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GovBeat: March, 2014

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.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
Tags:  newsletter, States, taxes

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.

By  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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.

By  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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.

By  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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.

By  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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.

By  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
Tags:  Hawaii, newsletter

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)
Tags:  maps, newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter, texas

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)
Tags:  Florida, newsletter

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)
Tags:  map, newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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)
Tags:  newsletter

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

 

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