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GovBeat: May, 2014

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 05/31/2014

How Jerry Brown saved Sriracha for California

Two governors, Ted Cruz and a city inundated by a cloud of rooster sauce.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:33 PM ET, 05/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/30/2014

North Dakota is the Best State in America

North Dakota has improved across economic indicators like housing, income and unemployment more than any other state.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Florida may be forced to redraw political districts before midterms

Trial is the culmination of a years-long battle over state’s political map, and could reshape redistricting decisions across the country

By Sarah Ferris  |  01:56 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 05/30/2014

How the gun debate is playing out among some of California’s congressional delegation after Friday’s shooting

Members on both sides have weighed in.

By Kimberly Kindy  |  12:02 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 05/30/2014

New California bill would let authorities temporarily remove guns in some cases

The bill would allow firearms to be withheld while a person’s competency is determined.

By Kimberly Kindy  |  09:01 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Quiz: Can you match these governors to their indecipherable signatures?

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 05/29/2014

States issuing debt at slowest pace in 20 years

About half the states are cutting their amounts of debt.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:32 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 05/29/2014

The fastest-growing large city in every state, in one map

A look at which cities grew the most from 2010 to 2013 in every state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:36 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 05/29/2014

California counties will vote on secession

Rural northern counties don’t think Sacramento is listening to them.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:37 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/28/2014

Federal grants to states up for health care, down for everything else

In the wake of Obamacare, federal government grants to states for Medicaid are rising.

By Sarah Ferris  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 05/28/2014

Michigan hikes minimum wage, led by GOP governor seeking reelection

Gov. Rick Snyder dodged a political bullet.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:48 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/28/2014

Pre-kindergarten programs struggle to return to pre-recession levels

After a decade of cuts, enrollment in preschool has fallen slightly.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Andrew Cuomo is proud of New York’s yogurt makers

This isn’t the first time Cuomo has touted his state’s yogurt industry.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:53 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Arizona legislators to debate new child welfare agency

Legislators begin work today on a new $827 million agency.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 05/27/2014

America’s healthiest seniors live in Minnesota, report finds

The nation’s most and least healthy seniors live on opposite ends of the Mississippi

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:46 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/27/2014

Diverse group of judges rule on gay marriage cases

The judges ruling on same-sex marriage cases include a Reagan appointee and a newbie, Democrats and Republicans.

By Robert Barnes  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 05/27/2014

Virginia ethics law could cloud transparency

A database cataloguing gifts will complicate things.

By Jenna Portnoy  |  08:37 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/25/2014

The nation’s last unchallenged state same-sex marriage ban is about to lose that status

The nation’s last unchallenged state same-sex marriage ban is about to lose that status.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/23/2014

No more get-out-of-jail-free cards for Minnesota legislators

The secretary of state won’t give them cards declaring they are immune from arrest.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 05/23/2014

Utah is the Best State in America

Utah residents give more of themselves -- both time and money -- than the rest of us.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:43 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 05/23/2014

Utah Gov. Herbert: Governors not defending same-sex marriage bans ‘is the next step to anarchy’

It’s “very disappointing” to see other governors choose not to defend the laws, he said.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:47 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:18 AM ET, 05/23/2014

Illinois lawmakers look to ban Google Glass on the road

By Sarah Ferris  |  06:18 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 05/22/2014

North Dakota the last state not sued over its same-sex marriage ban

A Thursday filing in South Dakota leaves just one ban unchallenged—for now.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:24 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Meet the guy who may take the last unchallenged gay marriage bans to court

The Dakotas are the last two states not sued over their bans. But that may not last for long.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Las Vegas, Cincinnati out of contention for 2016 Republican convention

The host committee told the RNC it would withdraw its name from consideration.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:58 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 05/22/2014

North Carolina wants in on the fracking game

The North Carolina state Senate this week passed legislation that would end the state’s moratorium on shale gas drilling.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:44 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/22/2014

With lethal drugs in short supply, Wyoming considering firing squads

The state has no lethal injection drugs on hand.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/22/2014

Nearly 1 in 6 of Iowa Gov. Branstad’s political appointees has contributed to his campaigns

His appointees have given him more than $800,000 in contributions.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Rural Oregon county votes to ban GMOs, despite $1 million opposition effort

The vote attracted more than $100 in spending per registered voter.

