August 17, 2018 •

NYCU Video Digest – August 17, 2018

State and Federal Communications Intern Sam Waller is here with the fastest two minutes in this week’s government news!  

State and Federal Communications Intern Sam Waller is here with the fastest two minutes in this week’s government news!

 

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August 17, 2018 •

By-Election For Outremont (Quebec) Seat in House of Commons To Be Announced on Future Date

Sometime before January 30, 2019, a by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing Outremont in the province of Quebec. On August 3, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from […]

Sometime before January 30, 2019, a by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing Outremont in the province of Quebec.

On August 3, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from the Speaker of the House of Commons that the seat for Outremont (Quebec) became vacant following the resignation of Tom Mulcair, who left office to teach at the at Universite de Montreal and to become a regularly scheduled political commentator at CJAD radio and CTV news.

Under the law, the by-election date must be announced between August 14, 2018, and January 30, 2019, and will signal the start of the by-election period. According to Elections Canada, the earliest date the by-election can be held is September 24, 2018.

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August 16, 2018 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance California: “California Democratic Party and Open-Government Groups Fight Proposal to Lift Contribution Limits for Legislative Leaders” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times Missouri: “In Missouri, Group Wants to Bar Lawmakers from Fundraising in Capitol” by Kurt Erickson […]

Campaign Finance

California: “California Democratic Party and Open-Government Groups Fight Proposal to Lift Contribution Limits for Legislative Leaders” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times

Missouri: “In Missouri, Group Wants to Bar Lawmakers from Fundraising in Capitol” by Kurt Erickson for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

New York: “Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Votes to Create Final Ballot Proposals” by Samar Khurshid for Gotham Gazette

Elections

Kansas: “Kobach Is Republican Nominee for Kansas Governor after Colyer Concedes” by Bryan Lowry, Hunter Woodall, Jonathan Shorman, Styeve Vockrodt, and Allison Kite (Kansas City Star) for MSN

Vermont: “Christine Hallquist Wins Vermont Primary, Becoming First Openly Transgender Major Party Nominee for Governor” by Samantha Schmidt and Kayla Epstein for Washington Post

Ethics

National: “Pentagon Spokeswoman Under Investigation for Misusing Staff, Retaliating Against Complaints” by Barbara Starr (CNN) for MSN

California: “Ex-Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, Under Legislative Investigation on Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Sues Lobbyist for Defamation” by Melanie Mason for Los Angeles Times

Indiana: “Attorney General Curtis Hill May Have Violated Indiana Ethics Law by Using His Name in Official Television Ad” by Dan Carden for Northwest Indiana Times

Iowa: “Kim Reynolds Says Reusing Iowa State Fair Booth with Her Photos Is OK, Despite New Law Banning Self-Promotion” by Barbara Rodriguez for Des Moines Register

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August 15, 2018 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Colorado: “Backers of Denver Campaign Finance Ballot Measure Agree to Deal That Would Delay Public Financing, Lower Limits” by Jon Murray for Denver Post New Mexico: “Cannabis Industry Grows as Source of Campaign Funds” by Steve Terrell (Santa […]

Campaign Finance

Colorado: “Backers of Denver Campaign Finance Ballot Measure Agree to Deal That Would Delay Public Financing, Lower Limits” by Jon Murray for Denver Post

New Mexico: “Cannabis Industry Grows as Source of Campaign Funds” by Steve Terrell (Santa Fe new Mexican) for Las Cruces Sun-News

South Dakota: “With Sutton Amendment, South Dakota Committees Now Face Some Restrictions on Campaign Spending” by Bob Mercer for Capital Journal

Ethics

National: “‘Everyone Signed One’: Trump is aggressive in his use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government” by Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Trump Offers White House Staffers a Special Perk at His Golf Club” by Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson for Politico

New Jersey: “Tougher Ethics Rules for Council that Guides Public Pension Investments” by John Reitmeyer for NJ Spotlight

Pennsylvania: “Ex-Reading Official Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribe from Former Mayor” by Peter Hall for Allentown Morning Call

West Virginia: “Lawmakers Impeach All 4 W.Va. Court Justices Over Spending” by the Associated Press for MSN

Lobbying

Georgia: “Atlanta City Council Seeks to Require Lobbyists to Register with the City” by the Staff for Atlanta Daily World

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August 14, 2018 •

West Virginia Impeaches all State Supreme Court Justices

The House of Delegates voted to impeach all remaining four justices on the state Supreme Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis, and Elizabeth Walker will face an impeachment trial in the Senate. The […]

The House of Delegates voted to impeach all remaining four justices on the state Supreme Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis, and Elizabeth Walker will face an impeachment trial in the Senate.

