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Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/29/2014

Republican group will focus on judicial races

The RSLC has already begun spending to influence a North Carolina race.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/29/2014

Judge axes Minnesota online voter registration

A judge said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie overstepped his authority last year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/29/2014

How the CDC figured out pet lizards were behind a multistate salmonella outbreak

Infections in 31 states may be linked to the reptile.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 04/29/2014

Vermont just passed the nation’s first GMO food labeling law. Now it prepares to get sued.

The state is expected to be sued over the law that would require labels on genetically modified food.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:36 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2014

How well-educated is your home county?

If you live in a wealthy suburban university community, odds are you’ve got a bachelor’s degree.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Coloradoans: Pot is okay, but pothead politicians aren’t

If a candidate were to smoke two or three times a week, 52 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to vote for him, new poll finds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Connecticut moves to establish universal pre-kindergarten

A proposal expanding pre-kindergarten programs passed the state Senate last week.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Could government jobs have offset America’s low-wage recovery?

During the recovery, the nation lost middle- and high-wage employment in the form of government jobs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:34 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 04/28/2014

For the first time, the U.S. high school graduation rate tops 80 percent, report finds

But, to reach 90 percent by 2020, states will have to focus on gains for low-income students.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:59 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Maps: Where America’s stepchildren and adopted kids live

A full 7 percent of all children fall into the two groups.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:57 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2014

It’s great to live in the Midwest and West, say people who live there

People who live in Rhode Island and Illinois are not such big fans of theirs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Washington becomes first state to lose its waiver from No Child Left Behind

It could lead to layoffs and program cuts, Gov. Jay Inslee warned.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Thinking about moving? Here’s how far your dollar goes everywhere in the U.S.

A new government statistic allows income comparisons across states and metros.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014

What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

What opponents describe as the nation’s “most extreme” pro-gun law greatly expands where Georgians can carry guns. But it also does much more.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/23/2014

There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.

Georgia’s ban was challenged this week, and South Dakota’s could be next.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Video: Jon Stewart satirizes Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the heart of a standoff with feds

“It is your standard boy has cow, boy breaks law for 20 years, boy loses cow story,” Stewart said.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Map: How long it takes each state’s residents to earn enough to pay all taxes

Louisianans passed that point on March 30. Residents of Connecticut and New Jersey have a few weeks to go.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 04/23/2014

READ IN: Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Scary poll numbers for red state Dems, Clawson wins FL-19 primary, the GOP’s demographics problem, AFP back on air in New Hampshire

Scary poll numbers for red state Dems, Clawson wins FL-19 primary, the GOP’s demographics problem, AFP back on air in New Hampshire

By Reid Wilson  |  07:57 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Missouri legislature will begin impeachment proceedings against governor

Republicans are examining impeachment charges involving same-sex couples and concealed weapons permits.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to a debate

The Texas governor continues his assault on other states to lure businesses away.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Meet the Alabama legislator who really, really loves his guns

Alabama state Rep. Steve Hurst brings his gun, and his barbecue, with him wherever he travels.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Massachusetts attorney general’s office: state law as applied in two cases is unconstitutional

By Eugene Volokh  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

The party says a city’s ties to big labor will be a factor in their decision.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 04/22/2014

If you fall on hard times, these are the states that will catch you

A new analysis shows many of the states that provide the most benefits to the poor are in the Northeast.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:25 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Minimum wage and pot are now expected to be on Alaska’s November ballot

The shift from the August ballot could mean higher turnout on the same day as one of the nation’s highest-profile Senate races.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Medicaid expansion in Kansas on hold until at least 2015

A new law requires an act of the state legislature to expand the program.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:19 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Map: How many runners from each state entered Monday’s Boston marathon

Utah is the only outlier among the pack of New England states sending the most per capita runners.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:25 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/18/2014

These 11 graphics show how bad local food insecurity can be in America

A new report charts the high level of food insecurity in the nation’s counties and congressional districts.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Ethnic America, mapped: Your county’s biggest ancestral populations

Luzerne County, Pa., is the only county in America dominated by those of Polish ancestry.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/17/2014

The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps

Every inch of California is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions, and the drought is spreading.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 04/17/2014

New Hampshire’s death penalty repeal fails by a single vote

It would have become the 19th state without a death penalty.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:09 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Can ‘revenge porn’ send you to jail? It depends where you live.

