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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | November 2, 2020

Dear Friends, Happy Election Week! I hope you all have found a way to vote early or made a plan to vote safely tomorrow. No matter the outcomes, one thing we know for sure is that election impacts will resonate with everyone who plays a role in government or the policy-making process. This month’s

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Elections Matter

Matt Glassman | November 2, 2020

On Tuesday, the United States will hold its 117th biennial federal election to fill seats in the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as its 59th quadrennial election to fill the office of President of the United States. Representatives elected will serve in the 117th Congress, from January 3, 2021 until January 3, 2023;

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | October 7, 2020

Dear Friends, It’s hard to know where to begin these days. The relentless pace of news leaves little room to process any one development, and it can be difficult to track what’s happening on Capitol Hill – or anywhere else for that matter. One thing we do know is the threat of a government shutdown

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Supreme Court Appointments: Reform or Revenge?

Susan Sullivan Lagon | October 7, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on September 18th reverberated throughout the nation and our institutions.  Mourners congregated at the Supreme Court immediately following the news, with Mitch McConnell’s statement that the Senate would vote on President Trump’s nominee coming just over an hour after the Supreme Court’s announcement. The prospect of Judge Amy Coney

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