Pew Research CenterJune 24, 2008

Gavels and Gags: State Legislatures Adjourn

Many states conclude their sessions with traditions that are funny, bizarre and even poignant. With half of state legislatures concluding in the past two months, and several more to adjourn within a few weeks, the celebrations are in full swing.

Pew Research CenterJune 9, 2008

States Aim to End the Electoral College

A movement is bubbling at the state level to ensure that future presidents are the candidates who get the most votes nationwide.

Pew Research CenterMay 14, 2008

The Federal Government’s Favorables Fall Even Farther

Americans continue to hold their local and state governments in fairly high esteem, but positive views of the federal government are at their lowest point in at least a decade.

Pew Research CenterMay 6, 2008

Will States Fix the 2012 Primary Process?

Not a moment too soon, party insiders and state election officials are in informal talks to improve procedures for the next contest for the White House.

Pew Research CenterApril 29, 2008

Justices’ OK for Indiana’s Voter ID May Prompt Other States to Follow Suit

With bills pending in state legislatures across the country, more states may move to require photo identification for voters in November.

Pew Research CenterApril 14, 2008

States Push Food Stamps for the Needy

As the economy sputters, states are taking extraordinary measures to help people keep food on the table, and a federal program is their primary tool.

Pew Research CenterApril 3, 2008

States Think Smaller, Slower On Immigration

Under pressure from business groups and budget stringency, states are no longer rushing to pass immigration control measures.

Pew Research CenterMarch 27, 2008

Who will be the next David Paterson?

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s downfallthat catapulted David Paterson to the governor’s mansion spotlights the quirky arrangements that determine who is next in line after a governor in many states.

Pew Research CenterMarch 19, 2008

States Besieged by Budget Woes

Already, 22 states have a collective budget shortfall of at least $37 billion; if the current slowdown follows the path of previous recessions, 35 to 40 states could face budget cuts in 2009.

Pew Research CenterMarch 12, 2008

Presidential Calendar Boosts ’08 Govs’ Races

Voters in the Tar Heel and Hoosier states will be the first to consider gubernatorial contenders at the same time they make their presidential preferences.