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GovBeat: July, 2014

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Watch the U.S. prison population explode

In 1978, 300,000 people were behind bars. Today, more than 1.5 million sit in jail.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:31 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 07/31/2014

California doesn’t allow write-in candidates in its general election, so a write-in candidate is suing

Theo Milonopoulos has filed suit because the state doesn’t allow write-in candidates in its general election.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  02:11 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Poverty consolidated and spread to the suburbs during the 2000s, report finds

A larger share of the poor live in high-poverty neighborhoods, imposing a “double burden” on the poor.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Massachusetts set to tighten gun control measures

The legislature is racing to meet today’s deadline to pass new laws.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:01 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 07/31/2014

Court rules in favor of Mississippi’s one licensed abortion clinic

A state law places an undue burden on abortion providers, a federal court has ruled.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  11:11 AM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 07/31/2014

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state’s union, voter ID laws

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a controversial collective bargaining law and a law requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:28 AM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/30/2014

How the Republican Governors Association chose sides in Colorado’s primary

The RGA used a pass-through and two super PACs to go after a GOP candidate who could have hurt them in November.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 07/30/2014

The homeless could be included in New Mexico’s hate crime law

The slaying of two homeless men over the weekend in Albuquerque is raising awareness for a 2013 state bill that didn’t pass the legislature.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  02:39 PM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 07/30/2014

Alcohol sales in Utah have increased by more than $20 million this year

Data also shows consumers are buying more expensive products.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  12:59 PM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/30/2014

Marine industries at risk on both coasts as oceans acidify

The world’s oceans are becoming more acidic, threatening oyster and crab industries. Scientists worry that more systemic problems are on the way.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 07/30/2014

For a fleeting moment today, California will have its first openly gay governor

Due to a series of trips by other officials, state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will hold the office for a few hours on Wednesday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:31 AM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 07/29/2014

Justice Department sues Pennsylvania for discriminating against women in state police hiring

Physical fitness tests unfairly disadvantaged women, the department alleges.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:57 PM ET, 07/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 07/29/2014

Volleyball could become an official sport of Massachusetts

Volleyball, along with basketball, was invented in the state.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  02:38 PM ET, 07/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 07/29/2014

South Carolina school board considers change in how evolution is presented in schools

Proposal calls for evolution to be presented as something open to further testing and observation.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  01:51 PM ET, 07/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 07/29/2014

Sam Brownback’s running mate helped him avoid an embarrassing fundraising report

Without the loan, Brownback would have raised less than his Democratic challenger.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:40 PM ET, 07/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/29/2014

The handicap symbol gets an update — at least in New York state

The state is the first in the nation to replace the universal symbol, according to the lawmakers behind the law.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 07/28/2014

Everywhere your drone is banned from flying, in one map

An interactive map of all the places where flying your drone can get you in trouble.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:35 PM ET, 07/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 07/28/2014

More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year

Data published earlier this month offer a state-by-state view of the program’s beneficiaries.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:14 PM ET, 07/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 07/28/2014

Health care ballot measure divides South Dakota Republicans

Hospitals on one side, doctors on the other in a battle over “Any Willing Provider” rules.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:36 AM ET, 07/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 07/28/2014

For Chris Christie, New Jersey pension battle presents a test for 2016

New Jersey’s governor is embarking on a “No Pain, No Gain” town hall tour this summer.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:37 AM ET, 07/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 07/28/2014

Florida voters back medical marijuana 9 to 1, poll finds

The state seems poised to legalize medical marijuana this November.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:33 AM ET, 07/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/26/2014

Animal rights group warns Missouri ballot measure would protect puppy farming

“Right to farm” amendment described as a defense against undue restrictions for family farmers.

