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Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/29/2014

Republican group will focus on judicial races

The RSLC has already begun spending to influence a North Carolina race.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2014

How well-educated is your home county?

If you live in a wealthy suburban university community, odds are you’ve got a bachelor’s degree.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Coloradoans: Pot is okay, but pothead politicians aren’t

If a candidate were to smoke two or three times a week, 52 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to vote for him, new poll finds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Connecticut moves to establish universal pre-kindergarten

A proposal expanding pre-kindergarten programs passed the state Senate last week.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Could government jobs have offset America’s low-wage recovery?

During the recovery, the nation lost middle- and high-wage employment in the form of government jobs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:34 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 04/28/2014

For the first time, the U.S. high school graduation rate tops 80 percent, report finds

But, to reach 90 percent by 2020, states will have to focus on gains for low-income students.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:59 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Maps: Where America’s stepchildren and adopted kids live

A full 7 percent of all children fall into the two groups.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:57 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2014

It’s great to live in the Midwest and West, say people who live there

People who live in Rhode Island and Illinois are not such big fans of theirs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Thinking about moving? Here’s how far your dollar goes everywhere in the U.S.

A new government statistic allows income comparisons across states and metros.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014

What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

What opponents describe as the nation’s “most extreme” pro-gun law greatly expands where Georgians can carry guns. But it also does much more.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/23/2014

There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.

Georgia’s ban was challenged this week, and South Dakota’s could be next.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Map: How long it takes each state’s residents to earn enough to pay all taxes

Louisianans passed that point on March 30. Residents of Connecticut and New Jersey have a few weeks to go.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Missouri legislature will begin impeachment proceedings against governor

Republicans are examining impeachment charges involving same-sex couples and concealed weapons permits.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to a debate

The Texas governor continues his assault on other states to lure businesses away.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

The party says a city’s ties to big labor will be a factor in their decision.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 04/22/2014

If you fall on hard times, these are the states that will catch you

A new analysis shows many of the states that provide the most benefits to the poor are in the Northeast.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:25 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Minimum wage and pot are now expected to be on Alaska’s November ballot

The shift from the August ballot could mean higher turnout on the same day as one of the nation’s highest-profile Senate races.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/18/2014

These 11 graphics show how bad local food insecurity can be in America

A new report charts the high level of food insecurity in the nation’s counties and congressional districts.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Ethnic America, mapped: Your county’s biggest ancestral populations

Luzerne County, Pa., is the only county in America dominated by those of Polish ancestry.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/17/2014

The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps

Every inch of California is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions, and the drought is spreading.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 04/17/2014

New Hampshire’s death penalty repeal fails by a single vote

It would have become the 19th state without a death penalty.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:09 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/17/2014

California will hold special session on saving money

Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to save up to 10 percent of its general fund revenue.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Oklahoma bans local wage hikes

The ban circumvents an effort to boost Oklahoma City’s lowest wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Watch the recession sweep over the U.S. in one gif

One gif explains why most Americans think the country is headed off in the wrong direction.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:59 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/16/2014

One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

Rep. Ra l M. Grijalva seeks an Interior Department investigation into the conservative group’s practices.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Michigan governor wants to double recycling rates

Michigan residents recycle at a rate less than half the national average.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Celebrate tax day with 9 of our favorite tax maps

Taxes play a substantial role in American policymaking.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:54 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/14/2014

That time Democrats opposed a minimum wage hike

Democrats voted against a bill that would have made Alaska’s minimum wage one of the highest in the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/14/2014

New Hampshire moves to scrap adultery law

The 200-year old law hasn’t been enforced in more than a decade.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:22 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/12/2014

The Koch brothers take on Tennessee’s Republican governor

The Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity wants Gov. Haslam to repeal the state income tax.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Moody’s ups its estimate for legal pot revenues in Colorado by 40 percent

Still, it will make up a small portion of the overall budget.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014

New Hampshire close to ending death penalty

The state Senate will vote on repeal next week.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014

How children’s health coverage is changing, in seven charts

In some states, non-white children are actually more likely to be covered.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Missouri becomes latest Right to Work battleground

Republicans stand in the way of passing Right to Work legislation.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/10/2014

James O’Keefe is at it again. In Wisconsin. Against a Republican.

The video shows him vowing to create a super PAC.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/10/2014

States don’t wait for feds on e-cigarette restrictions

While the federal government stalls, states and cities are regulating the new technologies.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Rebounding economy fills state coffers with record tax revenues

Tax revenue is hitting record levels as states rebound from the recession.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/09/2014

The federal government moved some cows and Nevada’s governor isn’t happy about it

A more than 20-year fight boiled over this weekend.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Why Alaska’s governor plans to use a 150-year-old law to sue the federal government

The state wants to build a road through a wildlife refuge, but the federal government won’t allow it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Report: Election administration improving, in most states

North Dakota voters have the easiest experience casting a ballot. Mississippi voters still face hurdles.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/08/2014

New report: Just eight states get an A for spending transparency

On the bright side, last year, for the first time, every state at least had a spending Web site.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/07/2014

One of the lowest state minimum wages could soon be one of the highest

Minnesota lawmakers just struck a deal lifting the state’s $6.15 minimum wage.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/05/2014

States debate regulating pricey, sometimes dangerous raw milk

Legislatures are increasingly debating rules over raw milk.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/04/2014

How much does your state trust the government? See this map.

