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    • Stateline Story
    October 27, 2010
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    In a recession, people cut back on buying things they don't really need. States that depend heavily on sales tax revenue for their budgets have been hit hard as a result.
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    • Stateline Story
    October 25, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: In a campaign season marked by an anti-establishment mood, five former governors with a combined 40 years in office will be on the ballot next week, potentially bucking the trend. But at least one, Maryland Republican Robert Ehrlich, has substantial ground to make up. The others appear to be ahead or are locked in close contests.
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    • Stateline Story
    September 9, 2010
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    Of the 14 states with medical marijuana laws on the books, half of them leave unresolved the question of how patients are supposed to get the seeds to grow their plants. Some state governments, which once were reticent to allow dispensaries, have started to reconsider.
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    • Stateline Story
    August 27, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Revenues continue to fall off a cliff in Oregon. On Thursday (Aug. 26), the state economist announced a new $378 million shortfall in the current two-year budget. Meanwhile, corporations could receive a tax rebate despite the state's lack of money. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 11, 2010
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    When Oregon voters approved tax hikes on corporations and the wealthy in January, the move was supposed to help the state avoid big budget cuts. But an expected surge in revenue never materialized. As Oregon slashes funding for key programs, Republicans want to make sure Democrats pay a price at the polls in November. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 21, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Voters' choice of Roy Barnes in the Democratic primary for Georgia governor on Tuesday (July 20) means that all five former governors who are running for their old jobs this year will be on the ballot in November. What is less certain is how they will fare. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 10, 2010
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    Democrats don't usually lose in Oregon. But a season of voter anger - and an unusual Republican challenger - may be reason enough to place John Kitzhaber's comeback plans in some doubt.
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    • Stateline Story
    May 28, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Oregonians made headlines in January when they approved $727 million in tax hikes on corporations and the wealthy. Supporters said the move was necessary to avoid perilous budget cuts to schools. But this week, Oregon fiscal analysts dropped a new bombshell on lawmakers and voters alike: Due to weak income tax collections, a fresh, $563 million hole has opened in the budget, and deep education cuts are likely.
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    • Stateline Story
    May 19, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Voters in Oregon and Pennsylvania chose their major-party candidates for governor on Tuesday (May 18), while Arizona's electorate handed Governor Jan Brewer a significant victory by approving a temporary hike in the state sales tax. Paradoxically, the outcome in Arizona marked the second time this year - a year in which the Tea Party has become a potent political force - that a state's voters have opted for higher taxes.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 15, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: A new method of making methamphetamine - a highly addictive street drug that has caused law enforcement and public health problems from Oregon to Kentucky - is circumventing tough state laws that had been making headway against production of the drug. The new method uses less of a key ingredient - pseudoephedrine - that states have made much harder to acquire.
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