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.
To survive and prosper, local recycling efforts are forging ways to update, upgrade and educate.