State lawmakers and political insiders ranked the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) as the most influential lobbying group in the 2012 debate over expanding school vouchers, according to a report released by the Brookings Institution on Tuesday.
The study was undertaken to test the viability of a new research methodology, called Survey with Placebo (SwP), that the think tank hoped would more accurately track the most successful lobbying and advocacy strategies.
Brookings used the 2012 fight over the statewide expansion of school vouchers in Louisiana as a case study, by asking legislators and "political insiders" like analysts and business leaders to rank the effectiveness of five lobbying and advocacy groups against a fictional placebo group.
Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court offered its tentative endorsement of so-called "organizing agreements" between unions and for-profit companies, with some justices saying on Wednesday the longstanding practice can encourage good labor relations.
At issue is whether the particulars of such an agreement between Unite Here Local 355 and the Mardi Gras casino in Florida violates a federal law that prohibits companies from giving labor unions-- seeking to represent workers-- anything "of value.
If you are President Obama, you know you are not having a good week when some of your most crucial and trusted allies let you know through the media that your “legacy” legislative achievement is really getting under their skin.