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Arizona’s highest court will decide Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion

A battle over whether to expand Medicaid that has divided Arizona Republicans for nearly two years will soon advance to the state’s highest court. The Arizona Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge from Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who is seeking to protect the state’s use of federal dollars to expand Medicaid last year. “With […]
  • Aug 29, 2014

Lack of data makes it hard for background checks system to work properly

A system to keep guns from the mentally ill doesn’t always get the information it needs
  • Aug 28, 2014

Health-care premiums fall in Arkansas

Some Democrats worried announcements about rate increases could doom the party's hopes of maintaining control of the Senate.
  • Aug 27, 2014

Colorado judge will not strike down ‘self-incriminating’ marijuana taxes

The judge ruled that pot consumers and sellers must continue to pay taxes, even if it puts them at risk of federal prosecution.
  • Aug 25, 2014

Socialists will not make the ballot in Michigan

A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Socialists in Michigan this week, rejecting claims that the state's election laws discriminated against new parties.
  • Aug 23, 2014

Fracking fight advances in North Carolina

The state stands to earn millions in extraction taxes, but environmentalists are skeptical.
  • Aug 20, 2014

Common Core will stand in Louisiana for now, judge says

A judge ruled state schools can go ahead with implementation of standardization program.
  • Aug 20, 2014

Louisiana projects $1.2 billion budget shortfall

Louisiana will likely face another billion-dollar budget gap next year, which could bruise Gov. Bobby Jindal's chances for the White House in 2016.
  • Aug 15, 2014

More homicides are reported in states where you can ‘Stand Your Ground,’ report finds

The report is based on more than a decade of empirical evidence and interviews with 70 witnesses across the country conducted over the course of a year.
  • Aug 15, 2014