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Representative Kay Khan - Women Making a Difference in Politics Award

Representative Kay Khan didn’t take what most would consider the traditional path into politics. As a girl, she was inspired by her mother’s leadership and strong voice in the PTA—a voice that would eventually lead her mother to testify on child nutrition before Senator Hubert Humphrey and Congress. 

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Collaboration, Wisdom-Sharing Highlight Southeastern Women's Leadership Seminar

Twenty women legislators from 14 primarily southern states convened in Winston-Salem, N.C. for leadership training, advice sharing and discussions about economic development.

Twenty women legislators from 14 primarily southern states convened in Winston-Salem, N.C. for leadership training, advice sharing and discussions about economic development.

 

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NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Convene for Second Face-to-Face Meeting

Last month, 25 legislators and two legislative staff representing 14 states and the District of Columbia traveled to the Mile High City of Denver to participate in the second of two face-to-face meetings as part of their yearlong participation in NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program.

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State Legislators Learn Latest Juvenile Justice Reform Policies in Big Apple

State legislators and staff got the chance to learn about the latest juvenile justice reform policies across the country during NCSL’s Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit Sept. 24-26 in New York City.

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Commonwealth Conversations Provide Listening Moments for Mass. Lawmakers

Listening to the concerns of Massachusetts’s residents resulted in a plan that the Massachusetts Senate adopted for its work in the 2017 session and beyond.

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Where Shall We Meet?

Legislative committee rooms are as varied as our state legislatures. Like legislatures, they come in all different shapes and sizes.

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Blocking and Banning Followers and Friends By Legislators

The average state legislature has 58 percent of all members on Facebook and 65 percent of all members on Twitter, according to one source. As public officials, they’ve likely had more than their share of online “trolls” following and friending them. But can they block or ban these individuals from their official or personal accounts?

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In the Trenches With Social Media at the Summit

First thing at Summit, legislators and legislative staff got down and dirty in the social media trenches as NCSL and Facebook teamed up to unveil the new Facebook Guide for State Legislators.

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Meet the Press at the Legislative Summit

A panel of journalists during a session on "A Free and Responsible Press in Today's Political Climate" at NCSL's Legislative Summit said the threat to press freedom felt no greater today than it has been at other times in America's past.

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Some Lessons on Presidential Leadership

Lessons in judgment, restraint and self-assurance from some of our greatest presidents were on display Wednesday as presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin closed the NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston.

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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.