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Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and maintained their control of the U.S. House of Representatives during the midterm elections Nov. 4.

Republicans also had success at the state level, winning governorships and seats in state legislatures across the nation. President Obama, acknowledging the election results, has expressed his intention to work in a spirit of cooperation with the Republican Congress for the next two years.

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The U.S. Senate has a full docket of White House nominations to consider when lawmakers return to Congress this week, including 35 ambassadorships, 16 federal district court judgeships and other administrative positions.

The most anticipated is the nomination of federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace departing Attorney General Eric Holder. In addition to the nominees, President Obama has selected Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson as the new White House liaison to state and local governments. Abramson was Louisville’s longest-serving mayor and also was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the early 1990s. Abramson’s priorities will include helping states coordinate on the second open enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act and helping push for a raise in the minimum wage in states and cities.

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After the midterm elections saw Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate and increase their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, President Obama said he is willing and eager to work with a Republican Congress to address national priorities, including immigration reform.

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By Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center Director

The Supreme Court will decide in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association whether a federal agency must engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act before it can significantly alter an interpretive rule that interprets an agency regulation.

The State and Local Legal Center argues in its...

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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched “Global NY,” an initiative aimed at making New York state more competitive by attracting foreign investment and exporting more products and services, Oct. 7 at the first Global NY Summit on World Trade and Investment Conference.

Cuomo said he will “aggressively market (New York), and share with the global business community that there is no better place, with no better tools and resources, than the Empire State to grow and compete.”

Cuomo’s initiative includes the development of...

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