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    • Stateline Story
    April 26, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: An Arizona law, signed Friday (April 23) by Governor Jan Brewer, that gives local police broad new powers to arrest illegal immigrants drew a rebuke from President Obama and revived long-stalled efforts to overhaul the country's immigration laws. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 23, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Alaska and Texas raised eyebrows last year when they declined to join the "Race to the Top," the Obama administration's effort to revamp the nation's K-12 schools by handing out $4.35 billion in grants to states that change their education policies. But with 40 jurisdictions applying and only two winners announced in the first round of the competition, more states are deciding not to participate in round two.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 14, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: A report released Tuesday (April 13) finds that seven states - Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas - lead the nation in budget transparency, providing the public with comprehensive and easily searchable information about government spending. Eighteen states flunked the scorecard created by U.S. PIRG, a Boston-based research and public-interest advocacy group.
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  • April 1, 2010

    Prison Count 2010

    For the first time in nearly 40 years, the number of state prisoners in the United States has declined, according to Prison Count 2010, a survey by the Pew Center on the States. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 31, 2010
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    As U.S. Census forms begin arriving in Americans' mailboxes this month, the stakes of this fall's election loom even larger. That's because most state lawmakers and governors who win this year will help redraw congressional and state legislative district lines in 2011 in a process that occurs every 10 years, based on the Census' new population counts. Parties in power will be more apt to craft boundaries that make it easier for their members to win, and the parties are spending at least $93 million to get the upper hand.But some states, fed up with the spectacle of politicians manipulating the process for their own political gain, are turning to citizens to redraw the districts, hopefully leaving the gerrymandering behind.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 17, 2010
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    State prisons have been a dynamic growth industry over the past four decades, with the number of inmates exploding by more than 700 percent. No longer. A survey released Wednesday (March 17) by the Pew Center on the States, the parent organization of Stateline.org, finds that the total number of prisoners in state custody declined last year for the first time since 1972.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 9, 2010
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    If the United States Senate followed the rules of the New Jersey General Assembly, it wouldn't take 60 votes for Democrats to overcome a Republican filibuster. It would take 75, or three-quarters of the chamber, one of the highest such thresholds of any legislative body in the nation. So why don't filibusters grind business to a halt in New Jersey as they do in the U.S. Senate?
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    • Stateline Story
    March 4, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: While Governor Rick Perry celebrated his commanding victory over U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary in Texas, Florida Governor Charlie Crist delivered his final State of the State speech to lawmakers in Tallahassee. The two events seemed to crystallize the opposite ends of the GOP, and the two Republican governors' divergent campaign fortunes.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 26, 2010
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    Economists credit the federal stimulus package for helping bring an end to the recession. Most governors say the money prevented more drastic spending cuts and tax increases in their states. But a few Republican governors who took the money contend the stimulus was a mistake.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 22, 2010
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    Faced with historic revenue drops, states have tapped their rainy day funds in fiscal 2009 and 2010 at levels not seen since the 2001 recession to help close budget gaps totaling some $290 billion. The decision to go to these funds has renewed the debate about how much states should be setting aside in reserves and when to use the money. A few states, meanwhile, have been able to leave their funds intact.
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