GovBeat: Congress

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 01/16/2014

A congressional trio wants voting laws in four states back under federal watch

The bill reinstates oversight lost when the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the decades-old Voting Rights Act in June.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:14 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Congress, elections, georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, texas, voting rights

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Think Congress is polarized? Half the states are worse.

But, don’t worry, in most states, a single party has control of everything.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Congress, legislature, legislatures, newsletter, politics

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

How states can get what they need from a frozen Congress: Ignore it

If Congress won’t act, make the case directly to voters.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, education, Infrastructure, innovation, Oregon, spending

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Expiring sales tax deductions could cost taxpayers big in these states

By Reid Wilson  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Florida, IRS, Nevada, sales tax, South Dakota, taxes, Tennessee, washington, wyoming

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 11/13/2013

State legislatures to Congress: Pass a farm bill! (But first drop a controversial piece)

States want a farm bill, but without a House provision restricting their regulatory powers.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:23 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agriculture, Congress, Preemption, Regulations

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Sen. Graham’s 20-week abortion ban has already passed in more than a dozen states

That kind of late-term ban is part of a broad and recent legislative trend at the state level.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:59 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Congress, texas

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Forget Congress: 21 states already protect gays in the workplace

Although states with protections also have relatively few complaints of such discrimination.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:43 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, labor, maps, Wages & Employment

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Democrats lead the generic ballot by 8. That’s not enough to win the majority

It would take a political wave to unseat the House GOP majority. The evidence suggests that wave isn’t building.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Congress, democrats, elections, newsletter, polls, republicans

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The solution to hyper-partisanship already exists, and it doesn’t involve gerrymandering

How Washington and California moved to empower independents and limit extreme partisans.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Congress, elections, gerrymandering, primaries, redistricting, reform, washington

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Seven other things the Senate compromise bill funds

The compromise measure does more than lift the debt ceiling and fund the government.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:30 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, continuing resolution, earmarks, shutdown, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/23/2013

How the GOP food-stamp bill adds to state bureacracy

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Poverty