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Despite often winning a majority of votes, the Democratic Party is at an electoral disadvantage in legislatures that appears to be worsening. Author Jonathan Rodden explains the current problem and why national reform is unlikely.
The Supreme Court's expected decision to overturn Roe is both the payoff from a decadeslong push by conservative activists and a signal for action on further fronts of the culture war.
The legislation to allow direct sales of electric vehicles is unlikely to pass as this session comes to a close. The bill had bipartisan support but faced pushback from car dealerships and auto worker unions.
A number of states are seeing dozens of lawmakers retire all at once. Reasons differ, but there’s wide agreement partisanship has poisoned the atmosphere.
Our system is too open to frivolous lawsuits intended to squelch free speech. There’s a lot that state lawmakers could do to protect Americans’ First Amendment rights.
Similar past bills that would have allowed greater control over the collection, sale and storage of personal data did not advance as far as this proposed bill. The legislative session closes on May 4.
Reporters at nonprofit news outlets now make up 20 percent of the total capitol press corps. The total number of full-time reporters, however, continues to decline.
The bill gives the state’s Bureau of Investigation authority to investigate potential infractions if they could have put the outcome of an election in doubt and allows the public to review ballots after elections are certified.
California has the nation’s strictest gun control laws, yet the state’s capital city experienced its deadliest shooting ever this weekend, leaving six dead and 12 wounded. Gun control activists wonder what more can be done.
Municipal broadband is booming, growing 600 percent since 2018. These alternatives to private-sector Internet service promise better access and affordability to communities. But are they really cost-effective?
In a vote along party lines, the state Senate rejected $20 million in matching grants to equip local and county police agencies with body and/or dashboard cameras, with Republicans claiming the bill was premature and open-ended.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers have made several proposals on how to help alleviate the financial pressures of increasing gas prices and inflation costs, but it’s unclear which plan will be the final version.
Revenues are robust enough to allow for increased spending, and tax cuts on top of it. But current flush conditions might not last long enough to turn permanent cuts into a good idea.
Sen. Clint Dixon said the state’s public health commissioner had approved the Unmask Georgia Students Act, but it turns out Dr. Toomey had not vetted the legislation. But this isn’t the first time an expert was left out.
To combat mental health disorders among teenagers, the Legislature’s Children’s Committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would require parental consent for children less than 16 years old to engage in social media.
The systems shouldn’t be diluted in the name of “reform.” Licensing benefits women and minorities, brings higher wages and protects the public.