Monthly Archives: November 2020

2021 Presidential & Congressional Transition Tracker


UPDATED: 01/11/21 at 2:30 PM Keep track as President-elect Joe Biden names individuals to his cabinet and Administration heading into next year, as well as new Congressional leadership, with the DMGS Presidential & Congressional Transition Tracker! The document, which you can download below, outlines the following: President-elect Biden's Cabinet nominees.President-elect Biden's nominees to lead independent [...]

2021 Presidential & Congressional Transition Tracker2020-11-30T12:19:53-05:00

State Legislative 2021 Leadership


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sourced from by Kim Broomhall from Pixabay  As the dust settles from the 2020 elections, state lawmakers will elect new leadership for 2021 sessions. Familiar faces are continuing in their legislative leadership roles in some states, while new leaders appear in others. Connecticut Connecticut has a new House Speaker in Matt Ritter.  [...]

State Legislative 2021 Leadership2020-11-25T13:28:03-05:00

Michigan Criminal Justice Reform


Digital Illustration by Alana Burman Earlier this year we looked at clean slate and second chance legislation introduced and passed around the country, including Michigan. The package of bipartisan clean slate criminal justice reform bills in Michigan were signed into law in October by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but this was not Michigan’s first foray into [...]

Michigan Criminal Justice Reform2020-11-21T12:20:35-05:00

DMGS OnPoint: House & Senate Leaders in the 117th Congress


Parties Have Elected Their Leaders for the 117th Congress Most top lawmakers are returning to their leadership roles House Democrats will have a smaller majority in the new Congress Formal speaker election takes place on first day Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the party’s nominee; said this could be her last term as speaker Members could [...]

DMGS OnPoint: House & Senate Leaders in the 117th Congress2020-11-20T15:52:32-05:00

New COVID-19 Restrictions


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  UPDATED: 11/24 Nearly 11 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States this year, with over 247,000 deaths.  As COVID-19 cases surge heading into the winter season, many states are considering or already implementing new restrictions to help curb the spread of the [...]

New COVID-19 Restrictions2020-11-18T07:30:00-05:00

Election 2020 Update: Voters in 5 States Approve Marijuana Legalization


Earlier this fall, we examined the five states where marijuana legalization would appear before voters via ballot measures. This includes New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota, Arizona, and Mississippi. Heading into the election, thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and 11 have legalized recreational adult-use marijuana. In the last presidential election year (2016), marijuana legalization measures passed in eight out [...]

Election 2020 Update: Voters in 5 States Approve Marijuana Legalization2020-11-06T16:12:13-05:00

Update on 2020 State Ballot Measures


Earlier this fall, we looked at a few states across the country and what measures would appear on voters' ballots. With Election Day in the not-so-distant rear-view mirror, where have voters landed on key ballot measures across the country? Arizona In Arizona, Proposition 207 appeared on the ballot. The law would allow limited marijuana possession, [...]

Update on 2020 State Ballot Measures2020-11-04T15:30:34-05:00

Gubernatorial & State Legislative Race Updates


UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. EST, 11/11/2020 As you know, heading into the 2020 elections, there are 36 trifectas: 15 Democratic and 21 Republican. The other 14 states are under divided government, meaning they have neither a Democratic nor a Republican trifecta. How have election results changed the partisan control in each state? We will be updating [...]

Gubernatorial & State Legislative Race Updates2020-11-04T10:36:17-05:00

Legislation Related to Daylight Saving Time


Photo by Aphiwat chuangchoem on Did you remember to set your clocks back one hour last Sunday?  If some lawmakers get their way, you might not need to worry about changing your clocks twice a year. The United States first implemented daylight saving time (DST) in 1918 as a wartime measure during the First [...]

Legislation Related to Daylight Saving Time2020-11-04T09:00:00-05:00

DMGS LIVE Thread: Election 2020 Updates


Check back with us here for the most up-to-date election coverage, courtesy the Duane Morris Government Strategies team! Track the election results with our 2020 Election Guide & Results Tracker. Also, don't forget you can find out when polls closed in each state here. Other DMGS Election Coverage includes: Gubernatorial & State Legislative Race UpdatesVoters [...]

DMGS LIVE Thread: Election 2020 Updates2020-11-03T17:19:25-05:00
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