Alan Greenblatt -- Staff Writer. Alan covers politics as well as policy issues for Governing. He is the coauthor of a standard textbook on state and local governments. He previously worked as a reporter for NPR and CQ and has written about politics and culture for many other outlets, print and online.

June 15, 2017

How a Community Copes at the Center of a Media Storm

When a gunman allegedly shot five people at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., his actions also impacted his hometown in Illinois.
June 15, 2017

Missouri's Eric Greitens Is Governing in the Dark

Between gag orders and secret funds, the governor isn't living up to his campaign promise of transparency.
June 14, 2017

Congressional Shooting Highlights Rise of Violence in Politics

Wednesday's shooting during a congressional baseball practice is the latest example of the increased violence -- both threatened and real -- that is seeping into America's political process.
June 14, 2017

With Governors Races Now Set, Virginia and New Jersey Shift Focus to November

Republicans currently enjoy a 2-to-1 lead among governors, but Democrats hope to start chipping away at that advantage this fall.
June 8, 2017

Firefighters' Clout Can Make Them Politically Untouchable

Their heroic image is a political asset -- one that makes changes to the profession difficult.
June 7, 2017

How a Far Left Candidate Won in a Deep Red State

The new mayor of Jackson, Miss., may offer striking evidence of a nationwide trend.
June 1, 2017

The Next Cities That Might Remove Confederate Monuments

St. Louis and Baltimore have joined the ranks of cities thinking about taking them down. Meanwhile, a countermovement is growing in state legislatures.
June 1, 2017

School Choice Debate Pits DeVos vs. Denver

The education secretary's complaints about the city's schools highlight one of her biggest priorities -- and one of her biggest battles.
June 1, 2017

How Hard Is It to Clean a Greenhouse?

Apparently very. Missouri’s Botanical Gardens just got its first power-washing since it was built in 1988.
May 30, 2017

Is Jail a Fair Punishment for Skipping Bus Fare?

In Portland, Ore., people were being locked up for the offense often -- African-Americans disproportionately so.
May 30, 2017

This Is What Happens When a Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

Plans to close an infamous plant were just announced. Such closures can be devastating for local economies -- even more so than when mining and manufacturing ceases to exist in a town.
May 23, 2017

A New Way to Spot Partisan Gerrymandering

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on racial gerrymandering Monday, but judges still can't agree on what partisan gerrymandering looks like. Social scientists may be able to help.
May 18, 2017

Democratic Norms Are Under Attack, and Not Just by Trump

Like the president, state politicians are playing by new rules and openly trying to undermine critics who threaten their power -- whether they're lawmakers, reporters or voters.
May 10, 2017

As Democrats Seek to Rebuild, Progressives Push to the Left

Parties learn from losing, not winning. The lesson many progressives have drawn from Democratic defeats in 2016 is that the party needs to more fully embrace liberal policies and candidates.
May 8, 2017

No Help From Noah: The County That Banked on a Religious Theme Park to Solve Its Money Problems

Facing bankruptcy, Grant County, Ky., invested in the park hoping for a new revenue source. But cash has yet to start flooding in.
May 5, 2017

No Politics Is Local: How America's Culture War Consumed Omaha's Race for Mayor

In what's expected to be a close election on Tuesday, major national figures have joined the campaign trail, sometimes bringing controversy over social issues with them.
May 5, 2017

U.S. Universities Fear Losing International Students

Students from abroad have become a rich revenue source for many state colleges and their towns. What happens if the Trump administration's anti-immigration sentiment and policies drive them away?
May 4, 2017

How the Rapper Pitbull Has Divided Florida's Top Politicians

The recent feud between the governor and the state's House speaker began over a tourism ad. But it goes much deeper than that.
May 1, 2017

In Indiana, Governors Push for More Control Over Education

Mike Pence tried first. Now Gov. Eric Holcomb is attempting to make the superintendent a gubernatorial appointment, leaving voters with little say over schools.
April 26, 2017

Let Me Take a Selfie: The Art of Balancing Politicians' Time With Never-Ending Photo Requests

All those snaps can take a lot of time out of an elected official's busy schedule.
April 25, 2017

What's the Best Way to Elect a City Council?

Every system has its own set of drawbacks.
April 24, 2017

Unlikely Political Allies: Urban Democrats and GOP Governors

When it comes to certain issues, they put pragmatism before politics.
April 12, 2017

Scott Walker Is a Top Target for Democrats. So Why Can't They Find Someone to Run Against Him?

A lack of serious gubernatorial candidates could be a problem for Democrats not just in Wisconsin but other states where the party is hoping to make gains next year.
April 11, 2017

Deficit in Dallas: How One of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Ended Up With Billions in Debt

The city has created a huge problem for itself -- one so big that bankruptcy isn’t off the table.
April 10, 2017

Why It Took Alabama's Governor So Long to Resign

The news of Robert Bentley's affair with one of his aides broke more than a year ago. But both the governor and his party had reasons for him to stay in office.
April 7, 2017

The Golden Infrastructure Opportunity That Government Missed

States had a cheaper option for investing in infrastructure, but they didn't take it. Now, they must pay the price.
April 4, 2017

Law and the New Order: A Fresh Wave of District Attorneys Is Redefining Justice

Cities and counties across the country recently elected reform-minded DAs who are taking a more strategic approach to prosecutors' typical tough-on-crime policies.
April 1, 2017

Welfare Reform Offers a Window Into Block-Granting Medicaid

Republicans want to do with health care what they already did with cash assistance for the poor. There are lessons to be learned.
March 31, 2017

Should Lawyers Police Themselves? In Most States, They Do.

But the days of having lawyers regulate their own conduct are numbered in California. The question now is whether that will prompt others to end the controversial practice.
March 17, 2017

The Story Behind George Lucas' Museum Wars With Cities

After fighting his own battle over where to house his Star Wars stuff, he let the cities duke it out.
March 15, 2017

Can Democrats Channel Anti-Trump Anger Into Votes at the State Level?

The party is hoping to regain seats it lost during the Obama years. Democrats say there are already signs of change, but Republicans argue there's no proof of that yet.
March 7, 2017

Are South Carolina Voters Too Tolerant of Corruption?

The state’s lawmakers have a history of ethics and legal problems -- yet their constituents don’t seem to care.
March 2, 2017

Why Cooperation May Be to Blame for America's Polarized Politics

It’s time for a history lesson.
March 1, 2017

Different Party, Same People: The Virtue of Political Holdovers

Two new governors have surprised their states by keeping many of the previous administrations' cabinet members.
February 28, 2017

Trump's Speech Short on Domestic Policy Specifics

In his first joint address to Congress, the president talked a lot about improving infrastructure and health care but offered virtually no new details about how.
February 23, 2017

Is the GOP's Tea Party Over?

Arizona was the poster child for Tea Party politics. Now the state's Republican leaders are focusing instead on core establishment issues. The shift there could signal what's to come across the country.
February 15, 2017

Senate Control Up for Grabs in 3 States' Special Elections

As voters head to the polls in Connecticut, Delaware and Washington, Democrats are hoping to ride some voters' discontent with President Trump to victory.
February 13, 2017

Despite Union Resistance, Right-to-Work Momentum Is Growing

Several states have already passed right-to-work laws this year -- and their reach may finally expand into the Northeast.
February 9, 2017

Low Pay and Time Away Drive Some Lawmakers to Call It Quits

Several state legislators recently resigned, saying they want to spend more time with their families -- and they seem to mean it.
February 3, 2017

Will Trump Inspire More Celebrities to Seek Office?

Republicans in one state are already gearing up for an NFL star to run for governor.
February 3, 2017

Fracking Presents Big Problems That Towns Have Little Authority to Fix

Almost every time localities attempt to regulate the oil industry, courts or legislatures stop them.
January 31, 2017

Don't Like the Ballot Measure Voters Approved? Just Ignore It, Some Lawmakers Say.

In state capitals around the country, lawmakers are trying to block voter-approved policies. Critics say it's "lawlessness" that represents the new political climate.
January 27, 2017

'Sanctuary Cities' Just the Start of Mayors' Opposition to Trump

The president's war on progressive policies presents a dilemma for almost every big-city mayor in America. But attacking urban areas also carries big risks for the president.
January 23, 2017

Will Trump Kill Criminal Justice Reform’s Momentum?

It’s become a rare, bipartisan issue. But if the president's campaign rhetoric is any indication, the window of opportunity for change may have closed.
January 19, 2017

Thanks to Trump, 2 States Are Getting New Governors

As Gov. Nikki Haley heads off to work in the Trump administration, South Carolina could see some real political change.
January 18, 2017

To Battle Trump, State Democrats Will Use GOP’s Own Tactics

Democrats are preparing to fight the new administration's policies like Trump's pick to lead the EPA fought Obama's: with lawsuit after lawsuit. But can Democratic AGs make a difference with their diminished numbers?
January 13, 2017

In Legal Fight Against U.S. Towns, Muslims May Lose Major Ally

The Justice Department has sued several municipalities for blocking mosques and Islamic schools from being built. But the future of those lawsuits under a Trump administration is unclear.
January 12, 2017

The Democrats’ Geography Problem

An overwhelming share of their voters live in metropolitan areas. Will their appeal ever expand beyond?
January 10, 2017

Another Constitutional Convention Could Happen in New York

Once every 20 years, the state’s citizens get the opportunity to overhaul government. But first, they’ll have to beat back all the powerful interest groups fighting to block it.
January 6, 2017

Is a New Battle Brewing Over Soda Taxes?

As more cities start taxing sugary beverages, the industry may turn to new allies to block them.
January 6, 2017

Bad Budget News? Some States Just Bury It.

Observers say Kansas is trying to “end bad economic news by not reporting it.” It’s not the only state being accused of hindering transparency.
January 3, 2017

In Trump’s America, GOP States Proceed Cautiously Optimistic

With the most power over U.S. government that any party has had in decades, Republicans have hit the jackpot. The new administration will embolden states’ rights, but it could also create problems for them.
January 1, 2017

America’s One and Only City Council Run by Libertarians

In a Minnesota suburb, libertarians are making a lot of changes people might expect. But not everyone is happy.
December 16, 2016

Why Being a University President Isn’t a Stable Job Anymore

Their resignations, once rare, have seemingly become a frequent occurrence.
December 14, 2016

Gov. John Bel Edwards Wants Payback, Louisiana-Style

In the latest chapter of his feud with the state’s attorney general, Edwards is taking on the oil and gas industry -- but with some controversial allies.
December 12, 2016

Will Florida Ever Strike a Deal on Workers’ Comp?

With the state's law in limbo and so many players at the table -- employers, unions, insurers, attorneys and lawmakers -- it will be hard to reach an agreement.
December 9, 2016

With Little Warning, Maine Governor Overhauls Public Health

Paul LePage’s abrupt decision left lawmakers and public health workers with unanswered questions as they struggle to battle a drug epidemic.
December 7, 2016

Tragedy Reshapes Mayor’s Race in Baton Rouge

Whoever wins this month faces the tough job of uniting and rebuilding a community that’s still hurting from deadly police shootings and floods.
December 1, 2016

In Life After Coal, Appalachia Attempts to Reinvent Itself

The decline of the mining industry started long before the Obama administration and will likely continue even with Trump in the White House. That's why local leaders are starting to diversify their economies and prepare their people for an uncertain future.
November 18, 2016

Political Segregation Is Growing and 'We're Living With the Consequences'

Author Bill Bishop, who has spent years studying America's urban-rural divide, discusses what it means for politics and progress.
November 18, 2016

This Nonprofit Is Funding Good Ideas From People, Not Big Organizations

It’s part of a new philanthropic approach to improving neighborhoods.
November 15, 2016

Pruitt-Igoe, a Symbol of Government Failure, Gets a Second Chance

The site of a long-gone but still-criticized public housing complex in St. Louis is being redeveloped. Will history repeat itself?
November 11, 2016

With Control of More States, Conservatives Plan Their Course

Republicans in many states are now free to pursue their agendas on taxes, labor and social policies without Democrats standing in the way.
November 9, 2016

Voters in 4 States Limit Money's Role in U.S. Politics

They took steps to repeal the Citizens United ruling, limit campaign contribution limits and create publicly financed elections.
November 9, 2016

Republicans Add to Their Dominance of State Legislatures

The GOP successfully defended its majorities in most chambers and also picked up chambers in Kentucky and Iowa, giving the party full control of those states.
November 9, 2016

Liberals Win a Few Victories at the Local Level

Despite the Trump tide, voters at the local level approved new taxes on soda and bond measures for housing and transportation. They also ousted several tough-on-crime prosecutors, as well as Trump ally Joe Arpaio.
November 9, 2016

Automatic Voter Registration Is Spreading. How Will That Impact Turnout in Future Elections?

Alaska is the latest state to adopt a system in which residents will be automatically registered to vote.
November 9, 2016

How Old Is Too Old to Be a Judge? Voters in 4 States Got to Decide.

Voters generally agreed to raise the age limits -- but not do away with them altogether.
November 9, 2016

With Independents on the Rise, Colorado Changes Its Election Rules

Voters in the state approved ballot measures that would, among other things, let unaffiliated voters participate in primaries.
November 9, 2016

Maine Becomes First State to Adopt a Whole New Way of Voting

Unhappy with the results of their past elections, Mainers have opted for ranked-choice voting. It could lead to more civilized politics but lower voter turnout.
November 9, 2016

Election Brings Change to How Minnesota Lawmakers Are Paid

Like most state legislators in America, Minnesota's were in charge of their own pay -- and yet, they haven't had a raise in 20 years.
November 9, 2016

D.C. Inches Closer to Becoming the 51st State

The plan to achieve statehood easily won voters' support on Tuesday. But will it win the support of Congress?
November 9, 2016

Amid Governor's Scandal, Alabamians Clarify Impeachment Rules

A constitutional tweak became embroiled in talk of impeachment, misuse of funds and an alleged affair by Gov. Robert Bentley.
November 9, 2016

Voters Make Missouri a Voter ID State

GOP lawmakers in the state have been trying to pass a voter ID law for a decade. They finally got their way.
November 7, 2016

Legislative Races Offer Democrats Opportunities to Grow

Democrats have lost control of 20 legislative chambers since Barack Obama took office. But with the president's help, they should gain some back on Tuesday.
November 4, 2016

In New England, 2 Blue States May Go Red for Governor

New Hampshire and Vermont, one of Hillary Clinton's strongest states, are the GOP's best chances to increase their gubernatorial numbers this year.
November 3, 2016

Why Politicians Shouldn’t Sweat the Primaries 

It’s nearly impossible for incumbents to lose a primary. So when they do get the boot, what happened?
November 1, 2016

The End of Private Prisons in America? Not So Fast.

The federal government is closing them, but that doesn’t mean states will.
November 1, 2016

Who Should Judge the Judges?

That age-old debate got a fresh hearing in Georgia.
October 28, 2016

In Red-State Races for Governor, Democrats Could Score Wins

Democrats have a chance at winning in five states that voted against Barack Obama in 2012.
October 18, 2016

Phoenix’s Ambitious Plan to Beat the Desert Heat

In just over a decade, officials want to cover a quarter of the city in shade.
October 14, 2016

How Many Republicans Will Trump Take Down With Him?

Donald Trump has divided the GOP. Democrats are hoping to use that as an opportunity to rebuild their ranks in state legislatures.
October 7, 2016

From Hundreds to Thousands of Inspections: How Pittsburgh Is Winning the Permit Game

It was once practically impossible to get a building inspected in the city. Now it’s easier than ever.
October 5, 2016

The Political Blood Feud in the Bluegrass

Rarely do politicians quarrel as openly as Kentucky’s governor and attorney general. Family ties may have something to do with it.
September 30, 2016

The Week in Politics: Tracing a Prosecutor's Downfall, Corruption in the East and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
September 30, 2016

Texas Governor Leads Push to Rewrite the U.S. Constitution

Even if Greg Abbott spurs a national constitutional convention, there are many unanswered questions surrounding such an event.
September 29, 2016

How Unregulated Dark Money Is Reshaping State Politics

Several governors are using nonprofits to get themselves elected and promote their agendas once in office -- without ever having to disclose where the money came from.
September 23, 2016

Will the Least Popular Governors Hurt Their Parties in November?

Many lawmakers up for re-election are distancing themselves from their unpopular executive leader. But that may not be enough to win.
September 21, 2016

Governors Refuse to Stay on Sidelines for Legislative Races

Several Republican governors have actively campaigned against lawmakers in their own party this year -- in most cases, only to see their efforts backfire.
September 20, 2016

Overworked and Underfunded, Public Defenders See Some Light

Poor criminal defendants rarely get an attorney who has time to adequately defend them. Some states, spurred by lawsuits, are starting to address the issue.
September 16, 2016

The Week in Politics: Highlights From the Last 4 State Primaries of 2016

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
September 9, 2016

The Week in Politics: New Hampshire's Unpredictable Governor's Race, a Mayor in Trouble and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
September 7, 2016

State AGs Are Increasingly Powerful -- and Partisan

The controversy surrounding Trump University showcases some of the sticky political situations that many attorneys general have been getting themselves in.
September 2, 2016

The Week in Politics: Cranky Governors' Voicemails and Surprisingly Close Primary Races

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
September 1, 2016

New Minimum-Wage Laws Apply to More Industries

Exempting certain types of workers from raises is becoming a thing of the past.
August 26, 2016

The Week in Politics: Indiana's Tight Governor's Race, Election Law Rulings and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
August 24, 2016

1 Day, 2 Firings, No Explanations

The Atlanta mayor’s recent and abrupt termination of two agency leaders left many shocked.
August 19, 2016

The Week in Politics: The Upside of Low Voter Turnout, Incumbent Lawmaker Losses and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
August 12, 2016

The Week in Politics: Longtime Legislators Lose, Politicians Run Into Legal Problems and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
August 12, 2016

Even the Giants Are Complaining About San Francisco Real Estate

The Major League Baseball team wants a big break on property taxes. Will they win?
August 8, 2016

Can Democrats Be Too Liberal, Even for Vermont?

