GovBeat: States


Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Personal dividend taxes are highest in blue states

California has the top marginal tax rate on personal dividends income.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/06/2014

States change approach to heroin amid epidemic

States are passing Good Samaritan laws in an effort to save lives.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  crime, drugs, newsletter, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

In California, Governor Moonbeam goes mainstream

The Jerry Brown seeking re-election this year is a far cry from the liberal who governed in the 1970s and 1980s.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, newsletter, States

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Romney backs effort to end nominating conventions in Utah

The former presidential contender wants his party to nominate candidates through primaries.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:34 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, Utah, voting rights

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Gay marriage group launches $1 million PR campaign across South

Freedom to Marry is financing a $1 million campaign to boost support for same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, newsletter, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

In 30 states, abortion rates haven’t been this low since at least 1976

The abortion rate has been declining nationally for years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Washington Democrats veto governor’s state party chair pick

Gov. Jay Inslee’s last-minute endorsement of a candidate for state party chair didn’t help.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, washington

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

How state and religiousness intersect

Vermont was least religious; Mississippi was the most.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, poll, polls, Religion, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Most states aren’t very good at planning for the future

Just 16 earned high scores from a policy think tank for long-term budget planning.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Seahawks mania sweeps Facebook

Everyone likes a winner.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  broncos, seahawks, States, super bowl

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Missouri, Pennsylvania are the next fronts in war on public employee unions

Republicans are pushing paycheck protection bills in two states.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobs, Missouri, Pennsylvania, States

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Dream Act advances through Washington’s Republican Senate

In a reversal, senators passed a version of the act to allow the state to give financial aid to students in the country illegally.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, States, washington

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Administration releases half a billion in emergency heating funds

The cold snap has sent propane prices soaring, and stretched emergency home energy budgets.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster relief, States

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014

California schools could consider race, gender in admissions

A proposal that passed the state Senate would roll back parts of Prop. 209.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, education, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

How states can reclaim $1 billion from offshore tax havens

A policy in place in Montana recovered $7.2 million from offshore havens in 2010 alone.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corporations, States, tax, taxes

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Health care spending still rising for states and cities

Federal spending growth is slowing, but state and local spending is up.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, health care, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Conservatives outnumber liberals in 47 states

In Wyoming, 40.5 percentage points separate the number of conservatives from the number of liberals.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, map, maps, newsletter, poll, polls, Rankings, red states, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Missouri likely to pass voter ID bill this year

The state Senate took up voter identification bills this week.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Missouri, States, voting rights

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Map: If social media mattered, the Broncos would have already won

A social media advertiser finds the little pro-Seahawks sentiment online.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fun, map, maps, States

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/30/2014

The Scott Walker-Paul Ryan bromance

The Wisconsin boys get along well -- and we reveal Walker’s Super Bowl picks.

By Jackie Kucinich and Theresa Poulson  |  11:56 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, wisconsin

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/30/2014

150 years later, Maryland will try to rescind slavery amendment

The state Senate will take up a bill to rescind ratification of the so-called “shadow” 13th Amendment.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:35 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

States search for alternatives to lethal injection

A ban by European drug makers have U.S. states seeking alternative forms of execution.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, prisons, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Who would be affected by a federal $10.10 minimum wage

Here’s a look at the share of different working populations that would be earning less than $10.10 by mid-2016 without the proposed wage hike.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  map, maps, minimum wage, newsletter, Poverty, States

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Cities give Republicans the hard sell on 2016 convention

The process of picking a city to host the convention is just beginning.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:37 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, Colorado, conventions, Missouri, Nevada, newsletter, North Carolina, Ohio, States, Utah

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Long-term unemployment is above the nation’s pre-recession high in 41 states

Rates in nearly every state are historically high.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, Unemployment

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Georgia officials under fire over snowstorm response

Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed are playing defense as traffic snarls continue.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster relief, georgia, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/29/2014

San Francisco thinks Obamacare can cut costs, crime rates

Signing up prisoners for health-care coverage could cut recidivism rates.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, health care, obamacare, States

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The South’s disastrous response to the winter storm, in pictures

