May 1, 2019 •

Women in Government Relations Hill Day 2019

SFC Federal Compliance Coordinator Gamble Hayden, fourth from the left in the bottom row

Women in Government Relations (WGR) held its 2019 Hill Day on Wednesday, May 1st.

I was among those “Storming The Hill” as a member of WGR’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

As a first-timer for Hill Day, I visited Senate offices along with members of WGR’s Health and Social Policies Task Force Team A.

We had the opportunity to speak to Senate staff about the mission and vision of WGR, and share ways that Members of Congress and their staff can support the organization.

WGR’s Health and Social Policies Task Force Team A met with staff from the offices of Senators Susan Collins (ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Kamala Harris (CA), Maggie Hassan (NH), and Debbie Stabenow (MI).

August 13, 2020 •

Group Seeks to Block Measure 3 from November Ballot in North Dakota

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North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed a third measure to be on the November ballot. Measure 3, a constitutional amendment put forth by Fargo-based North Dakota Voters First, makes several changes to election procedures. This amendment creates paper […]

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed a third measure to be on the November ballot.

Measure 3, a constitutional amendment put forth by Fargo-based North Dakota Voters First, makes several changes to election procedures.

This amendment creates paper record and audit requirements for ballots; requires ballots to be sent to military and overseas voters at least 61 days before an election; and makes the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures.

The amendment would also introduce an open primary system in which all candidates, regardless of party, would appear on a single ballot.

This would also have the top four candidates advancing to the general election.

A ranked-choice vote would decide the winner.

Additionally, if implemented, North Dakota would become only the second state in the country, after Maine, to employ a statewide ranked-choice system.

A North Dakota-based 501(c)(4) called Brighter Future Alliance is challenging the measure’s eligibility for the ballot.

The alliance is seeking a writ of injunction from the North Dakota Supreme Court prohibiting Jaeger from placing Measure 3 on the November 2020, general election ballot.

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August 13, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance North Carolina: “New N.C. Campaign Spending Rule Ends Practice Berger Used” by Gary Robertson (Associated Press) for MSN Elections National: “Drawing Lessons from Chaotic Primaries, Election Officials Scrambled to Head Off Voting Problems in Tuesday’s Contests” by Amy […]

Campaign Finance

North Carolina: “New N.C. Campaign Spending Rule Ends Practice Berger Used” by Gary Robertson (Associated Press) for MSN

Elections

National: “Drawing Lessons from Chaotic Primaries, Election Officials Scrambled to Head Off Voting Problems in Tuesday’s Contests” by Amy Gardner and Dan Simmons for Washington Post

Georgia: “QAnon Supporter, with Georgia Primary Victory, Is Poised to Bring Far-Right Conspiracy Theory to Congress” by Isaac Stanley-Becker and Rachael Bade (Washington Post) for MSN

Oregon: “Supreme Court Puts a Halt to Oregon Redistricting Ballot Measure” by Dirk VanderHart and Jeff Mapes for OPB News

Ethics

National: “Trump’s Scottish and Irish Golf Resorts Spur a New Round of Scrutiny on His Businesses” by Anita Kumar for Politico

National: “Federal Appeals Court Skeptical of Michael Flynn’s Effort to Immediately Dismiss Criminal Charge” by Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney for Politico

California: “CalPERS Chief’s Abrupt Resignation Preceded by Conflict of Interest Questions” by Wes Venteicher for Sacramento Bee

New York: “JCOPE Commissioner: Non-Cuomo appointees left out of loop” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union

Lobbying

Florida: “Florida NRA Lobbyist Loses in Latest Court Fight over Emails” by Jim Saunders for Tampa Bay Times

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August 12, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Ohio: “New Ohio Speaker Has His Own Ethics Issues Involving FirstEnergy” by David Moore for Sludge Elections National: “Sen. Kamala D. Harris Named as Joe Biden’s Running Mate” by Amanda Erickson for Washington Post Maryland: “Maryland Gov. Hogan […]

Campaign Finance

Ohio: “New Ohio Speaker Has His Own Ethics Issues Involving FirstEnergy” by David Moore for Sludge

Elections

National: “Sen. Kamala D. Harris Named as Joe Biden’s Running Mate” by Amanda Erickson for Washington Post

Maryland: “Maryland Gov. Hogan OKs Plan for Just 360 Voting Centers Statewide for November Election Amid Lack of Poll Workers” by Emily Opilo and Pamela Wood for Baltimore Sun

Ethics

National: “Taking Protest to the Streets, and the Mayor’s Front Door” by Mike Baker and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Disinformation for Profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash” by Isaac Stanley Becker for Washington Post

National: “Trump Teases a Gettysburg Convention Speech. Experts Say It’s an Ethics Breach.” by Michael Grynbaum and Annie Karni for New York Times

National: “Appeals Court Rejects Key Argument Against McGahn Subpoena” by Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney for Politico

Illinois: “Former City Official Signals He Will Plead Guilty in Bribery Case as Federal Corruption Probe Widens” by David Heinzmann for Chicago Tribune

Michigan: “Michigan Official to Resign After Defending Racist Slur” by John Flesher for Associated Press News

New York: “Trump Moves to Force Manhattan D.A. to Reveal Details of Inquiry” by Nicole Hong, William Rashbaum, and Benjamin Weiser for New York Times

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August 11, 2020 •

Oregon Special Legislative Session Wraps Up After a Single Day

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Oregon Lawmakers worked past 11 p.m. Monday to conclude a special session growing tense and at times openly hostile in the Senate earlier in the evening. Lawmakers passed a dozen bills to patch a $1 billion hole in the state […]

Oregon Lawmakers worked past 11 p.m. Monday to conclude a special session growing tense and at times openly hostile in the Senate earlier in the evening.

