Archive for October, 2010

“The other side of the white board”

“The other side of the white board”

The other side of the white board, Mungowitz, Kids Prefer Cheese, October 30, 2010 From KeithHennessey.com

Posted in: Economics, Uncategorized
“A man for all seasons; LaForge book the latest achievement”

“A man for all seasons; LaForge book the latest achievement”

[William] LaForge is one of the great talents to ever come out of the Delta, and he has never forgotten who he is or where he came from. LaForge has always been quick to give back to his community and quicker to come back for a visit every once in while, including just a few […]

Posted in: Faculty and Authors
Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Table/Lay on the Table”

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Table/Lay on the Table”

See Motion to Recommit / Recommit to Committee / Table / Lay on the Table (CongressionalGlossary.com)     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on […]

Posted in: Tips and Terms
Testifying Before Congress – Looking the Part

Testifying Before Congress – Looking the Part

When you have been invited to testify before Congress, it is prudent to spend some time rehearsing and preparing for the upcoming testimony you will provide. While much of the preparation phase will naturally be focused on research and practice question and answer sessions, you must also understand the appropriate dress standards and personal demeanor […]

Know your Advocacy Issue Inside and Out

Know your Advocacy Issue Inside and Out

Before you can effectively promote and defend your issue you must thoroughly understand it. Researching a public policy issue is imperative if you expect to be able to promote it. When you have researched your issue you will be able to withstand even the toughest of questioning from opposing viewpoints. photo credit: Gregs Landscaping Quality […]

We Don’t Want Your Clunkers

We Don’t Want Your Clunkers

  SNL Parody of Obama & Jintao Press Conference in Beijing     “You are not allowed to pay us back in clunkers.“     Economists are full of bad ideas. Terrible ideas seem to emerge when the gurus get together to talk about coordinating their bad ideas. Last week’s public letter from Treasury Secretary […]

Interest Groups, Lobbyists and Congress

Interest Groups, Lobbyists and Congress

Washington DC is teeming with interest groups, lobbyists and other groups, all with the goal of trying to affect the outcome of public policy. Although the idea of interest groups and lobbyists having an effect on Congress finds disfavor with many people, it is likely that the number of interest groups and lobbyists will continue […]

How to Get Invited to Testify before Congress

How to Get Invited to Testify before Congress

Have you ever found yourself wondering how people get invited to give testimony before Congress? If you believe you have something valuable to contribute to congressional policy discussions it is important to learn how the process works and what you can do to receive an invitation to testify. photo credit: A Gude First, witnesses must […]

“Rule ambiguity could prompt GOP chairman squabble”

“Rule ambiguity could prompt GOP chairman squabble”

GOP rules governing committee term limits were adopted by House Republicans in time for the 104th Congress. Senate Republicans adopted the language nearly verbatim shortly after that. In 2001, Senate Republicans adopted a clarification to reflect that tenure in the minority does not count against the term limit for committee chairs. “Time served as Ranking […]

Federal Bar Association Luncheon with William LaForge on October 29, 2010

Federal Bar Association Luncheon with William LaForge on October 29, 2010

The Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is hosting a luncheon with William N. LaForge, Past National President of the FBA, and author of Testifying Before Congress: A Practical Guide to Preparing and Delivering Testimony before Congress and Congressional Hearings for Agencies, Associations, Corporations, Military, NGOs, and State and Local Officials. When: Friday, […]