Capitol Comments

The White House is conducting a conference call at 4:30 ET today, Friday, September 9 to provide additional details on the provisions of the American Jobs Act. In addition, the White House is conducting several state-specific conference calls today and on Monday on the provisions of the American Jobs Act.  

Looking for more information on the education-related provisions contained in the American Jobs Act? Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes will host a call with education stakeholders today, Friday, September 9th, 2011, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Eastern time. To join the call: 800-288-8967; tell the operator that you're joining the "Jobs Package Education Call."

The Council of State Governments' 2011 National Conference, which will be held October 19-23 in Bellevue, Washington, is designed to provide state leaders with the opportunity to discuss state government trends, share cutting-edge solutions and debate what's next on the political horizon.

A movement to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote in determining presidential elections has reached the halfway point.  Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (AB 459) that ratified the state’s inclusion in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), which seeks to replace the current Electoral College with rules that would guarantee the election of the winner of the national popular vote.

Surprising many in the state, state Senator Rollie Heath delivered more than 142,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office in support of a ballot initiative that would increase taxes to raise over $3 billion for education.  Sen. Heath, who authored the initiative, announced the petition drive in May, and claims to have personally obtained more than 1,000 signatures.