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    • Stateline Story
    March 26, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: The question of whether states should sue over federal health care reform is a legal matter that is quickly turning into a partisan wedge issue, pitting governors against their own attorneys general in states where they come from different political parties. Disputes have risen in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin and elsewhere.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 23, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Many legal experts, including prominent conservatives, are casting doubt that legal challenges promised by state Republican officials will succeed in striking down federal health insurance reform. President Obama will sign the first piece of the health care legislation Tuesday (March 23), and a growing number of governors, state attorneys general and lawmakers are positioning themselves to challenge the new laws in court.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 22, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: The package of health care legislation passed by the U.S. House Sunday night (March 21) would bring major changes to patients and the medical system that treats them, but it also could shake up state government in ways felt in the courtroom, on the campaign trail and in regulatory offices.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 18, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: If and when President Obama signs legislation revamping the nation's health care system, several Republican-led states appear likely to fight a key provision of the new law in court. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter on Wednesday (March 17) became the first governor to sign a bill setting up a legal showdown, while Virginia's attorney general vowed to do the same.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 2, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: The Democratic-led Virginia Senate sent a strong message about health care reform efforts in Washington, D.C., on Monday (Feb. 1), passing a bill that makes it illegal for Virginians to be required to buy health insurance. Similar legislation is being debated in more than two-thirds of the states.
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    • Stateline Story
    January 27, 2010
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    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) used his first state of the state address to call on lawmakers Jan. 26 to exercise fiscal restraint and not raise taxes, but to also protect education from budget cuts. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 26, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Federal health care reform has been a divisive issue for states, but for some governors seeking immediate budget relief from Capitol Hill, the wrangling over the legislation is causing uncertainty. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 25, 2010
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    South Carolina Gov. Sanford, once considered a strong GOP presidential contender, used his final state of the state address to again apologize for the "storm" his extramarital affair wrought and laid out three goals he hopes to accomplish in his final year in office, including a cap on spending. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 12, 2010
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    Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R) used his combined state of the state and budget address on Jan. 11 to push a "responsibly conservative" spending plan based on no growth in tax revenue, even though the state's economist has indicated growth is a possibility in fiscal 2011. more

    • Stateline Story
    September 17, 2008
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    Also see: • A detailed guide to candidates and ballot issues• A comprehensive list of state elections• A printable PDF of major ballot issues As presidential contenders John McCain and Barack Obama push their national agendas to help cover more uninsured Americans, voters in three states will get, for the first time, the chance to make dramatic changes to their own states' health care systems when they go to the polls Nov. 4.
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