By Theresa Poulson  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/17/2014

California will hold special session on saving money

Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to save up to 10 percent of its general fund revenue.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Oklahoma bans local wage hikes

The ban circumvents an effort to boost Oklahoma City’s lowest wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Watch the recession sweep over the U.S. in one gif

One gif explains why most Americans think the country is headed off in the wrong direction.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:59 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/16/2014

One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

Rep. Ra l M. Grijalva seeks an Interior Department investigation into the conservative group’s practices.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Michigan governor wants to double recycling rates

Michigan residents recycle at a rate less than half the national average.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Free-market group ALEC: Utah has the best economic outlook this year

The ranking, compiled by prominent conservative economists, seeks to identify the best economic climates in the nation.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Map: The high state-by-state price of picking up the tab for tax avoidance

In some states, tax filers would each have to pay more than $2,500 extra.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Celebrate tax day with 9 of our favorite tax maps

Taxes play a substantial role in American policymaking.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:54 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/14/2014

That time Democrats opposed a minimum wage hike

Democrats voted against a bill that would have made Alaska’s minimum wage one of the highest in the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 04/14/2014

What the U.S. map would look like redrawn by population

A look at how states would appear if size corresponded to population.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:46 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/14/2014

New Hampshire moves to scrap adultery law

The 200-year old law hasn’t been enforced in more than a decade.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:22 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/12/2014

The Koch brothers take on Tennessee’s Republican governor

The Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity wants Gov. Haslam to repeal the state income tax.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Moody’s ups its estimate for legal pot revenues in Colorado by 40 percent

Still, it will make up a small portion of the overall budget.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Maryland won’t enforce aggregate campaign limits

The state Board of Elections scrapped the limits in the wake of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision.

By John Wagner  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014

New Hampshire close to ending death penalty

The state Senate will vote on repeal next week.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014

How children’s health coverage is changing, in seven charts

In some states, non-white children are actually more likely to be covered.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Missouri becomes latest Right to Work battleground

Republicans stand in the way of passing Right to Work legislation.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Only 5 states have gay marriage bans that aren’t being challenged

But they may not stand for long.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/10/2014

James O’Keefe is at it again. In Wisconsin. Against a Republican.

The video shows him vowing to create a super PAC.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/10/2014

States don’t wait for feds on e-cigarette restrictions

While the federal government stalls, states and cities are regulating the new technologies.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Rebounding economy fills state coffers with record tax revenues

Tax revenue is hitting record levels as states rebound from the recession.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The federal government moved some cows and Nevada’s governor isn’t happy about it

A more than 20-year fight boiled over this weekend.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Why Alaska’s governor plans to use a 150-year-old law to sue the federal government

The state wants to build a road through a wildlife refuge, but the federal government won’t allow it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Report: Election administration improving, in most states

North Dakota voters have the easiest experience casting a ballot. Mississippi voters still face hurdles.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/08/2014

New report: Just eight states get an A for spending transparency

On the bright side, last year, for the first time, every state at least had a spending Web site.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Retail marijuana sales in Washington face regulatory delays

High demand for retail licenses and a new regulatory process are slowing legal pot sales.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/07/2014

One of the lowest state minimum wages could soon be one of the highest

Minnesota lawmakers just struck a deal lifting the state’s $6.15 minimum wage.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/07/2014

A new bill would give California an official state amphibian

Many states already have such a titleholder.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/05/2014

States debate regulating pricey, sometimes dangerous raw milk

Legislatures are increasingly debating rules over raw milk.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/04/2014

How much does your state trust the government? See this map.

Gallup ranks the most and least trustworthy state governments.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/04/2014

California campaign watchdog gets new powers

In response to big-spending groups from out of state, the commission will have new investigative authority.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Federal judge will require Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Unions performed out of state will be recognized under the judge’s order.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Why is use of disability benefits so erratic by county?

