TL;DR: Are You Ready For IMO 2020, Corporate’s Candidate Play, And Artificial Intell-inois Here’s what you need to know… Are you ready for “the biggest change in oil market history”? If not, you may be in for a surprise next year. On January 1, 2020, a mandate will take effect impacting maritime trade and it is not getting the public attention it deserves. With more than 90% of the world’s trade carried by...

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TL;DR: Powering Up Policy Pros, Anti-Monopoly Passes Go, And Drink With Your Feet? Here’s what you need to know… Extreme partisanship. Unrelenting information flows from traditional and digital media. A blending of corporate interests and politics. Today’s policy landscape is more decentralized and complex than ever. Policy professionals tasked by companies, trade associations, and public affairs firms to achieve...

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TL;DR: Corporate Values At Water’s Edge, Private Sector Pravda, & Science Is Real (Until It’s Not) Here’s what you need to know… When the NBA brought preseason games to China this month, they were expecting positive press and an opportunity to leverage a shared love of basketball to strengthen ties between cultures and continue the growth and popularity of the league overseas. Instead, the NBA was plunged...

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TL;DR: The Gig Is Up, Selfie Strategy, And Cue The Breakup Playlist Here’s what you need to know… California is once again making waves by laying down a key policy marker in the form of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which last month was signed into law by Governor Newsom. The law aims to reshape the gig economy and what it means to be a worker in the 21st century, but its implications will go well beyond Uber, Lyft, or...

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TL;DR: What To Expect From The Canadian Elections, Price Of Posting, And Love That Equity From Popeyes? Here’s what you need to know… Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau triggered the official launch of Canada’s 2019 federal election, which will finally put to test how lasting Trudeau’s historic come-from-behind win in 2015 was. For those who don’t live in “the North,” the ramifications of...

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TL;DR: Before Politics Become Policy, Pole Troll, And Publishers Call An Audible Here’s what you need to know… With Labor Day behind us and the arrival of pumpkin spice season in front of us, we are now a year away from when the majority of American voters traditionally begin tuning in to the presidential contest and other down ballot campaigns. If that seems like a long time away and of no consequence, think...

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Top 10 Reasons Your Candidate Doesn’t Need A Vulnerability Study As this great era of political disruption continues, commentators, consultants, and political junkies are left to wonder whether or not the old rules of politics still apply to campaigns post-Trump. Some may be tempted to think candidates can now say whatever they want, ignore improprieties and missteps in their pasts, and weather any public affairs firestorm that may...

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TL;DR: Corporate Soul Searching, Polluters Not Scooters, And Call The Polic(ymakers) Here’s what you need to know… Well, it looks like outrage has struck again. This month the chorus of boos and corresponding chants of “TRUMP HAS NO SOUL” and “EQUINOT” were aimed at luxury fitness brands SoulCycle and Equinox. The boycott came as news spread over social media that Stephen Ross, the chairman of The Related...

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