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  • Evan Bayh and Jon Huntsman Discuss Bipartisanship in Politics
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    Bipartisanship and Politics

    Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (R) and former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D) talked about bipartisanship in politics. They are the co-chairs of No Labels, a national organization working with…

  • Young State Legislators Impact on Politics
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    Young State Legislators' Impact on Politics

    State officials and legislators spoke about political leadership, the role of young people in the political system, and developing strong new leaders for the future. They also spoke about…

  • Pollsters Perspective on 2012 Politics
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    Pollsters Perspective on 2012 Politics

    Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse, leading political pollsters, shared their insights on what’s on voters minds and how it will play out in the November elections. They discussed what they…

  • Job Creation and US Competitiveness
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    Job Creation and U.S. Competitiveness

    Panelists talked about business and government policies to spur job creation. Among the topics they addressed were education, changing immigration policy, and state incentives to attract…

  • Amending US Constitution
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    Amending U.S. Constitution

    Participants spoke about amending the U.S. Constitution. Among the subjects they addressed were the amendment process, states' rights and the concept of nullification, the use of…

  • Social Media and Politics
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    Social Media and Politics

    Keith Buchholz spoke about the use of social media in politics. He talked about different forms and platforms available to communicate with constituents, privacy issues, the reliability of…

  • Federal Education Reform
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    Federal Education Reform

    The bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures' Education Task Force, composed of state legislators from across the country, released its findings. The report was critical of…

  • Presidential Primary Process
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    Presidential Primary Process

    Republican and Democratic National Committee officials spoke about the presidential primary process. Issues included starting dates for presidential primary elections and caucuses, the…

  • Politics and the Internet
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    Politics and the Internet

    Jimmy Orr talked about politics and the Internet. Among the topics he addressed were developing campaign and public relations strategies for the Internet, creative use of online tools to present a political…

  • Minority Health Disparities
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    Minority Health Disparities

    The panelists talked about the effect of minority and multicultural health care disparities and the role of state governments in resolving these issues. Linda Holmes is executive director…

  • States and Universal Health Care
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    States and Universal Health Care

    The panelists discussed health care reform and whether states should use a universal or incremental approach. They talked about the 2006 laws passed by Massachusetts and Vermont to change their health…

  • Election Integrity
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    Election Integrity

    Panelists talked about state and federal programs and policies for fair and accurate elections. Among the topics they addressed were improving election integrity, the Help America Vote Act, as well as…

  • Electoral College and the Popular Vote
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    Electoral College and the Popular Vote

    Panelists talked about a movement to by-pass the Electoral College and award the presidency to the candidate winning the popular vote. The spoke about arguments for and against the Electoral College,…

  • Campaign Funding
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    Campaign Funding

    Panelists discussed an expected mid-summer ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that could have a far reaching impact on campaign finance laws. The decision, and other federal court rulings, would define…

  • Homeland Security Issues
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    Homeland Security Issues

    Secretary Chertoff addressed the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. He talked about cooperation between…

  • Americas Fiscal Future
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    America's Fiscal Future

    David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States and director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, gave a luncheon address at the annual Spring Forum of the National Council…

  • Democratic Agenda
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    Democratic Agenda

    U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer outlined the House Democratic Party priorities for the 2006 congressional session. Among the issues he addressed were spending and budget priorities,…

  • Response to Hurricane Katrina
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    Response to Hurricane Katrina

    Black leaders spoke to reporters about the urgency to stabilize, repair, and rebuild areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. They criticized the media’s change of focus to looting and vandalism rather…

  • Education Issues
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    Education Issues

    The National Conference of State Legislatures held a press conference to release a series of recommendations for changes to the No Child Left Behind Act. Among the topics they addressed…

  • 2004 State Election Results Statistics
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    2004 State Election Results: Statistics

    National Conference of State Legislature analysts and others discussed the impact the 2004 general election will have at state and local levels. They presented statistics that included…

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