In one of the country's bluest states, a Republican may be the next governor.
August 5, 2016

The Week in Politics: Missouri's Record-Breaking Primary, Democrats Lose a Long-Held Office in Washington and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
August 4, 2016

Civil Forfeiture Laws Pit Police Versus Everybody Else

Conservatives and liberals are teaming up to restrict or ban the laws that let officers seize billions of dollars a year from people who haven’t been convicted or, sometimes, even charged with a crime.
August 3, 2016

Why Voter ID Laws Are Losing Judges' Support

In one week, federal courts struck down such laws in four states, marking a significant shift in the legal battle over voting rules.
August 2, 2016

Can Counties Fix Rural America's Endless Recession?

The inability of most rural places to recover from the economic downturn is fueling political and social problems around the nation.
August 1, 2016

The GOP’s Hispanic Problem

Republicans have been losing the key demographics’ support since 2000. Democrats hope Donald Trump will keep that trend going.
August 1, 2016

State Budgets’ Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Transparency

In an era of tight budgets and slow revenue growth, there’s pressure on legislators to be open and honest about what states can and can’t afford.
July 29, 2016

The Week in Politics: Governors' Campaign Finance Problems, Oldest Legislator Ousted and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
July 29, 2016

Politicians Focus Business Incentives on Catching the Big Fish

Most states are low on cash, but they’re still willing to spend to attract top-shelf companies like Tesla.
July 25, 2016

Do Governors Make Better Vice Presidents?

Governors are rarely VP picks, yet Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both selected one for the increasingly powerful office.
July 22, 2016

The Week in Politics: Picking Pence's Successor and a Blow to Voting Restrictions

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
July 21, 2016

Why Rural America Is Increasingly Red

In recent years, more rural voters have flocked to the GOP -- a trend that will likely impact this year's governors races.
July 19, 2016

Wisconsin’s Abolition of Civil Service: Reform or Cronyism?

Whether Wisconsin's approach makes hiring for government jobs more efficient -- or simply politicizes it -- will influence if and how other states revisit their civil service systems.
July 14, 2016

What a Pence-Trump Ticket Means

There are implications not only for the presidential race but the Indiana governor's election as well.
July 8, 2016

The Week in Politics: What a Pence-Trump Ticket Would Mean and a Rare Example of Moderates

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
July 5, 2016

What Trump Means for State and Local Races

Donald Trump and this year’s bizarre presidential race will affect elections all over the country. What’s not clear is how.
July 1, 2016

The Week in Politics: Utah Governor's Big Win, Teachers' Legislative Takeover Attempt and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
July 1, 2016

Baltimore: The City Where Mayors Still Run the Show

Of all American towns, Baltimore gives its mayors some of the most control. Some hate that, yet attempts to change it have failed.
June 30, 2016

A School Construction Mess Proves Money Doesn’t Solve Everything

Despite $1 billion worth of investment, San Diego’s school buildings are still in disrepair.
June 29, 2016

In Wake of McDonnell Ruling, What Counts as Corruption?

Politicians can do a lot of favors for people, so long as they don't cross over the legal line. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision means that line has to be drawn quite clearly.
June 27, 2016

Bob McDonnell and the Illusion of Ethics Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned former Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption conviction on Monday. Before that, the case led Virginia lawmakers to set stricter ethics rules -- or so it seemed.
June 27, 2016

Why States’ Tax-Cut Fever Has Subsided

After watching tax-slashing states struggle financially, some governors and legislators have stopped calling for cuts. But that doesn’t mean they won’t start again.
June 17, 2016

The Week in Politics: GOP Governors Lose Allies, Novice Pulls Off Stunning Upset and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
June 16, 2016

Uncontested Legislative Races Are Becoming More Common

Some say political parties are missing opportunities to boost their numbers. But others argue quality is more important than quantity.
June 13, 2016

North Dakota Governor's Race: A Midwest Test of Voters' Tolerance for the Establishment

In the GOP primary on Tuesday, a Donald Trump-supporting businessman has a chance of beating a career politician in the North Dakota governor's race.
June 10, 2016

The Week in Politics: Where Conservatives Lost (and Gained) Ground and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
June 7, 2016

Why Mixing Business With Politics Is Becoming More Popular

Taking a stance can not only benefit a cause but also a company.
June 6, 2016

Why Montana's Well-Liked Governor Faces a Tough Election

Even with high approval ratings and a strong state economy, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has to fight hard to keep his job this year.
June 3, 2016

The Week in Politics: Dems' Fightin' Words, Plus How Term Limits May Actually Help Incumbents

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
June 1, 2016

The Death Penalty’s New Skeptics

In states across the country, conservatives are starting to question the cost and legality of capital punishment.
May 27, 2016

The Week in Politics: Dems' Voting Guy Gets Busy, Mayors Ousted and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
May 25, 2016

LGBT Battle Underscores the Powerlessness of Being Governor in North Carolina

The real power lies with the state’s increasingly conservative legislature, which may be hurting Gov. Pat McCrory’s chances of re-election in November.
May 24, 2016

Something Is Rotten in the State of Alabama

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is going on trial this week for corruption charges. He's just one of the state's many top government officials facing legal or ethics scandals.
May 20, 2016

The Week in Politics: Passing the Tab for Special Elections, Changing Campaign Finance Laws and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
May 16, 2016

Losing Control in Legislatures, Democrats Shift Focus to Ballots

To further their causes, Democrats are bypassing lawmakers and turning to voters.
May 13, 2016

The Week in Politics: A $50 Million High School Stadium, an Assault Victim's Victory and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
May 12, 2016

Does Size Matter? The Latest Battle Over State Supreme Courts

Over the past decade, legislators in several states have sought to expand or reduce the number of justices on their highest courts. In some cases, they admit their intent to tilt the ideological balance.
May 6, 2016

The Week in Politics: GOP Governors' Best Chance to Grow, What Rematches Mean for Democrats and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
May 6, 2016

Turning Black Lives Matter Protests Into Policy

A bipartisan group of public officials, called the 20/20 Club, is working to translate the energy of the movement into meaningful legislation on law enforcement and criminal justice.
May 5, 2016

Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be?

As the movement slows, policymakers have the opportunity to explore whether school choice has improved education overall.
May 2, 2016

Why Is Public Corruption So Common in South Texas?

In Crystal City, nearly every public official is facing criminal charges. But it’s not the region’s only place plagued by corruption.
April 25, 2016

Free Community College Gets Financial Aid From White House

Congress rejected the president's proposal for tuition-free community college, so his administration is instead helping regions launch the program themselves.
April 22, 2016

The Week in Politics: New York Senate in Play, Baltimore Mayor's Race and Political Feuding in Kentucky

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
April 15, 2016

The Week in Politics: The GOP Goes for More Legislative Seats, de Blasio's Bad Week and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
April 13, 2016

Bathrooms and the Bible: The Latest Front in States' Culture Wars

Debates over LGBT rights have helped define differences between red and blue states.
April 8, 2016

The Week in Politics: A Bipartisan Approach to Voter Registration and the Latest Election Results

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
April 7, 2016

Window for Criminal Justice Reform Closing in Congress

It’s one of the few issues with bipartisan support in Washington. But for several reasons, the chances for change this year are dwindling.
April 4, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Traditional Redistricting Methods

The justices unanimously rejected a challenge to the way Texas -- and every other state -- draws its legislative lines. They did, however, leave one question unsettled.
April 4, 2016

What Well-Liked Governors Have in Common

Many of the governors with the highest approval ratings were elected on the other party’s turf.
April 1, 2016

The Week in Politics: Legislatures Take On Minimum Wage, Legal Scandals in the South and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
March 25, 2016

Beyond North Carolina's LGBT Battle: States' War on Cities

North Carolina's fight over LGBT protections is part of a larger recent shift in political dynamics: States are thwarting local laws any chance they get -- while simultaneously complaining about federal intrusion on their own.
March 25, 2016

The Week in Politics: A Governor's Alleged Affair, Trump Troubles and the State of Redistricting

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
March 16, 2016

Lieutenant Governors: On the Rise and Out the Door

With more qualified people in the position, the job is becoming more of a stepping stone to higher office.
March 11, 2016

The Week in Politics: Democrats Preserve Remaining Power in South, While State Parties Keep Losing It

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
March 11, 2016

The Rise of the Rich Governor

More than half a dozen governors are worth more than $100 million, worrying many about the influence of money on state politics.
March 9, 2016

Remembering Rubio's Record as Florida House Speaker

His tenure was marked with disappointment, embarrassment and little to brag about. But his anti-tax stance helped him politically.
March 4, 2016

The Week in Politics: Super Tuesday Results You May Have Missed

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
March 2, 2016

'It Should Be on HBO Boxing': Cuomo vs. de Blasio

New York governors and mayors have often squabbled, but no one can remember a time when relations were worse -- and costing New York City so much.
March 1, 2016

Stuck in a State of Disarray, Maine Politics Stand Still

Divided government is always challenging, but what's happening in Maine right now -- where Gov. Paul LePage and the legislature are barely on speaking terms -- is an exercise in extreme political hostility.
February 26, 2016

Too Many Chiefs? Chief Bike Officer Is the Latest Addition

Despite their important-sounding titles, many of the growing number of “chiefs” in government don't have much actual authority.
February 26, 2016

The Week in Politics: Scalia Battle Mirrors State Court Fights, Ferguson Makes History and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
February 25, 2016

Right-to-Work Laws Top Republican Wish Lists

With the recent addition of West Virginia, a majority of states now make it harder for unions to collect dues. More could soon be added to the list.
February 19, 2016

The Week in Politics: Democrats Struggle in Coal Country, Christie Struggles at Home

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
February 12, 2016

The Week in Politics: Top Officials at Risk and Unresolved 2016 Election Maps

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
February 9, 2016

What Would Happen If America Made Voting Mandatory?

Dozens of other countries force their citizens to participate in elections.
February 5, 2016

Gas Tax Increases Still a Hard Sell in States and Congress

Just as proposals to increase gas taxes to pay for roads have failed in most states, Obama's latest pitch to tax oil companies is likely dead on arrival.
February 5, 2016

The Week in Politics: State Legislative Race Predictions, a New Voter Registration Rule and Campaign Problems

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
January 29, 2016

The Week in Politics: What to Watch in the Caucuses, Voter ID on Trial and Budget Blame

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
January 22, 2016

Love Urban Planning and Board Games? Cards Against Urbanity Is For You.

Called Cards Against Urbanity, the game is a twist on the popular and politically incorrect Cards Against Humanity.
January 22, 2016

The Week in Politics: Flint Fallout, Corruption in Court and One State's New Supermajority

The most important election news and political dynamics impacting states and localities.
January 20, 2016

Milwaukee's Problems Leave Longtime Mayor Vulnerable

Most of the city's problems, the mayor argues, are out of his control. Will voters blame and oust him anyways?
January 12, 2016

SOTU Pushes Nikki Haley's Spotty Record Into the Spotlight

The South Carolina governor has been selected to give the GOP's response to the State of the Union. Despite her popularity, she struggles to lead her own state.
January 6, 2016

Mike Gronstal: Iowa’s Perennial Power Player

Republicans have the governorship and the state House in Iowa, but Democrats have Mike Gronstal, who adheres to the old-fashioned sense that voters elect politicians to work on policy before retreating to their respective partisan corners.
January 1, 2016

Breaking Down the 2016 Governors Races

Republicans could strengthen their power in many states this year, but Democrats only have realistic chances in two.
December 25, 2015

When Politicians Behaved Badly Around Kids This Year

From proposing Planned Parenthood mascots to silencing 10-year-old advocates, lawmakers weren't always on their best behavior around the children.
December 21, 2015

Can New Mexico Break Its Cycle of Corruption?

The conviction and incarceration of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran is the latest in a long history of scandals. Lawmakers are pushing ethics reforms, but some doubt change will come.
December 18, 2015

Will Peer Pressure Prevail in the Push to Let Young Teens Vote?

A few cities recently lowered the voting age to 16 for local elections. The idea has been debated for years but now appears to have some momentum.
December 16, 2015

Campaign Spending’s Gray Areas Getting Politicians in Trouble

High-level officials around the country have recently been caught misusing their campaign funds.
December 15, 2015

The Waning Power of State Political Parties

They’re far from irrelevant, but campaign financing laws have hurt their influence.
December 14, 2015

Terry Branstad Breaks Record for Longest-Serving U.S. Governor

The Iowa Republican, who's been in office through three economic downturns, surpasses the 18th-century governor who previously held the title.
December 14, 2015

How Teardowns Are Reshaping Suburbia

Old houses are being torn down and replaced in suburbs all over the country. But not everyone, especially the people being priced out of once-affordable neighborhoods, is happy seeing the past obliterated.
December 9, 2015

In Test of Houston's Liberalism, Democrat Wins Mayor's Race

Last month, voters in America's fourth biggest city rejected a gay rights law. This month, they elected a new mayor dedicated to expanding government services.
November 18, 2015

Louisiana Governor's Race Tightens in Final Days

The election has been less about issues and more about personalities -- but not always the candidates'.
November 18, 2015

States Are Putting the Brakes on Driver’s Ed

Over the last decade, many have stopped funding it. Are the roads more dangerous?
November 11, 2015

The End of Political Polling?

The Kentucky governor's race is just the latest example of how election polls have become less accurate, more expensive and harder to gauge public opinion.
November 9, 2015

Welcome to Jobs Inc., Where States Have Little Say in Economic Development

Several states have decided the way to juice up economic development is to turn it over to a corporation outside the government bureaucracy. Is it working?
November 5, 2015

In Oregon, Women Take the Lead

Oregon has long had more women in top political positions than practically any other state. There may be several reasons why.
November 4, 2015

How People Voted on Local Ballot Measures Across the Country

Social conservatives hailed the rejection of a gay rights measure in Houston. But progressives were able to claim victory elsewhere.
November 4, 2015

Democrats, Women and LGBT Win Big in 2015 Mayoral Races

Most incumbents won re-election, while several cities elected their first female or openly gay mayors.
November 3, 2015

Republican Matt Bevin Wins Kentucky Governor's Race

The Republican businessman will succeed term-limited Democrat Steve Beshear, weakening the Democrats' power in one of the last Southern states where they still have some.
November 3, 2015

How Seattle Is Increasing Diversity in Politics

Seattle is largely run by older white men, but changes in the city's election law will likely make its politicians more representative of the people.
October 30, 2015

How Bathrooms Became a Political Battleground

As rights for transgender people are debated across the country, a surprising amount of attention is on where they can go to the bathroom.
October 22, 2015

Which States Could Adopt Automatic Voter Registration Next?

Several states may soon follow California and Oregon's lead, but almost all of them are Democratic-led.
October 19, 2015

The Nation's Closest Race for Governor

In Kentucky, one of the few Southern states where Democrats still hold power, it's a tossup between a Republican businessman appealing to religious conservatives and a Democratic AG distancing himself from Obama.
October 14, 2015

Climate Change Fight Gets Cash From the Right

One conservative billionaire wants to convince his fellow Republicans to believe in climate change. Can his money make a difference?
October 5, 2015

Nevada Shines Light Onto America's Future

Rocked by heavy immigration and demographic change, Nevada must retool its government to cope with the new reality. It’s a sign of things to come in the rest of the country.
October 2, 2015

From Campaign Finance to Pot, Progressives Look to Local Voters

Giving up on the gridlock at the federal and state levels, progressives are turning their attention to local ballots to get their ideas passed. But policies that sell well in cities won't always work statewide.
October 1, 2015

The Most Important Mayoral Races of 2015

Most incumbents are safe bets for re-election, but races remain unpredictable in several big cities.
September 25, 2015

Why Candidates With No Experience Are Winning Over Voters

The truck driver who won the Democratic bid for Mississippi governor -- without spending a cent -- is the latest in a string of nominees for statewide office who lack any political experience.
September 24, 2015

GOP Could Sweep 2015 Governors Races

If Republicans do win in every state this year, it could be a bad omen for Democrats in 2016.
September 23, 2015

In Politics, Chambers of Commerce Carve Their Niche

The business community has a reputation for being skeptical about public spending and regulations. But on some issues, they're actually government’s strongest ally.
September 16, 2015

Even in One-Party States Like Alabama and North Carolina, Republicans Battle Over Budgets

Some are taking longer than they have in decades to pass a budget. Why can't the GOP work together?
September 15, 2015

Paul LePage: The Governor at War With Both Political Parties

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has become so unpopular with lawmakers that many Democrats and Republicans have united against him. What does that mean for the next three years?
September 14, 2015

Why Women's Presence in Politics Has Stagnated

Women have held less than 25 percent of all state legislative seats for years. But both parties are trying to recruit more female candidates.
September 9, 2015

In Thriving Nashville, a Very Negative Race for Mayor

Thursday's election will test the appeal of anti-government populism in a booming Democratic city.
August 18, 2015

From Marijuana to Gas: Tax Issues on the Ballot in 2015

A rundown of the most important tax-related measures facing voters this November.
August 13, 2015

Will Raising the Minimum Wage Raise Rents Too?

In some of the country’s most expensive cities to live, economists worry increased incomes will put even more pressure on housing markets.
August 11, 2015

The Elections No One Cares About

Turnout in local elections has gotten so low that some places might start practically paying people to vote. But there's a simpler, cheaper way to get more people to the polls.
August 6, 2015

Kentucky Governor's Race: A Battle for the Future of the South

Republicans want to make Kentucky the next Southern state with a GOP governor. It won't be easy.
August 5, 2015

When Governors Travel, Who Pays?

