Pew Research Center Feb. 20, 2008

Star-Struck States Sweeten Film Incentives

In their efforts to attract big money from the film industry states are offering tax rebates, no-interest loans and training credits. Come Sunday (Feb. 24), New Mexico may even be able to brag about an Oscar or two. Four films nominated for Academy Awards were shot in the Land of Enchantment.

Pew Research Center Jan. 31, 2008

States Take Sides in Stem Cell Debate

A Stateline.org backgrounder covers various aspects of the stem cell debate, including an interactive feature illustrating the main techniques used in creating pluripotent cells, a summary of ethical questions raised by scientific advances and a description of the evolution of related state policies.

Pew Research Center Jan. 30, 2008

Are States Prepared for Problems When Voters Go to the Polls in 2008?

Do the glitches reported during the Florida primary show that many states aren’t ready for election day? Two experts debate the question.

Pew Research Center Jan. 25, 2008

’Present’ votes defended by Illinois lawmakers

Obama’s former colleagues in the state legislature say that attacks on his ‘present votes’ show that either his opponents don’t understand how things work in Springfield or they are deliberately distorting his record.

Pew Research Center Jan. 15, 2008

States Vie For Stem-Cell Scientists

As the pace of stem-cell research quickens, seven big states are financing the science in hopes of attracting the world’s best scientists.

Pew Research Center Jan. 10, 2008

With Focus on the Presidential Race,Stakes are High at the State Level Too

While attention is focused on this year’s presidential election, races with equal or even greater power to impact folks’ everyday lives will be decided at the state level, including 11 governors’ contests, key legislative races and numerous ballot initiatives.

Pew Research Center Jan. 9, 2008

Report: Teachers Earn Less than Peers

In 40 states, public school teachers fail to make as much as workers in comparable professions, such as reporters and insurance underwriters, according to a new report by the Education Research Center.

Pew Research Center Jan. 8, 2008

22 Governors Weigh in on Presidential Race

Candidates covet endorsements by state chief executives, and so far 22 governors have announced their choices.

Pew Research Center Jan. 2, 2008

Legislative Roundup: 2007 Marked by Activism

Disgusted with federal gridlock, states are carving out their own global-warming and immigration laws and expanding health coverage for uninsured children.

Pew Research Center Dec. 28, 2007

New Year, New Laws

As partygoers count down the seconds toward New Year’s Day, not everyone will be celebrating. At least 31 states will start to enforce new laws, and some of them can seem pretty tough, ranging from where you can smoke in Illinois to how much it costs to enter a strip club in Texas.