Pew Research Center Dec. 13, 2007

With Feds Stuck, States Tackle Immigration

State lawmakers have taken widely divergent approaches to dealing with an influx of immigrants; some are rolling out welcome mats while others are slamming shut their doors.

Pew Research Center Nov. 8, 2007

Election ’07: Lessons Learned

Tuesday’s elections proved once again that all politics is local as voters in three states soundly rejected governors’ pet projects and others put big-ticket spending items on the state’s credit card while providing possible clues to the voters’ mood for ’08. Also a graphic look at the before and after in three states where the entire legislatures were up for grabs.

Pew Research Center Oct. 10, 2007

Thompson Stands with GOP Rank and File during First Debate

In his first appearance on a debate stage with his rivals for the Republican nomination, the former Tennessee senator stuck to very traditional — and very popular — positions among his party’s voters.

Pew Research Center Aug. 23, 2007

Beyond Foster Care

States are trying to extend help to the growing number of “emancipated” parentless 18-year-olds who face bleak futures on their own.

Pew Research Center Jul. 18, 2007

Florida is Test Bed for Medicaid Overhaul

Halfway through a two-year test run, Florida’s nationally acclaimed pilot program to introduce competition to its Medicaid program has met mixed success.

Pew Research Center Jun. 29, 2007

Democrats Go Domestic: Analyzing the 6-28 Debate

Before a predominantly black audience at Howard University, the eight candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination focused on issues of special interests to minorities including health care, education, taxes and racial discrimination.

Media & News Jun. 18, 2007

Did Talk Hosts Help Derail the Immigration Bill?

PEJ’s Talk Show Index finds immigration was the second-most popular topic from May 13-June 8, and airwaves discussion was dominated by hosts opposed to the legislation who often referred to it with the politically damning term “amnesty bill.”

U.S. Politics Jun. 12, 2007

Mixed Grades for a Federal Education Law

As Congress prepares to debate reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, Americans express mixed views about the nation’s signature education law. Among those who have heard about the law, 34% say it has made schools better; 26% say it has made them worse; and 32% say it has had no impact.

Pew Research Center Jun. 7, 2007

Governors Expect Tighter Budgets in 2008

Only three states ran into red ink this year, while more than half sailed through with higher-than-expected revenues. States overall are finishing a spending spree, but the best revenue picture in six years may be behind them.

Pew Research Center Jun. 5, 2007

Study Finds Dramatic Math, Reading Gains

A new analysis of state (as opposed to national) test results show dramatic improvements since passage of the NCLB Act five years ago, but it’s too early to tell if the gains are linked to the law, a new report finds.