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To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: A Great Tragedy in American Politics
Date: Thu Dec 05 16:07:29 MST 2013
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E-Newsletter |December 5, 2013

A Great Tragedy in American Politics

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor


Alaska Rep. Craig Johnson's greatest disappointment with politics today is the inability of policymakers to disagree without being enemies. "Just because legislators or parties can disagree, that doesn't make anyone inherently bad; it just means we disagree," said Johnson, the 2014 chair of CSG West. "That civil discourse
we've lost--that ability to debate without becoming enemies--is probably one of the greatest tragedies in American politics."


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Medical Licensing Compacts--A New 

Approach in Health Care

By Crady deGolian, Director of CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts


One challenge contributing significantly to the rising cost of health care is access in hard-to-serve locations. Problems accessing care is especially common in rural areas. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 21 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, but only 11 percent of medical specialists practice in those areas. This results in a significant segment of the population that is frequently underserved. One possible solution is a series of medical licensing compacts intended to reduce existing barriers to the process of gaining licensure in multiple states.



States Fight to End Modern-Day Slavery

By Carrie Abner, CSG Marketing Coordinator


Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise worldwide, netting an estimated $32 billion each year. As one of the fastest growing criminal industries, its impact can be felt in communities across the U.S. and around the globe, yet it often transpires with very little notice. Human trafficking is often described as a form of modern-day slavery through which individuals are exploited through force, fraud or coercion for labor service or commercial sex acts. 


Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers

By Maggie Mick, CSG Director of Development


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center, a CSG Associate, has issued holiday shopping tips for consumers. Through its Dangerous Fakes campaign, the center is issuing consumer alert tips to empower holiday shoppers to make smart decisions and avoid counterfeits. It offers 10 tips to avoid dangerous fakes.


In This Issue
A Great Tragedy in American Politics
Medical Licensing Compacts--A New Approach in Health Care
States Fight to End Modern-Day Slavery
Associates in Action: Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers


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