’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.
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.
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.