August 21, 2015 •

Delaware Special Election Scheduled for September

Flag_of_Delaware.svgThe special election to fill the House District 18 seat has been set for September 12, 2015.

Rep. Mike Barbieri vacated the seat to take a job leading the state’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

In a written statement, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said the date was chosen to give candidates time to reach out to voters in the district and, by scheduling the election on a Saturday, to make voting “as convenient as possible.”

July 9, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections Elections National: “Trump’s Attacks on Mail Voting Are Turning Republicans Off Absentee Ballots” by Amy Gardner and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for MSN Maine: “Hemmed in by the Pandemic, Collins Battles for Survival in Maine” by Emily Cochrane (New […]

Elections

Elections

National: “Trump’s Attacks on Mail Voting Are Turning Republicans Off Absentee Ballots” by Amy Gardner and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for MSN

Maine: “Hemmed in by the Pandemic, Collins Battles for Survival in Maine” by Emily Cochrane (New York Times) for Boston Globe

Wisconsin: “Appeals Court Reverses Wisconsin Voting Restrictions Rulings” by Todd Richmond for AP News

Ethics

National: “Facebook’s Own Civil Rights Auditors Said Its Policy Decisions Are a ‘Tremendous Setback’” by Elizabeth Dwoskin and Kat Zakrzewski for Washington Post

California: “Former L.A. Councilman Mitchell Englander Pleads Guilty in City Hall Corruption Case” by David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes for Los Angeles Times

Ohio: “Toledo Council President Ends Meeting after Charged Members Refuse to Leave” by Kate Snyder and Sarah Elms for Toledo Blade

Pennsylvania: “Delco Council Gives Preliminary OK to Gift Ban” by Kathleen Carey for Delaware County Times

Lobbying

Arizona: “Secretary of State: Goldwater Institute attorneys should have registered as lobbyists” by Jeremy Duda for Arizona Mirror

 

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July 8, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “Convention Jitters Grip Democrats” by Holly Otterbein for Politico National: “Social Media Platforms Gird for 78 Days of Disinformation Chaos after Election Day” by Gopal Ratnam for Roll Call Florida: “Appeals Court Stops Judge’s Order Granting Florida Felons […]

Elections

National: “Convention Jitters Grip Democrats” by Holly Otterbein for Politico

National: “Social Media Platforms Gird for 78 Days of Disinformation Chaos after Election Day” by Gopal Ratnam for Roll Call

Florida: “Appeals Court Stops Judge’s Order Granting Florida Felons Right to Vote” by Lawrence Mower for Tampa Bay Times

Ethics

National: “Trump’s Worldview Forged by Neglect and Trauma at Home, His Niece Says in New Book” by Shane Harris and Michael Kranish for Washington Post

National: “When Washington Helped Small Business, Washington Was Helped” by Kenneth Vogel for New York Times

Canada: “Ethics Watchdog to Examine Trudeau Over WE Charity Contract, Since Reversed” by Jordan Press (Canadian Press) for MSN

Maryland: “MoCo Employee Admits to Lapses in Ethics; Must Pay $5K Fine” by Alessia Grunberger (Patch) for MSN

Lobbying

California: “Santa Barbara Grand Jury Blasts County Supervisors Over Marijuana Industry” by Joe Mozingo for Los Angeles Times

Redistricting

Michigan: “Federal Judge Throws Out Republican Lawsuit Against Michigan Redistricting Commission” by Malachi Barrett for MLive.com

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July 7, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities” by Annie Karni, Rebecca Ruiz, and Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN Elections National: “States Can Punish ‘Faithless’ Electors, Supreme Court Rules” by Josh Gerstein and […]

Campaign Finance

National: “How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities” by Annie Karni, Rebecca Ruiz, and Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN

Elections

National: “States Can Punish ‘Faithless’ Electors, Supreme Court Rules” by Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney for Politico

Alabama: “Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting in Alabama” by Kim Chandler for AP News

Ethics

California: “Real Estate Firm Puts Executive on Leave Amid Jose Huizar Pay-to-Play Probe” by Emily Alpert Reyes for Los Angeles Times