By Sarah Ferris  |  05:57 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Cuomo picks ex-Rep. Hochul as new running mate

Cuomo picked a Democratic official whose seat he helped eliminate in 2012.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:30 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett says he’s not going to fight ruling allowing gay marriage

Tuesday’s decision bringing gay marriage to the last Northeastern state banning it will stand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Nevada will join federal HealthCare.gov exchange

Nevada officials will drop the vendor responsible for building the state’s health insurance exchange and move to join the federal HealthCare.gov exchange.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health care

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Minnesota has implemented half a billion dollars in tax relief this session

That total was boosted by a $103 million packages signed into law on Tuesday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Federal judge overturns Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban

It’s the latest in a string of victories for the movement.

By Niraj Chokshi and Reid Wilson  |  02:40 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/20/2014

West Virginia Democrats under fire for state-paid mailings in election year

Republicans say Democrats are using taxpayer dollars for fundraising purposes.

By Sarah Ferris  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Could a California bill make going from sperm donor to father as easy as filling out a form? Not so fast.

Want to make sure a sperm donor can’t claim to be a father? Check here. Or at least that’s the hope of the “Modern Family Act.“

By Abby Phillip  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Revenues in half the states still haven’t recovered

Many states don’t have the resources available to them in 2008.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Colorado expected to pass the first state law regulating uberX and Lyft

The governor is expected to sign the first law regulating the new industry.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:47 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Gallery: Gay couples wed after Oregon marriage ban struck down

A look at the hours following Monday’s ruling striking the ban

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:13 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Map: Senate Republicans race to early spending lead

Bookmark this state-by-state breakdown of ad spending in the battle for the Senate.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Federal judge strikes down Oregon ban on same-sex marriage

The widely-anticipated ruling means marriages can begin Monday afternoon.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:33 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Minnesota’s legislature approves medical marijuana. Could New York be next?

The Empire State’s senate will consider a bill on Tuesday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:13 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Republicans worry over California governor’s race

A controversial gubernatorial candidate could cost Republicans running for other offices.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 05/17/2014

The most expensive ballot initiatives

These races cost more than any Senate race in history.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:31 AM ET, 05/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 05/16/2014

Ohio is the best state in America

Remember this next time you’re waiting in line at the DMV.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:33 PM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 05/16/2014

Connecticut legislators almost accidentally banned chocolate milk in schools

“What were all those chocolate-milk producing cows going to do?” Gov. Dan Malloy asked.

By Sarah Ferris  |  03:05 PM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 05/16/2014

Map: No postal worker is safe from dog bites

California, Houston lead lists on dog attacks, according to U.S. Postal Service data.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:04 PM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 05/16/2014

Medical malpractice initiative will be on California ballot

Expect both sides to spend tens of millions of dollars.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:08 PM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/16/2014

Timeline: The 13 federal rulings against gay marriage bans since June

Judges have leaned on the Supreme Court’s June ruling in weakening state bans.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 05/15/2014

Democrats help advance bill on Missouri abortion waiting period

Senate Democrats struck a deal with Republicans to avoid votes on other controversial legislation.

By Sarah Ferris  |  02:31 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/15/2014

Hawaii likely to allow same-day voter registration

Studies find states with same-day registration see higher turnout on Election Day.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 05/15/2014

The most segregated schools may not be in the states you’d expect

The solidly blue Northeast has the highest rates of segregation among black students.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:33 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014

Minnesota passes nation’s first smartphone ‘kill switch’ law

Once it goes into effect, consumers will be able to remotely disable lost or stolen phones.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Louisiana’s Jindal will sign guns in restaurants bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal is considering legislation to allow concealed weapons in bars.

By Sarah Ferris  |  03:06 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 05/14/2014

This West Virginia 17-year old just beat an incumbent state delegate

If she wins the general contest, Saira Blair will be a freshman lawmaker and a freshman at WVU at the same time.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:14 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 05/14/2014

More people are enrolling in Medicaid, even in states that didn’t expand program

States that didn’t opt to expand Medicaid are facing increased costs as new enrollees sign up.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:10 AM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:29 PM ET, 05/13/2014

14 things to know about Ben Sasse, Nebraska’s next senator

Ben Sasse has more academic degrees than you do. And a pontoon boat.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:29 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Texas, home to more than a third of executions since 1976, might kill another person tonight

A look at how many people each state has killed since the death penalty was reinstated.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:22 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/13/2014

One of the nation’s most vulnerable governors might have an ace up his sleeve: President Obama

A new study finds a relationship between the sitting president and his party’s gubernatorial success in his home state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Democrats lock down late television time in Alaska

The average Alaska voter is going to see a lot of campaign ads this fall.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:13 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 05/13/2014

Soon just two state gay marriage bans will be unchallenged in court

Montana and North Dakota are poised to be the last holdouts.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:31 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/13/2014

What your Internet use says about your politics

The way you click and the way you vote, in one chart.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Hawaii could end life sentences for minors