By Sarah Ferris  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 07/25/2014

More than 30,000 undocumented kids have been released to sponsors in every state

Huge numbers of children have been placed with sponsors or relatives in a handful of states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:06 PM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/25/2014

Virginia is the Best State in America

Virginia is one of five states — along with Tennessee, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii — that go to extreme lengths to mitigate budget ups and downs.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 07/25/2014

‘Made in Tennessee’ tourism campaign to be crafted by out-of-state ad firm

Gov. Bill Haslam (R) expects every dollar of tourism spending to generate $19 in returns.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:39 PM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 07/25/2014

This animation shows how awful the California drought is this year

For the first time since 2000, air pollution is not the top environmental concern in a survey of Californians. Water is.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:41 AM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Looming Puerto Rico debt deadlines have investors nervous

A new law would allow public corporations to go into default. That has investors worried about the territory’s $73 billion in debt.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:36 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought

A team of researchers has highlighted the surprising amount of groundwater used by western residents.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:02 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Report: Abortions down 13 percent in Texas after strict limits went into effect in November

Given the dramatic decline in the number of providers, researchers were surprised legal abortions hadn’t decreased more.

By Gilad Edelman and The Texas Tribune  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Two California cities will vote on a sugar tax

San Francisco and Berkeley would use the money to pay for health and nutrition programs.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Need food? Maine’s governor wants you to work for it

A number of states have received waivers due to high levels of unemployment.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 07/24/2014

California’s film subsidies brought in more than $1 billion in spending in the past year, study finds

A study by the California Film Commission shows many film and television projects that don’t receive subsidies from the state opt to film elsewhere.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  09:10 AM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Blacks in Seattle disproportionately fined for using pot in public

Early data show racial disparities in enforcement of the new public-use rules.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 07/23/2014

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

In a not-surprising fact, the bulk of Utah’s elected officials hail for the Mormon school, and most are Republicans.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  04:28 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 07/23/2014

Fathers’ rights initiative makes North Dakota ballot

Parents would be given equal custody, barring extenuating circumstances.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:34 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 07/23/2014

What kind of laws are you supposed to pass to convince 38 million people to conserve water during a drought?

“The goal of doing this is not to fine people, it’s to get people to conserve more water.“

By Hunter Schwarz  |  01:02 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 07/23/2014

At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said.

Few have offered help, most have lodged complaints.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:51 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 07/23/2014

Voter turnout in primary elections this year has been abysmal

Even among states that have tried to make it easier to vote, turnout has dropped from the last midterm primaries.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  10:11 AM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/23/2014

California tackles full-contact football in schools

Under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), youth football teams are allowed just three hours of full-contact play per week during the season. In the off-season, full-contact play is not allowed at all.

By Sarah Ferris  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 07/22/2014

It’s official: Oregonians will get to vote on legalizing weed this fall

A proposal qualified for the November ballot on Tuesday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:31 PM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 07/22/2014

Colorado’s self-declared Most Interesting Politician in the World

It’s not often that people get involved in politics by saving a strip club.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:02 PM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 07/22/2014

Pennsylvania’s debt downgraded by second rating agency

One-time revenue streams plugged a revenue hole, but the move has rating agencies concerned.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:31 PM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 07/22/2014

You won’t be able to Instagram your ballots if you vote in Wisconsin

A state election board has upheld a provision prohibiting cameras at the polls.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  11:48 AM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 07/22/2014

How a budget fight in Raleigh could hurt Republican chances of taking back the U.S. Senate

State House Speaker Thom Tillis once again finds himself caught between two fellow Republicans.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:01 AM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 07/22/2014

Moody’s: Washington might not see the marijuana tax windfall previously projected

A slow start to sales, high taxes and easy-to-get medical pot may translate to lesser-than-expected revenues.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:03 AM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/21/2014

There are literally bats flying around the Vermont Statehouse, and no one seems to mind

Bats that live in the Statehouse dome find their way to the rest of the building when the weather gets warm.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 07/21/2014

More Colorado voters report trying pot since it became legal

The increase is slight, but growing.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:33 AM ET, 07/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/20/2014

Florida town cracks down on sagging pants problem

Do not wear saggy pants in Ocala: You will be fined.

