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.
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.
22 Governors Weigh in on Presidential Race
Candidates covet endorsements by state chief executives, and so far 22 governors have announced their choices.
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.
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.
Greetings from Your Governor!
Stateline has collected this year’s set of gubernatorial holiday greetings including a cowboy poem, original artwork, lots of family photos, several pets and even a few mentions of a Merry Christmas.
With Feds Stuck, States Tackle Immigration
State lawmakers have taken widely divergent approaches to dealing with an influx of immigrants; some are rolling out welcome mats while others are slamming shut their doors.
States Take Lead in Housing Crisis
From establishing foreclosure hotlines to temporarily freezing sub-prime interest rates, states are at the forefront of policymaking to minimize damage from the mortgage meltdown.
Tobacco Case Could Limit State Powers
Forty state laws regulating internet tobacco sales — and many other laws governing dangerous products — are at stake in a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
States Clammed Up After 9/11
The 2001 terrorist attacks led every state but South Dakota to restrict access to all sorts of information deemed critical to homeland security.