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  • Capitol Update: Cue the Wet Blanket for Issue #2

    We are one month into the new Congress and the gears of power are already turning furiously as the legislative process is well under way. Much to my own surprise the Congress got off to an early start and passed an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) less than a week into the new session. The President signed it shortly thereafter, taking off of the table an important issue for...
  • Talking the Talk at the NAA Capitol Conference

    This year will be my fifth NAA Capitol Conference. It’s a little hard to believe I’ve already been here five years –and amazing to me how much I’ve learned in that time. It’s also amazing to see how the Capitol Conference has evolved since I’ve been here.  “CapCon,” as we call it, has a lot to offer. It’s not just about the federal issues, even though Lobby Day is the star of the show. It’s not...
  • Damage Control

    I got out of a real jam last month. After five years in the same apartment, my roommate and I were moving out. She was recently engaged and moving in with her fiancé. I was 90 percent happy for her, 10 percent being all, ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING?!’ Fine, 80/20.  Point is, I was more happy for her than I wasn’t. But her exciting news meant not only looking for a new apartment of my own, but reconciling...
  • The Straight Dope on Marijuana

    No one in my entire life has ever offered me any sort of drug. Like, not even pot. Looking back, I should probably be offended. Apparently I sailed through high school in my own little bubble of board-game loving friends—neither popular nor super nerdy. We were right in the middle and no one really paid any attention to us, one way or another. So not to sound all Laura Ingalls Wilder, but while...

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