With so many governors running for president, new attention is being given to how out-of-state political trips are funded.
August 1, 2015

Missouri Stays Purple While Other States Turn Red

Republicans may have a supermajority in the legislature, but they can't seem to win statewide offices.
July 31, 2015

Jefferson Who? Democrats Are Disowning Their Founders

In several states, the Democratic party is dropping the name of slave-owning presidents from annual fundraising dinners.
July 28, 2015

If Congress Finally Overhauls NCLB, Are States Ready?

For the first time in more than a decade, the House and Senate have passed bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law and give states more freedom in education.
July 22, 2015

How the Never-Ending Battle of Redistricting Will Impact 2016

Florida and Virginia (and possibly two other states) have to redraw their unconstitutional voting maps for the 2016 election. Similar legal challenges are only likely to increase in coming years.
July 16, 2015

Will New Housing Rules Really Reduce Racial Segregation?

After many places failed to enforce parts of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the feds are trying again. But this time, they're offering agencies more help.
July 10, 2015

Why So Many Attorneys General Are in Legal Peril

A striking number of current and former state AGs are facing criminal charges or investigations.
July 3, 2015

Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21

Hawaii recently became the first state to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21.
July 1, 2015

True Believer: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Walker has proved to be an effective leader in one of the most polarized states. But how will the conservative governor’s record in Wisconsin translate to a presidential bid?
July 1, 2015

The Republican Who Helped Elect Obama and Now Wants Montgomery, Alabama, to Elect Him

Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is hoping to beat the odds in his hometown.
June 26, 2015

Slain Senator, Clementa Pinckney, Remembered as 'Moral Conscience' of South Carolina Legislature

Clementa Pinckney was killed in the Charleston church shooting, but his legislative legacies will live on.
June 23, 2015

How Bobby Jindal, a Rising Star, Plummeted Back to Earth

As the Louisiana governor prepares to make his presidential run official on Wednesday, he's struggling to find support at home and nationally.
June 19, 2015

The Forgotten Governors Trailing the Presidential Pack

The increasingly large Republican field includes several governors (like Jim Gilmore) who are trying to make a comeback after being absent from politics for years.
June 2, 2015

Divided Legislatures Produce Gridlock, Not Compromise

In most states where Democrats and Republicans split control of the legislative chambers, getting anything done has been a struggle this year. But there is at least one exception.
June 1, 2015

A Win for Political Compromise

A primary challenge this week sent a message to politicians nationwide about how much freedom they have to step outside party lines.
June 1, 2015

The Story Behind the Prominent Rise of State AGs

The role of attorney general in states has evolved from policy enforcer to policy creator.
June 1, 2015

Rex Sinquefield: The Tyrannosaurus Rex of State Politics

Billionaire Rex Sinquefield's crusade to control Missouri politics sheds light on the power and limits of money in contemporary American politics.
May 29, 2015

Why States' Campaign Donation Limits Could Be in Jeopardy

A federal appeals court decided this week that states can only limit campaign contributions if they can somehow prove that they lead to corruption.
May 22, 2015

Is Kasich Conservative Enough for 2016 Republican Voters?

While other GOP presidential contenders will be touting their conservative policies, Ohio Gov. John Kasich would have to defend his.
May 11, 2015

Arkansas Cities Pass LGBT Protections That Defy State's New Discrimination Law

Local governments are likely headed for legal trouble after taking a stand against the state's new law that blocks them from banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
May 7, 2015

Mayor Martin O'Malley Versus Governor Martin O'Malley

Baltimore's unrest has cast a negative spotlight on the probable presidential candidate's tough-on-crime policies as mayor. But as governor, he left a liberal legacy on nearly every front.
May 5, 2015

In Arkansas, Huckabee Was a Believer in Big Government

Mike Huckabee may be one of the more conservative presidential candidates, but as governor, he expanded government programs and increased taxes.
May 1, 2015

Tracing Chris Christie's Fall From the Top

Once considered a "master of disaster" and frontrunner in the presidential race, the New Jersey governor is now neither.
May 1, 2015

Government Accountability? GOP Says No Thanks, Wisconsin

Republicans are attacking the state’s ethics board for engaging in partisan witch-hunts, particularly for its investigation of Gov. Scott Walker.
May 1, 2015

Lawmaking Behind Closed Doors Under Fire in States

As the saga of Hillary Clinton’s emails has shown the world yet again, looking like you might have something to hide immediately arouses suspicion.
April 29, 2015

The Next Baltimore?

Freddie Gray's death sparked the riots in Baltimore, but they reveal deep systemic problems that plague many American cities.
April 23, 2015

Lincoln Chafee's Not-So-Brag-Worthy Record as Governor

To the surprise of many, Lincoln Chafee, the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, joined the presidential race Wednesday.
April 15, 2015

What Not to Do When Asking Voters to Increase Their Taxes

Voters in a wealthy suburb of St. Louis rejected tax increases to fund schools last week.
April 15, 2015

Rick Perry Runs for Redemption

After stumbling off the stage during his last presidential run and being indicted on criminal charges, Texas’ longest-serving and possibly most influential governor wants to redeem his political career.
April 7, 2015

Now Seen as Moderate, Jeb Bush Governed Florida Like a 'Conservative Hurricane'

The latest presidential candidate cut government's role and taxes every year he was governor.
April 2, 2015

Do Protests Impact Whether and How People Vote?

History shows that large-scale protests are no guarantee for change.
April 1, 2015

The Battle for Alamo City

The San Antonio mayoral race is crowded.
April 1, 2015

Patience and Pragmatism Dominate Asa Hutchinson’s First 100 Days

For the first time in more than a century, Arkansas is completely controlled by Republicans. But the new governor has slowly and deliberately built bipartisanship in the legislature.
April 1, 2015

Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing

The nationwide pushback against the education standards hasn't been very successful.
April 1, 2015

Why Some Lawmakers Want to Abolish the 17th Amendment

Adopted in 1913, it took the job of electing U.S. senators away from state legislatures.
March 31, 2015

Foundation Funds Fresh Ideas for Urban Living

From "houselets" to "regional play days," the Knight Foundation is giving $5 million to people or organizations around the country with new ideas to improve cities.
March 19, 2015

College Cuts Clash With Calls for Better-Educated Workers

At a time when Obama is calling for free community college and governors want better-educated workforces, some states are considering big cuts to higher education.
March 16, 2015

Why 2016 Voters May Favor Governors Over Senators

With confidence in Congress at an all-time low, governors' distance from D.C. politics could help them win over some voters in the presidential race.
March 10, 2015

As State Civics Testing Grows, Critics Worry It's Not Fixing the Real Problem

Following Arizona's footsteps, states are starting to make students pass the U.S. citizenship test that immigrants take in an effort to create a better-informed citizenry.
March 1, 2015

Q&A With Jerry Abramson: States’ and Localities’ New Man in D.C.

The head of the White House Office of Governmental Affairs talks about his plans for the job and what to expect on the domestic front during Obama’s remaining time in office.
March 1, 2015

In Red States, Cities Can’t Win

The lack of urban legislators in Republican states means cities will have their concerns largely ignored or challenged.
February 18, 2015

Kate Brown Unlikely to Upend Oregon Politics

After succeeding embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber Wednesday, Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown is expected to pursue policies in line with her predecessors.
February 13, 2015

The Perils of Political Spouses: Kitzhaber's Not the First to Find Trouble

Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber, who's now resigning, is just the latest politician in a controversy involving his significant other -- a phenomenon some say will grow in the era of dual-career households.
February 11, 2015

Cities Confront Long-Neglected DNA Evidence in Rape Cases

With about 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide, officials at the federal, state and local levels are devoting new attention and money to reducing the backlog.
February 1, 2015

Do Cities Need Kids?

Seattle is one place that’s trying to figure that out.
February 1, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on the Meaning of ‘Legislature’

How it’s defined could impact state election laws from campaign finance to voter ID.
January 26, 2015

5 Reasons State House Speakers May Be Prone to Corruption

Sheldon Silver, who lost his job as one of the most powerful political posts in New York, is the fourth state house speaker to face legal trouble over the past year.
January 21, 2015

Obama State of the Union Addresses Domestic Issues

Despite making frequent calls for bipartisanship, President Obama delivered a State of the Union address that was clearly, and unsurprisingly, a call to arms in favor of Democratic priorities.
January 19, 2015

How Majority Parties Can Lose Leadership Positions in the Legislative 'Game of Thrones'

After winning majorities last fall, Republicans managed to lose leadership elections in New Hampshire and Washington state.
January 14, 2015

Are Pardons Becoming More Politically Acceptable?

Gubernatorial pardons have been in decline since the 1980s, but that appears to be changing as views evolve on rehabilitation and drug offenses.
January 1, 2015

Financial Pressures May Table Republicans’ Bold Initiatives

Republicans haven’t had this much power at the state level in almost a century. But budget constraints may temper their appetite for extreme policies in 2015.
January 1, 2015

Democrats’ Future Looks Grim

Republicans not only swept the states in the fall, they’ve been building up a team of candidates to climb the political ranks.
December 31, 2014

How Minorities Can Help America

With the nation's share of Asians and Hispanics expected to double in 40 years, the changes these rising minority groups are making to politics and society are only beginning.
December 26, 2014

The 'Politics of Self-Expression' Increasingly Divides Americans

In the last few years allegiance to political parties may have gotten stronger, making the work of governing much harder.
December 24, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Help Consumers, Hurt States

The price of oil has dropped by 40 percent over the past few months. Most oil states have money saved in permanent funds, but the drop in revenues is causing shortfalls already.
December 8, 2014

California's 'Game of Chicken' over College Tuition

Unlike nearly every other state, California lacks a central board that oversees higher education, pitting political leaders against university administrators. At issue now is a 28 percent tuition hike.
December 2, 2014

The Governor's Race That Still Isn't Over: Vermont

Vermont's election was so close that the legislature must decide who wins when it convenes next year. If it's Gov. Shumlin as expected, many question what he can accomplish with so many unpopular programs.
December 1, 2014

Message to Lawmakers: Say What You Really Think

A new study shows that when legislators make their stance on even controversial issues public, they convince people to join their side.
December 1, 2014

Why Some Politicians Don’t Win Higher Office

Candidates like Texas Sen. Wendy Davis and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald are examples of the Peter Principle: They were both successful, but both lost their campaigns for higher office.
November 21, 2014

Unions Rethink Strategy After Election Losses

Most of the candidates public-sector unions spent time and money supporting this fall were defeated, prompting leaders to question the effectiveness of endorsing any candidates at all.
November 12, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Limits on Race in Gerrymandering

The ruling in two cases challenging Alabama's legislative maps could have an impact on congressional and legislative maps across the country.
November 5, 2014

What All the GOP Wins Mean for Governors

Democrats hoped to have the upper hand when it came to races for governor. Instead, Republicans pulled off some unexpected victories.
November 5, 2014

Cities Embrace New Mayors, Liberal Policies

Voters in a number of cities chose new mayors and supported ballot measures that were either green or worker-friendly.
November 3, 2014

Will Bipartisanship Bring Down Alaska's Gov. Sean Parnell?

Republican Sean Parnell expected to be easily re-elected, but the joined forces of Democrats and Independents and his slow response to recent challenges have put him in jeopardy.
November 3, 2014

Tom Wolf May Win Pennsylvania Easy, But the Job Won't Be

Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf is sure to become the governor, but he's unlikely to get his way once he's in office.
November 1, 2014

The Progress and Promise of Pittsburgh's Turnaround

After years of decline, the city is making gains, and Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration represents a new brand of politics that’s moving into big cities across America.
November 1, 2014

City Hall Drama Takes Center Stage in New Play

An interactive show casts theatre-goers as participants in a city council meeting.
October 29, 2014

Why So Many Incumbent Governors Are in Political Peril in 2014

It's likely that more incumbents will lose next week than at any time since 1990.
October 28, 2014

In Florida Governor’s Race, Attacks Overtake Issues

The race between Gov. Rick Scott and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has been one of the year's most negative, dominated by personal attacks and enormous advertising budgets.
October 27, 2014

Why Illinois Has the Least Predictable Governor's Race in the Country

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who carries clear liabilities on his record, has kept the contest a dead heat by attacking his opponent.
October 22, 2014

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Hopes to Make History in November

Even though a majority of voters don't want the Republican re-elected, he may become the first U.S. governor elected with less than 40 percent of the vote -- twice.
October 17, 2014

Recall Survivor Scott Walker Faces Toughest Challenge Yet in November

The Republican governor of Wisconsin survived a recall election two years ago, but recent ethics scandals and attacks on unions may have wrecked his chances for a second term.
October 15, 2014

Can Obama Carry Dan Malloy across Connecticut's Finish Line?

A poor economy and tax increases in one of the wealthiest states have made the Democratic governor one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country.
October 13, 2014

Centrism Hurting Once-Popular Gov. Hickenlooper's Re-Election Hopes

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's decisions that once seemed like triumphs or smart compromises have turned off many voters.
October 8, 2014

Why Massachusetts Might Elect Another Republican Governor

In the bluest of states, Democrat Martha Coakley, best known for failing to win Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, is polling evenly in this year's race against Republican Charlie Baker.
October 6, 2014

Sam Brownback Has Made Enemies, May Lose Election

The Kansas governor's policies are starting to look too conservative even for one of the reddest states, giving opponent Paul Davis a slight edge.
September 29, 2014

With Millions to Give, Foundation Takes Urban-Improvement Ideas from Anyone

The Knight Foundation begins accepting applications for its new Cities Challenge program Wednesday. Unlike other competitive grant programs, anyone can apply.
September 25, 2014

Arkansas Is Likely the Next State to Turn Red

Arkansas' outgoing Democratic governor is one of the most popular governors in the country, but his successor may be a Republican he's already beat.
September 23, 2014

Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder Has Created an Opening for His Opponent

The self-proclaimed nerdy governor of Michigan has made some mistakes in the past few months that have turned his re-election race into a dead heat.
September 17, 2014

Kansas Democrats Seek to Oust Secretary of State Kris Kobach

The politician has long been a lightning rod for Democrats. This fall, they think they have a chance to beat him.
September 5, 2014

Andrew Cuomo Is Going to Win but Not with the Landslide He Wants

The New York governor is essentially guaranteed to win re-election but not by so much that he can secure his spot as a top contender for president.
September 1, 2014

From Vacant to Vibrant: Cincinnati’s Urban Transformation

How a lot of money and a little luck brought one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods back to life.
August 15, 2014

Leadership Lessons from Ferguson

The chaos that erupted after a police officer shot an unarmed black teen showcases the need for strong leadership and how law enforcement can lead best in communities where life is already a daily struggle.
July 1, 2014

How Millennials Can Make Their Mark on Unions

Younger workers can bring a new energy to organized labor. But if unions want to attract millennials, they’ll have to change some of their ways.
June 1, 2014

ALEC Goes Local

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is expanding its reach beyond the states to local governments.
April 1, 2014

Rural Areas Lose People But Not Power

Rural lawmakers are dwindling in number as people continue to migrate to metropolitan areas. But the battle between urban and rural politics is as big as ever -- and those out in the country may be winning.
March 1, 2014

Politicians’ “Peanut Butter Problem”

Government officials are intensely aware of the political need to spread out resources equally but doing so means there probably won’t be enough to make a major impact anywhere.
February 1, 2014

Texas’ Next Governor? Meet Wendy Davis' Opponent, Greg Abbott

The Attorney General is poised to beat Democrat Wendy Davis in the state's nationally watched and heated governor's race, but most Texans know very little about him.
January 1, 2014

Corporate Entrepreneurs Are at the Heart of Downtown Revitalizations

Private-sector actors are reshaping the center of some cities in ways local governments no longer have the ability to do themselves.
January 31, 2013

What China's Unique Urbanization Can Teach America

Nineteen of the 20 fastest-growing cities in the world last year were in China. For more from Governing's first-ever International Issue, click here.
December 28, 2012

Newbies Infiltrate State Legislative Chambers

Thanks to term limits and anti-incumbent fervor, half the lawmakers across the country have less than two years’ experience.
December 28, 2012

The Era of Divided Government is Over

For the first time in a long time, one party holds both the legislature and governorship in 37 states.
December 28, 2012

States Double Down on Incentives to Woo Companies

In the wake of the recession and the long, slow recovery from it, state and local governments have been even more eager to offer incentives to the few projects they have hopes of landing.
December 28, 2012

Teachers Rack Up Wins Against Reform Efforts

Education reform ideas that have generally received widespread support are experiencing pushback in the states, including some surprising places.
November 30, 2012

Rural Areas Lose More Legislative Representation

With fewer state lawmakers representing rural districts, issues important to rural areas may go unheard.
November 30, 2012

What Did the Stimulus Do for States?

Governing interviewed Time correspondent Michael Grunwald, who argues in his new book that the stimulus has had more influence on domestic policy than any other piece of legislation in decades.
November 30, 2012

When Will Governments Hire Again?

Even where the fiscal picture has brightened, state and local officials are understandably wary about taking on new obligations.
October 31, 2012

When Governors Don’t Play Nice

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn’t even bother working with the state Legislature. Does it matter?
October 31, 2012

One of the Most Segregated U.S. Cities Opens the Race Conversation

Cleveland has started a yearlong series of forums on race relations to educate citizens and city leaders.
October 31, 2012

In Vote-Counting, Human Errors Still Creep In

New York has been reluctant to embrace technology when it comes to counting votes. Could the state’s hesitation be the source for its recent election debacles? For full election coverage, go to Governing's Election Center.
September 28, 2012

Can You Separate Federal Issues from State Elections?

Many state candidates are asked less about their stance on issues affecting the state and more about federal matters they can do little about.
August 31, 2012

Transportation Plan? Atlanta Voters Say No Thanks

Voters in the Atlanta region rejected a ballot measure to raise sales taxes by a penny to fund some $6 billion in transportation projects.
August 31, 2012

Cloud Computing Taxes Up in the Air in States

A dozen states are debating whether they should and how they could tax cloud computing services.
August 31, 2012

Did Wisconsin End the Recall Wave?