The answer could hold the key to much-needed reform.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 04/03/2014

States will rethink aggregate limits after McCutcheon

Massachusetts has already said it will not enforce aggregate limits.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:11 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 04/03/2014

How Maine hopes to recover $10 million a year from tax havens

The state could soon become the third to close a simple loophole.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Supreme Court Justice Breyer’s new guide to gaming campaign financing

In his dissenting opinion, Breyer lays out how the system suffers under Wednesday’s decision.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling on contribution limits affects a small, elite group

Few state limits and few individuals would likely be affected.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Mississippi passes Arizona-style religious freedom bill

Legislators revived a near-comatose bill on Tuesday similar to one that sparked outrage in Arizona.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:18 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/01/2014

In pushing Obamacare, the White House is focused mostly on these 25 cities

The cities were chosen for the large populations of the uninsured.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Map: The education gap between Asians and other minorities is huge in every state

Asian-American children are the only minority to fare as well as — and often better than — whites, a new report finds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The Senate unemployment insurance deal explained

A history of the deal that’s expected to pass this week.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The April Fools’ Day pranks local news organizations play

From Capitol building collapses to fake taxes, local news organizations have long been pranking us.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:53 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Congrats Missouri, you’re no longer the nation’s meth-bust capital

Indiana’s the new leader.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/31/2014

New York will begin universal pre-kindergarten

Mayor Bill de Blasio gets a partial win, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo rejects calls for a tax hike.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:13 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/30/2014

LA quakes break decades-long seismic lull

Two recent quakes spark questions about whether the dry spell is over.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:20 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/29/2014

Why Utah is the state to watch on Medicaid expansion

Gov. Gary Herbert is close to winning key concessions from the Obama administration.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/28/2014

See where every execution has taken place since 1977, in one map

The number peaked in 1998, but has started to decline alongside support for the practice.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Anchorage school board candidate: Immigration is behind school problems

Refugee resettlement and immigration “causing problems,” says candidate Don Smith.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014

New Hampshire’s push to legalize pot is dead

The state House reversed itself Wednesday and killed a bill it had passed in January.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/27/2014

New report slams Kansas tax cuts

Short-term benefits have not materialized, the researchers argue.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Calif. state senator arrested for alleged gun-running was gun-control advocate

This stuff is straight out of a bad conspiracy movie.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Good news for Connecticut’s governor: He just got the highest state minimum wage

A poll shows nearly 3-to-1 support for a hike among voters.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

The 10 maps that illustrate the healthiest counties in America

Air pollution, graduation rates, obesity, STD rates and long commute times: Different ways of measuring health.

By Reid Wilson and Christopher Ingraham  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/26/2014

FBI conducts raids targeting elected officials in three states

Elected officials in New York, California and North Carolina are under investigation.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Montana court blocks top two primary measure -- for now

The legislature violated rules on ballot title length, handing Democrats a temporary victory.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

States use farm bill loophole to stem food stamp cuts

The loophole puts $8.5 billion in food stamp savings at risk.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Historians take note: What America looked like before Obamacare

A look at health coverage, access and affordability before the law begin kicking in.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Remember the ‘fiscal cliff’? Well, it hurt income growth in every state last year

But don’t worry, it’s all relative.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/25/2014

The most expensive race of 2014 could be this California ballot measure

Big-spending interest groups are colliding in California.

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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Indiana first state to pull out of Common Core

But the state’s educational standards look remarkably similar to those adopted by 44 other states.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Meet the family that’s dropped $45 million on Michigan campaigns since 2000

And they seem to have found a new focus: state legislative campaign committees.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is on a welfare-reform crusade

His new package would tighten restrictions on the program.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Colorado could buy its own fire fighting fleet

Facing a dangerous wildfire season, the Colorado legislature is taking matters into its own hands.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Koch brothers’ money is making its way to hyperlocal races

Spending on a county board is just the latest example of the group’s focus on state and local politics.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Only in Vegas: State moves to regulate party buses

Stripper poles, fog machines and laser shows roving the Las Vegas Strip face new rules.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 03/24/2014

California governor candidate is a registered sex offender

Lengthy rap sheet includes manslaughter conviction, a decade in prison.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:44 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Are term limits for state lawmakers a good idea?

