Pew Research CenterMarch 11, 2007

Which Governor Has the Most Clout?

In a new ranking of the states, Massachusetts’ chief executive out-powers his peers in Alaska, Maryland and New Jersey — not to mention New York and California.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 22, 2007

Cell Phone Counter-Revolution

To keep lawmakers focused on debate — and limit lobbyists’ influence — statehouses from coast to coast are restricting cell phones, instant messaging and use of those mini-computers found under the thumbs of compulsive e-mailers on the floors of state legislatures.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 5, 2007

Mega-donors Get Mixed Election Returns

A bevy of big donors poured some of their personal fortunes into last year’s gubernatorial, state legislative and ballot-measure contests. But the super-rich had a mixed record in their single-handed efforts to sway election outcomes. In some cases, the motives of wealthy donors even backfired against their candidates or causes.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 24, 2007

Bush Builds on States’ Agenda

It’s too soon to know how far the new Congress might go in accepting the president’s State of the Union proposals on health care, energy, immigration and education, but states aren’t waiting to find out – they’ve taken the lead on these domestic issues.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 10, 2007

Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

It’s not for sale yet, but in the latest trend of revenue generating strategies, states have taken to selling off, leasing out and cashing in on some of their most valuable assets, primarily toll roads. Several big deals were consummated in 2006, including a $3.8 billion deal in Indiana to lease a state toll road to a private Australian-Spanish consortium.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 8, 2007

Are You a Citizen? Prove It

Worries about voter fraud, terrorism and illegal immigration are driving a surge in stiff new identification requirements. To weed out those who aren’t citizens, all Americans increasingly need a paper trail to qualify for some of the perks of citizenship — from driver’s licenses to Medicaid help.

Pew Research CenterDecember 28, 2006

States Step Ahead on Health Care Reform

Massachusetts has accomplished the improbable: It got Democrats and Republicans to agree on how to provide nearly every resident with health insurance. And it did so without boosting taxes or pushing aside private health plans. Other states – from Vermont to California — are also trying to close the uninsured gap.

Pew Research CenterDecember 27, 2006

Surpluses, Social Issues Mark 2006

Statehouses awash in surpluses ventured into new projects in 2006, from first-in-the-nation preschool for all 3-year-olds in Illinois to a space pad in New Mexico plus advances on such issues as health care, immigration, the minimum wage and global warming that stymied Congress.

Pew Research CenterDecember 21, 2006

Season’s Greetings

Governors spiced up their annual greeting cards with a mix of sacred and secular themes, personalizing holiday messages with family recipes, Bible verses and even some original artwork.

Pew Research CenterNovember 8, 2006

Democrats Score in Statehouses and Governors’ Mansions

For the first time since 1994, Democrats won control of a majority of the nation’s governors’ mansions, wresting away five Republican seats with unofficial results of the Nov. 7 election putting Democrats in charge in 28 states. Democratic gains also vastly outnumbered Republican gains in the nation’s state legislatures, enough to take control of legislative chambers in at least six states — including the New Hampshire House for the first time since at least 1922.