By Sarah Ferris  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 07/19/2014

14 states are already beating the best Fed estimates for 2016 U.S. unemployment

States still show big variations in rates.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:31 AM ET, 07/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 07/18/2014

Sotomayor: Utah doesn’t have to recognize same-sex marriages—for now

Supreme Court justice puts a lower-court decision on hold while the state appeals.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:49 PM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 07/18/2014

Florida is the Best State in America

Roads and bridges are crumbling across the country -- except in Florida, where good weather and a focus on maintenance save money.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:04 PM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 07/18/2014

How states decide whether to recount election results

A calculated recount in a closely contested California race is forcing lawmakers to consider revising their recount laws.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  01:29 PM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 07/18/2014

Scott Walker wants Common Core repealed

Wisconsin would be the fifth state to drop out of Common Core, after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs a bill later this month.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:02 PM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/18/2014

Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by federal appellate court

The decision upholds a lower-court ruling striking the state’s ban and brings the fight a step closer to the Supreme Court.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/18/2014

Americans for Prosperity to add offices in 2 new states

The group has 400 field operatives in 33 states, and it aims to spend more than $125 million on this year’s elections.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 07/17/2014

Common Core faces test in North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is backing away from his previous support for the controversial education standards.

By Sarah Ferris  |  03:12 PM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 07/17/2014

Poll: Washington voters support competing gun initiatives

Voters support more background checks. Voters also support restricting background checks. Huh?

By Reid Wilson  |  01:47 PM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 07/17/2014

What 10 governors are saying about housing undocumented immigrant children in their states

Some have declined to do so, while others are exploring options.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:08 PM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 07/17/2014

North Dakota’s oil boom is creating a ‘man rush’

The number of men in North Dakota has risen 14 percent in just the past five years.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:31 PM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 07/17/2014

Michigan Republicans accused of spying on opponent with hidden camera

Video recorded by staffers for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s campaign was found after a Democratic event

By Hunter Schwarz  |  11:10 AM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/17/2014

Pennsylvania will now shame convicted lawmakers with plaques that note their crimes

You do the crime, you do the time. And get an updated plaque in the Capitol portrait gallery.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 07/16/2014

California’s death penalty is unconsitutitonal, federal judge rules

The reason is because the majority of Death Row inmates are never actually executed and the dealth penalty has been “quietly transformed” into “life in prison, with the remote possibility of death,” judge says.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  05:44 PM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 07/16/2014

Indiana grocery stores to courts: We want to sell cold beer

Attempts to overturn the ban have always been defeated by the state’s small-but-powerful package store lobby.

By Sarah Ferris  |  04:01 PM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 07/16/2014

Lady Gaga has been enlisted in California’s drought relief efforts

Jerry Brown tweeted some Lady Gaga lyrics in support.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  03:19 PM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 07/16/2014

Fire season underway, states press for federal funding

An unprecedented drought has officials worried about a record fire season.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:32 PM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 07/16/2014

Governors call on Congress to reauthorize Export-Import Bank

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is one of about a dozen Republican governors to back reauthorization, which conservatives on Capitol Hill oppose.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:36 AM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/16/2014

Florida says it will change its congressional districts a judge said violate state law. But after the election.

In a ruling, a Florida judge says political consultants influenced the state’s redistricting.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 07/15/2014

Here’s a plan to split California into 6 states

Venture capitalist Tim Draper may have collected enough signatures to put the initiative on the ballot in November.

By Philip Bump  |  04:46 PM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 07/15/2014

Missouri governor rejects bill that would arm teachers

Nixon issues a number of vetoes in the face of override threats from the Republican-controlled legislature.

By Sarah Ferris  |  03:19 PM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 07/15/2014

Moody’s: State economic outlooks stabilizing

Every state finished its Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget on time.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:31 PM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/15/2014

Two former Utah attorneys general have been arrested, accused of accepting bribes

Jon Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, who are accused of campaign fraud, have been booked into a Salt Lake County jail.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  12:27 PM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 07/15/2014

Texas’ legislative districts accused of discriminating against Hispanics and protecting Republicans

By Hunter Schwarz  |  11:48 AM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/15/2014

After years of cuts, state budgets show surpluses

After careful planning and years of red ink, many state budgets are producing surpluses.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 07/14/2014

The big surprises on the map of largest companies

Eleven states’ largest companies didn’t make the Fortune 500.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  04:35 PM ET, 07/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 07/14/2014

In most states, tied elections can be decided by a coin toss

The law in 35 states call for coin tosses or other games of chance to decide the winner of tied elections.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  01:52 PM ET, 07/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 07/14/2014

N.C. Gov. McCrory: ‘Door open’ to Medicaid expansion

McCrory wouldn’t be the first Republican governor to accept Medicaid expansion under cover of federal exemptions.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:43 PM ET, 07/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 07/14/2014

Vermont can no longer take DNA samples from suspected criminals

The state Supreme Court ruled that defendants don’t have to provide their DNA until they are convicted.

