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From Big Idea to Bill – Stop Soring

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I hope everyone reading remembers the classic “I’m Just a Bill” from the folks at Schoolhouse Rock. (If not, check it out on youtube. Right now!) The tune was stuck in my head all day yesterday after Nicola and I attended a stakeholder meeting for the PAST (Prevent all Soring Tactics) Act. First, a little [...]

A Taste of the Good Life

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

This morning I got to do one of my favorite things. I got to have breakfast with fellow Huskers from “the Good Life”. It is called the Nebraska Congressional Breakfast and it takes place every Wednesday morning while Congress is in session. It is the oldest tradition of its kind on Capital Hill  and it [...]

“Laws Don’t Matter”

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Believe it or not, I thought laws didn’t matter for about 67% of my life.  I mean, I got that it was illegal if I steal your donut, or punch a cat, or murder someone. It was more that I thought that any federal legislation was well outside the realm of what affected me on [...]

A Day in the Life of a GRD Extern

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The title is a slight misnomer, given that no two days at GRD are the same, but for students interested in the program, I thought this was a good example of a day showing the breadth of opportunities doing this externship can afford you. 6:30 AM – Woke up.   Hit snooze. 6:38 AM – Woke [...]

Veterinary Students Charge Capitol Hill With a Mission

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Sixty-five veterinary students from around the country gathered this week in Washington, D.C., to let their elected officials know about important legislative issues that impact the veterinary industry. The two-day student fly-in, hosted by AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division, taught the students how to effectively hold briefings with congressional staff and gave them an inside look [...]

Another Busy Week!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Again, I can’t believe that another week is over! The later part of this week has been especially fun because I was able to get into the offices of Senator John McCain (from my home state of Arizona), and Representative Martha Roby (from my local state of Alabama) to advocate for the AVMA. I decided [...]

Tick Tock, Crazy Clocks

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

So picture this: I’m walking down the halls of Ford House Office Building to attend a meeting at the Committee on Homeland Security when all of a sudden I hear the loudest, most obnoxious fog horn sound throughout the entire building (so I may be exaggerating a little, but it was loud!). My elementary school [...]

Heels to Handshakes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I must catch you all up to date on all that I have been doing since my first week. Man, if there is one thing that I have learned from my time here in DC, it’s this: do everything, be everywhere, always say yes to things because you will wind up experience something very special. [...]

Southerner in the City

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Hello all! My name is Elise Ackley and I am a third year veterinary student at Louisiana State University, where I am tracking public practice. For those of you who know me, you know that aside from veterinary medicine, political affairs are my life. I eat, sleep, breathe, and (to the chagrin of my boyfriend) [...]

An Advocate’s Work is Never Done

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Up to this point, I’ve indulged in expressing the joys of being in DC.  However, as I near the completion of my externship, I want to provide a better update on the legislative issues I’ve been advocating.  Since this is appropriation season, I’ve spoken to every Congressional legislative assistant about the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment [...]

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