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November 5, 2019 Elections

ELECTION COVERAGE SPOTLIGHT Voters in several states headed to polls on Tuesday, November 5. The elections could lead to major shifts in power and potentially serve as bellwether elections – indicating how much momentum Democrats have kept since the midterms in 2018, offering a glimpse of potential party performance for 2020. Kentucky Governor Republican Governor Matt Bevin is challenged by state Attorney General Andy Beshear (Democrat). Bevin’s low approval ratings […]

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International Cryptocurrency Developments

RUSSIA AND CRYPTOCURRENCY[1] Russia has struggled to pass cryptocurrency reform for over two years, since January 2018. Various government agencies and the central bank worked on several different bills—including the law on digital financial assets and the law on crowdfunding—without regularly consulting one another. While the law on crowdfunding passed this August, going into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, the law on digital financial assets was fought over until the […]

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Attorney General[1] Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) got his second term as the state’s top lawyer by defeating his opponent with a margin of over 400,000 votes. His record while in office, including the establishment of the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation and his current lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers, appealed to voters. St. George Becomes a City[2] Southeastern East Baton Rouge Parish voters voted to create the city of St. […]

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For-Profit Colleges Under Pressure

CALIFORNIA AND FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS[1] The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to strip California of its contract to regulate GI Bill benefits, denying the state the ability to investigate alleged abuses by for-profit colleges and to penalize for such abuses. The federal VA and California have been at odds over how the state has used its authority to regulate a federal program that sends billions of dollars every year to […]

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