They alter the lobbyist-lawmaker relationship, studies have found.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

South Carolina considers ending ban on Election Day alcohol sales

It’s the last state in the Union to prohibit alcohol sales on Election Day.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/20/2014

After disastrous rollout, Oregon considers health exchange options

Gov. John Kitzhaber said he has accepted the resignation of Cover Oregon’s top official.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:09 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Registering to vote in Kansas and Arizona just got more difficult

A District Court judge gave his blessing to state laws that require more documentation for newly registered voters.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/20/2014

How state taxes promote an underground cigarette market

Competition has created a multi-billion dollar smuggling market among states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Here’s how many times Hollywood has destroyed your city

Movie producers really have a grudge against New York.

By Mark Berman  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014

South Carolina’s House passes 20-week abortion ban

If it passes the Senate, it would make the state legislature the 12th to have enacted such a measure.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Fight over Tennessee whiskey spills into international booze business

Multi-nationals and craft distillers fight over the Tennessee whiskey label.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:55 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 03/19/2014

How the unemployment benefits deal Boehner rejected would have affected states

The Senate deal would have restored an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:46 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/19/2014

The story of the recession, as told through 8 beautiful Atlanta Fed graphics

A new report offers a great visual recap of the labor recession and recovery.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014

How one piece of Obama’s budget could help the poor in every state

An expansion of the earned-income tax credit would benefit 14 million tax filers.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Seattle becomes first city to cap Uber, Lyft vehicles

The city has capped the number of alternative for-hire vehicles that can be on the road.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Red state residents pay fewer taxes than blue state residents

The typical American family pays $7,000 in state and local taxes. See how your state stacks up.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 03/18/2014

New York’s Dream Act is dead

The state would have been the fifth to offer school aid to undocumented immigrant children.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:44 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Half of states incentivize colleges to graduate more students

Funding formulas vary, but colleges are competing for hundreds of millions of dollars in performance-based funding.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:37 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Unemployment dips to post-recession lows in 41 states

But most state labor markets are far from recovered.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Over 25 years, only one state has elected at least its fair share of women to the U.S. House

Wyoming is the far and away leader, sending a woman to Congress in 10 of the last 13 elections.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:40 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014

Is yours an ACT or SAT state?

Our interactive shows how marketshare for each has changed between 2006 and 2013.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Bull market gives states surpluses, and new challenges

States debate whether to save, spend, or give taxpayers a break.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014

MAP: New York is the clear leader in medical malpractice awards

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Here’s yet another strange side effect of the government’s position on pot

The FBI is helping Colorado on criminal background checks, but refusing to help Washington.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Utah’s ‘Zion curtain’ survives another challenge

Restaurants still have to prepare drinks away from impressionable young eyes.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Clerical error voids dozens of Virginia appointments

About 60 appointees have been told to reapply.

By Associated Press  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Why one reporter wants to know how much water the NSA is using

He’s on a quest to find out how much water is being used by a massive data center in the Utah desert.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014

The United States of smoking: The state with the most tobacco farms smokes most often

States with strict smoking bans have seen the percentage of cigarette users drop precipitously in recent years.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Mississippi will begin drug testing TANF recipients

The state will join nine others that have passed similar bills in the last three years.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:15 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Florida’s Supreme Court tosses out financial limits on some malpractice suits

Malpractice suit caps took another hit on Thursday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/13/2014

The Northeast and the West are leading on Obamacare, in their own ways

The Northeast can claim a distinction on enrollment, while the West leads on implementation.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Rhode Island could become the first state in 30 years to hold a constitutional convention

Rhode Island could implement the first major changes to its constitution since 1843.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Big companies helped fund a secretive Alabama GOP nonprofit, report finds

Seventeen groups contributed $100,000.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

States fight chemical industry over proposed rules

States and corporations are urging Congress to see rules governing chemicals their way.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/12/2014

MAP: The gender pay gap by state

Women earn anywhere form 64 percent to 85 percent of the median salary of men.

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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Four Democrats want Rhode Island to require pre-abortion ultrasounds

It would join nine other states with similar policies.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

The problem with modern polling, in one chart

Cellphones are expensive to reach -- and vital to ensuring an accurate survey.

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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Wisconsin could ban political robo-calls

A measure banning political robo-calls has bipartisan support in the legislature.

