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Sore Losers or Necessary Checks? Wisconsin GOP Seeks to Limit New Democratic Governor's Authority

It wouldn't be the first time lawmakers have attempted to strip a new governor of some power. But it is rare.

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Why Losing Out on Amazon HQ2 Isn't So Bad for Cities

A new study points to evidence that luring a large corporation isn’t the best way to spur job growth.

Federal Tax Reform Fuels Record State Spending

Budget directors are still figuring out how much of the tax law's impact on state revenues was a one-time boost.

Tulsa Struggles to Make Amends for a Massacre It Ignored for Nearly a Century

The Oklahoma city's "Black Wall Street" was one of the richest African-American neighborhoods in the country. Then whites burned it to the ground.

Set Up to Fail? How High Schools Aren't Preparing Kids for College

Small schools and high poverty schools are putting their students at the biggest disadvantage, according to a new report.


With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles

Supporters of additional funding for transportation have plenty of reasons to smile after last week’s elections, but that doesn’t mean they can stop worrying.


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'The Single Biggest Risk Factor in Getting Expelled Is Being a Preschooler'

Preschoolers are eight times, on average, more likely to get kicked out. States are starting to notice and intervene.


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What J.B. Pritzker’s Election Means for Illinois

Of all the new governors, few will change the culture of their states as much as him.


First 'Pay for Success' Project for Veterans Underway

The VA is working with states and cities to use the innovative financing approach to help veterans with PTSD find gainful employment. If it's successful, the payoff for investors is big.


Democratic Socialists Rack Up Wins

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib made headlines for their congressional wins. But a number of Democratic Socialists also won state-level races this election.

Who Needs a Desk? Tennessee Takes Telework to the Max

The state's new approach to the workplace goes far beyond traditional telecommuting. It's not only making employees and managers happier, it's saving the state millions of dollars.

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In Baltimore, Police Seem Everywhere and Nowhere at Once

The city could be accused of policing too much and too little.

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DUI convictions that could be thrown out in New Jersey because a state trooper tampered with the sobriety tests.

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When Citizen Engagement Becomes Too Much

Politicians say they want citizens to be involved. But it can make things harder to achieve.


With a Divided Congress, States Will Likely Take Up the Slack

With Democrats taking over the U.S. House, Congress may grind to a halt. Red and blue states, meanwhile, will go their separate ways on abortion, taxes, education, health and voting rights.

Liberals Prevail in State Supreme Court Elections

Moderate-to liberal candidates won in five states, while conservatives were successful in two.

• Amid Supreme Court Impeachments, West Virginia Voters Weaken Judges' Power

Does #MeToo Matter? Of 19 State Candidates Facing Accusations, Only 2 Lost

On the heels of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, these results raise questions about how alleged misconduct factors into voters’ decisions.

• Another Historic Night for Women, and Not Just in Congress

The Man of Tomorrow: As Jerry Brown Leaves Office, He's Still Focused on the Future

Unlike most politicians, California's outgoing governor has made planning ahead a staple of his leadership -- even if it means going against his own party.


Midwest Turns Bluer as Local Concerns Outweigh National Issues

A handful of Democratic wins in governors' races resulted in a Midwest that's more politically balanced than in recent years.

• Democrats Flip 7 Gubernatorial Seats

What the Midterms Mean for Health Care

The trajectory of health policy -- from Medicaid to abortion to soda taxes -- is set for change in some states.

• Red-State Voters Opt for Obamacare
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As Medicaid Work Requirements Spread, More Expected to Lose Health Care

Wisconsin just got approval to implement the new rule, and it will take effect in two other states in January. Meanwhile, more than 8,000 people have lost health insurance in Arkansas -- many who may comply with the rule but not know about it.