The justices face articles of impeachment for corruption, maladministration, incompetency, neglect of duty, and other high offenses. The fifth justice, Menis Ketchum, resigned in July and avoided becoming a subject of the articles of impeachment.

If the remaining justices are found to have committed the impeachable offenses and removed from office, Gov. Justice will appoint interim justices and call for a special election in May 2020.

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August 14, 2018 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Independents Uneasy About Taking Cash, Even from Indie Group” by Marina Villeneuve (Associated Press) for St. Louis Post-Dispatch California: “It’s an Election Year, and California’s Campaign Watchdogs Are Busy Fighting Among Themselves” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Independents Uneasy About Taking Cash, Even from Indie Group” by Marina Villeneuve (Associated Press) for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

California: “It’s an Election Year, and California’s Campaign Watchdogs Are Busy Fighting Among Themselves” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee

Elections

National: “Voting Rights Advocates Used to Have an Ally in the Government. That’s Changing.” by Michael Wines (New York Times) for MSN

Michigan: “Michigan Senate Winner Still Shrouded in Mystery Following Primary Shocker” by Jonathan Oosting for Detroit News

Ethics

National: “Representative Chris Collins Suspends Bid for Re-election After Insider Trading Charges” by Shane Goldmacher (New York Times) for WRAL

California: “Ethics Commission Levies Hefty Fine for ‘Egregious’ Conflict-of-Interest Violations” by David Garrick for San Diego Union Tribune

Hawaii: “Maui Ethics Board Warns Against Accepting Tournament Gifts” by Associated Press for Sacramento Bee

Lobbying

National: “Lax State Ethics Rules Leave Health Agencies Vulnerable to Conflicts” by Brianna Ehley, Sarah Karlin-Smith, Rachana Pradhan, and Jennifer Haberkorn for Politico

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August 13, 2018 •

Atlanta City Council Members Introduce Legislation Requiring Lobbyist Registration

Atlanta City Council members introduced legislation requiring individuals and principals seeking to influence legislative or administrative actions of the city to register as a lobbyist. The ordinance would require registration for any effort to influence an approval or veto of […]

Atlanta City Council members introduced legislation requiring individuals and principals seeking to influence legislative or administrative actions of the city to register as a lobbyist.

The ordinance would require registration for any effort to influence an approval or veto of legislation; an agency’s proposal, consideration, or promulgation of a regulation; or the solicitation, award, or administration of a contract.

If approved, the effective date is January, 1, 2019.

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August 13, 2018 •

Dallas Councilman Pleads Guilty, Resigns

Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway pled guilty to federal corruption charges last Thursday and has resigned from City Council. Caraway admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two figures in a scandal last year that brought down a […]

Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway pled guilty to federal corruption charges last Thursday and has resigned from City Council.

Caraway admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two figures in a scandal last year that brought down a school bus agency named Dallas County Schools.

City Attorney Larry Casto told City Council a special election must be added to the November 6 election to fill the vacancy.

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August 13, 2018 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections Kansas: “Kobach Plans to Recuse Self from Vote after Colyer Campaign Raises Concern” by Bryan Lowry, Hunter Woodall, Lindsay Wise, Steve Vockrodt, and Allison Kite (Kansas City Star) for Wichita Eagle Wyoming: “Ban on Political ‘Robocalls’ Unconstitutional, Judge Rules […]

Elections

Kansas: “Kobach Plans to Recuse Self from Vote after Colyer Campaign Raises Concern” by Bryan Lowry, Hunter Woodall, Lindsay Wise, Steve Vockrodt, and Allison Kite (Kansas City Star) for Wichita Eagle

Wyoming: “Ban on Political ‘Robocalls’ Unconstitutional, Judge Rules in Wyoming” by Elaine Povich (Stateline) for Governing

Ethics

National: “Charges Against Rep. Chris Collins Highlight Lack of Trading Limits for Congress” by Bill Allison and Erik Wasson (Bloomberg) for Chicago Tribune

Florida: “FDLE Closed Jack Latvala Case without Gathering New Info” by Mary Ellen Klas (Miami Herald) for Tampa Bay Times

Illinois: “Mayoral Hopeful Who Gave Thousands in Cash, Checks: ‘I’m just tired of white people telling me what to do.’” by Gregory Pratt for Chicago Tribune

New Mexico: “Ex-Legislator Takes Plea Deal on New Charges” by Dan Boyd for Albuquerque Journal