If you live in the Atlanta area, and if you can, work from home.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, disaster relief, georgia, snow, South Carolina, States

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The incredible, shrinking blue-state advantage

In 2008, Democrats had a 30-state advantage. Now it’s down to three.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:39 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, map, maps, newsletter, poll, polls, red state, States, voter identification

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot

The Florida Supreme Court approved language allowing a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, Marijuana, States

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Wendy Davis fights back over questions on biographical details

The Texas Democrat offered a strong defense after details about her biography came under scrutiny.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, States, texas

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/28/2014

The real state of the union: divided, and dividing

Democrats and Republicans are diverging on everything from health care to gun control and gay marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, state of the union, States

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Unemployment dips to post-recession lows in 29 states

Many states saw unemployment in December fall to lows not seen in at least 4.5 years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobs, newsletter, States, Unemployment

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014

States could count computer programming as foreign language skill

Republicans and Democrats are pitching bills to encourage students to learn computer programming.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Kentucky, New Mexico, States

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/28/2014

How the federal government could get a 270x return on a prison reform investment

A federal program to spur state prison reforms could help save $4.6 billion.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, budget, Hawaii, newsletter, prisons, spending, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Terry Branstad’s war for women

Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress, or to the governorship. Branstad wants to change that.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Iowa, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 01/27/2014

President Obama’s job approval is above 50 percent in just 11 states

His approval was down an average of two percentage points from 2012.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:56 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hawaii, Obama, States

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Midwest faces propane emergency as more cold weather moves in

Winter weather is causing a propane shortage in the Midwest and Northeast.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster relief, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Seahawks, Broncos will pay New Jersey taxes

The “jock tax” means Peyton Manning will owe New Jersey about $57,000 next year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Jersey, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Michigan Tea Partiers want to end full-time legislature

A group of tea party conservatives wants to end Michigan’s full-time legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Michigan, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

These 5 maps show unions are losing ground in the states

Union membership, as a share of all jobs, fell in 43 states over the past decade.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, unions

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

The District of Columbia spends three times more per student than Utah does.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Smith & Wesson protests California gun law

The gun manufacturer won’t sell its new semiautomatic pistol in the Golden State.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, gun control, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

How states spend their cash, in 5 maps

For the third time in the last four years, states spent more than they brought in.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, health, Revenue, spending, States, Transportation

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

For governors, it’s okay to call it a comeback

Higher tax revenue means governors can highlight good news -- for now.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, budgets, California, Hawaii, Michigan, newsletter, Ohio, state of the state, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

15 ways to make voting easier

Common-sense solutions from the bipartisan commission on election administration.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election administration, elections, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014

The most corrupt state(s) in America

Ranking the most corrupt states depends on how you define corruption.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Corruption, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Missouri Republicans want to jail federal agents over gun laws

A bill before the state Senate would send federal officers to jail. A court challenge would be almost certain.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:06 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, gun rights, Missouri, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Colorado initiative would mandate pre-wedding education

An anti-divorce group is pushing to require 10 hours of education before marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, marriage, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

The 11 most dangerous states for drivers

Eleven states received a red rating, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  map, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, Transportation

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Christie’s other problem: Rebuilding a campaign team

Chris Christie sent his campaign manager packing. Now he has slim pickings for a new manager.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, campaigns, Chris Christie, elections, New Jersey, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014

States take action on immigration as Congress stalls

At a time of federal inaction, state legislatures are taking the lead on immigration reform.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014

New Mexico session preview: Lowered expectations

A budget surplus takes pressure off the state legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Marijuana, minimum wage, New Mexico, States

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Snowy special election will decide control of Virginia Senate

Four to seven inches of snow are expected in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, where polls are open until 7 p.m.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States, virginia

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Is your state solvent?

