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GovBeat: February, 2014

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Nevada governor wants to make new interstate a presidential priority

Presidential contenders, take note: Interstate 11 is the new 2016 buzzword.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:16 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Map: The most popular languages (other than the obvious English or Spanish)

Peel back the obvious, and you reveal a lot of diversity — and history.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Republicans seek political cover to accept Medicaid expansion money

Seeking waivers and using different titles give Republican governors political cover.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

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 01:30 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Support for gay marriage hits 50 percent in Ohio

Supporters are waiting for the right moment and surveys suggest it’s nearing.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/24/2014

McAuliffe will join coalition pushing for off-shore drilling

Governors met Monday with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to urge expanded energy exploration.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 02/24/2014

25 maps and charts that explain America today

The story of modern America visualized.

By Niraj Chokshi and David Beard  |  08:36 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

They’re too well-represented.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

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 07:09 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Rick Perry thinks Mexico may have just solved America’s immigration problem

Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks privatization in Mexico may entice undocumented immigrants home.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, newsletter, texas

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/22/2014

Detroit’s bankruptcy plan slashes some pensions by a third

Non-uniformed retirees will see the huge cuts.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Plan to divide California into 6 states will begin gathering signatures

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has a big idea.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Governors’ gathering may be losing its long-valued bipartisanship

Annual gathering of governors has always stressed bipartisanship, but that’s changing.

By Dan Balz and Reid Wilson  |  12:52 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Lunch break: Watch Jon Stewart rip Kansas’s proposed child spanking law

It’s Friday, you’ve earned a break.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Korean Americans push to rename Sea of Japan in state legislatures

State legislatures are debating bills that would require textbooks to identify the Sea of Japan by its Korean name.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:44 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

South Carolina legislators cut university funding over gay-themed books

The state House wants to punish two universities that required freshmen to read the books.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, South Carolina

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Washington, Colorado move to ban kids from tanning beds

Most states already require parental consent before minors can use tanning beds.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Six attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans

The bans are unenforceable because they violate the state or federal constitution, they say.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Ohio Republicans move to curb early, absentee voting

Republicans and Democrats have been feuding over Ohio voting rules for years.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Big cities are less equal than the rest of the country

And the recession widened the gap.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:49 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/20/2014

L.A. is considering one of the highest minimum wages — $15.37 for some

A proposal introduced this week would raise the minimum wage for hotel workers.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Virginia Republicans plan to force a Medicaid expansion vote Thursday

They want to show overwhelming GOP opposition to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top legislative goal.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Alaska and Alabama are taxing booze hard

These maps show excise taxes for wine, beer and spirits in each state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 02/19/2014

This 50-state chart shows how the 1 percent is gobbling up income

Over the past 28 years, the top earners saw their share of the income pie grow in every state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:59 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Georgia created the nation’s first censorship board 61 years ago today

Despite being born into controversy, it survived for 20 years until then-Gov. Jimmy Carter defanged it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:24 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

One thing the new CBO minimum wage report proves: state policies matter

The size of the ripple effect from a new federal minimum wage depends on each state’s current one.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 02/18/2014

In new Arkansas ad, Dems tar Republican gubernatorial candidate as an insider

Now both candidates have ads accusing the other of close ties to Washington.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:56 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Rapes are up under new FBI definition

In most cities, rape counts rose as the agency shifted away from its 1927 definition of the crime.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:20 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Study: Repealing Missouri’s background check law associated with a murder spike

The law’s repeal was correlated with a 23 percent spike in firearm homicide rates.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:45 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2014

Teacher evaluations in New Mexico could lead to fewer absences

New evaluations have more New Mexico school teachers showing up for work.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Michigan, Minnesota love the Olympics

No surprise, northerners are more interested in the Winter Olympics than southerners.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/14/2014

At least four federal judges have now ruled state gay-marriage bans unconstitutional

Litigation is underway in at least 29 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Drought-stricken California, other states prepare for landmark year in fires

“We’re seeing summertime weather conditions in January.”

By Reid Wilson  |  08:38 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Three hopeful signs for proponents of gay marriage in Nevada

Even Nevada won’t defend Nevada’s ban on gay marriage.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 02/13/2014

West Virginia wants more disaster funding, FEMA says no

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants the agency to continue providing relief after a chemical spill.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:25 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/13/2014

The 11 states of snow

A look at photos and highest total snowfalls so far in 11 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Rhode Island lawmakers push to designate official state appetizer

Rhode Island fishermen catch half the squid on the Eastern Seaboard.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014

The 11 governors who have declared a state of emergency

At least a fifth of the nation is under states of emergency due to weather.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Fantasy sports bill advances in Iowa

Iowa is one of five states that ban gambling on fantasy sports. New legislation would exempt fantasy sports from gaming laws.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 02/12/2014

National Republican group to air early ads in Wisconsin

Republicans will hit Gov. Scott Walker’s opponent for her time in ex-Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:44 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Four western states are home to a third of new brewery permits

Nearly 1,000 new brewery permits were issued last year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/12/2014

In Arkansas, a battle to define ‘insider’

Two former congressmen are trying to convince voters that the other guy is the insider.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Kansas, Arizona voter identification laws head to federal court

The states are asking a federal judge to force the federal government to tighten voter registration rules.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Valentine’s Special: What your candy says about your politics

The Gipper loved Jelly Belly. Now they’re a Democratic candy.