Texas: “Report: Mayor’s aide received cut of nonprofit’s contracts with city” by Elizabeth Findell for Austin American Statesman

West Virginia: “The Entire W.Va. Supreme Court Faces Impeachment for Alleged Corruption: Gas money, restaurant lunches, an antique desk” by Isaac Stanley-Becker for Washington Post

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August 10, 2018 •

Yukon Government Seeks Public Input for Lobbying Law

The Government of Yukon is seeking public input for development of a mandatory lobbyist registry. On August 6, the government issued a news release stating proposed legislation would cover both consultant and in-house lobbyists. The voluntary public survey is hosted […]

The Government of Yukon is seeking public input for development of a mandatory lobbyist registry.

On August 6, the government issued a news release stating proposed legislation would cover both consultant and in-house lobbyists. The voluntary public survey is hosted by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics and is available until September 4. The survey is available online or on paper, by request. All public input remains confidential in accordance with the Statistics Act (Yukon).

If legislation concerning lobbying passes, Yukon would become the first Canadian territory with a lobbyist registry. Currently, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut also do not have lobbying laws. The federal government and all provinces in Canada have lobbyist registries.

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August 10, 2018 •

California FPPC to Consider Use of Cryptocurrency for Campaign Purposes

The Fair Political Practices Commission is considering changes to state campaign finance regulations. The commission was asked to consider the permissible use of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, for campaign contributions and expenditures. Though similar to cash, such currency is not […]

The Fair Political Practices Commission is considering changes to state campaign finance regulations.

The commission was asked to consider the permissible use of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, for campaign contributions and expenditures. Though similar to cash, such currency is not issued by a governmental entity.

Issues expected to be discussed at a public hearing include banning the use of cryptocurrency for campaign purposes, limiting cryptocurrency contributions to the amount of contributions received in cash, requiring cryptocurrency contributions to be converted to cash, permitting committees to establish separate cryptocurrency accounts, or permitting cryptocurrency contributions as in-kind contributions without regard to cash limits.

A public hearing will be held September 20, 2018; written comments should be received by September 18.

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August 10, 2018 •

NYCU Video Digest – August 10, 2018

You don’t want to miss this weeks News You Can Use Video Digest from State and Federal Communications intern Abigail Siegfried!  

You don’t want to miss this weeks News You Can Use Video Digest from State and Federal Communications intern Abigail Siegfried!

 

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August 9, 2018 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “On Appeals Court, Kavanaugh Helped to Loosen Political Money Laws” by Peter Overby for National Public Radio Oregon: “Campaign Spending Limits to Appear on Portland Ballots” by Gordon Friedman for Portland Oregonian Elections National: “Democratic Party’s Liberal […]

Campaign Finance

National: “On Appeals Court, Kavanaugh Helped to Loosen Political Money Laws” by Peter Overby for National Public Radio

Oregon: “Campaign Spending Limits to Appear on Portland Ballots” by Gordon Friedman for Portland Oregonian

Elections

National: “Democratic Party’s Liberal Insurgency Hits a Wall in Midwest Primaries” by David Weigel for Washington Post

Ohio: “Republican Holds Slim Lead in Ohio Special Election for House Seat” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns for MSN

Ethics

National: “GOP Rep. Collins Indicted, Charged with Securities Fraud” by Kyle Cheney for Politico

National: “Trump’s D.C. Hotel, a Clubhouse for His Fans, May Also Be a 5-Star Conflict of Interest” by Ana Schecter, Rich Gardella, and Cynthia McFadden for NBC News

Florida: “The Messy Political Drama Behind a Miami-Dade Street That Could Be Cleaner” by Douglas Hanks for Miami Herald

New Mexico: “State Audit Hits LANL Coalition and Candidate Romero Over Reimbursements” by Associated Press for Albuquerque Journal

North Carolina: “Lawyers Spar Over Whether Proposed Amendments Are Misleading” by Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie for WRAL

Lobbying

Arizona: “Prosecutors Drop Bribery, Fraud Charges Against Former Utility Regulator, Others” by Howard Fischer (Capitol Media Services) for Arizona Daily Star

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August 8, 2018 •

Special Session Called for South Dakota

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special session for September 12. The session will address legislation allowing the state to enforce remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax. In addition to calling the session, Daugaard will be appointing three […]

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special session for September 12.

The session will address legislation allowing the state to enforce remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax.

In addition to calling the session, Daugaard will be appointing three people to fill vacancies in the Legislature to ensure the districts are fully represented during the special session.

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