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  • Eric Reinhardt
    ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Tuesday,
    Message 1 of 18 , Oct 6, 2009
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      The Thicket at State Legislatures


      Posted: 05 Oct 2009 03:40 PM PDT

      by Karl Kurtz Joe Turner is retiring after 20 years as the statehouse reporter in Olympia for the Tacoma News Tribune. In "'Joe Turner's Come and Gone,'" (a title deliberately borrowed from an August Wilson play) he writes an engaging...

      Decline in Statehouse Reporting Places Burden on Nonpartisan Staff

      Voter Retribution for Legislators' Votes

      Posted: 05 Oct 2009 03:20 PM PDT

      by Karl Kurtz An academic researcher asked us recently about cases of voter retribution for legislators' votes on issues. We don't track this systematically at NCSL, although we know of anecdotal cases. In his book, Engines of Democracy, Prof. Alan...
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    • Eric Reinhardt
      ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Tuesday,
      Message 2 of 18 , Apr 20, 2010
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        The Thicket at State Legislatures


        Posted: 19 Apr 2010 02:26 PM PDT

        by Jan Goehring A new poll released by the Pew Research Center shows that Americans are increasingly negative about their government. According to Pew, the "survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government – a dismal...

        New Poll Shows Americans Negative about Government

        More on States that Never Were

        Posted: 19 Apr 2010 09:27 AM PDT

        Michael J. Trinklein, the author of a book about failed proposals for new American states that generated our previous post, "States that Never Were," has an interesting and amusing new article, "Altered States," on the same subject in the Wall...
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      • Eric Reinhardt
        ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Friday,
        Message 3 of 18 , Aug 13, 2010
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          Date: Friday, August 13, 2010, 7:05 AM

          The Thicket at State Legislatures


          Posted: 12 Aug 2010 03:05 PM PDT

          by Karl Kurtz Young people today, compared to their older counterparts, are "less likely to believe that civility is possible, less ashamed about recent incivility, but more supportive of compromise and more optimistic about higher education’s role in promoting civility."...

          New Study of Youth Attitudes Toward Incivility

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        • Eric Reinhardt
          ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Tuesday,
          Message 4 of 18 , Nov 9, 2010
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            Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:58 AM

            The Thicket at State Legislatures


            Posted: 08 Nov 2010 01:27 PM PST

            by Karl Kurtz At 2:30 am on Wednesday, November 3—about the time the polls were closing on the west coast of the United States on Tuesday and the first election results were streaming in—an earthquake shook the Balkan Peninsula in...

            America Votes, Earth Shakes in Kosovo

            Reporters Continue to Trust NCSL

            Posted: 08 Nov 2010 01:15 PM PST

            By Meagan Dorsch Not only was it a big election year for state legislatures with over 80 percent of all legislative seats up for election, but voters also decided 160 ballot measures in 37 states. NCSL's ballot measure expert, Jennie...

            State Legislators Make a Presence on the Hill

            Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:01 AM PST

            Part of the NCSL state-federal mantra is that half the members of the U.S. Congress once served in a state legislature. That will remain essentially unchanged when the 112th Congress is sworn-in come January. NCSL has tracked former state legislators...
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          • Eric Reinhardt
            ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Friday,
            Message 5 of 18 , Nov 19, 2010
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              Date: Friday, November 19, 2010, 7:43 AM

              The Thicket at State Legislatures


              Posted: 18 Nov 2010 04:08 PM PST

              by Karl Kurtz Newly chosen Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen has his own version of the Pareto principle, as reported in Omaha.com: “Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the work you do as a legislator is a complete...

              A New 80/20 Rule for Legislatures

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            • Eric Reinhardt
              ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Friday,
              Message 6 of 18 , Dec 10, 2010
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                Date: Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:08 AM

                The Thicket at State Legislatures


                Posted: 09 Dec 2010 09:16 AM PST

                NCSL's Tim Storey has the most comprehensive summary of the 2010 election results for state legislatures in a guest column, "Legislature Landslide," for Sabato's Crystal Ball. It begins: Late last week, a state judge on Long Island in New York...

                Final Wrapup of 2010 State Legislative Elections

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              • Eric Reinhardt
                ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Friday,
                Message 7 of 18 , Jan 21, 2011
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                  Date: Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:05 AM

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                  (Almost) Final 2011 List of Top Legislative Leaders

                  Posted: 20 Jan 2011 12:54 PM PST

                  by Karl Kurtz With the reelection of incumbent Speaker Calvin Say in Hawaii yesterday, nearly all of the top leadership positions in state legislatures for 2011 have been decided. Like fellow incumbent Speaker Ben Lujan in New Mexico, potential opponents...
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                • Eric Reinhardt
                  ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Friday,
                  Message 8 of 18 , Apr 8, 2011
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                    U.S. Senators Spend One-quarter of their Time Taunting the Other Side

                    Posted: 07 Apr 2011 02:31 PM PDT

                    by Karl Kurtz A new content analysis of tens of thousands of press releases by U.S. senators finds that 27 percent of their messages are devoted to name-calling or otherwise deriding the other party. According to a Washington Post article,...
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                  • Eric Reinhardt
                    ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Wednesday,
                    Message 9 of 18 , Jun 15, 2011
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                      Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 7:12 AM

                      The Thicket at State Legislatures


                      Posted: 14 Jun 2011 03:20 PM PDT

                      by Lauren Lambert Federal and state supreme court cases during 2011 have resulted in an unusually large number of decisions that will affect state budgets and policies for years to come. These rulings have reexamined the roles and responsibilities of...

                      A Flurry of Supreme Court Decisions on State Budgets and Policies

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                    • Eric Reinhardt
                      And this is exactly why our Founders instituted a republican form of government. ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject:
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                        And this is exactly why our Founders instituted a republican form of government.

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                        Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 7:08 AM

                        The Thicket at State Legislatures


                        Posted: 05 Jul 2011 10:04 AM PDT

                        by Jan Goehring A Marist poll released last Friday shows that not all Americans understand why we celebrate the Fourth of July. Among the 1,000 people surveyed, close to 25 percent did not know from what country the United States...

                        Knowledge of Independence Day History?

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                      • Eric Reinhardt
                        ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Tuesday,
                        Message 11 of 18 , Aug 7, 2012
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                          Sick and Tired: Economic Forecaster Implores Feds to Take Action

                          Posted: 06 Aug 2012 02:21 PM PDT

                          By Alex Fitzsimmons Diane Swonk is sick and tired and she doesn’t want to take it anymore. “Right now I’m a little disgusted with what’s going on in Washington,” said Swonk, speaking at the opening general session of the National...

                          Millennials in Politics: What Drives the Next Generation’s Interest in Public Service

                          Posted: 06 Aug 2012 01:40 PM PDT

                          by Jon Kuhl Who are these people and what drives them? That’s the question moderator John Celock posed while opening the panel discussion on young state legislators and legislative staffers. Celock, only 32 himself, is no stranger to this topic....
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                        • Eric Reinhardt
                          ... From: The Thicket at State Legislatures Subject: The Thicket at State Legislatures To: ericreinhardt2003@yahoo.com Date: Wednesday,
                          Message 12 of 18 , Feb 6, 2013
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                            The Thicket at State Legislatures


                            Posted: 05 Feb 2013 08:49 AM PST

                            By Wendy Underhill Photo by Daphne P. Hsu/The City Project The blog, The Election Academy, by Doug Chapin addressed the use of schools as polling places on February 4. Chapin wonders if we'll see fewer schools used as polling places,...

                            Legislatures Rethinking Schools as Polling Places

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