news story involving an individual—whether it be a TV show host, playwright, CEO or even a hacker—accused of sexual harassment or misconduct has been a virtual daily occurrence since the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October. Legislators, both state and federal, also have been subject to allegations.

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Senator Yvonne Colomb: Women Making a Difference in Politics

“Loyal … confident… relentless. Those are three of many words that come to mind when I think about Senator Yvonne Colomb.” This was the opening line of Colomb’s nomination for the 2017 Women Making a Difference in Politics Award. 

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Your State's Constitution - The People's Document

Every state constitution reflects the diverse elements of its constituency, representing a microcosm of its people, traditions and political cultures. It is the document in which the citizens of the state set forth their basic rights, and the structure and operation of their government.

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Senator Karin Housley - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Growing up in Minnesota, Senator Karin Housley never had political aspirations.  She recalls, “I had school teachers for parents that didn’t talk about politics. I moved out of Minnesota when I was 18. My husband (Phil) was in the NHL (former star defenseman and current coach of the Buffalo Sabres) and we moved a lot.”

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Virginia House of Delegates Control Up in the Air

Fivethirtyeight.com's David Wasserman says it may take days instead of hours to determine which party control Virginia's House of Delegates, held firmly by Republicans until Tuesday night.

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Connecticut Gets a Budget, Lawmakers Get a Honeymoon

As October came to a close, Connecticut tied up loose fiscal ends. After 123 days without a FY 2018 budget, Connecticut became the final state to reach a budget agreement.

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Promoting Civility in Our State Legislatures

Most Americans agree our politics have become less civil since the November elections—70 percent according to an NPR/PBS/Marist public opinion poll released this summer.

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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.