West Virginia: “Ethics Commission in Transition as Executive Director, Commissioner Exit” by Phil Kabler (Charleston Gazette-Mail) for Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Lobbying

National: “Trump Vowed to ‘Drain the Swamp,’ but Lobbyists Are Still Thriving in It” by Kenneth Vogel, Michael La Forgia, and Haley Fuchs for New York Times

National: “Prince Andrew Sought Washington Lobbyist to Help with Epstein Case” by Kenneth Vogel for New York Times

Louisiana: “Louisiana’s Cap on Lobbyist Wining and Dining Edges Up a Bit” by Staff for AP News

New Jersey: “COVID-19 Has Changed Trenton Lobbying in Many Ways, from Remote Conversations to Clients’ Priorities” by Brett Johnson for roi-nj.com

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July 6, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Campaign Has Spent $5,500 on Membership Dues at Private Club in New York” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call Elections California: “San Jose City Council Narrowly Approves Ballot Measure to Expand Mayoral Powers, Give […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Campaign Has Spent $5,500 on Membership Dues at Private Club in New York” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call

Elections

California: “San Jose City Council Narrowly Approves Ballot Measure to Expand Mayoral Powers, Give Sam Liccardo 2 More Years” by Grace Hase for San Jose Insider

Ethics

National: “GOP Officials Flock to Parler Social Network. So Do Their Trolls and Impostors.” by Christiano Lima for Politico

National: “Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Over Mueller’s Secret Evidence, a Delay for House Democrats Investigating President Trump” by Robert Barnes (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Trump’s Pick for Ambassador Involved in Racist Smear Against Black Politician” by John Hudson (Washington Post) for MSN

New Jersey: “NJ Senator Who Was Fired and Investigated by Linden Council Wants to Limit Investigations” by Stacey Barchenger for Bergen Record

Washington: “Seattle City Council Won’t Fulfill Mayor Durkan’s Request to Investigate Sawant, González Says” by Daniel Beekman for Seattle Times

Lobbying

Illinois: “Ald. Michele Smith Keeps Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Proposed Change to Lobbying Rules on Indefinite Hold” by John Byrne for Chicago Tribune

Massachusetts: “Judge Clears Way for Former House Speaker Sal DiMasi to Lobby on Beacon Hill” by Matt Murphy (State House News Service) for MassLive.com

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July 2, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “Hickenlooper Rolls to Victory in Colorado Senate Primary” by James Arkin and Ally Mutnick for Politico Florida: “A Lawsuit to Kick Carlos Gimenez Off the Ballot for Congress Continues – For Now” by Alex Daugherty for Miami Herald […]

Elections

National: “Hickenlooper Rolls to Victory in Colorado Senate Primary” by James Arkin and Ally Mutnick for Politico

Florida: “A Lawsuit to Kick Carlos Gimenez Off the Ballot for Congress Continues – For Now” by Alex Daugherty for Miami Herald

Ethics

National: “A Common Thread Among Many Trump Press Staffers: They’re related to other Trump staffers” by Paul Fahri (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “A Dozen Donors Paid Nearly $480,000 in Legal Fees for Pence in Mueller Inquiry, New Filing Shows” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Human Rights Groups Turn Their Sights on Trump’s America” by Nahal Toosi for Politico

Ohio: “Federal Agents Charge Four Toledo City Council Members in Bribery Probe” by Allison Dunn and Sarah Elms for Toledo Blade

Ohio: “‘The World Will Never Break Me.’ Tamaya Dennard Pleads Guilty; Sentencing Coming Later.” by Sharon Coolidge and Kevin Grasha for Cincinnati Enquirer

Lobbying

North Carolina: “NC Legislators Notified After a Lobbyist Tests Positive for Coronavirus” by Lucille Sherman, Danielle Battaglia, and Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan for Raleigh News and Observer

Procurement

Canada: “Records Show Charity Closely Linked to Trudeau Has Received Multiple Sole-Source Contracts from Liberal Government” by Christopher Nardi for Canada.com

