Pew Research Center Nov. 6, 2006

Election ’06 – GOP Edge at Stake

Heading into Election Day, at least a dozen governors’ races and 14 of the most competitive statehouses are still up in the air, as Democrats aim to overturn the edge Republicans gained at the state level in 1994.

Pew Research Center Nov. 6, 2006

Longer Ballots Pose Many Questions

Voters will be confronted with a near-record number of citizen-generated questions at the polling place Nov. 7. The questions range from the politically explosive – such as whether to ban gay marriage and abortion – to the quirky, such as whether to let grocery stores in Massachusetts sell wine.

Pew Research Center Oct. 26, 2006

Historic Election Year in Gov Races

This year’s sweepstakes for 36 governors’ seats is shaping up as one for the history books. Democrats appear poised to reverse 12 years of growing Republican gubernatorial power.

Pew Research Center Oct. 5, 2006

Election Day Stakes in the States

Check out the issues on the ballot in each state, find out who’s running for governor and other state wide offices and see what’s at stake in state legislatures.

Pew Research Center Sep. 21, 2006

In the States, Maximum Activity on Minimum Wages

An interactive look at how this hot issue is playing out across the country

Pew Research Center Sep. 14, 2006

In Statehouses, 2006 is Year of Surpluses, Social Issues

Minimum wage hikes and new rights of self-defense for crime victims have been popular with state lawmakers this year. Also, with a budget climate that’s been the sunniest in six years, lawmakers have splurged on a host of new projects.

Pew Research Center Sep. 6, 2006

Emergency Contraception and Moral Misgivings

The FDA’s recent decision to let women over age 18 buy the morning-after pill without a doctor’s prescription won’t end heated disputes in state capitols over emergency contraception and thrusts pharmacists – more than ever – into the middle of the fray.

Pew Research Center Jun. 22, 2006

States Probe Limits of Abortion Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court may loom largest in the legal history of abortion in the United States, but state capitols from the 1800s to today have been the crucibles of America’s evolving abortion policies. Stateline.org highlights the pivotal role that states continue to play in setting abortion policy.

Pew Research Center May. 23, 2006

Addicted to Gambling

Although a handful of states are moving this year to ban certain types of electronic gambling machines, experts say tax-averse states are growing increasingly dependent on gambling revenues while ignoring the social cost of problem gamblers.

Pew Research Center May. 9, 2006

Is Massachusetts a Model for Broader Health Coverage?

The Bay State’s ambitious plan to see that nearly all its citizens have health insurance depends on some unique local conditions, but policymakers in other states are eying components that could be duplicated elsewhere.