A look at a new measure of state fiscal conditions.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Iowa’s Republican governor opens assault on his state party

Gov. Terry Branstad is feuding with activists loyal to ex-Rep. Ron Paul.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:12 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iowa, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Obama: There are ‘legitimate reasons’ to worry about federal overreach

Obama, in his own words, on states’ rights and marijuana.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, Marijuana, Obama, pot, red states, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Arizona session preview: Rethinking child protection

A scandal in the adoption and child services bureau has Arizona legislators taking action.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, session preview, States

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014

America hates the Seahawks

Seattle’s regional isolation works against them in playoff fandom.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  football, graphics, maps, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Brown to declare California drought emergency as Western water woes intensify

Gov. Jerry Brown will make the declaration at a news conference Friday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, climate change, drought, Environment, newsletter, States, weather

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/17/2014

The best state capitol reporters in America

The state capital reporters to follow in each of the 50 states.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  best of, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Medicaid expansion takes a hit in Arkansas

Republicans have won a special election that puts a unique solution to Medicaid expansion at risk.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:16 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, medicaid expansion, obamacare, States

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Republican governors taking comfort in improving economic conditions

A governor’s policies don’t matter much in a global economy. But when jobs return, political fortunes rise.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, Florida, governors, newsletter, Ohio, Pennsylvania, States, wisconsin

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

New Mexico’s Martinez gets high marks in two polls

Susana Martinez’s approval rating is in positive territory in two polls.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, New Mexico, States, susana martinez

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Maryland’s O’Malley will push for minimum wage hike

The governor will use his last legislative session to promote the wage hike.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:24 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland, minimum wage, States

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014

The great American pizza map(s)

Where do you order from? If you’re in the Northwest, it’s probably Papa Murphy’s. Little Caesar’s owns Michigan.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, newsletter, pizza, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Judges order California to come up with prison solution

A panel of federal judges is putting the squeeze on California after negotiations broke down.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, prisons, States

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/14/2014

South Dakota Session Preview: Making peace, with cash

A budget windfall will help make the peace in South Dakota.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, medicaid expansion, obamacare, session preview, South Dakota, States

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Washington Session Preview: It’s Rodney Tom’s world

Two Democrats who caucus with Republicans will drive the agenda -- for the moment.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, pensions, session preview, States, taxes, washington

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Jerry Brown no fan of legalized marijuana

California voters may eventually see a legalization initiative on the ballot, but the governor won’t be behind it.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:51 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, States

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Kentucky session preview: Rolling the dice

Casino gambling could be the answer to Kentucky’s budget woes.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, casinos, gambling, Kentucky, session preview, States, taxes

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Thirty states are raising pre-kindergarten funding

In all, states are increasing funding nearly 7 percent this fiscal year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  educ, education, maps, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Maine becomes second state to require GMO labels

Two states have passed legislation requiring the labels, but they need other states to follow suit.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:13 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  genetically modified foods, gmo, Maine, newsletter, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

California Democrats will push background checks for ammunition

A top state senator is pushing to require background checks on ammunition purchases.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, gun control, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Brown proposes billions in new spending, cautiously, as economy improves

Brown’s proposal includes $10 billion in added school funding, but some Democratic pet projects are left out.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, economy, education, high-speed rail, newsletter, States, Transportation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014

South Carolina’s Haley pitches education reform package

The governor wants $160 million for a modest reform proposal.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, education reform, South Carolina, States

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014

The fastest and slowest Internet speeds in America

If you live in Ephrata, Wash., or Kansas City, download whatever you want.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  broadband, internet, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Colorado GOP wants to skirt campaign contribution limits

The party is asking the Secretary of State to treat them like a super PAC.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bcra, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, newsletter, States, super pacs

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014

What your beer says about your politics, in one chart

Hipster beers are for Democrats. Lites are for Republicans. And scotch drinkers vote.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alcohol, beer, favorite, newsletter, Rankings, spirits, States

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session preview: Colorado’s (limited) bipartisanship

Colorado legislators will work together on education funding, and against each other everywhere else.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, gun control, gun rights, session preview, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Nebraska governor’s last lap

Dueling tax reform proposals will dominate Gov. Dave Heineman’s final legislative session.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, budget, health care, medicaid, Nebraska, obamacare, prisons, session preview, States, taxes

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Medical marijuana initiative likely headed for Florida ballot