Recalls have been on the rise. But after Gov. Scott Walker survived his election, two other high-profile recall attempts failed in Michigan and California.
August 10, 2012

More Incumbents Losing Grasp on State Legislature Seats

Voters aren't waiting until November to express their anger. With 14 states still to hold their primary contests, already 135 incumbent state legislators have lost their seats.
August 9, 2012

Pension Plan Changes Pose Challenges for Lawmakers

Lawmakers have become acutely familiar with the financial challenges caused by pension underfunding, and they're certainly aware of the political difficulties involved in trying to change pension formulas. But the legal hurdles involved in changing pension benefits can be formidable as well.
July 31, 2012

Counties: An Outdated Concept or the Future?

Hit harder by the economic downturn than either cities or states, counties are feeling pressure from all sides, leading many to reexamine county functions altogether.
June 29, 2012

Social Issues Overshadow Tennessee Legislative Session

Tennessee made a bid (again) to become the nation’s most socially conservative state by voting on bills regarding school prayer, sex education, climate change and abortion.
June 29, 2012

Los Angeles Transit Needs Taxpayers' Money to Rebuild

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking voters to pay a half-cent sales tax longer so he can finish his plans to improve the highway and subway systems quicker.
June 29, 2012

Does Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Save Money?

Seven states have enacted drug testing for welfare applicants in an effort to cut costs and combat fraud -- but it’s not clear the move does either.
May 31, 2012

The New Black South

After nearly a century of moving north, African-Americans are reshaping cities and suburbs in the South.
April 30, 2012

Governors Have 'The Best Job in Politics'

In his new book, political scientist Alan Rosenthal professes that no one gets what they want more than governors. Find out why.
April 30, 2012

Stockton, California’s Bankruptcy Makes 'Normal' Cities Nervous

Unlike many high-profile bankruptcies, Stockton’s financial woes are the result of many different factors that are not unusual for many localities.
April 30, 2012

Caucus System Cracks Revealed During 2012 GOP Primary Season

Several states were embarrassed by faulty counts in their caucuses, which are run by political parties rather than by public officials.
April 30, 2012

Citizens United’s Corporate Candidate

Now that private-sector groups are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money in state elections, who’s really running for office?
March 30, 2012

Wisconsin Recall Elections Draw Lots of Attention -- and Cash

The recalls of Gov. Scott Walker, his lieutenant and four state senators could top $100 million, but that's just a prelude to the fall when the parties will fight for control of the state House.
March 30, 2012

GIS Mapping Helps Frogtown, Minnesota Track Neighborhood Data

Residents use geographic info systems to learn more about where they live.
March 30, 2012

Grease Disposal Laws Target Thieves

California and Virginia have passed statutes to regulate the disposal of cooking grease -- a hot commodity because of the demand for biofuel -- to keep people from stealing it from restaurants.
March 30, 2012

Tuition? UC Riverside Students Say Bill Me Later

A student group called “Fix UC” suggests colleges take a share of each student’s salary for the first 20 years after they graduate.
March 30, 2012

Sunday Alcohol Sales Making a Comeback

In the last decade, 15 states have repealed so-called blue laws that banned Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor.
February 29, 2012

Kris Kobach Tackles Illegal Immigration

Kansas’ secretary of state is redefining immigration laws not only in his state, but in Arizona and elsewhere.
January 31, 2012

Conservatives Question the War on Drugs

Some surprising political figures like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have started questioning how effective U.S. drug policy is.
January 31, 2012

TED Prize Winner: City 2.0

For the first time, the TED Prize (which includes a cash prize) is being awarded to an idea, not a person. But cities will benefit.
January 31, 2012

Elected as a Democrat, Now Governing the City Like a Republican

Some liberal leaders are pursuing a conservative economic agenda.
January 31, 2012

Downtown Revitalization During a Recovery: Great Idea or Huge Mistake?

Only time will tell if Kansas City’s unusual and possibly risky move will pay off.
January 1, 2012

More State Workers Face Personnel Cuts

With the ballooning cost of benefits, a poor job market and more lean-government advocates in power, states are cutting personnel more than they have in the past.
January 1, 2012

In Kansas, It’s GOP vs. GOP

For years, there have been two kinds of Republicans in the Kansas statehouse: conservatives and moderates. This year, the conservatives want total control.
January 1, 2012

States Legislate in Response to News Headlines

In the current 24/7 news cycle, scandals often lead to bills in several statehouses.
November 30, 2011

ALEC Enjoys A New Wave of Influence and Criticism

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s conservative ideas are resonating in practically every area of state government. And its opponents aren’t happy about it.
November 30, 2011

Taxing the Rich Isn’t Always a Moneymaker

Several states increased taxes on the wealthy in recent years. The move brought in extra revenue but didn’t solve all of states’ budget problems.
November 30, 2011

St. Louis Wants to Control Its Own Police Force Again

In the nineteenth century, some states took control of local police forces. Today, St. Louis is the last big city whose force is still under state control.
November 30, 2011

America’s Least Active City Sits Down to Celebrate

After Lexington, Ky., earned the award for least active city, residents and the mayor took to the streets to boast their win in a Sedentary Parade.
November 30, 2011

California’s Money-Saving MVP

If finding ways to save money for a cash-starved state wasn’t enough, California’s Auditor Elaine Howle is adding the task of setting up a new redistricting commission to her to-do list.
November 30, 2011

Governments Abandon Fingerprinting for Food Stamps

Most states and cities stopped requiring that recipients be fingerprinted because it was costly and slowed the application process. New York City and Arizona are the last jurisdictions that still do it.
October 31, 2011

New Headaches for ‘No Child Left Behind’

New NCLB waivers may impact the classroom more than the old law they’re trying to escape did.
October 31, 2011

What Can Cities Learn from Wasps?

An evolutionary biologist adapts his theories to help local officials plan parks and improve schools.
October 31, 2011

States Cut Welfare Benefits -- Again

At a time when people need it the most, states are tightening work requirements, lowering payments and setting time limits for welfare recipients.
October 31, 2011

Can Redistricting Ever Be Fair?

Several states are setting up independent commissions in the hope of removing bias from the line-drawing process.
October 31, 2011

South Carolina Says It's a 'Great Day'

A new etiquette directive from Gov. Nikki Haley has state employees sounding more chipper.
September 30, 2011

Your Day in Court? Get in Line.

As San Francisco County closes more than a third of its courts, local lawyers are trying to find ways to raise more revenue.
September 30, 2011

South Carolina's Ethics Problem

Scandal and corruption have plagued Palmetto State politics for years. Some say it’s because it's virtually a one-party state.
September 30, 2011

Should Governments Start Borrowing Again?

The word "borrow" may be taboo still, but one economist says states and localities should take advantage of historic low interest rates.
September 27, 2011

Billionaires in the Classroom

Bill Gates and other philanthropists are reshaping public education policy with private cash. Can they succeed at making schools perform to their liking?
July 29, 2011

Light at the End of a Scandal

After six were indicted for underfunding San Diego’s pension system, the city made some changes to close deficits with the unions on their side.
July 29, 2011

Kansas City Businesses Want to End the ‘Economic Border War’

Businesses are tired of jumping across state lines for wasted tax incentives.
July 29, 2011

Will Education Cuts Lead to More Lawsuits?

States that are cutting their K-12 budgets by billions of dollars can expect more lawsuits, but they may not have an immediate impact.
June 30, 2011

Are the Unions Winning the Fight?

Governors and mayors say their workers are demanding unsustainable benefits. Union rebuttals are not turning the tide.
May 31, 2011

Fixing Bridges ... Or Not

The lack of money for bridge repairs is symptomatic of a larger problem: Transportation projects in general are going to slip behind.
May 31, 2011

States Roll Back Early Voting, Enforce Voter ID Laws

Democrats complain that GOP legislators are seeking to disenfranchise vulnerable groups of voters. Republicans say they're merely protecting the sanctity of the ballot.
May 31, 2011

Pink Slips Affect the Future of the Teaching Profession

Massive teacher layoffs have led to concerns that young people will shy away from entering the suddenly less-than-secure profession.
May 31, 2011

Rahm Emanuel Takes on Chicago

Chicago's Richard M. Daley is a tough act to follow. But Rahm Emanuel is determined to make his own mark.
April 29, 2011

New Governors Time Their Battles

Unpopular governors have good chances of winning re-election -- as long as they push their most controversial policies early on.
April 29, 2011

Detroit's Disappearing Population -- and Revenues

With the loss of 25 percent of its residents, Detroit could also lose its ability to levy higher income taxes.
April 29, 2011

Does the Popular Vote Matter?

While some states offer extra protection for statutes enacted by popular vote, legislatures can still overturn ballot initiatives in most states.
March 31, 2011

States Handing Off More Responsibilities to Cities

States are asking cities to take charge of more programs, but they may not provide enough support.
February 28, 2011

The Troubled State of Mental Health Funding

States have cut mental health funding by more than $2 billion. Things may get worse this year.
February 28, 2011

The Immigration Enforcement Divide

Legislators are trying to pass laws requiring immigration checks, but they're running into resistance from the people who would enforce them.
February 28, 2011

School Vouchers Are In ... Again

Different circumstances and a favorable political climate make school vouchers more attractive than before.
January 1, 2011

Voters to Decide Fate of Earnings Tax

Two Missouri cities may soon be facing a huge drop in tax collections.
January 1, 2011

The Increasing Opposition to the New Health-Care Law

Attorneys general in several states are seeking to overturn the federal health-care law.
January 1, 2011

Christie's Hands-On Approach With Local Government

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is playing an extremely active role in local government affairs.
June 1, 2010

Playing Dumb

Liability rather than serendipity is the focus of playground design. Some are trying to change that.
May 1, 2010

Death From Washington

Federal prosecutors are increasingly eager to invoke capital punishment--even in states that don't like it.
May 1, 2010

Greenhouse Shift

By one vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has altered the politics of air pollution.
May 1, 2010

Horrendous Honeymoon

It's hard to imagine a worse start than the one Nevada's governor is off to.
May 1, 2010

New Clout In a Big County

L.A. County supervisors have done something unusual--given up power voluntarily.
May 1, 2010

Property Dilemma

Florida property taxes badly need reform. But it has to be sensible reform.
May 1, 2010

King of Swing

In an all-but-deadlocked Montana House, iconoclast Rick Jore holds the balance of power.
December 31, 2009

In Wisconsin, Partisan Battles Rule the Legislature

In this January 2010 feature from our archive: State legislatures may not be as partisan as Congress, but they're getting closer.
November 30, 2009

The Standardizing of Classroom Standards

How well can Johnny add? Right now, states try to answer that question in troublingly disparate ways. According to one recent federal study, a fourth-grade...
November 30, 2009

Bending the Law on Slots

Gambling interests seeking permission to move into a state like to tell voters that neighboring states are already profiting from casinos and lotteries, so they...
November 30, 2009

California Voters and the Water Spigot

California has just enacted a huge and enormously complicated package of bills meant to put an end to the state's longstanding water wars. But the...
November 30, 2009

Local Government and Recall Fever

The printed agenda for meetings of the county board in Monroe County, Wisconsin, always reminds elected supervisors to wear name tags, because "it helps visitors."...
November 16, 2009

Weekend Update: Governors

Two big events in 2010 gubernatorial news this weekend. The first was Saturday's announcement by Kay Bailey Hutchison that she will not resign her U....
November 12, 2009

Suozzi Sounds Off

Politico blogger Ben Smith had an interview today with Thomas Suozzi, the Nassau County, New York, executive who is currently down 500 votes in the count ...
November 10, 2009

Spending Election Night Online

I have to admit that I'm a very late adopter. I'm a big music fan, but all my friends had iPods before I ...
November 4, 2009

For New York's Mayor, a Surprisingly Narrow Win

As the votes were counted in mayoral races across the country, the biggest shock of the night occurred in a race that turned out just...
November 3, 2009

Legislative Outcomes

Despite Chris Christie's win, New Jersey Democrats will maintain control of the state Assembly. It's clear that in Virginia, Republicans will add to ...
November 3, 2009

Gay Marriage Losing in Maine

The gay marriage repeal is leading, 52 to 48 percent. The count still has a ways to go but it's been the repeal side that's ...
November 3, 2009

Garamendi Holds Early Lead in House Race

John Garamendi, the Democratic lieutenant governor of California and a perennial candidate, holds an early lead in a special congressional election in Northern California. He'...
November 3, 2009

McGinn Up Early in Seattle

Environmentalist Mike McGinn is leading cell-phone executive Joe Mallahan in the Seattle mayor's race, but just barely. With 38 percent of precincts reporting, McGinn has 50.5 ...
November 3, 2009

Bell Wins in Toledo

Mike Bell, Toledo's long-time fire chief, has won election as mayor. Bell ran as an independent and defeated Democrat Mike Wilkowski. Bell will replace ...
November 3, 2009

Ravenstahl Wins Full Term

Luke Ravenstahl, the youthful mayor of Pittsburgh, took 55 percent of the vote today in his successful quest to win a full term. Ravenstahl became mayor ...
November 3, 2009

Norwood-Reed Runoff

In the Atlanta mayor's race, Mary Norwood has 43 percent of the vote, with 93 percent of the precincts reporting. She'll be headed for a ...
November 3, 2009

Elsewhere in Upstate

posted by Alan Greenblatt Stephanie Miner was elected as the first woman mayor of Syracuse today. Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings easily won a fifth term. ...
November 3, 2009

Rybak Looking Strong

For all the possible merits of instant runoff voting, it seems to be slowing down the count in Minneapolis. With just 11 percent of the vote ...
November 3, 2009

Christie Wins By 5

The vote counting is just about done in New Jersey. Chris Christie has taken 49.2 percent to Corzine's 44.4 percent, with Chris Daggett finishing at 5.6 percent.
November 3, 2009

Gay Marriage Slipping Behind in Maine

With 60 percent of precincts reporting in Maine, the yes votes for repeal of gay marriage are now ahead, 51.58 to 48.42 percent. More clear outcomes on tax ...
November 3, 2009

McDonnell's Crushing Win

Bob McDonnell's almost-final vote total in Virginia is 59 percent to Creigh Deeds' anemic 41 percent. For all the talk of a referendum on Obama (to ...
November 3, 2009

Houston: Headed to Runoff

The Houston mayor's race was always expected to go to a runoff, but there looks to be a surprising cast of characters in the ...
November 3, 2009

Cincinnati's Mallory Winning Second Term

Mark Mallory, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, looks like he's cruising to a second term. He's got 57 percent of the vote with 55 percent ...
November 3, 2009

Chris Coleman Reelected in St. Paul

Chris Coleman, who unseated a St. Paul mayor four years ago, won a second term in that office today. Coleman, a Democrat who recently ruled ...
November 3, 2009

Bloomberg's Narrow Win?

MSNBC has retracted its call of the New York City mayor's race, but The New York Times is still calling it for Bloomberg. With 89 ...
November 3, 2009

NY-23: Dem Up, Still Close

To make it a trifecta, Repubilcans are rooting for Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, to win the special congressional election in upstate New York. ...
November 3, 2009

Looks Like an Upset in Dayton

Counting has stalled at 98.7 percent of the precincts in Dayton, but challenger Gary Leitzell may have already run up an unbeatable lead against incumbent Mayor ...
November 3, 2009

New Florida Mayors

Tomás Regalado has triumphed in the Miami mayor's race, taking 72 percent of the vote. Fellow city commissioner Joe Sanchez has conceded. In St. ...
November 3, 2009

Norwood Ahead But Not Mayor

As expected, Councilwoman Mary Norwood is leading in Atlanta's mayoral contest. She has 47 percent of the vote, with 19 percent of precincts reporting. She would ...
November 3, 2009

NJ Gov: Christie Ahead

With 44 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Chris Christie is leading Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, 50 to 44 percent.
November 3, 2009

Maine: Gay Marriage Barely Ahead

With 22 percent of precincts reporting, Maine's ballot measure to repeal the state's gay marriage law is barely trailing, with 55,569 "no" votes ...
November 3, 2009

Other NYC Races

Despite apparently voting in a Republican for mayor for the fifth time in a row, New York City is otherwise living up to its bona ...
November 3, 2009

Bloomberg Wins Third Term

With just 17 percent of the precincts in and a close count so far, The New York Times is nonetheless calling the New York City mayor'...
November 3, 2009

A Real Race in Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Rhine McLin is ahead in her race for a third term, but not by much. With 80 percent of the precincts counted, McLin ...
November 3, 2009

Wasting No Time

At least six of the nine members of the Monroe County, Wisconsin, board were recalled last month. One may have survived, pending a recount of ...
November 3, 2009

Instant Runoff in the Twin Cities

Instant-runoff voting, in which voters would mark their first, second and third choices for an office, made its first appearance on Minneapolis ballots today. Over ...
November 3, 2009

Jackson Out in Front

Polls have just closed in Cleveland, where Mayor Frank Jackson is expected to cruise to a second term. He had outpaced his opponent, former city ...
November 3, 2009

A New Direction for Miami?

Polls are closed in Miami, which will elect a new mayor to replace Manny Diaz. It looks like it might be quite a replacement. Tomá...
November 3, 2009

That Was Fast

The Washington Post isn't calling the Virginia race yet, but one of their columnists in an online chat says "I believe McDonnell is ...
November 3, 2009

The Expectations Game

There's certainly no getting around the "referendum on Obama" idea. It's the only thing holding these disparate races together. "What ...
November 3, 2009

Wait Till Next Year

Marc Ambinder at, while dismissive about reading too much "meaning" into today's elections, looks ahead to 2010 and declares that races ...
November 2, 2009

Corzine-Christie: Last Round of Polls

Bunch of polls out today on the New Jersey governor's race: Monmouth/Gannett: Corzine 43, Christie 41, Daggett 8 SurveyUSA: Christie 45, Corzine 42, Daggett 10 Democracy Corps: Corzine 41, Christie 37, ...
November 2, 2009

Anticipating Hoffman Fallout

With Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman opening up a big lead (or smaller but still sizable lead) heading into tomorrow's special congressional election in ...
November 2, 2009

Are Third Party Candidates Viable?

