Kelley Arnold

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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.

State policymakers confront many challenges associated with the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In an effort to engage state leaders, CSG is conducting a special policy workshop on Monday, Dec. 6, 2-5 p.m., concerning the academic and fiscal implications of adoption and implementation of the common state standards.

More than 40 states currently have prescription monitoring programs aimed at reducing the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. While these programs are a significant accomplishment in the fight against prescription drug abuse, states still are largely unable to share information about prescription drug data on an interstate level. 

Kansas Republicans have grabbed the state's top executive offices, retained control of the Senate and increased the majority in the House. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback defeated Democratic Sen. Tom Holland in the race for governor and Sen. Jeff Colyer will take on the role of lt. governor. Republican candidates also defeated Democratic incumbents to win the offices of the secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer.

Unofficial results from the Tennessee Secretary of State indicate Senate Republicans will pick up one seat while House Republicans will see a 12 seat gain.

Prior to this year's election, the Tennessee Senate was held by Republicans 19 seats to 14 seats. Early returns reflect that the Republicans will pick up an additional seat to turn the majority into a 20 to 13 seat advantage.

The House will see even bigger changes. Twelve incumbent democrats were defeated to increase the current Republican majority from 51R,...

Early numbers from the DE Secretary of State's office indicate that despite some small gains by Republicans in both the house and senate, the Democrats will maintain control of the legislature

Republicans were able to pick up one seat in the senate, making the spilt 14D and 7R. In the house, the unofficial split will be 27D and 14R giving the Republicans a net gain of three seats.

Currently, the executive races for Attorney General and Auditor of Accounts remain too close to call. Democrat Chip Flowers, Jr, is...

The first round of polls are set to close in less than 90 minutes. The political landscapes in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia should begin to take shape as each of those states close their polls at 7:00 p.m. EST.

The 7 o'clock hour will bring a conclusion to five governors' races (Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Vermont), four of which are guaranteed to be newcomers--Gov. John Lynch, NH, is the only incumbent represented.

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On March 3, 2010, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on behalf of his state alleging that federal health care reform—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—was unconstitutional. The lawsuit brought the debate about the roles state and federal governments should play in national health care reform front and center.

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