Gallup ranks the most and least trustworthy state governments.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/04/2014

California campaign watchdog gets new powers

In response to big-spending groups from out of state, the commission will have new investigative authority.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 04/03/2014

States will rethink aggregate limits after McCutcheon

Massachusetts has already said it will not enforce aggregate limits.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:11 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 04/03/2014

How Maine hopes to recover $10 million a year from tax havens

The state could soon become the third to close a simple loophole.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Supreme Court Justice Breyer’s new guide to gaming campaign financing

In his dissenting opinion, Breyer lays out how the system suffers under Wednesday’s decision.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling on contribution limits affects a small, elite group

Few state limits and few individuals would likely be affected.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Mississippi passes Arizona-style religious freedom bill

Legislators revived a near-comatose bill on Tuesday similar to one that sparked outrage in Arizona.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:18 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/01/2014

In pushing Obamacare, the White House is focused mostly on these 25 cities

The cities were chosen for the large populations of the uninsured.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Map: The education gap between Asians and other minorities is huge in every state

Asian-American children are the only minority to fare as well as — and often better than — whites, a new report finds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The Senate unemployment insurance deal explained

A history of the deal that’s expected to pass this week.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The April Fools’ Day pranks local news organizations play

From Capitol building collapses to fake taxes, local news organizations have long been pranking us.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:53 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 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 08:00 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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.

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Indiana wants to give an Olympic champion a tax break

Slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper’s tax bill depends on a conference committee.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Utah governor unveils Medicaid expansion alternative

Gov. Gary Herbert is among the Republicans looking for political cover, and hundreds of millions in federal funds.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

In California, Governor Moonbeam goes mainstream

The Jerry Brown seeking re-election this year is a far cry from the liberal who governed in the 1970s and 1980s.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, newsletter, States

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 02/27/2014

What your name says about your politics

Your first name might be more partisan than you think.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:32 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Southwestern states bidding for $5 billion Tesla factory

The payoff: A $5 billion investment, and 6,500 jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Why 6 federal judges struck down state gay marriage bans, in their own words

They come in the wake of the Supreme Court’s pivotal summer ruling that the federal government must recognize state same-sex marriages.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Report: Almost 4 million with mental illness won’t be covered in states that don’t expand Medicaid

Medicaid expansion would mean millions more would get mental health care coverage.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 PM ET, 02/26/2014

It’s official: Pot legalization will be put to a vote in Alaska this August

If approved, it would become the third state—all in the West—to legalize the drug.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:59 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Delaware, Nevada sign Internet gaming agreement

The two states are the first to allow their citizens to face each other at the virtual poker table.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Nevada governor wants to make new interstate a presidential priority

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

By Reid Wilson  |  11:16 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/25/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Republicans seek political cover to accept Medicaid expansion money

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

By Reid Wilson  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Romney backs effort to end nominating conventions in Utah

The former presidential contender wants his party to nominate candidates through primaries.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:34 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, Utah, voting rights

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Support for gay marriage hits 50 percent in Ohio

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/24/2014

McAuliffe will join coalition pushing for off-shore drilling

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

By Reid Wilson  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 02/24/2014

25 maps and charts that explain America today

The story of modern America visualized.

By Niraj Chokshi and David Beard  |  08:36 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

They’re too well-represented.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Gay marriage group launches $1 million PR campaign across South

Freedom to Marry is financing a $1 million campaign to boost support for same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/22/2014

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

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

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

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

Korean Americans push to rename Sea of Japan in state legislatures

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

By Reid Wilson  |  11:44 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

South Carolina legislators cut university funding over gay-themed books

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

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Washington, Colorado move to ban kids from tanning beds

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

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Ohio Republicans move to curb early, absentee voting

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

By Reid Wilson  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Big cities are less equal than the rest of the country

And the recession widened the gap.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:49 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/20/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 02/19/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:59 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 02/19/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:24 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 02/18/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:56 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/18/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:45 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2014

Teacher evaluations in New Mexico could lead to fewer absences

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

By Reid Wilson  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Three hopeful signs for proponents of gay marriage in Nevada

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014

The 11 governors who have declared a state of emergency

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/12/2014

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

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

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/11/2014

California gets two more years to solve prison overcrowding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The religious states of America, in 6 maps

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

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

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

Missouri sues California over chicken regulations

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

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

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

In 30 states, abortion rates haven’t been this low since at least 1976

The abortion rate has been declining nationally for years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

