Marilyn Wesel, Author at State and Federal Communications

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - by Julia Pickett

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced special elections to fill vacancies in Senate District 8 and 28. The vacancy in Senate District 8 was caused by the election of Sen. Pete Lucido as the Macomb County Prosecutor. In addition, the Senate […]

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Indiana State Capitol - By Daniel Schwen / CC BY-SA

Lawmakers convened the 122nd Indiana General Assembly with several adjustments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These changes include moving the House of Representatives to the Government Center South building and installing plexiglass barriers in Senate. Neither chamber is requiring […]

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Illinois State Capitol Building

The Illinois House elected Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch as speaker of the House. This took place shortly after the swearing-in of newly elected General Assembly members, to start the 2021 regular session. Welch succeeds Rep. Michael Madigan, the longest-serving statehouse […]

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January 14, 2021  •  

Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session

Wisconsin State Capitol Building

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced he was calling a special session of the Legislature during his State of the State address, delivered virtually for the first time in the state’s history. He called the special session to consider the State […]

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Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

A special election for Iowa Senate District 41 is scheduled for January 26. Gov. Kim Reynolds called the special election to fill the vacancy left by newly elected Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who stepped down last month. Following a recount, Miller-Meeks […]

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Illinois State Capitol Building

The Illinois Legislature began a final session for the 101st General Assembly on January 8. The Senate met at the Capitol while the House met at the Bank of Springfield Center. The separate meeting locations accommodated social distancing due to […]

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North Dakota Capitol Building

The North Dakota Legislature convened January 5 for the 2021 session with improvements to live streaming and remote technology, making remote testimony by the public possible. Committee meetings and floor sessions will be carried live. House and Senate floor sessions […]

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North Dakota Capitol Building

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion confirming the Ethics Commission is constitutionally authorized to create a rule expanding the definitions for “lobby” and “lobbyist” for purposes of the new gift rules. The opinion was issued in response to a […]

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Cincinnati Skyline - by Mr. RNGAndreson

Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph “Ted” Winkler appointed Liz Keating, a Republican, as interim replacement for Alexander “P.G.” Sittenfeld. Sittenfeld is a Democrat who was indicted last month on six counts alleging honest services wire fraud, bribery, and attempted […]

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Wisconsin Capitol - photo by Dori

Wisconsin Lawmakers ended the third special session on December 22, with a final adjournment pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1. The session was called by Gov. Tony Evers and began on August 31, 2020. Wisconsin law does not require lawmakers […]

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Wisconsin State Capitol Building

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order calling for a special election on April 6, 2021, the same day as the statewide spring election. The election will fill the Senate District 13 seat being vacated after Sen. Scott Fitzgerald […]

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Missouri Capitol Building

The second special session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on December 16. The special session called by Gov. Mike Parson to focus on getting federal CARES Act funding distributed to the state began on November 5 and included […]

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Chicago River at Michigan Avenue - David Wilson

The Board of Ethics announced a further delay in the implementation of Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305, previously set for January 1, 2021. Implementation is set for April 1, 2021, due to the continuing work by the city and many non-profit organizations […]

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Cincinnati Skyline - by Mr. RNGAndreson

Cincinnati City Councilwoman Betsy Sundermann proposed a charter amendment to the city charter. The amendment would allow the city to suspend a council member upon the filing of an indictment or certain criminal charges, and to remove them if convicted. […]

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