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.
Kentucky's failed attempt this year illustrates a problem that many states face: Some judges are severely overworked while others don't have enough to do. But fixing that can be politically impossible.
A refugee center in Twin Falls has endured many months of anti-immigrant hostility -- and emerged stronger as a result.
Education funding has yet to bounce back from the recession in many states. But nowhere is the situation more dire than in Oklahoma.