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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Immigration Divide
With his renewed push for a comprehensive immigration bill, President Bush is advancing a potentially powerful political wedge issue, but one with an unlikely twist: Immigration fractures the president’s own party at least as much as it divides the opposition.
Vouchers See Mixed Success This Session
After a string of successes, voucher advocates see setbacks in this year’s legislative session.
Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007
Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.