Given public unhappiness with the two major parties -- which seems almost to be a constant in our politics -- the question always arises as ...
October 31, 2009

Miami's Visionary Zoning Plan

When it comes to building and construction, Miami has always been a wide-open town. That's about to change. Last month, the city council approved a...
October 31, 2009

Tribal Trouble in Tennessee

Given the limited number of Native Americans, it would be natural to expect that today's tribes would welcome the recognition of any new group with...
October 31, 2009

The Search for Interstate Cooperation

In desperate budget times, more and more local governments are turning to their neighbors, hoping to save money by sharing services and equipment. This kind...
October 30, 2009

Monroe County Wipeout

Lots of Americans are worried about keeping their jobs these days, but if you're Dennis Hubbard you have special reason to worry. Hubbard is ...
October 29, 2009

Latest SC Euphemism for Sex...

... is "going to the cemetery." Roland Corning, a former South Carolina state legislator, was fired from his job as a deputy assistant attorney ...
October 29, 2009

Another Former Rising Star

Erie County Executive Chris Collins was considered a rising star in New York Republican politics, talked up as a potential candidate for governor next year. ...
October 26, 2009

Republican Comeback in the Suburbs

Last year, when I wanted to write a story about how the suburbs -- especially older, inner-ring, dense suburbs -- were trending Democratic, I traveled ...
October 26, 2009

The United Not-States

There's been a debate of sorts in recent days in the liberal blogosphere on the question of whether states should be eliminated. Matthew Yglesias, ...
October 23, 2009

Bai's Take

Matt Bai has a very long and Corzine-centric but worthwhile account of the New Jersey governor's race in the New York Times magazine. Neighboring ...
October 23, 2009

Will Republicans Squander a House Seat?

Along with the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, the marquee race in the country is next month's special election for a ...
October 23, 2009

White House Sticks a Fork in Deeds

President Obama will campaign for Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, next week. But sensing his likely defeat, the White House is ...
October 22, 2009

Could Chris Daggett Win?

The latest poll in the New Jersey governor's race, this one from Eagleton-Rutgers, shows Jon Corzine, the Democratic incumbent, opening up a three-point lead ...
October 20, 2009

Why Deeds Is Losing

Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator who is the Democratic candidate for governor in next month's election, has never gotten his act together. He ...
October 20, 2009

Dayton Foreclosure Update

I wrote a cover story early last year on foreclosures, looking at Dayton, Ohio, to give a sense of what the effects were like in ...
October 19, 2009

Suburban Diversity

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University on Long Island will be hosting a big academic conference later this week on the increasing ...
October 16, 2009

New Jersey: Not Loving the Choices

Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie take turns holding slim leads in the latest polls in the New Jersey governor's race. According to ...
October 16, 2009

In the End, It Wasn't Close

As expected, A C Wharton Jr. was elected mayor of Memphis yesterday in a special election. Wharton had led all comers in polls but won ...
October 15, 2009

Branstad Getting Ready

Terry Branstad, a former four-term governor of Iowa, has been a little bit coy about plans to run again. But it looks like he's ...
October 15, 2009

Peterson Opens Campaign

Bill Peterson, a former majority leader in the South Dakota House, has formally launched his bid for Sioux Falls mayor. Peterson is the first to ...
October 14, 2009

Republican Momentum

It seems more than likely that Republicans will do better in next year's elections than they did in 2006 and 2008. And, while I'm deeply ...
October 14, 2009

Hyperlocal New Jersey

If you're following the news about the news, you've probably heard that many media companies are hoping to find successful niches in so-called ...
October 14, 2009

Postcard From New Mexico

I spent several days in New Mexico last week, speaking at the Council of State Governments' western regional meeting and enjoying much of the stunning ...
October 2, 2009

How Politicians Get Their Money

I was just talking with Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey about a legislative matter but since he's running for governor next year I asked ...
October 2, 2009

Smokers Need Not Apply

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. That doesn't mean they have to occur in the same place. Anne Gannon, the tax collector in ...
September 30, 2009

What is the Age of Responsibility?

Justin McNaull grew up in a hurry. By the time he was 23, McNaull had graduated from college, married and gone to work for his local...
September 30, 2009

For Louisiana's Governor, Jolts from Washington

No one really thinks of Bobby Jindal and Barack Obama as personal or even political rivals these days. But it seems like at every turn,...
September 30, 2009

Disappearing Dues in Kansas

Bankers, barbers and doctors in Kansas, who pay a fee to support the state organizations that monitors their professions, might want to take a close...
September 30, 2009

A Spending Spree in Kentucky

Like governments everywhere, cities and counties in Kentucky seem to realize that the current budget environment requires them to keep a close watch on spending....
September 30, 2009

Corzine Still Stuck at 39

A new Quinnipiac poll out today shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine still trailing in his reelection bid, but not by as much. Republican Chris ...
September 30, 2009

A Real Mensch

Pennsylvania state Rep. Bob Mensch easily won yesterday's special state Senate election. Our friends at the Republican State Leadership Committee say that Mensch's ...
September 29, 2009

Wharton for Mayor

AC Wharton Jr., our September cover subject, has been leading a big field in the Oct. 15 special election for mayor of Memphis. He won't ...
September 29, 2009

Polanski Case Deserves an Ending

I'll admit to feeling some ambivalence about the Roman Polanski case, but my bottom line is that if he's extradited and serves time, ...
September 24, 2009

Wilder Doesn't Endorse Deeds

Doug Wilder, the former Virginia governor and Richmond mayor, announced today that he will not endorse either candidate in this year's gubernatorial contest. Anita ...
September 23, 2009

Declining Democratic Enthusiasm

Thinking about this year's two elections for governor, one thing stands out -- Democratic voters have been lacking enthusiasm for their candidates. That seems ...
September 23, 2009

'Julie & Julia' and Bureaucrat Bashing

I finally got around to seeing Julie & Julia. No one told me how anti-government-work it is.
September 22, 2009

Where to Meet the Mayor

Before I went to Memphis for our September 2009 cover story on Shelby County, Tennessee, Mayor A C Wharton Jr., at least two people had told ...
September 17, 2009

Why Washington, D.C. Is Rich

To live in Washington, D.C., is to have friends and family in other parts of the country. And while talking to people I know ...
September 16, 2009

Passing on Rumors

The ironically titled "I Love You Gavin Newsom!" blog has a perhaps wishful post speculating that San Francisco's mayor will soon drop ...
September 16, 2009

Why Tourists Are Sustaining Local Culture

I've had the chance this year to visit Chicago and Memphis and in both cities I took in at least one blues show. Judging ...
September 15, 2009

Blogging Metros

One of the positive developments in the fracturing of the media world is that real experts are now blogging on just about every subject, obviating ...
September 10, 2009

Stateline's Take

Our friends at have posted their big preview piece on the two races for governor this year, in New Jersey and Virginia. In ...
September 9, 2009

Two Towns, One Street, One Way, Both Ways

This story is about a week old but it's too amusing not to pass on. In fact, I first heard about it on NPR'...
September 8, 2009

Corporate Cash Decision

I should have gone up there myself, but instead I've been waiting to read other people's accounts of the oral arguments in the ...
September 2, 2009

Kitzhaber Comeback?

Former Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon*, who served from 1995 to 2003 and has been promoting health care ideas ever since, ended any doubts by announcing ...
September 1, 2009

Corzine Still Losing

Two polls out today show continuing trouble for Jon Corzine, the Democratic governor of New Jersey, who is trailing his Republican challenger. According to Quinnippiac, ...
August 31, 2009

New Jersey's 'Non-Operating' School Districts

New Jersey has just 21 counties, but it has more than 600 school districts. Although merging small districts is a problem everywhere, New Jersey's system is so...
August 31, 2009

Abdicating the Budget Role to the Governor

Legislators in many states this year, faced with huge budget shortfalls and difficult choices, must have been tempted to just sign off on any plan...
August 31, 2009

In Memphis, a Plea for Regionalism

The mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee, is one of the relatively few local officials in America who regularly conducts business across state lines. As mayor...
August 31, 2009

Scandals at Home Weaken New Mexico's Governor

When federal officials let it be known that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson would not be indicted in the pay-to-play scandal that cost him a...
August 31, 2009

Perata's Prostate

Don Perata, a former California state Senate president who is running for mayor of Oakland, has been treated for prostate cancer, apparently successfully. Perata got ...
August 31, 2009

The Draft Mitch Movement

During his reelection run last year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels kept insisting that it was going to be his last election ever. And good on ...
August 31, 2009

Expensive Minnehaha Race

South Dakota state Sen. Scott Heidepriem is running for governor, which means that the race for his Senate seat next year will likely be the ...
August 27, 2009

Douglas Steps Down

James Douglas, Vermont's Republican governor, announced today that he will not seek a fifth term next year. Vermont is one of the bluest states ...
August 11, 2009

Deeds Mixes Things Up

The Virginia governor's race has been a sleepy affair since the two candidates won their nominations a couple of months back. For the first ...
August 10, 2009

Sanford Grounded

You probably saw the news last week that Jenny Sanford has moved out of the governor's mansion in South Carolina. Today, the Associated Press ...
August 6, 2009

Bad News for the GOP

Yesterday, I promised to post some bad news for the GOP, to leaven the good news. But maybe this isn't really news -- people ...
August 5, 2009

The Good News for the GOP

I'm going to have two posts about the prospects of the Republican Party today, one containing good news and one bad. As these things ...
July 31, 2009

A Call to Order

People complained for decades that the New York State Senate was dysfunctional. But that was before it shut down altogether. In April, a special committee...
July 31, 2009

Taming of a Deficit

San Diego just closed an $83 million hole in its budget and is looking at a shortfall conservatively estimated at $115 million next year. For a place...
July 31, 2009

Mind Your Meters

Parking has gotten worse in Chicago, and many see Mayor Richard Daley's decision to privatize parking meters as the culprit. Daley has been a privatization...
July 31, 2009

A Succession Question

South Carolina is one of the most Republican states in the country, but picking a successor to Governor Mark Sanford is going to be a...
July 31, 2009

Off to a Great Start

As expected, Kay Bailey Hutchison announced this week that she'll resign her U.S. Senate seat in order to challenge Texas Gov. Rick Perry ...
July 30, 2009

Watch Herenton Retire

Many people in Memphis have said lately that they'll believe long-time Mayor W.W. Herenton will retire when they see it. Well, you can ...
July 30, 2009

Cash-Strapped Zoo: "Give Us Money or the Gorilla Gets It"

I was up in Boston earlier this week, so of course I heard lots of talk about the Henry Louis Gates/Officer Crowley controversy. But ...
July 29, 2009

Who Resigns and Who Doesn't (Updated)

I've long been fascinated by the question of why certain politicians don't resign from office even when it's clear to all around ...
July 29, 2009

Stanley Resigns

A week ago, news broke that Tennessee state Sen. Paul Stanley had had an affair with a 22-year-old legislative intern in his office. Last night, ...
July 29, 2009

NCSL: Too Liberal?

The National Conference of State Legislatures' Grasscatcher blog, being a good sport, links to a Paul Rolly column looking at how legislators in Utah and ...
July 14, 2009

Check Your Gubernatorial Scorecard

Everybody who attends meetings of the National Governors Association wears a name tag imprinted with a photograph. Everyone, that is, except governors. But as governors ...
July 13, 2009

Memphis Musical Chairs

The Shelby County, Tennessee, Commission just voted, 8-0, to elevate Joyce Avery to the chair. Incumbent chair Deidre Malone had sought a second year, but ...
July 13, 2009

Obama's Urban Policy Gets Going

It's not getting much attention here in Washington, with all eyes on the Sotomayor hearing, but President Obama's Office of Urban Affairs held ...
July 9, 2009

NY Senate to Flip Again

The buzz around Albany this afternoon is that Democrats are about to regain control of the New York State Senate, breaking a month-long stalemate. Pedro ...
July 6, 2009

Destroy the Party in Order to Save It

David Frum makes a point similar to what I wrote about on Saturday. And yet - bitter irony - Palin's self-immolation today may yet do ...
July 4, 2009

GOP Running Out of Options

Remember the main dynamic of the GOP presidential primary season in 2007-08? It was like musical chairs. One candidate after another would emerge as the ...
July 4, 2009

Retreating, Not Advancing

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offers a sobering variation on the Peter Principle -- the idea that because talented people are usually promoted, they "rise ...
July 2, 2009

Sanford Saga: No Crime Involved

Saying his agency doesn't "intend to be used in a political battle about the governor," Reggie Lloyd, head of South Carolina's ...
July 1, 2009

Palin's Profile

Todd Purdum has published a lengthy piece on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- "the sexiest and riskiest brand in the Republican Party" -- ...
July 1, 2009

Under Pressure

Always finding new ways to look bad, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is backing away from a promise to release financial records relating to his ...
July 1, 2009

SC Senate President Calls for Sanford Resignation

Glenn McConnell, Senate President Pro Tempore, joins the chorus: "That decision is his alone. I do believe, however, that the Governor has lost the ...
July 1, 2009

Will Sanford Be Forced Out?

The number of Republican senators signing Majority Leader Harvey Peeler's petition for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to resign is up to 12, out of 27 ...
July 1, 2009

Resignation Drumbeat Deepens

If S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford hoped to quiet his personal controversy by laying out more of his past indiscretions, the strategy hasn't worked. ...
June 30, 2009

Coal-Fired Compromise

No one expected Mark Parkinson to pursue an aggressive agenda as governor of Kansas. When he took over on an interim basis in April, after...
June 30, 2009

Too Broke to Fix?

Fiscal shortfalls in the tens of billions of dollars are virtually an annual occurrence in California. But this year, the state's voters seem even more...
June 30, 2009

Stalled Trains

Transportation might seem like the one issue best suited for local, state and federal cooperation. No transit system is built without affecting the planning process...
June 30, 2009

Vacuum in Oakland

Ron Dellums never really wanted to be mayor of Oakland. He expressed doubts when civic leaders recruited him to run in 2006, and ever since then,...
June 30, 2009

Shortfall Shock

Given a climate of national recession, Maine's budget process went pretty smoothly in 2009. Despite some scary revenue shortfalls, the legislature passed a $5.8 billion budget bill...
June 30, 2009

Court Rules for Franken

Possibly ending the longest-running recount battle in memory, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of Democrat Al Franken in what looks to ...
June 30, 2009

Keep the Noise Down at Fundraisers

Officers from the San Diego County sheriff's department busted up a Democratic congressional candidate's fundraiser Friday, in response to a noise complaint from ...
June 30, 2009

Sanford Fuels Fire

Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post suggests that Mark Sanford's AP interview today, in which he admitted to non-line-crossing encounters with additional women and ...
June 30, 2009

McGreevey's Second Act

A blog called Shankbone outlines former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's good works: McGreevey volunteers at Exodus Ministries at the Church of Living Hope ...
June 30, 2009

Sanford Tells AP of Earlier Meetings With Chapur

AP has interviewed Gov. Mark Sanford: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his ...
June 30, 2009

Bauer Makes His Case

The State uses its turn to interview South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to profile the man and his career. Bauer confirms yesterday's news ...
June 29, 2009

Rudy Officially on the Fence

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says today maybe he will and maybe he won't run for governor next year. "I don't know if I'm ...
June 29, 2009

Sanford Lays Out Reasons for Not Resigning

Mark Sanford has posted an open letter on his Web site offering apologies and offering a spiritual explanation for staying in office. Immediately after all ...
June 29, 2009

Maybe He Can Go Hiking

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch says he'd consider furloughing himself as part of the state's budget-cutting efforts. "I think we are all ...
June 29, 2009

Sanford: Week Two Begins

The lead story in The State brings us up to date on the latest buzz on lawmakers wanting Gov. Mark Sanford to resign. As has ...
June 28, 2009

"Women?! Women?!"

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford tells the Associated Press today that he has considered resigning but won't. "Resigning would be the easiest thing ...
June 27, 2009

NYT: Jealous Boyfriend Source of Emails

New York Times : A business associate of Mr. Sanford's Argentine mistress said Friday that private messages between the two lovers had been sent anonymously to ...
June 26, 2009

Chris Christie's Ashcroft Connection

Chris Christie, the Republican nominee to take on New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine this fall, appeared before a congressional subcommittee yesterday to answer charges stemming ...
June 26, 2009

Setting a Good Example for the Boys

Washington Post : "I go back to this larger voyage we're all on, and so you take everything a day at a time," ...
June 26, 2009

Bauer, Knotts Refuse to Call for Resignation

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has issued a cagey statement that does not call for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign: However, do not look ...
June 26, 2009

"Puttin' Y'all in a Bad Spot"

AP is reporting that Gov. Mark Sanford wanted more time and meetings in Argentina during last year's trade mission, citing a state Commerce Department ...
June 26, 2009

Will Sanford Survive?

Here's a sure sign that the Sanford story may start cooling off: Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer tells The Associated Press in an interview this ...
June 25, 2009

More Calls for Resignation

I have to admit that when I heard the news about Sanford taking time out from an official trade mission to meet up with his ...
June 25, 2009

Hunting for the Governor

South Carolina state troopers didn't know where Sanford was during his absence and couldn't find out from staff, the Washington Post reports. The ...
June 25, 2009

Politico: Sanford Planned 10-Day Trip

Update: Gossip site TMZ quotes Guido's owner Carlos Soto as saying he's seen Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur in his place several times ...
June 25, 2009

Sanford Had Dalliance During Trade Mission

Every time I stick my neck out for this guy, more bad news follows. As noted earlier, Sanford went to Buenos Aires on a trade ...
June 25, 2009

Spartanburg Paper Calls for Resignation

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal calls for Sanford's resignation: Mark Sanford cannot navigate a deep and painful personal crisis and lead the state through its economic ...
June 25, 2009

A Previous Encounter?