How state and religiousness intersect

Vermont was least religious; Mississippi was the most.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, poll, polls, Religion, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Most states aren’t very good at planning for the future

Just 16 earned high scores from a policy think tank for long-term budget planning.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014

California schools could consider race, gender in admissions

A proposal that passed the state Senate would roll back parts of Prop. 209.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, education, newsletter, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Health care spending still rising for states and cities

Federal spending growth is slowing, but state and local spending is up.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, health care, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Conservatives outnumber liberals in 47 states

In Wyoming, 40.5 percentage points separate the number of conservatives from the number of liberals.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, map, maps, newsletter, poll, polls, Rankings, red states, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

States search for alternatives to lethal injection

A ban by European drug makers have U.S. states seeking alternative forms of execution.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, prisons, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Who would be affected by a federal $10.10 minimum wage

Here’s a look at the share of different working populations that would be earning less than $10.10 by mid-2016 without the proposed wage hike.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  map, maps, minimum wage, newsletter, Poverty, States

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Cities give Republicans the hard sell on 2016 convention

The process of picking a city to host the convention is just beginning.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:37 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, Colorado, conventions, Missouri, Nevada, newsletter, North Carolina, Ohio, States, Utah

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

Georgia officials under fire over snowstorm response

Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed are playing defense as traffic snarls continue.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster relief, georgia, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The incredible, shrinking blue-state advantage

In 2008, Democrats had a 30-state advantage. Now it’s down to three.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:39 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, map, maps, newsletter, poll, polls, red state, States, voter identification

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/28/2014

The real state of the union: divided, and dividing

Democrats and Republicans are diverging on everything from health care to gun control and gay marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, state of the union, States

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Unemployment dips to post-recession lows in 29 states

Many states saw unemployment in December fall to lows not seen in at least 4.5 years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobs, newsletter, States, Unemployment

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/28/2014

How the federal government could get a 270x return on a prison reform investment

A federal program to spur state prison reforms could help save $4.6 billion.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, budget, Hawaii, newsletter, prisons, spending, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Terry Branstad’s war for women

Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress, or to the governorship. Branstad wants to change that.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Iowa, newsletter, States

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Midwest faces propane emergency as more cold weather moves in

Winter weather is causing a propane shortage in the Midwest and Northeast.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster relief, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Seahawks, Broncos will pay New Jersey taxes

The “jock tax” means Peyton Manning will owe New Jersey about $57,000 next year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Jersey, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Map: Where tea partiers live, by state

Alaska is home to the most, per capita. New York, the least.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, map, maps, Montana, New Jersey, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, Rankings, tea party, wyoming

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

These 5 maps show unions are losing ground in the states

Union membership, as a share of all jobs, fell in 43 states over the past decade.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, unions

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

The District of Columbia spends three times more per student than Utah does.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Why Indiana’s push to require cursive writing education could be a good thing

Some studies show cursive may be good for brain development.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, indiana, legislature, newsletter

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

For governors, it’s okay to call it a comeback

Higher tax revenue means governors can highlight good news -- for now.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, budgets, California, Hawaii, Michigan, newsletter, Ohio, state of the state, States

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The federal government says Nebraska has a month to repay $22 million in aid

The state is on the hook for a ‘bungled’ attempt at privatizing foster care, Nebraska’s auditor says.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:14 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nebraska, newsletter

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

15 ways to make voting easier

Common-sense solutions from the bipartisan commission on election administration.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election administration, elections, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014

The most corrupt state(s) in America

Ranking the most corrupt states depends on how you define corruption.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Corruption, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/22/2014

South Carolina’s governor is getting expanded powers

The effort is described as the largest restructuring of the state government in 20 years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  governor, legislature, newsletter, South Carolina

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

The 11 most dangerous states for drivers

Eleven states received a red rating, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  map, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, Transportation

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Christie’s other problem: Rebuilding a campaign team

Chris Christie sent his campaign manager packing. Now he has slim pickings for a new manager.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, campaigns, Chris Christie, elections, New Jersey, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014

States take action on immigration as Congress stalls

At a time of federal inaction, state legislatures are taking the lead on immigration reform.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snowstorms have hit New England state budgets hard

Some states are well on their way to spend more than planned to deal with winter weather.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, newsletter, Rhode Island, VERMONT

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Is your state solvent?

A look at a new measure of state fiscal conditions.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Iowa’s Republican governor opens assault on his state party

Gov. Terry Branstad is feuding with activists loyal to ex-Rep. Ron Paul.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:12 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iowa, newsletter, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Brown to declare California drought emergency as Western water woes intensify

Gov. Jerry Brown will make the declaration at a news conference Friday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, climate change, drought, Environment, newsletter, States, weather

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/17/2014

The best state capitol reporters in America

The state capital reporters to follow in each of the 50 states.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  best of, newsletter, Rankings, States