By Sarah Ferris  |  11:51 AM ET, 07/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 07/14/2014

Tennessee’s abortion referendum could bring in millions

The proposed amendment says, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.“

By Hunter Schwarz  |  10:27 AM ET, 07/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 07/12/2014

Oregon may have a better way to fund highway projects

A pilot program could help fix the nation’s ailing Highway Trust Fund.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:02 AM ET, 07/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 07/11/2014

Massachusetts is the Best State in America

The Bay State sets its kids up for success from an early age.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:53 PM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 07/11/2014

Marijuana demand in Colorado may be nearly a third higher than previously estimated

A new report predicts 121 metric tons will be consumed this year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:02 PM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/11/2014

Kickstarter’s potato salad guy is about to pay a whole lot of taxes

Zack Brown struck a nerve. Now the tax man cometh.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:45 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/11/2014

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants the nation’s second-largest city to focus on the basics

The mayor reflects on his agenda, his city and his first year in office.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/11/2014

How many state legislative seats are up for election in 2014?

Test yourself: Name the four states without legislative elections this year before you click through.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 07/10/2014

Hawaii is so convinced it can lower recidivism, it’s already spending the money it thinks it’ll save

A new law calls for justice system officials to write “reentry plans” before juveniles are released from corrections facilities.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  05:00 PM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 07/10/2014

Michigan reached its health insurance enrollment goals 8 months early

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program for low-income residents is ahead of schedule after signing up 322,000 residents.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  02:17 PM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/10/2014

Wyoming considers restoring felon voting rights

Studies suggest allowing felons to vote after serving their sentences helps them re-engage in society.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/10/2014

State lawmakers are in D.C. for a (nearly) impossible task: Persuading Congress to do something

The eight lawmakers are calling on their federal counterparts to extend highway funding.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014

The precipitous decline of state political coverage

The number of reporters covering state legislatures has declined 35 percent in just the last decade.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014

Tennessee has 10 days to find a health-care fix

The federal government says Tennessee is still making it too hard for people to sign up for insurance.

By Sarah Ferris  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Californians could be fined for violating emergency water regulations

Residents who violate water regulations could be fined up to $500 a day as the state grapples with a drought.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/10/2014

Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’

PostTV examined people’s accents and state-specific answers to an online list of common questions.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 07/09/2014

Four states see activity on same-sex marriage on Wednesday

Utah, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Indiana see action, or an explicit lack thereof.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:05 PM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 07/09/2014

Utah attorney general says he must defend his state’s gay marriage ban. Some of his counterparts disagree

Sean Reyes isn’t alone in his defense, but some other AG’s have given up, arguing that the bans clearly violate the Constitution.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:32 PM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 07/09/2014

Map: Where young women have more children

New Census data reveal patterns in births among women—young and old—by relationship status, age, education and poverty level.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:33 PM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/09/2014

Map: How much each state taxes gas

People in southern states generally pay a smaller tax for gasoline than the rest of the country.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/09/2014

Meet the new head of ALEC, the free-market group of state legislators

A Q&A with the new CEO of the organization, which counts more than 1 in 4 state lawmakers as members.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/09/2014

Chris Christie’s veto strategy

The governor has nixed Democratic bills at a much faster clip than any of his predecessors.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 07/08/2014

California’s economy is large enough it could be admitted into G-8

The Golden State’s economy is bigger than Russia’s.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  03:12 PM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 07/08/2014

Indiana cop’s ’0INK’ license plate spurs battle over free speech

An Indiana officer wants to make a cop joke on his license plate. The state doesn’t think it’s funny.

By Sarah Ferris  |  03:01 PM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 07/08/2014

How LeBron James could complicate the Republican National Convention

Cleveland just won the Republican National Convention. They could score LeBron James, too.