On the misuse of funds watch, here's a tidbit from CNN: Sanford visited Argentina in June 2008 as part of a state-funded trade mission, according ...
June 25, 2009

Gov. Sanford: Don't Resign

Josh has a post over at Ballot Box suggesting that Sanford's viability, like that of any politician caught in a big scandal, depends on the depth of the reservoir of popularity and goodwill he may have enjoyed before getting caught out.
June 25, 2009

Sanford Mid-Afternoon Update

Gov. Mark Sanford has flown out to Sullivan's Island to be with his wife and sons, AP reports. That's a shot of a ...
June 25, 2009

Other Cheaters Weigh In

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey was booked on the Today show and says honesty is Sanford's best policy. Says McGreevey: "He can be ...
June 25, 2009

Emails May Have Triggered Confession

In its story today, The State of Columbia, S.C., indicates that although the paper had emails between Gov. Mark Sanford and his lover since ...
June 25, 2009

Paper Was Tipped About Flight

Gina Smith of The State has expanded her story from yesterday about her Atlanta airport interview with Gov. Mark Sanford, turning it into "how ...
June 24, 2009

Haley Erases Sanford

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer helped push the "Where's Sanford" story along, letting it be known that he was indignant that he hadn'...
June 24, 2009

Where's Sanford

SC Gov. Mark Sanford will hold a must-see news conference at 2 pm. I've been trying to keep on top of the twists and turns ...
June 24, 2009

Don't Miss the Emails

In case you're joining us late, another link to the emails between Gov. Sanford and "Maria" at The State.
June 24, 2009

CNN Interviews Tom Davis

Campbell Brown got an interview with Tom Davis, the South Carolina state senator and former top Sanford aide whom Sanford repeatedly apologized to during his confessional news conference.
June 24, 2009

Sanford's Appreciation of Argentina

DemConWatch notes that Sanford has traveled to and referred to Argentina quite often, including in two State of the States. hat tip: Ben Smith
June 24, 2009

Sanford Lied to Staff

From Sanford's post-news conference statement: I apologize to my staff. I misled them about my whereabouts, and as a result the people of South ...
June 24, 2009

Are Sanford's Enemies Working the Press?

A theme in our coverage here and on Ballot Box has been that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been the type of politician to ...
June 24, 2009

Here Come the Emails

The State has some of the emails between Gov. Sanford and Maria, the woman with whom he's had an affair. The paper has removed ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford's Wife: We're Separated

During his news conference, Sanford kinda sorta ducked the question of whether he and his wife Jenny are separated. South Carolina's first lady has ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Then and Now

Mark Sanford was elected to Congress as part of the "Republican Revolution" Class of 1994. If you were a reporter, he was always great ...
June 24, 2009

More Unresolved Sanford Questions

If I were a reporter in South Carolina, I would be tracking down Sen. Tom Davis and some of the other Sanford friends that the ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Fallout

If you scroll down, you'll see that I tried to be a willing dupe for Sanford as long as I could. I took his ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Resigns as RGA Chair

Update: Here's video of Sanford's announcement, if you missed it: 2:33 - Sanford announces he will resign as chair of Republican Governors Association, both ...
June 24, 2009

Live Blogging the News Conference

2:10 - hasn't started. crowded hallway space not good optics. 2:12 - someone just said, "guys, it's going to be about 15 minutes, just to ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Enemies Go to Town

South Carolina Sen. Jake Knotts, the lead whistleblower/critic of Gov. Sanford's disappearance, tells MSNBC: "Lies. Lies. Lies. That's all we get ...
June 24, 2009

Lessons in PR from Mark Sanford

If there's one thing Mark Sanford's trip down South America way illustrates, it's the notion that public officials need to get out ...
June 24, 2009

The Skeptics Were Right

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has spent the last several days in Argentina, he tells The State. Sanford said he had considered hiking on the ...
June 23, 2009

Where's Sanford Been Hiding?

Plenty of chatter questioning whether SC Gov. Mark Sanford really was on the Appalachian Trail during his absence from Columbia/duty. TPM has been on ...
June 23, 2009

Governors Gone Wild: Sanford's Not the First Governor to Go AWOL

The news that Gov. Mark Sanford had taken off without telling even his wife where he was -- and not letting Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer ...
June 22, 2009

Yet Another Bailout

The Supreme Court released its highly-anticipated decision in a voting rights case today. But the decision opens the door to further questions. It its 8-1 ...
June 18, 2009

But Will the Mormons Bankroll Them?

Opponents of Maine's new gay marriage law have hired the same PR firm that ran California's Proposition 8 last year to run their ballot ...
June 18, 2009

Separating Mayors From the Administration

In case you hadn't heard, pickets by firefighters angry over negotiations with Providence Mayor David Cicilline kept Vice President Joe Biden and other administration ...
June 18, 2009

Policy Making Through Budget Cuts

Everyone in government knows about the Washington Monument strategy. When budget times are tough, you threaten to shut down the most visible and popular programs ...
June 17, 2009

Backing the Conservative

Jim DeMint, a Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina, held a news conference yesterday to endorse Marco Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker who ...
June 17, 2009

The Whole World Is Twittering

The central role of Twitter in helping to organize the protests in Iran and getting news and pictures out of that country despite the ban ...
June 15, 2009

New York Senate to Flip Again

posted by Alan Greenblatt NY Times : ALBANY -- A week after Republicans wrested power of the State Senate away from Democrats, their thin majority appeared ...
June 14, 2009

The Tiananmen of Our Time

Events in Iran are well outside the scope of this space, but as a political blog it's impossible not to note the election there ...
June 12, 2009

Cities and Counties Find Common Cause

Fans of regionalism and metro cooperation will want to read a column that William Stafford has up on Stafford is president of the ...
June 8, 2009

VA-Gov: Democratic Primary Preview

With this year's hottest contest taking place tomorrow -- the three-way Democratic primary for governor between Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds -- ...
June 3, 2009

Coleman Comeback?

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement yesterday that he won't seek a third term has already triggered political maneuvering. Marty Seifert, the Republican leader ...
June 2, 2009

Pawlenty Not Running for Reelection

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce in about two hours that he will not run for a third term next year. Speculation turns ...
June 2, 2009

3rd Generation, 3rd State

Josh Romney, son of Mitt and grandson of George, tells the Deseret News he's looking at the soon to be vacant lieutenant governor slot ...
June 1, 2009

GOP to Pick Corzine Challenger

Today's marquee race is the GOP gubernatorial primary in New Jersey, where Chris Christie (to the right) and Steve Lonegan are squaring off for ...
June 1, 2009

Two for Number Two

Virginia attorneys general are more or less guaranteed to run for governor, but lieutenant governors are only slightly less likely to make the run. Outgoing ...
June 1, 2009

Tax What You Love

While I was in Arkansas recently to report this profile of Gov. Mike Beebe, I visited Searcy, where he practiced law for many years. Beebe ...
May 31, 2009

The Job of a Lifetime

Things were starting to go sour for Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Earlier this year, both chambers of the state legislature quickly passed a new 3-cent...
May 31, 2009

The Corzine Chase

Despite his abysmal poll ratings, it might be a mistake to rule out Governor Jon Corzine for reelection in New Jersey. This coming month may...
May 31, 2009

The Full-Count Press

With the census less than a year away, cities across the country are gearing up fast. Although the census is a constitutional responsibility of the...
May 31, 2009

Arne's Cashbox

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has something none of his predecessors have had: billions of dollars in discretionary funds. The question is whether they will be...
May 31, 2009

George Tiller Shot, Killed

George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who was one of the few physicians in the country to perform late-term abortions, was shot dead today as he ...
May 29, 2009

Virginia's Democrats

With the Democratic primary coming up, The Washington Post has been profiling the party's three major candidates for Virginia governor in recent days. (The ...
May 29, 2009

Lawn Chairs in Times Square

Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, posted this picture on his blog of Times Square, through which car traffic on Broadway is now ...
May 28, 2009

Rants Gets Ready to Go

Christopher Rants, a former speaker of the Iowa House, is making all the noises a prospective gubernatorial candidate might make, suggests the Des Moines Register.
May 27, 2009

Mitch Daniels, Rising Star

My friend Matt Tully of the Indianapolis Star notes the trend of national media turning its attention to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a potential ...
May 26, 2009

Bloomberg's March to a Third Term

Ben Smith links to news reports suggesting that Congressman Anthony Weiner will get out of the New York City mayoral race.
May 18, 2009

Big Cities Still Attract

Creative class guru Richard Florida is guest blogging in Andrew Sullivan's space this week. His first entry ponders where college grads, facing an uncertain ...
May 15, 2009

Huntsman Shocker

AP is reporting that President Obama will name Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican, his ambassador to China on Saturday. Huntsman has been mentioned ...
May 14, 2009

Hendren Keeps Digging

From TPM: Arkansas state Sen. Kim Hendren, who is currently the only announced Republican candidate for U.S. Senator against Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln in 2010, ...
May 13, 2009

Sink Makes It Official

Alex Sink, Florida's CFO and the expected Democratic nominee to succeed Gov. Charlie Crist, has made her race official. From her statement: Today, I'm ...
May 13, 2009

California, Prepare to Borrow

The Sacramento Bee has a story up predicting low turnout for next Tuesday's special election, when California voters will decide the fate of a ...
May 13, 2009

State Budgets Get More Grim

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has updated its report on state budgets. Not surprisingly, the news is pretty bad. According to the Center, ...
May 12, 2009

Crist Scrambles the Field

Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to run for Senate will create a free-for-all in Florida politics next year. State Attorney General Bill McCollum (pictured), CFO ...
May 12, 2009

Corzine's Chances

I've been talking with people in New Jersey about the governor's race there. Among lobbyists, pundits and other observers, there's a pretty ...
May 11, 2009

Crist Gets In

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will announce tomorrow that he is running for the U.S. Senate, raising Republican expectations of holding onto that seat. As ...
May 7, 2009

Ridge Says No

Tom Ridge, the former governor and Homeland Security secretary, has decided against running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter.
May 7, 2009

Hard to Call

I talked this morning with Clay Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, about the New Jersey Republican gubernatorial primary coming up next ...
May 7, 2009

Palin Poll Drop

Via Ben Smith: A new poll from Hays Research in Anchorage says Gov. Sarah Palin now has 54 percent positive and 41. 6 percent negative rating in Alaska. ...
May 6, 2009

Steele's Troubles Mount

posted by Alan Greenblatt You know you're in a bad position where your worst criticism comes from your nominal allies. That's the position ...
May 6, 2009

Politicians on the Court

I realize that headline, appearing today, might make you think I'm talking about former hoopsters turned mayor, with Dave Bing taking over in Detroit ...
May 5, 2009

Gay Marriage Momentum

I have a piece in our May issue about how the political dynamics have shifted on the question of same-sex marriage, with momentum suddenly on ...
May 4, 2009

Speaking of Pennsylvania

Despite expectations that Pat Toomey would have a clear shot as the GOP nominee to take on Arlen Specter in the fall of 2010, there's ...
May 4, 2009

Problems for Pennsylvania Republicans

Terry Madonna, a Franklin and Marshall political scientist, along with strategic consultant Michael Young, pivots off Arlen Specter's defection to look at the deeper ...
May 4, 2009

Safe and Sorry

Martin O'Malley is looking good for a second term as governor of Maryland, despite the downturn and his record as a tax-increaser. The state ...
May 1, 2009

"A Bureaucratic Nightmare"

Dayo Olopade, a reporter with The Root Web site, has written a story suggesting that President Obama's Office of Urban Affairs, and his urban policy ...
April 30, 2009

Gay Rights: The Not-So-Lethal Issue

Last month, the Iowa Supreme Court threw out a state law banning gay marriages, while the Vermont legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto to allow same-sex...
April 30, 2009

A Little Bit of Gun Control

A flurry of gruesome shootings nearly always brings the issue of gun control back into public debate. That's happening again, in the wake of cop...
April 30, 2009

Slumping Slots

Gambling proponents typically overstate the amount of revenue that lotteries and casinos will generate for state treasuries. But the numbers rarely fall as far short...
April 30, 2009

Virginia Firebrand

Jeff Frederick won't give up. Ousted as chairman of the state Republican Party last month, he may seek the post again at the party convention...
April 30, 2009

The Time Has Come for National Standards

State education officials have adopted a new mantra: "Fewer, clearer, higher." The term refers to education standards -- what each state feels its ...
April 29, 2009

NJ: Christie No Longer a Lock

It seemed certain heading into the year that Chris Christie, the former U.S. attorney who has convicted more than 100 New Jersey politicians, would be ...
April 29, 2009

"I'm Calling About My Light Bill"

The Washington Post ran a long article about Greenwood, South Carolina, looking at how the community is faring thus far in the age of Obama (...
April 28, 2009

Hollow Gesture

State Sen. Roy Ashburn, one of six Republican legislators who voted for California's tax-raising budget deal, has become the first official target of a ...
April 28, 2009

Now, That's Harsh

One of today's popular apocalyptic fantasies is to imagine the world without human beings. This premise has been the subject of a bestselling book ...
April 28, 2009

Journalism Implosion Watch

Only one of last week's Pulitzer winners had already been laid off. Here's this week's early winner for the cheap irony award ...
April 21, 2009

Schwarzenegger Sells Access

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is selling seats to a pair of fundraisers at his Brentwood home for donors willing to cough up six-figure checks, the ...
April 14, 2009

How the Accidental Governors Are Faring

The nation currently has three "accidental governors." Each came to power because of a vacancy. Each inherited a big budget mess. Now all of them ...
April 13, 2009

Weekend Reading

The least surprising headline in yesterday's Washington Post was bannered across the top of the front page: "At Nationals Park, District of Dreams ...
April 9, 2009

Conway's In

Just got the release from Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, that he's officially in the race for Senate. Conway's a Democrat and ...
April 9, 2009

Demanding Assimilation

The Texas legislature is debating voter identification requirements. Republican State Rep. Betty Brown thinks Asians would make the whole process a lot easier if they'...
April 7, 2009

SWAT Regulation

Last night, the Maryland Senate unanimously cleared a bill for Governor O'Malley's signature that would allow the state to oversee local deployment of ...
March 31, 2009

Obama and the Cities

For the past 40 years, through the Great Society initiatives of Lyndon Johnson, the Enterprise Zone programs of HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, and the Hope VI...
March 31, 2009

Digging for Dollars

It's boom time for grant writers. Cities across the country are lining up to collect their share of the $787 billion federal stimulus package, and they're...
March 31, 2009

Tanks for the Memories

The gas tax is, as you may have heard, about to run out of gas. It's not hard to see why this is happening. Motorists...
March 31, 2009

Wild West Budgeting

It's like one of those thrillers where one thing blows up after another. Trying to patch big holes in the state budget earlier this year,...
March 31, 2009

Just Say No. Then Shut Up.

A three-quarters majority is required to raise taxes in Arkansas, but the legislature has done it twice in the past year. How did that happen?...
March 25, 2009

Anyone Can Clean Up Litter

Will Kempton, California's transportation chief, said that the state can't bar a group from its Adopt-a-Highway anti-litter program based on distaste for the ...
March 19, 2009

Mayors Want Service

Lots of mayors support a proposal, which the U.S. House approved yesterday, to expand national service programs. The bill would boost the number of ...
March 18, 2009

Reid Running

I'm not one to get much worked up about media bias but I've certainly noticed that as more and more journalists seek professional ...
March 18, 2009

We Don't Get No Stinking Chiefs of Staff

This year's Washington meeting of the National League of Cities was all about the love from the Obama administration. Multiple cabinet secretaries addressed the ...
March 3, 2009

More Bad News For Paterson

I just got a poll from Marist on New York Gov. David Paterson, our March cover subject. Not looking too good: New Yorkers are sending ...
March 2, 2009

How to Select Judges

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case tomorrow regarding conflicts of interest for judges. The case resolves around a West Virginia justice who ...
March 2, 2009

Government Uncovered

Yesterday's Washington Post was filled with stories about the decline of the newspaper business, with two stories touching directly on state and local government ...
February 28, 2009

A Metro View

I talked with Steve Heminger, head of the Bay Area's regional transportation agency and a member of a bipartisan commission that recommended overhauling the federal...
February 28, 2009

Intense Rheeaction

As superintendent of schools in Washington, D.C., Michelle Rhee has become the most celebrated - and controversial - schools chief in the country. Her...
February 28, 2009

Austin's Surprise Speaker

Everybody in the Texas House of Representatives knew Joe Straus was one of its brightest newcomers, but nobody expected him to become speaker this year...
February 28, 2009

Predators' Reprieve

Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act in 2006 to create uniform national tracking standards for sex offenders. President Bush signed it amid White House fanfare. But...
February 26, 2009

Drip, Drip, Drip...

Chicago Sun-Times: The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...
February 26, 2009

I Knew Installing a Water Park Was a Mistake

I just read a story about a man charged $27,000 in Internet access fees for watching a football game on his laptop. That's nothing. Yesterday, ...
February 26, 2009

Medicare Scare

For all their problems paying for Medicaid, state employee health benefits, SCHIP and retiree plans, the one source of soaring health costs states don't ...
February 25, 2009

What Jindal's Fall Says About Politics

I'm going to reserve judgment about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's performance last night in response to Obama's speech. But I'd be ...
February 25, 2009

Can Congress Change Infrastructure Policy?

