TABLE of CONTENTS April 2016
BY Alan Greenblatt
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.
The former mayor, convicted of corruption, is trying to win back voters’ trust. The odds are she will.
While states are focused on the opioid epidemic, they may not be paying enough attention to the lab-created drugs that are hard to control.
The state’s secretary of transportation, Stephanie Pollack, is a liberal in a conservative administration and an advocate in an administrative post. But she’s making it work.
States and cities want to support women- and minority-owned businesses. But they often don’t know who they’re really paying.
It’s one of the few issues with bipartisan support in Washington. But for several reasons, the chances for change this year are dwindling.
The ruling lets unions keep collecting fees from nonunion members -- for now. The case is likely to be retried.
POLITICS + POLICY
As states act more like independent sovereigns, Washington has itself to blame.
Presidential contenders have plans for making college more affordable. But it's an issue not easily solved from the Oval Office.
Many of the governors with the highest approval ratings were elected on the other party’s turf.
There's a growing movement to make the drug that can reverse overdoses widely available at pharmacies, police departments and schools.
In a decision that could spell the end for coal in the West, Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to completely do away with the dirty energy source.
Riding the subway is a sign of a good life -- according to pop culture, anyway.
In much of the country, school districts survive even when they have few students. In an era of budget cutbacks, these districts are prime targets for consolidation.
As more aging Americans slip into poverty, governments need to be ready.
At least one state is using the experience to find a new way to prepare for the next recession.
The sleek new stations throughout the city let users make 911 calls and search the web -- all for free.