Lawmakers passed a dozen bills to patch a $1 billion hole in the state budget, tighten restrictions on police and corrections officers’ use of force and help out-of-work and underemployed Oregonians.

The public was not allowed into the Capitol due to coronavirus concerns and lawmakers only accepted written testimony on the bills.

This was the second special session of the year.

Lawmakers spent three days at the Capitol in June focused on police reform laws and a handful of other proposals left over from the regular session abruptly ending when Republican lawmakers walked out.

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August 11, 2020 •

FEC Adjusts Penalty Amounts for Inflation

On August 7, the Federal Election Commission’s published its civil monetary penalty amounts adjusted for inflation in the Federal Register. The potential fine for civil violations of federal campaign finance laws now ranges from $6,069 to $70,973. The amounts are […]

On August 7, the Federal Election Commission’s published its civil monetary penalty amounts adjusted for inflation in the Federal Register.

The potential fine for civil violations of federal campaign finance laws now ranges from $6,069 to $70,973.

The amounts are calculated through a statutory formula applying the most recent “cost-of-living adjustment multiplier,” issued by the Office of Management and Budget, to the current amounts.

The amended civil monetary penalties took effect as of August 7, the publication date.

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August 11, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Trump Antagonizes GOP Megadonor Adelson in Heated Phone Call” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico California: “Campaign Finance Limits Coming to Riverside County” by Jeff Horseman for Riverside Press-Enterprise New Mexico: “Ethics Complaint Alleges Group Failed to Disclose […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Trump Antagonizes GOP Megadonor Adelson in Heated Phone Call” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico

California: “Campaign Finance Limits Coming to Riverside County” by Jeff Horseman for Riverside Press-Enterprise

New Mexico: “Ethics Complaint Alleges Group Failed to Disclose Donors, and Suggests Connection to Prominent Lobbyist” by Brian Metzger (New Mexico In Depth) for New Mexico Political Report

Elections

National: “Postal Service Overhauls Leadership as Democrats Press for Investigation of Mail Delays” by Jacob Bogage (Washington Post) for Anchorage Daily News

Montana: “Helena Judge Again Takes Green Party Off Ballot” by Holly Michels for Helena Independent Record

Ethics

National: “There’s Been a Big Gray Area When It Comes to Cable News Contributors Dabbling in Political Campaigns” by Jeremy Barr for Washington Post

National: “Trump Long Has Relied on Nondisclosure Deals to Prevent Criticism. That Strategy May Be Unraveling” by Michael Kranish for Washington Post

Illinois: “South Suburban Mayor Charged in Red-Light Camera Bribery Scheme” by Joe Mahr for Chicago Tribune

Lobbying

Florida: “Payments to Florida Lobbyist Flagged in Lawsuit Against NRA” by Gary Fineout for Politico

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August 10, 2020 •

October 5 Byelection for Seat on Ottawa Ontario Municipal Council

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On October 5, the city of Ottawa will hold a byelection to fill the municipal council seat left vacant by Stephen Blais. The vacant Cumberland ward seat held by Blais, who left to serve as the Member of the Provincial […]

On October 5, the city of Ottawa will hold a byelection to fill the municipal council seat left vacant by Stephen Blais.

The vacant Cumberland ward seat held by Blais, who left to serve as the Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Orléans, could have been filled by an appointment made by the council itself.

While Blais was elected as MPP in February, the council held off deciding about whether to have an election or make an appointment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, the Ottawa Council agreed to allow voters the choice to fill the seat.

For the first time, electors will be allowed to apply to vote by special mail-in ballot should they feel uncomfortable about voting in person or be unable to make it to a voting location.

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August 10, 2020 •

Minnesota Legislature’s Third Special Session Set for August 12

Gov Tim Walz with Ly Gov Peggy Flanagan

Gov Tim Walz, with Lt Gov Peggy Flanagan - by Lorie Shaull

Gov. Tim Walz issued a proclamation on August 7 for a third special session of the Legislature to begin Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00 p.m. The main purpose will be to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency originally declared on March […]

Gov. Tim Walz issued a proclamation on August 7 for a third special session of the Legislature to begin Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00 p.m.

The main purpose will be to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency originally declared on March 13, and ending on August 12.

Minnesota statutes require that if the governor extends a peacetime emergency beyond the original 30 days and the Legislature is not in session, the governor must call a special session for lawmakers to approve the emergency declaration.

Additionally, the Legislature will determine the length of the session.

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