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Anthony DePalma, author of Here: A Biography of the New American Continent  and the first foreign correspondent of The New York Times to serve as bureau chief in both Mexico and Canada, will deliver a keynote address Thursday, Oct. 20 during upcoming CSG 2011 National Conference & North American Summit.

It is with great sorrow that CSG would share the our friend and colleague, Miss Kathy Shanklin, passed away Jan. 29, 2011, at 2 p.m..  She was at home surrounded by her parents and family.  She was 42 years old.

The 2010 election cycle is dubbed “the year of the woman” as record numbers of female candidates made the ballot across the nation. For a country where men are now a minority but only a small fraction of elected offices are filled by women, this is an important trend. On Sunday, Dec. 5 CSG's Henry Toll Fellowship Program will present a panel of Toll Fellows alumni for a discussion on how to encourage more women to enter the political pipeline and run for office in the future.

CSG will feature a breakout session on Dec. 5 at the CSG 2010 National Conference emphasizing discussion on some of the fiscal issues and challenges that will confront states in 2011.  Resource experts will help lead the discussion and steer participants towards some of the strategies and solutions that have proven effective in dealing with these thorny fiscal challenges.  The session, moderated by Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, will feature four key fiscal topics with the resource expert providing a short 5-7 minute summary of the issue followed by discussion around the table.

Following a whirlwind tour of the key provisions of the federal health reform law, a panel of health care stakeholders will gaze into their crystal balls and discuss the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Dec. 4 at the CSG 2010 National Conference.  The session will help state policymakers understand the various lenses through which health reform is viewed, including by health insurance companies, hospitals, state Medicaid programs, physicians and other providers, and consumers.

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