Marilyn Wesel, Author at State and Federal Communications

Former Iowa state Sen. Rita Hart withdrew her challenge in a U.S. House race she lost to Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks by six votes. Miller-Meeks was certified by the Iowa State Board of Canvassers as the winner after a full […]

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The Kentucky State Capitol building

The 2021 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 30. Among the measures passed is Senate Bill 6, which requires the executive branch ethics commission to establish standards of ethical conduct for all transition team […]

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South Dakota Capitol Building

The 96th session of the South Dakota Legislature adjourned sine die on March 29. During the session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 112, permitting the governor to fill vacancies in several state offices by appointment with the advice and consent […]

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The Kentucky State Capitol building

The Kentucky General Assembly voted to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2022 ballot authorizing the Legislature to change the legislative session end dates with a three-fifths vote in each chamber. The proposed amendment also authorizes the Senate president […]

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Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a special election for November 2 to fill the vacancy in U.S. House District 11 created by the departure of Marcia Fudge, who is now the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The special […]

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

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Rep. Holli Sullivan will replace Connie Lawson as the new secretary of state. Lawson, Indiana’s longest-serving secretary of state, was appointed in 2012 and won elections in 2014 and 2018. Sullivan, who has represented House […]

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Illinois State Capitol Building

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan selected Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar to fill his seat as representative for the 22nd House District after his first choice, Edward Guerra Kodatt, resigned due to allegations of questionable conduct. Madigan resigned as chairman of the […]

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Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office released the 2021 Campaign Contribution Limits. These limits will be effective from February 25, 2021 through February 24, 2023. Beginning Wednesday, PACs, PCEs and individuals may contribute $13,704.41 per election period to statewide candidates […]

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Cincinnati City Hall - EEJCC

Two proposed charter amendments establishing procedures to handle council members indicted for crimes will be on the ballot for voter approval on May 4. There is currently no process in the Cincinnati Charter and three of the nine council members […]

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Chicago City Hall - Ken Lund

The Chicago Board of Ethics is further extending the deadline for completion of annual mandatory ethics training by registered lobbyists for the 2019-2020 training period to May 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The training is completed online using […]

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Missouri Capitol Building

Missouri House District 140 Rep. Tricia Derges has been indicted on eight counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances, and lying to federal agents. The newly elected Derges, who holds a special assistant physician license […]

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Iowa Capitol Building - Ashton B Crew

Republican Adrian Dickey won the special election to fill the vacant Senate District 41 seat. Dickey will fill the seat for the two years remaining in the four-year term of former Sen. Marianette Miller-Meeks. Miller-Meeks resigned after winning a seat […]

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South Dakota Capitol Building

South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett published the 2021 annual limit for lobbyist gifts to public officials. Each year, the annual cumulative value is adjusted. It is based on the change in the consumer price index for urban wage […]

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North Dakota Capitol Building

North Dakota Rep. Keith Kempenich is sponsoring a bill to add reimbursement for meals to the compensation received by lawmakers who live outside Bismarck. The bill is being proposed just as the lobbyist gift ban approved by voters in 2018 […]

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