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    • Stateline Story
    February 25, 2009
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    Illinois Gov.Pat Quinn (D)The nation's newest governor, Democrat Pat Quinn of Illinois, walked the hallways at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., last weekend largely unnoticed by reporters or advocates who sidled up to just about every other governor. He's still getting to know his own staff. But back home, having barely finished his third week in office, he's in the thick of it.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 23, 2009
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    Governors and other elected officials are trying to avoid overselling the federal stimulus package as the magic solution for state budget woes.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 22, 2009
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    Just one week after Congress approved an historic economic stimulus package to create jobs and help end the recession, the nation's governors tamped down the divisions among them over whether to turn back some of the federal dollars flowing to their states from the $787 billion plan.
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  • February 11, 2009

    Trade-Off Time

    This February 2009 report showed how tough economic times could be a crucible forging better decision making and a heightened vigilance to ensure every precious tax dollar delivers maximum value for the public.

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    • Stateline Story
    February 10, 2009
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    If Congress delivers the massive $800 billion stimulus package that President Obama is seeking, states will be under a lot more scrutiny than the Wall Street firms that used $18 billion of their federal bailout money for employee bonuses.
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    • Stateline Story
    October 10, 2008
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    State officials are slashing budgets, delaying bond sales and seeking federal help in the wake of a $700 billion bailout package that was supposed to ease borrowing.
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    • Stateline Story
    September 30, 2008
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    Cascading economic problems flowing from the crisis on Wall Street are forcing states to urgently redraw their financial blueprints for the rest of this year and next to cushion the impact of the credit squeeze, staggering paper losses for millions of ordinary Americans and soaring energy prices.
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    • Stateline Story
    September 26, 2008
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    Four members of Congress say the bailout of insurance giant American International Group Inc. points up a need for federal - not just state - regulation of insurers. But state officials protest that they had nothing to do with the crash of AIG.
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    • Stateline Story
    September 3, 2008
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    Sept. 2, 2008,  6:45 p.m. EDTWith the exception of Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer, it appears U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign staffers didn't ask key Alaskans what they thought about the first-term governor before naming her his running mate, the Anchorage Daily News, The New York Times and others report. If they had, McCain's people might have heard something like this: "She's a total beginner on national and international issues," the Anchorage Daily News wrote in an editorial, it's her "one huge weakness." "Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job," the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner wrote. "At the national level Palin will have to be much more than a fresh and pretty face. Even in the next 24 hours she'll need a boatload of schooling on a shipload of issues, and the savvy to convince others she really does know what she's talking about," The Juneau Empire wrote. The Juneau paper continues: "For Palin and her handlers to say she's reformed a corrupt political system in her first two years as Alaska's governor is a stretch at best. So is saying she boldly bucked the influences of big oil in the state, and that she flatly said no to Ketchikan's infamous 'bridge to nowhere,' that had been earmarked in the federal budget." The editorial writers also noted some serious political risks, among them an ongoing investigation into Palin's termination of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Some charge Monegan was fired because he failed to bow to pressure from Palin's allies to fire a state trooper who had a messy divorce from Palin's sister.  "It's a gamble that could pay off big, or it could be a bust of unparalleled proportions," The Juneau Empire wrote of McCain's choice. The Fairbanks paper concluded, "It's clear that McCain picked Palin for reasons of image, not substance. She's a woman. She has fought corruption. She has fought the oil companies. She's married to a union member. These are portrayals for campaign speeches; they are not policy positions." But all three papers say the attention paid to Alaska is good for the state. And the Anchorage paper notes that Palin offers a compelling political image. "Palin is comfortable around guns and snowmachines and fishing boats. She has a son in the military, soon to be deployed to Iraq. Those nontraditional female credentials help communicate the toughness that Republicans want to project in their campaign. Her youth and good looks are a handy complement to McCain, who is the oldest first-time presidential candidate in U.S. history." -Christine Vestal Comments
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    • Stateline Story
    July 22, 2008
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    As state lawmakers gather in New Orleans this week for a policy conference, they'll be reminded often of what can  happen if public works are allowed to deteriorate.
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