Caught in the Middle: Majority Leaders Revisited

This June, SLLF will host the fourth annual Conference for State Majority Leaders (CSML) in Honolulu, Hawaii. As we prepare for this meeting, we thought we would revisit a paper that Steve Lakis, Ken Morton and Thom Little wrote after the first meeting three years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. The paper is entitled “Caught in [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

The State Legislature of Tomorrow (or “Kicking and Screaming”)

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research Recently, an interesting video was brought to my attention by a former student. Entitled The Ayes Have it: The North Carolina General Assembly, the 30 minute video describes and explores the activities of the 1963 North Carolina General Assembly, showcasing its shiny [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

So Proud I Could Bust!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research Do you recall those times in your life that you were, as my grandfather used to say, “So proud I could bust?” When your son aced that piano recital? When your daughter nailed the three pointer to win the game? When that girl [...]

By | 2016-03-16T10:04:27+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

The Year Just Passed and the Year Ahead

by Stephen G. Lakis, President, SLLF In 2015 SLLF held 9 major programs, (which explains why the year went by so fast: one program after another, each different in content, location and audience). It was another great year for us with legislative leaders from every state in the nation participating in at least one SLLF event. [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

Advice for the New Year: Watch the Cars, Not the Light

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. As a 20 year-old college student, I was privileged to serve as an intern in the North Carolina General Assembly during the 1985 legislative session. Working for Senate Majority Leader Kenneth C. Royall, Jr. taught me many things about leadership but one of my most vivid memories and greatest lessons [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

SLLF and Chinese People’s Assoc. for Friendship Establish Historic Partnership

In December 2015, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a new and permanent partnership between our two organizations. This partnership is the direct result of an agreement endorsed by Chinese President Xi and President Obama during President Xi’s visit [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Do What You Ought To Do

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. My sixteen-year old daughter has played AAU basketball since she was nine years old so I have had the “privilege” of spending many Saturdays and Sundays on hard bleachers, in cramped gyms trying not to totally lose my composure (and religion) when the “stripes” missed an obvious foul against my [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Getting Out of Prison!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. Earlier this fall, I was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, also known as “The Farm.” I would like to thank Cindy Mancuso and Walter Thomas of Louisiana Speaker Chuck Kleckley’s office for springing me from the joint! Of course, it was also their fault that I was [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

SLLF Knows How to Pick’em!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. At SLLF, we are not accustomed to tooting our own horn, but in this case, “toot toot!” Last week, the Governing Institute Women in Government Leadership Program announced its 2016 class and it included five graduates of SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). This feat is even more impressive when you [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|