July 13, 2012 |
WILLIAMSBURG — The annual meeting of the National Governors Association kicked off here on Friday inside the Old Virginia Capitol, a towering brick building constructed in 1705. But when it came to the substance of the two-day summit there was no mistaking that it was 2012. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R), the outgoing chairman of the NGA; Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D), the incoming chairman; and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), the host-state governor launched the event talking about the need to find...
February 27, 2012 |
"We're not going to agree on every single issue," President Obama told governors at a black-tie dinner Sunday night, but "I'm confident that we're going to be able to find more and more common ground going forward. " The members of the National Governors Association returned to the White House on Monday morning for a working session with Obama. "The thing that connects all of us," the president reminded them, "is that we know what it means to govern . . . and hopefully to forge some common ground.
July 26, 2011 |
James L. Martin, 76, who spent more than three decades as chief Washington lobbyist for the National Governors Association, died July 17 at his home in Silver Spring. He had complications from a fall in May. Mr. Martin was regarded as the association's top behind-the-scenes operative from 1967 until his retirement in 1998. He then had a private consulting firm until his death. "Most of my lobbying is directed toward my members — governors — getting them to be lobbyists on particular...
July 15, 2011 |
SALT LAKE CITY —Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, calling the 2012 Republican presidential race a wide-open contest that lacks a clear front-runner, said Friday he is almost certain not to make an endorsement during the primaries and caucuses and will focus most of his energy on trying to defeat President Obama in the general election. Until now, Barbour had said only that he was in no rush to endorse anyone, but he went farther during an interview at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association.
February 21, 2010 |
Republicans who might want President Obama 's job flocked to Washington this weekend and repeatedly ripped into the Democrat, an early tryout of sorts for their party's nomination. "Barack Obama has created at least three jobs that I know of: Bob McDonnell , Chris Christie and Scott Brown," former House speaker Newt Gingrich told a fawning crowd Saturday, referring to the GOP candidates who prevailed recently in the governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey and the U.S. Senate contest in...
February 21, 2010 |
As the nation's governors gather in Washington for their annual winter meeting , the states they lead are facing what one knowledgeable authority calls "a lost decade" of stagnant or declining revenue and budget crises. Ray Scheppach , the man who used that phrase, has the credentials to call the situation "almost unprecedented. " A veteran federal budgeteer, he has served as executive director of the National Governors Association for the past 27 years. In an interview just before the opening of this year's meeting, he...