What’s The Latest at The Policy Circle

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Feb 22, 2017

Tune in Tuesday for the Joint Session of Congress

On February 28th, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress, as is tradition for incoming presidents in their first year in office.   This major address is similar in purpose to the State of the Union, which is given by the president annually in subsequent years of his term.  What is important about this […]

Feb 10, 2017

Meet Circle Leader Christy from Indiana

Tell us a little about yourself and why you started a circle. I’m married with one young son and I work for an agriculture company. I like reading, gardening, art and music. I’m also enjoying the adventure of being a mom—it can be humbling, enlightening and hilarious, often all at the same time! After attending The […]

Feb 7, 2017

Having a Civil Conversation about Immigration

Each of us wishes to talk about hot-button issues in a thoughtful, calm manner with that friend, colleague, or relative who has a totally different perspective:  leading with facts  rather than emotions. One of the best ways to have a great policy conversation is to arm yourself with knowledge beforehand. Having the facts at your […]

Jan 27, 2017

Halting the Legislative Process: The Role of the Filibuster

If you’ve ever seen the 1939 classic “ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ,” you may remember title character Jefferson Smith, played by James Stewart, launching into a marathon 24-hour filibuster in order to halt a corrupt appropriations bill (clip embedded at end of post).  It’s a great film and resource for understanding “how the sausage gets made” in the Senate […]

Jan 27, 2017

Fostering Group Chemistry: Five Circle Leader Tips

When do we feel energized by a conversation?  Is it when we share thoughts about our to-do lists, upcoming events or people we know? Maybe.  But more likely, it’s when we are authentic and have a chance to express our views on an idea.  It’s when we feel heard.  And when we listen to others’ ideas, we […]

Jan 17, 2017

Front Seat at the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Have you  ever organized a large event with a lot of out-of-town guests?  Imagine organizing President-Elect Trump’s inauguration.  Here is some information and insight into how this momentous quadrennial event unfolds. Inauguration by the Numbers: The Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) allots 240,000 free tickets to House and Senate offices, which they distribute on request, mostly […]