By Will Feltus and Mike Shannon  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Holder asks states to let ex-felons vote

The attorney general wants states to revisit laws that bar some 5.8 million Americans from voting.

By Adam Goldman  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Washington governor suspends death penalty

Gov. Jay Inslee said capital punishment hasn’t been applied fairly.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/11/2014

The AP exam race and income gap, in four maps

There are still big gaps between the minority share of graduating classes and students who passed the exams.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/11/2014

California gets two more years to solve prison overcrowding

A three-judge panel is giving California more time to reduce its prison population.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, newsletter, prisons

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Bills in 5 states would make it harder for rapists to get parental rights

Eighteen states and D.C. do not allow for rapists’ parental rights to be limited, according to one anti-sexual violence organization.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Californians have a lot of love for state officials, but little for the feds

Approval of state officials are at recent highs. Their federal counterparts are near record lows.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  poll, polls

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Watch record drought spread to California in one GIF

Last year was the driest on record.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:19 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/10/2014

The one place where economic confidence is positive is, you guessed it, D.C.

D.C. leads all 50 states—and by a large margin.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014

The United States of hashtags

Our handy-dandy clip and save guide to the top political hashtags in each state.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

What 37 governors are planning for their states

The emerging themes so far seem to be: tax less and spend more on education and infrastructure

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

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/08/2014

The Koch brothers’ group is getting involved in Louisiana’s Obamacare fight

The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity wants lawmakers to pledge opposition to expanding Medicaid.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  medicaid, medicaid expansion, newsletter, obamacare

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Why there’s no Democratic version of the Koch brothers organization

Democratic and Republican mega-donors give for different reasons.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/07/2014

California officials want your smartphone to have a ‘kill switch’

The first-in-the-nation law could become a national standard.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Red-light cameras under scrutiny in state legislatures

Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban traffic cameras.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014

At a time of surpluses elsewhere, Pennsylvania faces deficit

Most states are dealing with budget surpluses. Pennsylvania has a $1 billion deficit.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 02/06/2014

21 states fighting Obama administration on Chesapeake cleanup

The states are worried watersheds in their back yards could be next.

By Darryl Fears  |  03:43 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

The one chart that proves the midterm elections are well underway

Candidates and outside groups are running more ads than ever before.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 02/06/2014

The religious states of America, in 6 maps

In 29 states, Protestants accounts for at least half the population.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:42 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Religion

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Video: Drought drying up California community

Drought has the town of Willits anxious about the future.

By Associated Press  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Montana will vote on same-day voter registration

Two contentious election law changes will appear on the November ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

New Mexico lawmakers push federal-style lobbying rules

Thirty-one states already require legislators to wait before they start lobbying.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/05/2014

At least 10 states expected to consider allowing online gambling this year

Expect action in the states amid federal inaction.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gambling

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Nevada governor refuses to participate in own party’s endorsement process

Another fight between Sandoval and the state GOP is breaking into the open.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Why the food stamp cuts in the farm bill affect only a third of states

The $8.6 billion cut will be concentrated in about 15 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Half the nation’s uninsured live in just 116 counties

GOVBEAT | One in five Americans without health insurance are concentrated in just 13 heavily urban counties.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Republican governors group benefitting big from Wisconsin casino fight

Two Native American tribes are battling over a casino -- and benefiting the RGA in the process.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Tennessee governor wants to make community college free

Gov. Bill Haslam proposed creating a $300 million endowment to fund the effort.

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

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Missouri sues California over chicken regulations

The state’s attorney general says the Commerce Clause supersedes new California regulations.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agriculture, California, Missouri, newsletter

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 12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Eight U.S. states have policies similar to Russia’s ban on gay ‘propaganda’

Though less far-reaching, a handful of state limit speech about homosexuality in the classroom.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arizona, gay, gay rights, Louisiana, Mississippi, newsletter, Oklahoma, South Carolina, texas, Utah

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 02/03/2014

State abortion rates were dropping even before the recent surge in restrictions

Abortion rates were dropping in nearly every state even before many began passing huge numbers of abortion restrictions in recent years, a new report finds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:01 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, abortion rights, map, maps, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014

California’s drought is only going to get worse. Here’s proof, in one photo.

Record low snowpack has officials worried the West’s drought is only going to get worse.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, disaster relief, newsletter

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 09:30 AM ET, 02/01/2014

New Jersey is only the 10th state to host a Super Bowl

Only 18 cities have served as a backdrop to the game.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  map, maps, New Jersey

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

The Super Bowl is the latest front in the fight over legalizing marijuana

Both sides have put up ads around MetLife Stadium.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, New Jersey, New York, pot, washington

 

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