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March 2016

Scalia’s death spells potential trouble for business...

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could change the outcome this year in a number of key business cases involving class actions and mandatory arbitration even if congressional Republicans succeed in blocking President Obama from replacing Scalia.

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Chemical safety reform hinges on federal preemption of state regulations...

As backroom negotiations continue in the long battle over re-writing the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), questions about limiting the power of states to regulate chemical substances are at the core of the congressional deliberations.

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Obama administration pushes for tougher rules on methane...

The good news is that the United States is awash with natural gas.  But that’s the bad news as well, at least according to the Obama administration.

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Homicide near the top of the list for workplace deaths...

The recent workplace shootings at a factory in Kansas are a grim reminder of how many workers are murdered in the workplace each year.  For the past several years, homicide has been the cause for one out of every ten deaths in the workplace.

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GOP lawmakers say Congress is responsible for White House overreach...

While the Republican presidential hopefuls blast away at President Obama for executive orders and other actions they claim are illegal, a group of GOP lawmakers is quietly pushing their colleagues to start taking the blame for such White House overreach.

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NLRB found guilty of unfair labor practices with its own union...

They say that turnabout is fair play.  Well, consider the case of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—widely considered to have a pro-union tilt in its decisions involving labor negotiations—found guilty of an unfair labor practice involving a union representing its employees.

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Gene Goldenberg

Gene Goldenberg has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Gene is an accomplished Washington professional with three decades of experience in business, government affairs, public relations and journalism.

Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.