Much of the National Governors Association's winter meeting here in Washington this past weekend was devoted to discussions about infrastructure. The message out of ...
February 23, 2009

No on Taxes

One of the political dynamics that's fascinating to watch right now is the Republican Party's adamant refusal to raise taxes despite the enormous ...
February 19, 2009

Is This The Onion?

Michael Steele, the Republican Party chairman, recognizes that the GOP needs to retool his image. Judging by the interview he gave to the Washington Times, ...
February 18, 2009

Not All Schools Are Created Equal

The Washington Post ran a story the other day that was quite revealing about the politics of school closures. Everyone knows it's politically difficult ...
February 17, 2009

Burris As Bad Acorn

Drip, drip, drip goes the Roland Burris saga. After denying he raised funds for Rod Blagojevich, now he says he did. Or he tried. But ...
February 9, 2009

Assessing the Republican Strategy

About 10 days ago, I attended part of the Republican National Committee's winter meeting here in Washington. I talked only to a fraction of the ...
February 9, 2009

Special Election Tomorrow

Bowling Green, Kentucky, residents will go to the polls tomorrow to pick a new state senator to replace Brett Guthrie, who's been elected to ...
February 9, 2009

Not Quite Blago

Corruption charges against former Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila never quite caught the public's imagination the way Rod Blagojevich's did, although they ...
February 5, 2009

Can Christie Win?

Quinnipiac has a poll out showing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey trailing Republican Chris Christie, 44 to 38 percent. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post ...
February 2, 2009

Readings Elsewhere

I suppose it would be the bloggy thing to link to a piece I had in yesterday's Hartford Courant about the indictment of Mayor ...
January 31, 2009

Getting to Know You

There's a joke in Georgia about what folks in different cities ask strangers as a conversation starter. In Atlanta, people are likely to ask, "What...
January 28, 2009

Get the Popcorn Ready

As the Illinois Senate prepares to wrap up Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial tomorrow, the governor has made a surprise request to make a ...
January 27, 2009

Eddie Perez Starts His Long Fall

Mayor Eddie Perez probably won't be going on "The View" and talking over his legal troubles with Barbara Walters. But it appears he's going to ...
January 15, 2009

Mayor, True to His Team, Changes His Name

The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in the AFC title game. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl found that, under the circumstances, he ...
January 12, 2009

Rendell on Building Well

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has made infrastructure the centerpiece of his presidency of the National Governors Association and, along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and ...
January 8, 2009

Minorities Coming to Power

The Denver Post records a notable moment: History caught up with Rep. Terrance Carroll on Wednesday morning as the rising political star became the first ...
December 31, 2008

Reformer in Power

If you want to understand how Joe Hackney operates as speaker of the North Carolina House, it's worth thinking about the other things that he...
December 30, 2008

Confronting Carbon

California lawmakers are finishing another ordinary year. Once again, their budget is a mess, with lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arguing about how to close ...
December 29, 2008

Is Caroline Kennedy That Bad?

The Caroline Kennedy boomlet has been pretty interesting to watch. Some people are outraged that a person with no prior record in public office considers ...
December 29, 2008

Some Nerve

You might have missed this story over Christmas. James Marzilli Jr. was a long-time veteran of the Massachusetts legislature. But this year, he decided not ...
December 29, 2008

After Kwame

Quite a few major cities will be electing mayors in the coming months. But the stakes may be highest in Detroit, where voters will go ...
December 23, 2008

Moving South and West

Politico notes that reapportionment after the next census will continue longstanding trends, with more congressional seats moving to the South and West. The study, from ...
December 22, 2008

Who's Best for the Salazar Seat?

Colorado has been a funny place in Democratic politics. It was pretty Republican just a few years ago, but now the Democrats have everything -- ...
December 19, 2008

Grim Headline

Here's the darkest headline I can remember seeing on a press release: Cities Officials Hold the Worst Outlook in the Nation's Direction in ...
December 17, 2008

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Blago Challenge

The Illinois Supreme Court has refused, without comment, to hear state Attorney General Lisa Madigan's petition that Gov. Rod Blagojevich be removed due to ...
December 16, 2008

GOP Field Opens Up in Michigan

Yesterday, Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra announced he won't be seeking reelection in 2010. Most people expect him to run for governor instead. With Democratic Gov. ...
December 16, 2008

"Smells Like Nixon and Watergate"

Gawker : In 1980, a vacationing Rod Blagojevich camped in front of Richard Nixon's home, with a friend, until the pariah ex-president emerged and this picture ...
December 16, 2008

Splitting the Difference With Duncan

Barack Obama managed to find someone acceptable both to teachers unions and the education "reform" crowd with his selection of Arne Duncan, the ...
December 15, 2008

SNL Lands Low Blows

Here's "Saturday Night Live's" strikingly offensive skit featuring Fred Armisen playing New York Gov. David Paterson: Paterson has objected to the ...
December 12, 2008

Blagojevich Aide Resigns

AP reports that John Harris, chief of staff to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and his alleged co-conspirator, has resigned.
December 12, 2008

State Senator: Blagojevich Shakedown Common Knowledge

New York Times from yesterday: In a rare firsthand account of how Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, went about the selection process, an Illinois state ...
December 12, 2008

Denham for LG

Add to the What Doesn't Kill Me Makes Me Stronger file: Sacramento Bee: Republican Sen. Jeff Denham, whose statewide profile grew during the failed ...
December 11, 2008

Tobacco Turns Into Porn

The British government plans to force merchants to keep cigarettes and other tobacco products under the counter and ban their public display. If this policy ...
December 10, 2008

Jindal: Count Me Out

AP: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he's not interested in a 2012 Republican presidential bid and will seek a second term as governor in 2011. ...
December 10, 2008

Bad News for George Ryan

Reading Newsweek last night, I was struck by a little piece rating the likely odds that some high-profile offenders would receive late pardons from President ...
December 10, 2008

Blagojevich Reaction

Reaction to the alleged crimes of Rod Blagojevich has been unusually strong -- not surprisingly. John Kass: Political corruption in the state that has made ...
December 10, 2008

Granholm to Energy?

More state and local officials joining the Obama caravan to Washington, according to The Wall Street Journal: WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley ...
December 10, 2008

NY Senate Deal Back on Life Support

A week ago, it appeared that New York State's Senate Democrats had finally made a deal with their renegade caucus members, allowing them to ...
December 10, 2008

Obama Calls for Blagojevich to Step Down

TPM: The President-elect agrees with Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the Governor to effectively do ...
December 10, 2008

No Quick Solution

The NY Times' round-up story on Blagojevich includes this paragraph about a bill to take appointment powers to the Senate away from the governor: Cindy ...
December 10, 2008

If He Won't Quit...

If Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't quit and the legislature fails to impeach him, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan is threatening to take him ...
December 10, 2008

The Most Corrupt States

Lots of news outlets take up FBI Agent Robert Grant's implicit challenge to figure out whether Illinois is the nation's most corrupt state. ...
December 9, 2008

Fresh Start for Siegelman?

Amidst today's Blagojevich hubbub, it's easy to overlook Don Siegelman's appellate hearing today. The former Alabama governor has already been released from ...
December 9, 2008

Rahm: It Wasn't Me

Talking Points Memo cites a source "close to" Rahm Emanuel denying stories that Obama's chief of staff and outgoing Chicago congressman had ...
December 9, 2008

Change to Win's Statement

The union where Blagojevich wanted to work has put out a statement: "No one connected with Change to Win ever considered, discussed or promised ...
December 9, 2008

Rich Miller Asks Some Good Questions

The Capitol Fax Blog is one place I'll be checking in coming days for further news on the Blagojevich front. Rich Miller asks three ...
December 9, 2008

Not Learning From History

Just yesterday, Rod Blagojevich said at a press conference that he was not troubled by reports the feds were recording him: If anybody wants to ...
December 9, 2008

What Does Obama Do With Fitzgerald?

Today's criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich raises the question of the future of his prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is not only ...
December 9, 2008

Is There Something Different About Illinois?

"If it isn't the most corrupt state, it's certainly one hell of a competitor." -- Robert Grant, FBI, 12/9/08 Rod Blagojevich is ...
December 9, 2008

Blagojevich's Downfall

Although shocking, the news that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested this morning along with his chief of staff was not all that ...
December 5, 2008

California AG Field Shaping Up

Republican state Sen. Tom Harman has filed papers to run for attorney general in California, the Sacramento Bee reports. Several politicians are looking at the ...
December 5, 2008

Another Recount

A final result is due Sunday in an Indiana state House seat in Warren and Tippecanoe counties. Twenty-six votes separate Republican Randy Pruitt from Democrat ...
December 5, 2008

City Council Weighs in on Torture

John Yoo provided the legal justification and framework for the Bush administration's torture policies as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, but he ...
December 4, 2008

Spitzer Rehab Watch

Since writing one piece for the Washington Post led to speculation that his political career could be revived, is it any wonder Eliot Spitzer has ...
December 4, 2008

How to Replace a Senator

Impatient with Rod Blagojevich's "dilly dallying" in picking a replacement for Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, Chicago Tribune columnist Eric ...
December 3, 2008

State of the VA Race

The four leading contenders to succeed Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine in next year's election appeared at their first forum yesterday in Richmond. Attorney General ...
December 3, 2008

Jeb May Run for Senate

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Politico he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.
December 2, 2008

Can She Unseat a Second Murkowski?

Will Sarah Palin -- who campaigned for Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia yesterday -- seek a Senate seat of her own? That has seemed less ...
November 30, 2008

Squeezing the Cops

These days, even cops can't get immunity. Given state and local budget woes, governments are taking a serious look at cutting programs they'd rather hold...
November 24, 2008

The Curse of Corporate Sponsorship

Unlike my colleague Chris Swope, I still am uncomfortable with the whole trend of corporate naming rights -- naming stadiums and high school hallways after ...
November 21, 2008

Daily City's Hometown Pride

Daily City was featured in Life magazine in the 1950s as a classic postwar suburb (see image).
November 20, 2008

Jan Brewer, Arizona Secretary of State

Learn about Jan Brewer, Secretary of State for Arizona and possibly its next Governor.
November 20, 2008

Nepotism Central

I just got a press release from the Democratic Governors Association announcing, "Glendening Named DGA National Political Director." Naturally, I thought at first ...
November 20, 2008

Obama May Tap Napolitano

The cabinet pick trial balloon du jour is Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security. The AP story quotes Napolitano's remark that building a 50...
November 20, 2008

Napolitano's Successor?

I put up a very quick sketch on our other blog of Jan Brewer, the Arizona secretary of state who would fill Janet Napolitano';s ...
November 20, 2008

Waxman Beats Dingell

Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, has ousted John Dingell as chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. This has repercussions for state ...
November 19, 2008

The Election's Nearly Over

It looks like Missouri finally falls into the McCain column, leaving Obama with a total of 365 electoral votes. With Begich the winner over Stevens, that ...
November 19, 2008

Palin At Home and Nationwide

Anchorage Daily News: As Sarah Palin settles back into her job as the state's chief executive, a new ethics complaint filed Tuesday says she'...
November 18, 2008

Voting for a Full Slate

An analysis by the Nashua Telegraph shows that most people voted for candidates all the way down the New Hampshire ballot on Nov. 4, putting to ...
November 18, 2008

Can Spitzer Stage a Comeback?

Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal and resignation as New York governor seem like a long time ago now, but it was just this past May. ...
November 18, 2008

Christie Gets Ready

Chris Christie, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, has announced that he's leaving his post on Dec. 1. All signs indicate that he'll ...
November 17, 2008

Weingarten Willing to Talk

The election of Randi Weingarten as president of the American Federation of Teachers this past summer signaled a greater willingness from that union to accept that new ideas and education "reforms" are inevitable.
November 13, 2008

Anchorage Mayor, Giant Slayer

At some point yesterday, it became clear that Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich had erased Ted Stevens' election-night lead in their Senate race and was ahead ...
November 13, 2008

How Do Republicans Rebuild?

I confess that I haven't read all the many, many articles and blog posts wondering whither the GOP, but I've seen enough to ...
November 12, 2008

Prusi Takes the Helm

Michigan Senate Democrats have elected Mike Prusi as their new leader. His predecessor, Mark Schauer, is coming here to Washington after a successful congressional run. ...
November 12, 2008

GOP's Southern Success

The South was for Republicans last week what the rest of the country was for Democrats. Republicans made some gains in state legislative seats leading ...
November 12, 2008

Farewell, Reagan Democrats

Stan Greenberg, the pollster who made his name studying the Reagan Democrats of Macomb County, Michigan, had a piece in the NY Times the other ...
November 11, 2008

More Women Than Ever

More women than ever have been elected to state offices, according to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers. There will now by 1,784 ...
November 11, 2008

IA House GOP Picks New Leader

Yesterday, Iowa House Republicans replaced Minority Leader Christopher Rants with Kraig Paulsen. Iowa Defense Alliance: This is the first step of what is shaping up ...
November 11, 2008

Upcoming PA Leadership Fight

One certain leadership fight will take place next week in the Pennsylvania House. Democrats expanded their majority from one seat to five so they'll ...
November 11, 2008

Val Kilmer for N.M. Gov?

Actor Val Kilmer tells the New York Post that he's thinking about running for governor. "I know I'm not yet qualified for ...
November 11, 2008

Where Michigan Dems Gained

Michigan Liberal chews over the results of state legislative contests, noting that Democrats added to their House majority through big gains in the Detroit area, ...
November 11, 2008

Recriminations in Florida

Democrats made almost no gains in the Florida legislature last week, despite Obama moving the state into the Democratic win column. Florida is home to ...
November 10, 2008

Can Obama Corral Congressional Dems?

We've been negligent in not linking to a column our own Alan Ehrenhalt published today in The New York Times. He offers a reminder ...
November 10, 2008

Can Rudy Save NY GOP?

New York Republicans facing the wilderness after the loss of the state Senate are hoping that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani will step in and ...
November 10, 2008

Palin Speaks

Gov. Palin will be on Fox with Greta Van Susteren tonight. Meanwhile, the Anchorage Daily News has put up its interview with the governor, in ...
November 10, 2008

Purpling of the Exurbs

Pace Josh, Charlie Mahtesian notes that Obama made significant inroads in the nation's fastest-growing counties, which were formerly near-pure Bush territory: Four years after ...
November 7, 2008

Obama's Urban Policy

London's Center for Cities lays out likely highlights in urban policy from an Obama White House.
November 7, 2008

Hope for the GOP?

With modest gains Tuesday building on their sweep in 2006, Democrats are nearly back where they were in terms of state legislative seats in 1994, before that ...
November 6, 2008

More Polarized?

Scattered notes on red and blue America: It looks like only eight states are going to have divided legislatures, where the two main parties each ...
November 6, 2008

Spitzer Walks

AP reports that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will not be charged in the prostitution case that led to his political downfall: "In ...
November 6, 2008

McCain Country

Ben Smith and other bloggers are starting to post some interest maps. He compares the two below. The first shows counties where McCain did better ...
November 6, 2008

Palin Revisionism Watch

Newsweek reports that Sarah Palin and her family were not as frugal as she claimed: One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin ...
November 6, 2008


A point we've been writing about this year -- that the suburbs are going more Democratic -- appears to have been borne out by ...
November 6, 2008

Gordon Smith Concedes

Gordon Smith, Oregon's Republican senator, has conceded, meaning Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley will be coming to the U.S. Senate. NCSL updates the ...
November 6, 2008

Turnout in Alaska and the Nation

Shannon Moore, a Democratic blogger in Alaska, questions official figures that show turnout was down this year in the state. (Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan) This, ...
November 6, 2008

Well, That Makes More Sense

Everyone I've talked to about why Bev Perdue was able to prevail in the North Carolina governor's race has pointed to the organization ...
November 6, 2008

Hawaii GOP About Wiped Out

John McCain took just 26.5 percent of the vote in Hawaii and the party managed to lose a couple more seats in the legislature. They're ...
November 5, 2008

Gay Marriage Ban Leads in California

Backers of Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage in California, are declaring victory, while opponents say it's still too early to concede. With 90 percent ...
November 5, 2008

Coleman Leads in Minnesota

Republican Norm Coleman has a fractional lead against Democrat and comedian Al Franken in the closest U.S. Senate race. With 4,129 of 4,130 precincts reporting, Coleman ...
November 5, 2008

Can Palin Go Home Again?