Organizers say they will hit their signature goals by next week.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, Marijuana, newsletter, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Virginia’s new beginnings

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe will press Republicans on Medicaid expansion.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, medicaid expansion, minimum wage, obamacare, session preview, States, virginia

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Session Preview: California’s new gold rush

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats will debate how to spend $2.2 billion in surpluses.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:19 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, pre-kindergarten, prisons, session preview, States, surplus, water

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Session Preview: Maryland, where politics comes first

Politics will dominate as Democrats jockey for position.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, Maryland, minimum wage, obamacare, session preview, States

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Supreme Court pauses same-sex marriages in Utah pending appeal

Utah is appealing a federal judge’s December ruling.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, same sex marriage, States, Utah

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014

In search of the best state capital political reporters in the country

In search of the best state capital reporter Twitter list ever.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  best of, list, Rankings, reporters, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014

How much does marijuana cost in the U.S.?

Anonymously-collected data shows good weed is cheapest on the West Coast.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marijuana, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/04/2014

Boeing machinists agree to 777X contract on narrow vote

The vote guarantees Boeing will build two major airliners in the Puget Sound region, saving 20,000 jobs -- and perhaps Gov. Jay Inslee’s political career.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  777x, boeing, labor, machinists, newsletter, States, union, washington

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/04/2014

Nevada Supreme Court will decide whether strippers owe entertainment taxes

The court will hear arguments over whether the state can tax exotic dance clubs.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Courts, first amendment, Nevada, States, strip clubs

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Kentucky Republicans aim to reel in governor’s power in wake of Obamacare

After Gov. Steve Beshear embraced Obamacare, Republicans will pitch a constitutional amendment to scale back his powers.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:13 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Kentucky, newsletter, obamacare, States

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/03/2014

States have passed unprecedented number of abortion restrictions since 2011

A new study shows more abortion restrictions went into effect in the last three years than in the decade beforehand.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, choice, pro-choice, pro-life, social issues, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Which U.S. states are booming, in 4 charts

In its latest annual report, Atlas Van Lines shows where Americans are moving.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Number of recalls down in 2013

With partisan tensions seemingly at all-time highs, the recall is becoming a more overt political tool.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, recalls, States

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Pennsylvania’s Corbett will drop lottery privatization plan

Corbett is dropping one of his top legislative priorities for lack of support.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gambling, governors, lottery, newsletter, Pennsylvania, privatization, States

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Early figures suggest number of traffic fatalities fell in 2013

Traffic fatalities continued to trend downward in 2013, according to early reports.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, public health, Rankings, States, Transportation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/02/2014

In Hawaii, a Democratic Party divided

A controversial Senate appointment has state Democrats divided along racial and generational faults.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Hawaii, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2014

New Mexico legislature will take up Navajo gambling agreement

The proposal would allow the tribe to build two new casinos.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gambling, gaming, New Mexico, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Critical vote looms for Boeing Machinists

Boeing’s Machinists will take a high-stakes vote on Friday that will decide the fate of 20,000 jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, economy, jobs, labor, Missouri, South Carolina, States, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Utah seeks Supreme Court order to halt same-sex unions

Utah’s attorney general has asked the Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civil rights, gay marriage, same sex marriage, States, Utah

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/31/2013

What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart

Republicans prefer brown liquor; Democrats prefer clear liquor; High-propensity voters like wine.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alcohol, booze, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013

U.S. population growth near historic lows

The country is growing at its slowest pace since the Great Depression.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, growth, recession, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Outside the Beltway, 2013 a year of emerging stars

From New Jersey to Oregon, Democrats and Republicans made names for themselves in 2013.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, year in review

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Cuomo administration spending money on snowmobiling ads

New York will spend $4.5 million to promote snowmobiling and other winter sports.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advertising, New York, snowmobiling, States

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013

FAA picks six states for drone testing

The decision could bring billions in economic development as the number of drone manufacturers grows in coming years.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, drones, Nevada, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, States, texas, virginia

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 12/28/2013

Flu virus increasing across country, widespread in 10 states

Officials say the states most affected so far this year are mainly in the Northeast and South.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:51 AM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  flu, health care, influenza, newsletter, States