By Paul Kane  |  01:34 PM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/08/2014

ALEC, the free-market group liberals love to hate, gets a new boss

The free market association of state legislators and private-sector members has a new CEO.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 07/08/2014

Republicans choose Cleveland for 2016 convention

Cleveland outlasted Dallas to claim the 2016 convention.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:52 AM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 07/08/2014

There are states where you technically can’t hold public office if you’re an atheist

Eight state constitutions have various restrictions about people who don’t declare a belief in a supreme being.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  11:38 AM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 07/08/2014

States are passing fewer abortion restrictions

Fewer restrictions were passed in the first half of this year than in the same period during the past three years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:17 AM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 07/08/2014

There’s more than one way to legalize marijuana

One expert explains the system he would set up to minimize drug abuse, while enabling access to the drug.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:44 AM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 07/07/2014

GOP to announce 2016 convention host city — Dallas or Cleveland

It’s “a business decision,” says an RNC insider about choosing a city to host a presidential convention.

By Reid Wilson and Karen Tumulty  |  08:18 PM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 07/07/2014

California has officially repealed the marriage law that led to Prop. 8

Despite being ruled unconstitutional six years ago, a California law restricting marriage wasn’t repealed until Tuesday.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  06:38 PM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 07/07/2014

Pennsylvania mulls last-minute budget details ahead of deadline

Days ahead of Penn. Gov. Tom Corbett’s deadline to sign the budget, lawmakers are considering additional budget measures.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  04:33 PM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 07/07/2014

6 questions and answers about Washington’s new legal pot sales

Sales begin on Tuesday, just seven months after they started in Colorado.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:35 PM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 07/07/2014

Justice Department sues North Carolina over voter ID law

The law requires voters to show photo ID at the polls, eliminates same-day registration, and cuts the early-voting period.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  12:03 PM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 07/07/2014

The 7 states where Libertarians could swing control of the Senate

Libertarians are on the ballot in 11 key states with Senate contests.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:53 AM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 07/07/2014

State and local groups call on Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund

Inaction will hold the economy back, they argue,

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:10 AM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/05/2014

Washington is the Best State in America

The Evergreen State is cycling heaven.

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

The six states where you can’t buy alcohol today

Prohibition rears its ugly head.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

12 states now have plans for a minimum wage of $9 or more

Rhode Island became the latest on Thursday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:01 AM ET, 07/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 07/03/2014

Nation’s first soda tax could come to Berkeley

By Sarah Ferris  |  01:48 PM ET, 07/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2014

Map: Fireworks laws in every state

Roughly 1 in 9 Americans lives in a state that bans all consumer fireworks.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 07/02/2014

Louisiana court rules state constitution doesn’t protect gun rights of felons

In a ruling this week, the state Supreme Court upheld a ban on firearm possession among felons.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  01:14 PM ET, 07/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/02/2014

The incredibly poor gender diversity of elected state officials in the U.S., in 7 maps and charts

No state has reached gender parity yet.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:35 AM ET, 07/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/02/2014

The United States of painkillers: Which states prescribe the most?

The top five states with the most painkiller prescriptions per capita are all in the South.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/02/2014

State laws that took effect Tuesday, part three

Virginians can now hunt on Sundays. Vermonters can’t smoke in government buildings.

By Hunter Schwarz  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 07/01/2014

Christie rejects ‘millionaire tax’ as budget crisis deepens

Christie vetoed measure as as New Jersey confronts a $1 billion budget shortfall.

By Sarah Ferris  |  05:41 PM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Some of the thousands of state laws taking effect today, part two

Abortion, e-cigarettes and school superintendent contracts face new rules starting Tuesday.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:01 PM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/01/2014

Thousands of new state laws take effect today, part one

Minimum wage, concealed carry and hundreds of other new laws take effect today.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 07/01/2014

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage

It marks the 23rd pro-marriage ruling since a key Supreme Court decision last year, according to marriage advocates.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:01 PM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 07/01/2014

Chart: Eleven states will have breached a $9 minimum wage by 2018

California becomes the third to do so today, but minimums in several more will soon meet or exceed the $9 level.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:09 PM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2014

New Jersey smoking age could be raised to 21

A measure passed the state Senate by a wide margin on Monday.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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