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Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The ‘fiscal cliff’ effect on state tax revenue is finally starting to wear off

Say goodbye to the personal income tax bump.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The United States of Exercise: Keep it up, Vermont

Vermonters eat their vegetables and get their exercise. No wonder they’re so slim.

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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Utah wants first-in-the-nation presidential primary

Move over, Iowa. Scram, New Hampshire. See you later, South Carolina. Utah is the latest state to move toward holding the first presidential primary of the 2016 season.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Some states consider changing how attorneys general get hired

The position is an elected one in all but seven states—for now.

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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Pot sales spark warehouse boom in Colorado

The demand is so great that warehouse space is renting for four times the price it fetched before marijuana sales began in Colorado, the Denver Post reports.

By Fred Barbash  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/11/2014

In states, parties put a new focus on the vote-counters

Secretary of State races are the new hot target for super PACs.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Colorado pot taxes have a mild first month but don’t count them out yet

The first month is just the first data point.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:55 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Why age may hold the key to marijuana legalization in California

If support among younger voters holds, legalization may not be too far off.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:28 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Missouri the next battleground in war over abortion rights

More than 30 bills to restrict abortion rights are being debated in Jefferson City.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:42 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Holder addresses the heroin crisis gripping many states

States are increasingly passing laws to offset the impact of the drug.

By Niraj Chokshi and Reid Wilson  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 03/10/2014

West Virginia’s legislature passes a 20-week abortion ban

Ten other states have passed similar bans, but it’s the first Democrat-led legislature to do so.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:32 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Wisconsin moves closer to cuts in early voting hours

Republicans say limiting early voting hours will level the statewide playing field.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Watch Colorado’s three new stoned driving PSAs

Two months after legal pot went on sale, the state is launching an awareness campaign.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2014

Everclear targeted by Maryland, Wisconsin legislators

Legislators think 95 percent alcohol by volume is too much.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/07/2014

It took Massachusetts just two days to ban upskirt photos

Talk about a quick turnaround.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/07/2014

New Hampshire clears major Medicaid expansion hurdle

The state Senate passed a compromise that will expand Medicaid -- for now.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Why this is the worst jobs recovery for state and local governments in 40 years

By nearly every measure, the recent recovery lags behind the previous four.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 03/07/2014

More diverse Millennial generation rewrites traditions

A generation that’s less attached to traditional institutions is gaining political power.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:48 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/07/2014

‘Religious freedom’ bill days away from vote in Mississippi

The state House has five days to act on a bill similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last week.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Texas isn’t just leading the nation in job growth—it’s doing it more equitably, too

The Lone Star state leads the nation in creation of jobs at all pay levels, too

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Hawaii legislature debating minimum wage hike

Minor differences between the House and Senate are likely to be resolved soon.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 11:42 AM ET, 03/06/2014

How low-income programs fail the rural poor

The programs are more effective among and in some cases geared toward urban populations.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:42 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Cities drive the U.S. economy. Here’s proof, in one map

The vast majority of economic activity, and growth, is happening in big cities.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:57 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2014

The tragic ballad of David Dewhurst, the tea party’s ultimate victim

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces another difficult election against a tea party favorite.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014

It’s not legalization, but D.C.’s pot bill comes close

PostTV takes a look at how the proposed law compares to other state policies.

By Theresa Poulson  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014

The fittest Americans are in the Mountain West; the fattest are in the South

The Mountain West is in much better shape than the South.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Among those living in the 33 states that ban gay marriage, a majority support it

And, nationally, half of Americans believe it’s a constitutional right.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Will the Supreme Court uphold our right to truthiness?

Lying about someone running for office is condemnable, but should it be illegal?

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Florida session preview: Welcome back Scotter

Gov. Scott’s re-election is the number one item on the GOP’s agenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Where the nation’s hate groups live

The number of hate groups in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1999.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Four states maneuver on Medicaid expansion

New Hampshire, South Dakota, Georgia and Maine are moving toward or away from Medicaid expansion.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:18 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  medicaid expansion, obamacare

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Minnesota’s lowest-wage workers are about to get a big pay raise

Democrats have hammered out their disagreements in efforts to boost the minimum wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:44 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minimum wage

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Want the flu? Move to Nevada

Silver State residents had the flu more often than any other state.