The Anchorage Daily News previews what promises to be a fascinating story in 2009 -- how Gov. Sarah Palin will be received in Juneau. "All ...
November 5, 2008

Power Sharing Continues in Alaska

It appears that Alaska Democrats gained a state Senate seat yesterday, pulling the chamber into a 10-10 tie. The two parties have shared power in ...
November 5, 2008

Oregon House Democrats Get to 2/3

Oregon Democrats picked up at least five state House seats, bringing them to supermajority status. They lost a seat in the state Senate, but retain ...
November 5, 2008

California Dems Post Modest Gains

Votes are still being counted in close races but California Democrats may have gained three or four Assembly seats. They fell short of the 2/3 majority ...
November 5, 2008

Dem Wave in Nevada

Review-Journal: Democrats took control of the state Senate for the first time since 1991 as two Clark County Republican incumbents, Bob Beers and Joe Heck, succumbed ...
November 5, 2008

Dems Sweep Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin Democrats won control of the state Assembly Tuesday night, giving them control of both the state Legislature and the governor's ...
November 5, 2008

Another Fight for Craddick

Texas Democrats made their first gain in the state Senate in a decade, AP reports, while picking up a probably three House seats. That's ...
November 5, 2008

Minnesota Dems Fall Short of 2/3

Minnesota Democrats failed to gain the five House seats they needed to win a veto-proof majority in both chambers. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said ...
November 5, 2008

So Much for Turnout

It looks like turnout nationwide is actually going to be down from 2004. Will be fascinating if it's largely Republicans who stayed home. Update: Whoops ...
November 4, 2008

Dems Fall Short in St. Charles

When I went out to Missouri to write a story about legislative elections recently, I was told Democrats were targeting three House seats in St. ...
November 4, 2008

Attorneys General: No Change in Party Control

Darrell McGraw, the Democratic attorney general of West Virginia, won a fifth term in a squeaker, taking 50.3 percent of the vote. That was the closest ...
November 4, 2008

Legislatures: No Great Democratic Wave - Updated

Few legislative chambers changed hands Tuesday. Those that did reflected the increasingly regional nature of the major parties' strength. Democrats won the biggest prize of ...
November 4, 2008

TN Legislature - GOP Seizes Control

Tennessee Republicans will control the legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. In perhaps the biggest surprise of the night in legislative voting, they have ...
November 4, 2008

Democrats Gain One Governorship

Democrats made a net gain of just one governorship yesterday, with Jay Nixon's victory in Missouri. But they had surprisingly easy wins in two ...
November 4, 2008

Ohio House Races

We're still watching the Ohio House, where Republicans hold a four-seat edge. Here are current results in a few key races: Repeat candidate Nancy ...
November 4, 2008

U.S. Senate Check-In

Polls are about to close in Alaska where most prognosticators expect longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to lose to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, following his conviction. ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 1 am

The power-sharing arrangement in the Alaska Senate will probably come to its end, if Republicans can retain their  majority. (Half the seats are up.) Republicans ...
November 4, 2008

IN House Remains Tight

Ed Feigenbaum, our man in Indianapolis, offers this update on the Indiana House, which Democrats currently hold by a 51-49 margin: Things may be tightening ...
November 4, 2008

DC Council Results

Despite slow release of returns, it appears that Washington at-large Councilman Kwame Brown will win reelection. Longtime Councilwoman Carol Schwartz, however, appears to have fallen ...
November 4, 2008

PA House Still Close

Pennsylvania Democrats went into the election with a one-seat state House majority. Those numbers aren't likely to shift much. Democrats have picked up two ...
November 4, 2008

DE-House Goes Democratic

Delaware Democrats have taken control of the state House for the first time since 1984, giving the party undivided control of the government.
November 4, 2008

OK-Sen Goes Republican for First Time

Oklahoma Republicans are poised to break a tie in the state Senate and take control of the chamber for the first time in history, the ...
November 4, 2008

TN-Sen: Going to the GOP

The Nashville Tennessean reports that Republicans look likely to gain a couple of seats in the state Senate, giving them an 18-14-1 majority.
November 4, 2008

Breaking Barriers

All day, I read blog posts about elderly black people casting their first votes for Barack Obama. But at my own polling place, my thoughts ...
November 4, 2008

Shays Concedes

This space is taking a pass on U.S. House races tonight, but I wanted to note that Connecticut Republican Chris Shays -- incidentally the ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 11

Update: We wrote this in advance, but clearly the thing to watch is Obama going over 270 thanks to California. The marquee race in this time ...
November 4, 2008

IN House Update

Ed Feigenbaum comes through with notes from the field: HOUSE AND SENATE : We're only watching one Senate races, SD 05, and Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R) ...
November 4, 2008

DeWeese Locked in Tight Race

Bill DeWeese, leader of the House Democrats in Pennsylvania, is locked in a tight race, AP reports. DeWeese is up 52-48 over Republican Greg Hopkins, ...
November 4, 2008

Cover Girl Winning

Jeanne Kirkton, our October cover girl, is winning in her state House race in Webster Groves, Missouri, just west of St. Louis. She leads Randy ...
November 4, 2008

Missouri Down Ballot

With Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon headed for the governor's mansion, Republicans have a chance to take over his old job. Mike Gibbons, the ...
November 4, 2008

Governors Races to This Point

Eight of this year's 11 governor's races have already been called. In Vermont, incumbent Republican Jim Douglas is leading with 56 percent of the vote (44 ...
November 4, 2008

MT-Gov: Schweitzer Wins Easily

Brian Schweitzer has pulled off a rare two-fer. His longtime efforts at raising his national profile paid off with a widely-touted speech at the Democratic ...
November 4, 2008

UT-Gov: Huntsman By a Mile

We can now bring to a close one of the least suspenseful races of the year: Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has won a second ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 10

Will Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman earn the biggest victory margin of any governor tonight? Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will also win handily, but his party ...
November 4, 2008

Charlie's Heart Not in It

From CQ: Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist skipping GOP "Victory Party" in St. Petersburg, citing a need to return to Tallahassee to address legal ...
November 4, 2008

Turn Out the Lights

The networks call Ohio for Obama.
November 4, 2008

IN House - Dems May Hold

State legislative results have been coming in maddeningly slowly, but I'm told that it looks like the Democrats may hold onto the Indiana House. ...
November 4, 2008

U.S. Senate: Four So Far

Democrats have picked up four U.S. Senate seats thus far tonight. The caucus ranks will include two former governors (Mark Warner of Virginia and ...
November 4, 2008

Color the Upper Midwest Blue

Watching the top of the hour network projections, it was striking how the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan -- went blue. Remember when that ...
November 4, 2008

ND-Gov: Hoeven Elected to Third Term

Continuing our tour of gubernatorial races that played out as expected, Republican Gov. John Hoeven has prevailed in North Dakota. He will be the state'...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 9

Will Democrats end the GOP's 40-year-plus stranglehold on the New York Senate? We'll know fairly soon at this point. Democrats will also be ...
November 4, 2008

MO-Gov: Nixon Takes It

The one governor's mansion that has been certain to switch party control this year just switched. Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon has beaten Congressman ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 8:30

Arkansas comes in. The state has a couple of interesting ballot measures. One would create a state lottery. The other would bar unmarried couples (including ...
November 4, 2008

Prez: Some Surprise Calls

Wow. I was just flipping around some of the stations at the top of the hour and saw that NBC has already called Pennsylvania for ...
November 4, 2008

Bellwethers: More Dem Early Voters in Columbus

This matters because four of the most contested seats in the battle for control of the Ohio House are in Franklin County. The Washington Post ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 8

Lots of states come in at this hour. New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, is a sure winner. The Missouri governor's race will ...
November 4, 2008

Prez: Waiting on Northern Virginia

McCain currently leads in Virginia, but NoVa counties such as Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William haven't come in yet.
November 4, 2008

Every Day Has Been Election Day

538: 31,268,357 voters have cast votes early in America, which represents 25.3% of the total of all ballots cast in 2004. Nobody doubts we are headed for an absolute ...
November 4, 2008

Exit Polls

Exit polls posted by Gawker suggest an Obama blowout. Earlier exit polls suggested a tighter race than expected in key states. Your results may vary.
November 4, 2008

Bellwethers: Vigo Goes for Obama

Vigo County, Indiana, the celebrated bellwether that has called the presidential vote more accurately than any other county in modern history, is going strongly for ...
November 4, 2008

Good Night for Our Guys

Two Governing "Public Officials of the Year" have been declared winners so far tonight -- current honoree Mitch Daniels, the Republican just reelected ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 7:30

Polls close on the North Carolina governor's race. We're both predicting Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory beats Democratic Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue in the ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 7 PM

Results at last. Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels should be declared winner at the top of the hour. Most of the state stopped voting at 6 ...
November 4, 2008

Exit Polls: Not Results

One of the odd things about exit polls is that although most people have learned to be cautious about their precision in calling states for ...
November 4, 2008

Mahtesian's Counties to Watch

There are races to watch lists and anticipatory hourly breakdowns all over the Internet. Imagine what will happen in about 10 minutes when exit polls start ...
November 4, 2008

All GOP Govs in 2012?

On his Wash Post chat today, Chris Cillizza fielded the inevitable question about 2012. Actually, I think he was asked about 2016, but only went as far ...
November 4, 2008

Lunchtime Lines

The line at my precinct was negligible a little while ago. At a neighboring precinct in Silver Spring, Maryland, folks snaked around the library parking ...
November 4, 2008

Dispatch from the Other Side of Obama's Family

From National Review's The Corner: Kogelo, Kenya -- Here at the home village of Obama's father, there are some 50 members of the international ...
November 4, 2008

Early Voting

posted by Alan Greenblatt For what it's worth, Dixville Notch closed its traditional midnight voting with a win for Obama, 15-6. That's roughly ...
November 4, 2008

Some Final Predictions

I expect that Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the first person declared a winner tonight. Most of Indiana, along with most of Kentucky, ...
November 4, 2008

Legislative Seats by the Numbers

Some stats courtesy of Tim Storey of NCSL: Total U.S. state legislative seats:  7382 Total seats having 2008 regular elections: 5823 Pre-election number of Democratic controlled legislatures:  23 ...
November 3, 2008

Rounding Up the Races has put out its overview of state races and ballot measures.
November 3, 2008

As Goes Terre Haute...

Josh has been helpfully posting tips on counties to watch for important ballot measures and state races, but Maureen Groppe (a friend) suggests that the ...
October 31, 2008

The Stuttgart Solution

If you want to see how regional consolidation works when it really works, you might take a look at Stuttgart, the manufacturing capital of southwestern...
October 31, 2008

Carnival of Democracy

After this month's elections, President Bush is likely to end up with a large memorial in San Francisco to visit during his retirement. It's neither "...
October 31, 2008

The Myth of Red and Blue States

The Washington Post's political chat just featured this exchange: New York: In at least nine states, the governor of that state is of a ...
October 31, 2008

Watching the New York Senate

The divided government argument that some Republicans are employing in federal elections is also being put to good use in New York State. Democrats only ...
October 31, 2008

Why California?

By now, it's been widely reported that Mormons are providing the bulk of the funding in support of California's Proposition 8, which would ban ...
October 29, 2008

Will Republicans Turn Out?

One thing I've been wondering about regarding this election is how much Republican turnout goes down. If the polls hold steady as they've ...
October 29, 2008

AP's Take on Legislatures

The Associated Press has put out its round-up of state legislative races. This is a 30,000-foot view that touches on the expected highlights -- close ...
October 29, 2008

Daniels Snubs Palin

Josh Marshall notes about Mitch Daniels: Unlike almost every other Republican in the country this November, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appears on track for a ...
October 29, 2008

Candidates Get Ideas From States

The Washington Post devotes a sizable chunk of its front page today to comparisons of health coverage plans put out by John McCain and Barack ...
October 28, 2008

Crist Extends Voting Hours

Last year, I wrote a long feature about how Republican Gov. Charlie Crist was willing to work with Democrats -- not just to be a ...
October 28, 2008

Voting Early If Not Often

My old buddy Michael McDonald of George Mason University and the Brookings Institution -- by which I mean we've appeared on several conference panels ...
October 28, 2008

Michigan House to Stay Democratic

At the start of the year, the Michigan House looked to be one of the more competitive chambers. Democrats narrowly captured control in 2006 and hold ...
October 27, 2008

What About Ben Stevens?

The conviction of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens yesterday on corruption charges leads me to wonder about his son. Ben Stevens, the former president of ...
October 23, 2008

Postcard from the Carolinas

My in-laws voted the other day in Greenville, South Carolina. The county has set up eight machines for early voting, which has proven to be ...
October 21, 2008

Could Crist Have Made the Difference?

Florida hasn't joined the ranks of states presumed lost to McCain, but Republicans there are worried. Newsweek has a piece about the GOP's circular blame ...
October 20, 2008

It's Wilson's Fault

It's pointless pointing out the points that people like to make commenting on Web sites, but this one, from the video of McCain's ...
October 17, 2008

Supreme Court Okays New Ohio Registrants

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a suit brought by Ohio Republicans to challenge hundreds of thousands of new registrants. AP: Ohio Republicans contended ...
October 16, 2008

AP on McCrory

AP takes a look at the North Carolina governor's race, where Republican Pat McCrory looks like a fairly good bet to pull off an upset ...
October 16, 2008

What Republicans Face

A case can be made that state-level politics will offer Republicans rare glimmers of good news on election night. When you think about the few ...
October 16, 2008

Migden and FPPC Settle

A political battle that turned legal out in California was settled yesterday. State Sen. Carole Migden and the state's Fair Political Practices Commission got into ...
October 15, 2008

City Can Limit PAC Dollars

A federal judge has tossed a challenge brought against San Jose's law limiting candidate donations from political action committees. The ruling will likely have an ...
October 2, 2008

So, How'd She Do?

Sarah Palin did not crash and burn in last night's debate, as she had in her interviews with Katie Couric. There was a lot of ...
October 2, 2008

McCain's Map Shrinks

With 45 minutes to go before the Palin-Biden debate -- and maybe even after it -- the most important political news of the day is that ...
October 2, 2008

What's at Stake for Palin

The general commentariat pre-debate buzz is that Gov. Sarah Palin will do better in tonight's debate than in her disastrous interviews with Katie Couric. I'm ...
September 30, 2008


Jeanne Kirkton was out canvassing a few weeks ago along Lilac Avenue in Webster Groves, an old rail-line suburb 5 miles west of St. Louis. Lilac...
September 30, 2008

Ohio House Remains a Toss-Up

Democrats had a big night in Ohio two years ago, capturing the governorship and three of the other four statewide offices. But they fell short ...
September 30, 2008

Bloomberg: And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going

NYT: After months of speculation about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Thursday morning that he will seek a third ...
September 30, 2008

Daniels Back on Top

Survey USA has a new poll out today showing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels with a 53-37 polling lead over Democrat Jill Long Thompson. This is ...
September 29, 2008

S.C. Mayor Wonders if Obama Is Antichrist

Charlotte Observer: FORT MILL, S.C. -- Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was "just curious" when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic ...
September 29, 2008

A Boon for Reform?

California voters have repeatedly voted down initiatives that would take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. But supporters of this year's version are hopeful ...
September 29, 2008

A Racial Schism in Maryland Suburb

AP has an interesting piece about Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburb with a minority-dominated population -- but which has never elected a minority to the city ...
September 29, 2008

The Truth About "Truth Squads"?

Both the McCain and Obama campaigns have "Truth Squads" in most if not all states, made up of state and local officials on ...
September 26, 2008

Obama Camp Denies Deal With Daniels

Fascinating he said, he said, from the Post-Tribune : CROWN POINT -- A staffer for Barack Obama's presidential campaign promised to deliver votes for Republican Gov. ...
September 19, 2008

Small State, Big Clout

Andrew Gelman, author of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State , speculates about why small-state governors tend to have high approval ratings: It seems ...
September 19, 2008

What Goes Around

California's prison guards union is always described as politically powerful. No doubt they are. I wonder whether they're getting a little carried away with themselves, ...
September 19, 2008

Good Poll for Long Thompson

An Indianapolis Star poll shows Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels holding a narrow lead against Democrat Jill Long Thompson, 46-42. That's in contrast to other polls ...
September 18, 2008

California Gay Marriage Ban Trailing

It looks like Jerry Brown's strategy paid off. The ballot proposition that would ban gay marriage in California is losing badly, according to a new ...
September 18, 2008

Govs Races to Watch

Lou Jacobson at offers a state of play roundup of the races for governor. There's not much to argue with in his analysis. ...
September 18, 2008

Rare Statewide Recount

From the St. Paul Pioneer-Press : In a rare statewide recount, votes will be tabulated again in the primary election for the number four seat on ...
September 16, 2008

State Employees Won't Testify in Palin Investigation

I'm starting to wonder what Sarah Palin's life as governor will be like if the Republican ticket loses in November. I understand that the legislature's ...
September 16, 2008

Four More Years of Mitch

Tonight, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will square off against his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, in their first debate. Somehow, I doubt it's ...
September 16, 2008

Does Romney Think McCain Lies?

Andrew Sullivan has a link up to video footage of Mitt Romney, posted a couple of days ago on YouTube, calling John McCain out as ...
September 15, 2008

That's S-C-H-W-A-R-T-Z

Carol Schwartz, a longtime fixture on the Washington city council and in D.C. politics in general, has decided to run as a write-in candidate ...
September 15, 2008

Dem Field Shaping Up in Virginia

Leaders of the Virginia Democratic Party on Saturday voted to choose the party's nominee for governor next year by primary. Virginia is a state where ...
September 15, 2008

Hoosier House Up for Grabs

Indiana Democrats are going to have a hard time defending their slim state House majority this year. They hold the chamber by the narrowest of ...
September 15, 2008

How to Pull Off a Convention

Laudatory praise of the logistics seems to reflect consensus opinion about the Democratic National Convention in Denver. To find out how the city pulled it off, GOVERNING spoke with Guillermo Vidal, Denver's deputy mayor and director of public works.
September 12, 2008

McCrory: Don't Aspire

It's always interesting how the statehouse races end up holding a funhouse mirror to the presidential contest. Josh posted the drill, baby, drill ad from ...
September 11, 2008

Same Old Democrats

Jim Scarantino, a columnist who co-chaired John McCain's 2000 campaign in New Mexico, has an interesting post up about why Barack Obama isn't running away with ...
September 11, 2008

Why Is This So Hard?

If you collect stories about voting machines going awry, you probably know we had a snafu in Tuesday's voting here in Washington, D.C. A ...
September 10, 2008

The Press Sours on McCain

Remember all the jokes John McCain used to make about the press being his "base"? That's no longer the case. Plenty of writers ...
September 10, 2008

More Term Limit Trouble

The front page of The New York Times today is graced by a story about efforts to abolish term limits -- along with two stories ...
September 10, 2008

Annals of Pettiness

If you talk to a politician opposed to term limits, chances are that person will use this soundbite: "We already have term limits -- ...
September 10, 2008

How Little They'll Miss Him

After all these months of waiting for Kwame Kilpatrick to finally go away, the Detroit city council is in no hurry to find his replacement, ...
September 10, 2008

Decline in Voting Rights

Few trends in American politics have been as strong over the course of my lifetime as the expansion of voting rights. The Voting Rights Act ...