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Legalizing pot could save California hundreds of millions every year, state says

By Reid Wilson  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, newsletter, pot, States, weed

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013

The nine states (and one District) that won 2013

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013

New laws coming in elections and social issues

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, elections, employment, laws, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Gay marriage fight shifts to federal courts, 2014 set to be tipping-point year

With so many cases before federal judges, it is likely that 2014 will be the year in which states accounting for a majority of Americans will allow gay marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:08 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civil rights, gay marriage, marriage equality, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Shark fins, tasters and tattoos: New laws on crime and courts

State legislatures passed more than 40,000 new laws in 2013, the bulk of which go into effect Jan. 1.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, laws, Legislation, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Colorado’s Hickenlooper wants to put school budgets online

Governor says disclosing school spending would show not all school districts receive the same resources.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, newsletter, States, transparency

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Chris Christie just took a big risk on immigration

Signing a version of the DREAM Act will give Chris Christie’s enemies fodder in 2016.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:30 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, dream act, immigration, New Jersey, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Wyoming, EPA feud over Indian reservation

The battle over a million acres has legal and tax ramifications.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:43 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  EPA, States, wyoming

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Walker signs bill rolling back road blocks on Indian team names

The bill ends orders requiring three school districts to change their mascots.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mascots, Scott Walker, States, wisconsin

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 12/18/2013

New Mexico’s Martinez targets driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

In what has become an annual ritual, Martinez is taking on a Democratic-led legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:46 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dream act, driver's licenses, illlegal immigrants, immigration, New Mexico, States

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Liquor privatization battle heads to Oregon

Privatization supporters spent more than $20 million in Washington. Will Oregon be as expensive?

By Reid Wilson  |  03:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC, liquor, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Counties could lose millions if appropriators don’t hurry after Ryan-Murray budget deal

A Department of the Interior program worth millions to small rural counties isn’t funded in the budget deal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:37 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Environment, newsletter, public lands, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Republicans back away from Common Core as legislative roadblocks advance

Under pressure from conservative activists, Republican governors are revisiting Common Core standards.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Florida, georgia, indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, newsletter, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, States

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Where teachers get paid the most, and the least

A teacher in New York gets paid nearly twice as much as a teacher in South Dakota.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Rankings, States, teachers

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Veterans in 9 cities have to wait more than a year for claims to be addressed

Veterans in Reno and Baltimore have the longest waits, the data show.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:52 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  backlog, States, VA, Veterans

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013

In Nevada, the Republican governor who doesn’t completely hate Obamacare

Brian Sandoval is embracing ObamaCare. That should scare Harry Reid.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, brian sandoval, Harry Reid, Nevada, newsletter, obamacare, States

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/16/2013

McDonnell lays out $96 billion budget proposal

McDonnell’s plan increases mental health funding, adds to the rainy day fund and doesn’t raise taxes.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, States, virginia

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/16/2013

California wins appeal for Rim Fire disaster funds

FEMA reversed itself after initially denying the request for aid.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, disaster relief, fema, jerry brown, Obama, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013

States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies

States are increasingly turning to natural gas and hybrid cars to save on gas prices.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, Energy, newsletter, States, Utah, wyoming

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Sally Jewell meets Teddy Roosevelt

Apparently this isn’t a unique occurrence.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:18 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservation, Environment, impersonators, States

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Grand jury looking into ethics complaint against Ga. governor

The grand jury wants to see documents related to an ethics complaint filed over the governor’s 2010 campaign.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethics, georgia, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Cuomo spars with Obama administration over Medicaid exemption

Cuomo’s administration wants to use $10 billion to reform the state’s Medicaid system.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, medicaid, New York, obamacare, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

How Rahm Emanuel is blocking a vote on an elected school board

Emanuel allies filled the March ballot with completely unrelated referenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, elections, rahm emanuel, States

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/10/2013

States spend far less than CDC recommends on anti-smoking campaigns

Only a handful of states are spending anywhere close to what the CDC recommends on anti-tobacco programs.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, newsletter, Rankings, smoking, smoking rates, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The good, bad and ugly of the state revenue recovery