By Mark Berman  |  02:01 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Tennesseans will soon be able to buy wine at the grocery store

Local jurisdictions will still have to approve referendums allowing grocery store sales.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/04/2014

White House: Earned income tax credit could help 13.5 million

More than a million residents of California, Texas and Florida would benefit from the proposed expansion.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Map: The 45 parks that lost more than $2M each from the government shutdown

All told, parks missed out on $414 million that month—but that doesn’t mean it was lost for good.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014

The state fight over legalizing marijuana is all about age

In state poll after state poll, support for legalization leads among young residents.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Happy 169th birthday, Florida!

It had about 60,000 residents in 1845.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:26 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/03/2014

States increasing home heating assistance to avoid cuts in food stamps

Connecticut and New York are paying more in emergency energy assistance to avoid cuts to food stamp programs.

By Stephen Singer  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut, New York, newsletter

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Watch the United States grow before your eyes

The coolest gif you’ll see all day.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Felony allegations cost California Democrats their super majority

Two Demcoratic state senators facing felony charges are refusing to resign.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Map: These states were early supporters of voting rights for women

One hundred years ago today, the House held a hearing on the issue.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:33 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/02/2014

Can California teach the nation how to save?

A proposal on the ballot this November could point the way.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2014

Alaska wants the humpback whale off the Endangered Species list

Delisting the whale could open new territory for oil exploration.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Energy, Environment, newsletter

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Indiana wants to give an Olympic champion a tax break

Slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper’s tax bill depends on a conference committee.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  indiana, newsletter, taxes

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Utah governor unveils Medicaid expansion alternative

Gov. Gary Herbert is among the Republicans looking for political cover, and hundreds of millions in federal funds.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

The fight over religious liberties won’t end with Arizona

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Michigan House wants to decriminalize ticket scalping—to Kid Rock’s chagrin

The bill would make it harder for artists to keep ticket prices low, he argues.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 05:32 PM ET, 02/27/2014

What your name says about your politics

Your first name might be more partisan than you think.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:32 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Map: Majorities of consumers in 37 states have subprime credit scores

With such low scores, decent lending rates are hard to get.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Southwestern states bidding for $5 billion Tesla factory

The payoff: A $5 billion investment, and 6,500 jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Why 6 federal judges struck down state gay marriage bans, in their own words

They come in the wake of the Supreme Court’s pivotal summer ruling that the federal government must recognize state same-sex marriages.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/27/2014

RNC names eight finalists for 2016 GOP convention

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix make the cut.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

North Dakota considers special session on oil country growth

Rapid growth is posing new challenges to North Dakota cities and counties.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Energy, North Dakota

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Report: Almost 4 million with mental illness won’t be covered in states that don’t expand Medicaid

Medicaid expansion would mean millions more would get mental health care coverage.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, newsletter

Posted at 10:59 PM ET, 02/26/2014

It’s official: Pot legalization will be put to a vote in Alaska this August

If approved, it would become the third state—all in the West—to legalize the drug.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:59 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/26/2014

In Florida special election, $8 million in television ads

Outside groups are dominating the conversation in a House special election.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:55 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Where 7 Mexican drug cartels are active within the U.S.

A 2011 report charts where and what Mexican cartels are trafficking.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Why Jan Brewer is waiting to act on SB 1062

Brewer is still thinking about her own political future.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, gay rights

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/26/2014

States are for losers — or why gay-marriage backers suddenly want the feds in charge

When there’s support for the things you believe in, you want the feds in charge. When the opposite is true, let the states run things.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Obama budget would change wildfire fighting formula

The president’s budget includes new funds for suppressing catastrophic wildfires.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Delaware, Nevada sign Internet gaming agreement

The two states are the first to allow their citizens to face each other at the virtual poker table.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Delaware, gambling, Nevada, newsletter, poker

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Legislative Democrats launch new field program

The DLCC is putting 150 staffers in key states.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 02/25/2014

A (very) brief history of the state gas tax on its 95th birthday

It began in Oregon, which may also be the birthplace of its replacement.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:41 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)