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Who We Are

By: Stephen G. Lakis, President, SLLF “In highly excited times it is far easier to fan the flames of discord, than to subdue them. And he who counsels moderation is in danger of being regarded as failing in his duty to his party.” These are the words that were uttered by Daniel Webster shortly after [...]

By |2018-07-02T12:03:38-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Who Knew? What to Visit in the Northwest Territory

  In sixth grade I thought it was hilarious, as eleven year-olds do, that Ohio was part of the “Northwest Territory,” so I wrote a report about it. I remember not a word of the report. But, I made a colorful picture of the tract, for my cover: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part [...]

By |2017-11-14T10:09:13-05:00November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Observations from China

  Thanks to the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries,  I recently had the privilege of spending a week in this beautiful and fascinating country  with three others from SLLF, and fourteen state legislators from across the US. Now that I have returned home and have had [...]

By |2017-11-06T10:53:54-05:00November 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Diary of a Majority Leader Conference

  Thursday July 20, 3:45am: At this hour there’s only one proper thing to be doing, unless you’re in emergency services, morning broadcasting, or writing a term paper. That’s sleeping. Why am I getting dressed? Thursday July 20, 7:05am: Large airplane, me in it, takes off from Boston’s airport, heading exactly for London. I love [...]

By |2017-10-23T10:34:59-05:00October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Leading with Civility

Here’s a fun fact: almost one American in ten thinks that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Only four in ten are pretty sure our Civil War was fought over slavery. Three-quarters (just) are confident that the earth revolves around the sun, or that the U.S. got its independence from Great Britain. But 95% of [...]

By |2017-09-19T14:18:43-05:00September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Climbing Down from the Ivory Tower

  I consider myself bilingual: I speak English and “Acadamese.”   I earned a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, and spent ten years as a full-time academic at American University and the University of Texas at Arlington.  I earned tenure at UTA. I’ve published several articles in academic journals. When it come to the ivory [...]

By |2017-09-12T11:34:50-05:00September 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

On Charlottesville

Several days ago, in the beautiful central Virginia town of Charlottesville, groups of American citizens clashed with clubs, shields, torches, and projectiles. One local person’s life has ended. Two State Police officers are gone forever. A town will not forget being invaded, by hundreds of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and members of other White [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:03:23-05:00August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Power of Proximity

Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research   More than thirty years ago, while I was racing the academic tenure clock at the University of Texas at Arlington, I conducted a study of political friendship patterns in the Senates of Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. The objective of the research (and [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:03:23-05:00August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Seeing Through the Eyes of Another

Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research   Each summer for the past twelve or so years, I have had the pleasure of spending three days on the historic and beautiful campus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville with fifty dedicated public servants in SLLF’s Emerging [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:03:23-05:00July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

America before Titanic

Eric Allen SLLF Curriculum Development and Research   I don’t know if you tried being 10, and a boy. When I did it the times seemed gentler, which sounds like something my grandfather would say, and when Granddad was 10 himself, everyone knew how to brush, bridle, and clean up after a horse. McKinley was [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:03:23-05:00June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|