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On February 3, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Ron Wyden reintroduced a bill to reverse a U.S. Treasury Department’s decision limiting IRS disclosure requirement of certain tax-exempt organizations engaging in political activities. Senate Bill 215, the Spotlight Act, requires non-profit […]

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U.S. Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner

On December 9, the U.S. Senate restored a full complement of commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). By confirming three new commissioners, the FEC, where only three of the agency’s six seats were filled since July 4, will now […]

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U.S. Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner

On May 19, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), restoring a quorum for the agency.   With the confirmation of James “Trey” Trainor, the FEC now has four commissioners, which meets the minimum […]

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On March 10, the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a nomination hearing. This will comprise of the full committee to consider James “Trey” Trainor as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC).   Trainor is a […]

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On November 6, voters gave Democrats the majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives while keeping Republicans firmly in control of the Senate. With early elections results in, it appears clear Democrats have gained at least 26 seats, giving […]

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On September 24, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Ron Wyden introduced a resolution to reverse a U.S. Treasury Department’s decision limiting IRS disclosure requirements of certain tax-exempt organizations engaging in political activities. On July 16, the U.S. Treasury Department and […]

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Gov. Doug Ducey has named Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat in the Senate. Sen. Kyl represented Arizona in the Senate for close to 20 years before reaching retirement in 2013. Kyl has committed to […]

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is retiring because of ill health on April 1. Gov. Phil Bryant has 10 days after receiving an official notice of the vacancy to temporarily appoint a replacement until a successor is elected. Bryant has yet […]

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Members of Congress could be banned from being lobbyists for life if legislation introduced this month becomes law. Senate Bill 1189, Close the Revolving Door Act of 2017, places a lifetime ban on current members of Congress from becoming lobbyists. […]

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On April 25, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Gary Peters introduced legislation designed to help small businesses registering to procure federal contracts. Senate Bill 938, the Procurement Fraud Prevent Act, would require small businesses, when registering to contract with the […]

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Republican candidate John Kennedy won a state run-off election on December 10 to fill Louisiana’s second seat in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy, Louisiana’s incumbent treasurer, won 61 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic candidate Foster Campbell. Kennedy will take […]

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Lawmakers ended a special session shortly after midnight on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The House and Senate gave approval to a package of bills regarding teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding, and limits on lottery monitor games. Photo of Arkansas […]

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