Tax collections in fiscal 2013 finally beat their 2008 peak, but things already appear to be slowing again.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, States

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Oregon’s Kitzhaber will run for fourth term

Kitzhaber’s push for tax reform, and a troubled ObamaCare rollout, are likely to be top issues.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Oregon, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013

You are where you shop: What your grocery store says about you

The grocery stores you choose say something about your income, generation and political leanings.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Boeing’s 777X wish list revealed

The company wants states to pick up the tab for land and facilities -- and to totally change their tax codes.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  777x, boeing, economy, jobs, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Alaska revenue to fall $2 billion after oil tax cuts take effect

Rolling back Sarah Palin’s tax hikes will cost Alaska big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, gas, newsletter, oil, Revenue, States, taxes

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Here’s where the end of unemployment benefits will hurt the most

Congress has no plans to extend unemployment benefits, set to expire the week of Dec. 28.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, Unemployment, unemployment benefits

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Study: Refusing Medicaid expansion will cost states billions of dollars

Texas stands to lose $9 billion in federal funding in a single year by refusing to expand Medicaid.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, medicaid, medicaid expansion, newsletter, obamacare, States

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Everything you need to know about the D.C. mayoral race

A conversation with the Post’s resident D.C. politics expert, Mike DeBonis.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, district, District of Columbia, newsletter, States, washington dc

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

The TSA made half a million dollars last year because you forgot your change

Don’t forget to check those gray bins for your money.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Who’s dreaming of a white Christmas?

If you live in the upper Midwest, have those snow shovels ready.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:49 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  noaa, States, weather, white christmas

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

For exiting McDonnell, investigation ‘heartbreaking and humbling’

McDonnell’s final days in office have been overshadowed by an ongoing investigation.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, virginia

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Worst rollout of the year? Ohio candidate owes $1 million in back taxes

Being behind on your taxes is one thing. Being $1 million behind is something else.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, OHGOV, Ohio, States

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Report criticizes lax disclosure rules for state judges

Conflicts of interest aren’t always obvious to the public, because financial disclosure reports aren’t always required.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Judiciary, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Texas wants background checks for health-care navigators

The state will require background checks, additional training and certification of financial responsibility.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, newsletter, obamacare, States, texas

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/03/2013

The 2012 election results, by media market

Obama won biggest along the U.S.-Mexico border. Romney did best in northern Texas.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advertising, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, Obama, romney, States

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Judge declares Detroit eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy

A federal judge has ruled the city can consider pension cuts as it reorganizes.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bankruptcy, detroit, Michigan, States

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 12/03/2013

South Dakota Gov. Daugaard won’t rule out future Medicaid expansion

Gov. Dennis Daugaard may be hinting he’s open to expanding Medicaid in the future.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:50 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, medicaid, obamacare, South Dakota, States

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Illinois lawmakers to vote on public employee pension changes

The revisions would put Illinois on a 30-year glide path to erase strangling pension debts.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:27 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Illinois, pension reform, pensions, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013

In final year, Nebraska governor will push income tax cut

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nebraska, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/02/2013

What dialect do you speak? A map of American English

Do you pahk the cah? Do you eat olycooks? The words you use can identify where you came from.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, who we are

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Wyoming governor says no to Medicaid expansion

Democrats counter that refusing the expansion means leaving hundreds of millions on the table.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:37 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACA, affordable care act, medicaid, medicaid expansion, obamacare, States, wyoming

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2013

After abortion vote, Albuquerque looks to change initiative process

Ballot initiatives are costing the city big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, initiatives, New Mexico, States

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 11/30/2013

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon calls special session for Boeing tax breaks

Legislators will consider a package of tax incentives worth up to $150 million.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:07 AM ET, 11/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, Economics, labor, Missouri, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/29/2013

Outside D.C., Democrats lead pushes for minimum wage hikes

A patchwork of minimum wage laws is emerging as Democrats push hikes through legislatures and initiatives.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minimum wage, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Oregon sales tax proposal comes into focus

