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Trump, State Leaders Differ On School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

The 2016 elections are now behind us, but what remains is a divided country. Some people are very happy feeling that their voices finally were heard. ...

NICD's Civility Revolution: Proven Strategies, New State Leaders, Active Foot Soldiers and a Ready-and-Eager American Public

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Just last week, a large survey of citizens asserted loudly their dislike of the rampant incivility in our nation. NICD heard them - loud and clear. And I am deeply proud that several of our key programs, which are growing daily, are exactly the actions needed to turn the tide on incivility.

Beware State Legislators Seeking Limitless Tax Authority

Grover Norquist | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Grover Norquist

The "let's tax those who cannot vote against us" lobby had hoped to hold hostage the Internet access tax moratorium bill--that is regularly extended year after year. But that won't work, and they have shifted to trying to slip the Internet sales tax legislation into the Omnibus.

State Budgets Still Plagued By Little Room For Big Ideas, Report Shows

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with o...

'What Brand Are You Smoking?' Marijuana Tops List Of New State Laws

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - "What brand are you smoking?," could become a more routine question among Coloradans in...

Fracking Lobby's Tax Forms: Big Bucks to Media Outlets, "Other ALECs"

Steve Horn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) -- the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry -- has released its 2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it's rich with eye-opening revelations.

Key Issue Sees Rising Attention In 2013

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By Lisa Maria Garza Sept 11 (Reuters) - The number of immigration-related laws passed by U.S. states rebounded sharply in the first ha...

Wacky Bill Now In Jan Brewer's Hands

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, April 30 (Reuters) - The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to make gold and silver legal currenc...

John Celock

Online Sales Tax Moves Forward | John Celock | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is expected to open debate Monday evening on a bill that would allow for the collection of sales taxes on items bought o...

John Celock

Senators Back $23.3 Billion Online Sales Tax | John Celock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A measure to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes from online purchases received key support in the United States Se...

State Senate Approves Voter ID Bill

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

By Suzi Parker LITTLE ROCK, Ark. March 19 (Reuters) - The Arkansas state Senate approved a measure on Tuesday to require voters to sho...

John Celock

Only State Without Human Trafficking Ban Will Finally Outlaw Practice | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) said Saturday he is planning to sign legislation that will make his state the last in the nation to ban human...

John Celock

Legislators Should Get Same Job Rights As Soldiers, Anti-Union Republican Says | John Celock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

A Republican Kansas state senator has proposed legislation that would give state lawmakers protections in their private-sector jobs similar to those o...

John Celock

States Ask Feds To End 'Uncertainty' | John Celock | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling for an end to "uncertainty" from the federal government, along with greater flexibility for state governments, the leaders of th...

John Celock

Post-Tea Party Leader Expects 'Common Sense' | John Celock | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

The New Hampshire House of Representatives' new Democratic speaker is pledging "common sense" following two years of Tea Party control of the chamber....

John Celock

15 States To Take On Tax Reform In 2013 | John Celock | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen states are likely to see some sort of tax reform legislation in 2013, according to a study released Wednesday by the Institute o...

John Celock

Federal 'Uncertainty' Complicates State Fiscal Picture | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Increased health care spending and uncertainty from the federal government over spending has complicated the fiscal picture for states a...

GOP Lawmaker Proposes Ending Key Program

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is planning to introduce legislation to end the state's affirmative action program. State Sen. Jim Summervi...

John Celock

GOP Leader Says Party Needs To 'Be More Tolerant' | John Celock | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leader of Kansas' moderate Republican faction says that the GOP nationally needs to be more open to moderates, along with embracing ...

John Celock

Lawmakers Celebrate Bipartisanship | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's state legislators concluded their fall forum here Friday by praising bipartisanship through a tribute to their former leade...

John Celock

Dem Says Christie Deputy Made 'Complete Mess' Of Post-Sandy Voting | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey's Democratic state Senate president said he believes that the state's decision to allow Hurricane Sandy victims to vote by em...

John Celock

Former Senator Pushing Against 'Hyper Super Charged Partisanship' | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of former senators told the nation's state legislators Friday morning that Congress needs to work in a bipartisan fashion to addr...

Bruised States Take Step In Right Direction, Still Face Difficulties

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Most U.S. states reached a plateau of fiscal stability in 2012 as their revenues slowly grew, but they still face threats from escalating costs, high ...

John Celock

Lawmakers Push Conservative Tax | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's state legislators are spread out across Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon lobbying Congress for the ability to place a sales...

Ian Gray

State Legislators Sent Back To School | Ian Gray | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

State legislators from around the country are stopping into classrooms this year to meet with students as part of the "America's Legislators Back to S...