Election ’07: Lessons Learned
Tuesday’s elections proved once again that all politics is local as voters in three states soundly rejected governors’ pet projects and others put big-ticket spending items on the state’s credit card while providing possible clues to the voters’ mood for ’08. Also a graphic look at the before and after in three states where the entire legislatures were up for grabs.
Election ’07: Tuesday’s Winners and Losers
A roundup of state legislature and gubernatorial race outcomes and a look at the fate of high profile ballot initiatives across the states.
State-level Republican Candidates Stress Immigration
Candidates in several states are capitalizing on voter anger over illegal immigration after Congress failed for the second year in a row to pass major immigration reforms.
The Precarious State of Statehouse Budgets
A slumping housing market and skimpier sales tax collections are busting budgets from California to Florida with national job growth sluggish and consumer confidence near a two-year low.
Cancer Research, Vouchers on ’07 Ballots
Proposals on cancer research and school vouchers are among the questions that voters in seven states will take up during this fall’s quiet election season.
Just how bad are things in Springfield?
Democrats hold full sway in the Illinois Capitol but their infighting is paralyzing the legislature and blocking important programs.
States Scramble for Gambling Jackpot
Fed up seeing their residents dole out millions of dollars at out-of-state casinos and tracks, more than a dozen states this year worked on dramatically expanding gambling within their own borders.
Craig Scandal Highlights Governors’ Appointment Powers
The sudden departure from office of a U.S. senator — or the threat of a departure — often thrusts governors into the national spotlight, highlighting the sometimes murky and often politicized process of how states choose congressional replacements.
States Seek to Dampen Text Book Sticker Shock
Returning college students may get some pocketbook relief at campus bookstores as states and university officials take aim at some publisher and faculty practices blamed for raising prices.
Minnesota Takes the Lead in E-Cycling
Five state legislatures took steps this year to curb the threat of toxic waste created by the proliferation of discarded computer gear and other digital junk, making 2007 a banner year for passage of electronic recycling laws.