California: “Nuru Scandal Prompts New Rules for Public Works to Prevent Corruption” by Joshua Sabatini for San Francisco Examiner

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July 1, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “The Lincoln Project Is Trolling Trump. But Can It Sway Voters?” by Tina Nguyen and Elena Schneider for Politico National: “For Months, Trump Allies Hunted for Tapes of Biden in Ukraine. Now They’re Turning Up.” by Paul Sonne, […]

Elections

National: “The Lincoln Project Is Trolling Trump. But Can It Sway Voters?” by Tina Nguyen and Elena Schneider for Politico

National: “For Months, Trump Allies Hunted for Tapes of Biden in Ukraine. Now They’re Turning Up.” by Paul Sonne, Rosalind Helderman, Josh Dawsey, and David Stern for Washington Post

Alabama: “Alabama Asks Supreme Court to Review COVID-19 Election Ruling” by Todd Ruger for Roll Call

Ethics

National: “Reddit Closes Long-Running Forum Supporting President Trump After Years of Policy Violations” by Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin (WashingtonPost) for MSN

National: “As Support for Mask-Wearing Grows, So Do Political Risks for Forgoing Them” by Annie Linskey and Cobly Itkowitz for MSN

California: “Huizar, Facing Felony Charge, Will No Longer Receive L.A. Council Salary, Official Says” by David Zahniser for Los Angeles Times

Georgia: “Georgia Lawmakers Pass New DeKalb Ethics Bill” by Asia Ashley for The Champion

Lobbying

Arizona: “Witness in Rep. David Cook Investigation Says Lawmaker Sent Threatening Message” by Andrew Oxford for Arizona Republic

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June 30, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Canada: “Alberta Local Elections Bill Gets Mixed Reaction from Experts, Former Candidates” by Madeleine Cummings and Michelle Bellfontaine for CBC Montana: “Official Finds Montana GOP Violated Campaign Finance Laws” by Mary Beth Hanson for AP News Elections Texas: […]

Campaign Finance

Canada: “Alberta Local Elections Bill Gets Mixed Reaction from Experts, Former Candidates” by Madeleine Cummings and Michelle Bellfontaine for CBC

Montana: “Official Finds Montana GOP Violated Campaign Finance Laws” by Mary Beth Hanson for AP News

Elections

Texas: “U.S. Supreme Court Declines Texas Democrats’ Request to Allow All Texans to Vote by Mail” by Alexa Ura for Texas Tribune

Ethics

National: “Zuckerberg Once Wanted to Sanction Trump. Then Facebook Wrote Rules That Accommodated Him.” by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Craig Timberg, and Tony Romm (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Devin Nunes Can’t Sue Twitter Over Statements by Fake Cow, Judge Rules” by Kate Irby for McClatchy DC

National: “Judge Sets July 14 Surrender Date, Immediate Home Confinement for Roger Stone” by Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein for Politico

California: “Feds Say Tower Project Shows Toll of Bribery in Huizar Case: Less affordable housing” by Emily Alpert Reyes and David Zahniser for Los Angeles Times

Mississippi: “Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy” by Rick Rojas for New York Times

Legislative Issues

National: “Congressional Black Caucus Seizes on Push for Racial Justice to Wield Greater Influence” by Rachel Bade, Karoun Demirjian, and Paul Kane for Washington Post

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June 29, 2020 •

Federal Election Commission Loses Quorum Again

Caroline Hunter announced that she will resign from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 3, 2020, leaving the agency without a quorum. Hunter was appointed in 2008 by President George W. Bush for a six-year term, but stayed on […]

Caroline Hunter announced that she will resign from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 3, 2020, leaving the agency without a quorum.

Hunter was appointed in 2008 by President George W. Bush for a six-year term, but stayed on for another six years due to a replacement not being appointed.

After her retirement, Hunter will be joining the philanthropic group Stand Together.

President Trump has nominated Allen Dickerson, the legal director for the conservative non-profit Institute of Free Speech, to replace Hunter.

The FEC, however, had only just regained a quorum this May after nine months of being unable to conduct business.

This delay was due to having only three of the agency’s six seats filled.

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