Author: pvroom

At a time when the role of state legislatures has never been more crucial to the nation's governance, NCSL's annual Legislative Summit convenes Sunday in Boston. More than 6,000 state legislators, legislative staff, federal officials and others from across the country and world will attend a wide range of...

Markets are never entirely free. Rules, regulations, and referees shape the playing field, in the form of municipal codes and international trade agreements, tax incentives and penalties, an alphabet soup of agencies and voluntary industry standards. And players of all kinds try to gain advantage...

Many legislative sessions have adjourned or are wrapping up for this year. Yet bills may remain upon which no final action was taken before session ended. What happens to these bills, you ask? Well, that depends upon the state. In 23 states, the bills die. Nineteen legislatures start...

Lobbyists are not all-powerful. They don’t win every battle. But they do win most of them. Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...

VICE meets up with Joe Nickell, a longtime paranormal investigator who’s been called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the called the real-life Scully. We travel with him to Roswell, NM on the anniversary of the 1947 UFO Crash to...