Lawmakers are likely to vote to implement a 5 percent sales tax.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Oregon, sales tax, States

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 11/26/2013

DREAM Act headed for Christie’s desk

Democrats in the state legislature are putting the Republican governor on the spot.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:27 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, dream act, immigration, New Jersey, States

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Walker calls special session on BadgerCare

Wisconsin legislators will delay moving 77,000 residents off the state’s Medicaid program.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:13 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, medicaid, newsletter, obamacare, States, wisconsin

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013

States vie for Boeing jobs, after Machinists vote down contract extension

The Machinists union rejected a contract. Now Boeing is looking to move thousands of jobs elsewhere.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, economy, newsletter, South Carolina, States, taxes, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013

The 50 states, redrawn with equal population

Are you a Big Thicket resident? Or do you live in Throgs Neck?

By Reid Wilson  |  12:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  electoral college, maps, newsletter, States

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Vermont health-care Web site security breached

Documents show a security breach went further than the state first reported.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, States, VERMONT

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Utah could raise smoking age to 21

A legislative panel gave the okay to a proposal to raise the smoking age.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:10 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cigarettes, health, smoking, States, Utah

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Dueling gun initiatives likely to make 2014 ballot in Washington

Voters will get to cast ballots on universal background checks -- twice.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:32 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, gun rights, guns, second amendment, States, washington

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013

McDonnell directs statewide review of mental health system after Deeds incident

Virginia governor says apparent communications breakdown may be to blame.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, virginia

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Christie will take sports gambling fight to the Supreme Court

New Jersey has lost two rounds in court, but Christie isn’t done yet.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Delaware, gambling, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, newsletter, Oregon, sports, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The 18 states that cut taxes in 2013

States cut income taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes and even the Alternative Minimum Tax.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, taxes

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Colorado seeks to regulate methane emissions

Industry groups and environmentalists cheered the proposed rules, which could lead to cleaner air.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:54 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Energy, Environment, gas, newsletter, oil, States

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Map: The United States of Watersheds

What if our political boundaries more closely followed physical geographic boundaries? Here’s one take.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, water, water rights, who we are

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Study: Big cities most likely to have progressive gay-rights laws

The new report from the Human Rights Campaign shows 25 cities are more welcoming to gays and lesbians.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civil rights, gay rights, newsletter, States

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Chicago’s mind-blowing $33 billion debt and pension obligations

Decades of debt and public employee pensions will keep Chicago taxpayers on the hook for generations to come.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, debt, Illinois, pensions, States

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Alaska says no to Medicaid expansion

The state will forgo up to $3.7 billion in federal funding, leave 40,000 uninsured.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Alaska, medicaid, obamacare, States

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Missouri governor allows same-sex couples to file joint tax returns

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order Thursday to allow same-sex married couples to file joint tax returns.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:24 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, gay rights, Missouri, same sex marriage, States, taxes

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Wisconsin Republicans move to cut early voting hours

Assembly Republicans voted to cut early voting hours in a contentious session on Thursday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars, wisconsin

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013

16 American cities foreign governments warn their citizens about

Man, the French worry about everything.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, tourism

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 11/14/2013

State Republicans making the case for Internet sales tax to Congress

Republicans who want to level the tax paying field say Rep. Bob Goodlatte is the vote they need to win.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:03 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marketplace fairness, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 11/14/2013

After spate of recalls, Wisconsin Republicans hope to raise the bar

The proposal to change recall procedures is likely to end up on the statewide ballot in 2014.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:31 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, recall, Scott Walker, States, wisconsin

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Where domestic energy comes from, in 5 maps

The U.S. produced more oil than it imported in October. Here’s where domestic energy comes from.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Energy, newsletter, Rankings, States, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Cities felt recession’s challenges well after recovery began

The nation’s largest cities felt the brunt of the recession long after state and federal governments.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cities, economy, income tax, newsletter, Revenue, sales tax, States, taxes

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/13/2013

How Terry McAuliffe’s campaign changed the Virginia electorate

Technology and old-fashioned door-knocking shaped the race.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, States, virginia

