Ch-ch-changes! 2014 Election Wave

Political MapOhio, Wisconsin & Kansas! Oh My!

Republicans were able to hold onto several hotly contested governorships, as in Wisconsin and Kansas. For weeks, many have thought Ohio would re-elect incumbent John Kasich and they did. He bested his opponent by just over 30 points, winning every county but two. He even won in Democrat strongholds like Youngstown and Cleveland. This coupled with his record of bringing jobs to Ohio will certainly place him high on the list of republican presidential contenders for a 2016 run. Perhaps, most surprisingly, the very blue states of Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois elected Republican governors.  There are now 31 Republican governors and 16 Democrat governors; Alaska, Connecticut, and Vermont are still undecided.…

2nd Session of the 112th Congress: A Preview of the Issues

With the nation’s eyes on who wins the prize in the Iowa republican Presidential caucus, very few realize that today the second session of the 112th Congress began, albeit in pro forma session.

In actuality, the legislative business of the second session of the 112th Congress will begin in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 17 and in the U.S. Senate on January 23. President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 24.

Here are some of the issues Cansler Consulting will be tracking for clients in the second session of the 112th Congress:

Agriculture: The last Farm Bill adopted by Congress in 2008 is set to expire on September 30 this year.  Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will resume congressional hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill and have indicated that the starting point for the next farm bill will be the plan crafted for the failed negotiations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  That plan included $23 billion in budget reductions for agriculture.…

Cansler Consulting Meets With Members of Congress on Client’s Priority Issues

This past week Tim Cansler, founder and senior consultant of Cansler Consulting met with Members of Congress, including Speaker of the US House John Boehner (R-OH), and discussed issues that are top priorities for clients, including Budget, Farm Bill and Rural Healthcare. “This was a good opportunity for our clients to have their issues front-and-center…

A Farm Policy Battle Continues This Week, But The War is Far From Over!

Congressman Jeff Flake on Farm Bill, Cansler ConsultingA Farm Policy Battle continues to wage in the U.S. House of Representatives this week showcasing the escalating issue over how Congress must change current U.S. agricultural programs in the 2012 Farm Bill ruled as “trade distorting” by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“Do NOT Pay the $147 Million…”
Passed By Voice Vote

During the U.S. House Appropriations (full) Committee hearing on May 31, Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ), (a member of the Tea Party Caucus that promotes fiscal responsibility) offered an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that reduces direct payments to U.S. cotton producers by $147 million, the amount equal to the Framework Agreement with Brazil. Congressman Flake’s amendment was adopted by a voice vote of the Appropriations Committee members.…

Congressman Rogers Chairman House Appropriations

Cansler Consulting congratulates fellow Kentuckian Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5th) on ascending to the Chairmanship of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee has broad responsibility over the Federal budget. As Chairman, Congressman Rogers will lead in the writing of spending legislation for all departments and agencies in the federal government and significantly influence domestic…