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is considering a bill ending life sentences without parole for minors.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:44 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Gov. Mead: Wyoming’s economy would suffer under proposed EPA regulation of new power plants

The proposal “lacks sound reasoning,” he argues.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:11 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 05/11/2014

Western states worry decision on bird’s fate could cost billions in development

Western states are racing to save the sage grouse. Billions in economic activity depend on their success.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:11 PM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 05/09/2014

11 maps and charts for mother’s day

How the nation’s mothers have changed over the years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:33 PM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/09/2014

Charlie Crist’s epic Cuba flip-flop

The former Florida governor has gone from hard-liner to potential tourist.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 05/09/2014

Seven states are expected to miss their budget forecasts this year

But the rest will meet or beat them.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:32 AM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Gov. Corbett says he won’t fight in court for Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement

But he does plan to work with the legislature to fix it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:46 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Several states are in a kind of death penalty limbo

Flawed procedures and imperfect application of the death penalty has put the punishment on hold in some states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:08 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 05/08/2014

People don’t vote with their feet when it comes to taxes, report finds

Work and family play much bigger roles in interstate movement.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:32 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Gay marriage initiative leads by wide margin in Oregon

Oregon would be the first state to reverse a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Map: Where the average student loan burden is largest

More than a million Americans this year will graduate with substantial student loan debt.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:32 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/08/2014

States blame fiscal cliff for tax revenue slide

A banner year for tax collections in 2013 is leading to lower revenue numbers this year.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 05/07/2014

Missouri lawmakers approve ballot vote on gun rights amendment

If approved by voters, it would protect each resident’s right to own firearms, ammunition and accessories — rights it defines as “unalienable.“

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:33 PM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 05/07/2014

Earthquake swarm causes concerns over Oklahoma oil and gas drilling

Oklahoma has felt more tremors in the first four months of the year than in all of 2013.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:33 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 05/07/2014

Want to buy a judicial election? Few states have strong rules to stop you, report finds

Just five of 39 states earned passing scores on their rules governing conflicts of interest.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:05 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Meet Thom Tillis: 13 things to know about Sen. Kay Hagan’s opponent

He likes dogs and water skiing, and he sends messages with lollipops.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:08 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Kansas bond rating cut over sharply lower revenues

Income tax cuts and the “fiscal cliff” are to blame for declining revenue.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:19 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Protestors shut down Missouri state Senate to demand Medicaid expansion

Floor debate on Tuesday came to a temporary halt as protestors demanded the state expand low-income health coverage.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:47 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/06/2014

At least 40 people tried to ‘arrest’ Albuquerque’s police chief Monday

Anger over police-involved shootings shut down Monday’s City Council meeting.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 05/06/2014

Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber may have saved a life on his way to dinner last night

He performed CPR on a woman by the side of a road.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:59 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 05/06/2014

Tennessee state senator: Critics ‘miss the point’ of blog post comparing Democrats, Nazis

“I regret that some people miss the point of my post,” he wrote in a follow-up.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:41 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Tennessee state senator compares Democrats to Nazis

Rep. Stacey Campfield (R) made the comments in a Monday morning blog post.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:35 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 05/05/2014

Chris Christie’s downgrade dilemma

Ratings agencies have downgraded New Jersey’s debt five times since Christie took office.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:14 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 05/05/2014

Map: The student-teacher diversity gap is huge—and widening

Nationally, there’s an 18 percentage point difference between the share of nonwhite teachers and students.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:23 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/02/2014

Florida’s Scott shows Crist-like ideological dexterity

Scott has changed positions on Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana and in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 05/02/2014

The first state lawsuit over a crowdfunding project is about a deck of cards

Hundreds gave more than $25,000 to fund the production of retro horror-themed decks of cards.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:41 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/02/2014

Georgia’s Catholic, Episcopal churches opt out of gun-rights expansion

Leaders in both churches won’t use authority under the law to allow guns to be carried within their institutions.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 05/01/2014

Seattle mayor says he struck a deal for a $15 minimum wage

The plan has buy-in from labor, employers and other local representatives.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:49 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/01/2014

The Southeast is home to the most preventable deaths

Nearly 900,000 deaths could have been prevented nationally.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 05/01/2014

Florida speed limits going up

The legislature approved an increase by a single vote.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:33 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/01/2014

The United States of toll roads

An Obama administration proposal could mean a lot more drivers pay tolls.

By Laris Karklis and Reid Wilson  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/01/2014

Criminalizing harmful substance abuse during pregnancy: Is there a problem with that?

New Tennessee law allows mothers to be charged with assault if their drug use harms the child.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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