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.
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.
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.
In the States, Maximum Activity on Minimum Wages
An interactive look at how this hot issue is playing out across the country
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eying Boomer Bonanza, States Woo Retirees
As baby boomers search for the perfect place to spend their golden years, states – especially ones not typically considered seniors’ havens – hope to grab a share of the retirement pie.