The Quadrennial Energy Review, or QER, is the federal government’s analysis of energy vulnerabilities. Released in April as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the QER’s goal is to strengthen energy policy by reviewing existing laws and regulations in order to recommend new policies while taking into account numerous perspectives. The first installment focuses on energy infrastructure, particularly transportation, storage and distribution--or TS&D--with additional installments coming every four years. The Department of Energy requested $500 million in the 2016 fiscal year budget as part of a down payment on the QER’s recommendations totaling $16 billion in expenditures.

The opinion upholds the constitutionality of the redistricting commission as a method to draw congressional and legislative redistricting lines after a Census.     

President Obama addressed the nation in a prime time speech Nov. 20 to define his executive action on immigration. In a highly anticipated move, the president’s executive order has focused the nation on the future of U.S. immigration policy and aims to encourage Congress to pass comprehensive legislation. Congressional and some state leaders have threatened law suits, impeachment, and a government shutdown over the President's executive order.

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In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the Supreme Court will decide whether a federal court is barred from deciding a constitutional challenge to a Colorado law that requires remote sellers who don’t collect state sales tax to comply with notice and reporting requirements. The State and Local Legal Center’s ...

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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.