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Hawaii is 15th state to legalize gay marriage

The Aloha State is poised to allow gay couples to get married beginning Dec. 2.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:11 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, Hawaii, Illinois, newsletter, same sex marriage, States

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Washington just awarded the largest state tax subsidy in U.S. history

The $8.7 billion package will be the biggest set of corporate tax incentives in U.S. history.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corporations, New York, newsletter, States, tax, Tax Breaks, washington

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Another way to explain who we are: The 15 types of communities that make up America

Author Dante Chinni’s breakdown of who we are, and how we live.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, map, newsletter, States, who we are

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Why the Braves are leaving Atlanta, in one map

The Braves are moving to be closer to their ticket-holders, who increasingly live outside Atlanta.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:28 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  baseball, georgia, maps, States

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Jerry Brown’s approval rating is strong, but reelect numbers are weak

Heading into a reelection year, California voters like their governor, but they’re not sold on another term for him.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:26 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign, Campaigns and Elections, elections, poll, States

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Nobody cares about mayoral races

All politics is local, but voters don’t care. Just 7.8 percent of registered voters turned out in San Bernardino.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:32 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, cities, States, turnout, voting

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 11/09/2013

Democrats want to paint GOP governors as Ken Cuccinelli. That’s hard to do.

To Democrats, Ken Cuccinelli’s loss was a prelude to a wave of voter recrimination that will send GOP governors elected during the tea party sweep of 2010 to an early retirement.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

A fascinating new look at the cultural differences between the 11 nations that make up North America.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:37 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, maps, Rankings, States

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Audit: Louisiana paid almost $2 million in health benefits for dead people

A new audit shows the state spent money on Medicaid recipients who were already deceased.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:12 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Louisiana, States, waste

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Did Chris Christie just try to knife an ally?

In one of his first post-election moves, Christie tried -- and failed -- to oust a long-time ally in the state Senate.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:25 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Chris Christie, Christie, elections, New Jersey, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Initiative spending booms past $1 billion as corporations sponsor their own proposals

Supporters and opponents of ballot initiatives spent more than $1 billion in just 18 months.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, campaigns, Colorado, elections, initiatives, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/07/2013

California lawmakers will take a $5,000 pay raise

After years of cuts, California lawmakers will accept a 5.3 percent pay increase.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislatures, pay raise, salary, States

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Washington legislators to hold special session over Boeing benefits

The legislature will vote on a package of tax cuts and transportation fixes to secure long-term Boeing jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, economy, jobs, labor, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Mayoral roundup: Incumbents cruise to reelection

Most incumbents kept their jobs on Tuesday, but the mayor of St. Petersburg lost his.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:01 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, mayor, States

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/06/2013

In tiny Washington town, millions spent on minimum wage bill

Supporters and opponents spent more than $170 per registered voter on a minimum wage measure.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, minimum wage, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Boston, New York races hint at economic populism strain within Democratic Party

The new mayors of New York City and Boston won election on platforms promising economic fairness.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boston, campaigns, democratic party, elections, labor, New York, New York City, newsletter, States, unions

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The politics of pot

We chatted with Post TV’s On Background about the politics of marijuana and the changing demographics driving the debate.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Marijuana, States, taxes

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Kaiser: 17 million eligible for health-care tax credits

The Kaiser Family Foundation report also found up to 29 million would be eligible to buy from marketplaces.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:16 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACA, health care, obamacare, States

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Five reasons voter identification bills disproportionately impact women

Women are more likely to be part of groups disproportionately hit by the new laws.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:37 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Getting Connecticut’s books in order requires half a billion in state bonds

Gov. Dan Malloy is trying to use a more transparent accounting system -- but it’ll cost Connecticut some cash.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Connecticut, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/04/2013

South Dakota will vote on minimum wage increase

Democrats and labor unions will turn in enough signatures to qualify the measure for the 2014 ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, labor, minimum wage, South Dakota, States

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Christie’s big lead: The coattail effect

Chris Christie is up by a wide margin. His fellow Republicans hope that helps them, too.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, New Jersey, States