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CHOICE Act – Big wins for retailers

As retail operators return to work this week after what was hopefully a busy Memorial Day weekend for them, they should be encouraged by some rare good news out of Washington D.C. The industry had some big wins last week …

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Caught Up in the Entitlement Reform Debate – Again

The President recently made headlines with the release of his first draft budget proposal and while some convenience store operators might applaud the perceived “belt tightening”, leading brands need to be aware of a few hidden minefields. Most prominent among …

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Key lessons emerge from off-year elections

In political terms, 2017 is what’s known as an “off year.” Only a few states have elections but two are for governorships – Virginia and New Jersey – and we have had a couple of notable congressional special elections thrown …

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The Politics of Overtime

The following article appears in the September 21, 2015 edition of Chain Store Age. By: Joe Kefauver The new overtime regulations are just one piece of a much broader strategy being executed by the labor community In the two months …

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Introducing: Align Public Strategies

  ORLANDO, Fla., (SEPTEMBER 14, 2015):  Align Public Strategies, a full service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making, launched today. Headquartered in Orlando, Align Public Strategies …

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About 2 years ago

The Rise Of Rivalry In The Sharing Economy

For some time now, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB and other pioneers in the “sharing economy” have battled lawmakers as their technology-based platforms have disrupted the economic and regulatory models of traditional companies in sectors such as transportation and hospitality. In those …

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About 2 years ago

The New Electoral Reality

The following article appears in the September 3, 2015 edition of Convenience Store News. By: Joe Kefauver Political extremists marginalize Main Street business issues. For more than a decade, I have been fascinated by how the Tea Party has fundamentally …

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