Thursday, June 30, 2011
New York has balanced its budget, and California finally shed its reputation as a fiscal laggard, reaching its budget on time for the first time in years. But other states are not on similar paths. In Minnesota, if the Democratic governor and Republican-led legislature cannot agree on a budget by midnight tonight, all nonessential services will shut down, including state parks—dire news, ahead of the July 4 weekend. So why is it taking so long? And what can we learn from states that have already settled their books?
Monday, November 08, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
According to a new report, spending on state Supreme Court elections has doubled in the last decade. According to polls, three in four Americans believe money spent on campaigns for judgeships can affect later courtroom decisions; some states are calling for methods to protect the court system from special-interest money donated during election season.
Monday, December 14, 2009
On Saturday, Houston, Texas became the largest American city to elect an openly gay mayor. Mayor-elect Annise Parker joins us to discuss her campaign, her opposition and the country's political and cultural landscape.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is expected to appoint former Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul G. Kirk to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat later this morning. Kirk has been a longtime Kennedy family friend, and Ted Kennedy's family reportedly lobbied the governor on Kirk's behalf. Kirk will hold the seat until a special election in January seats a replacement for the remainder of Kennedy's term. Frank Phillips, the state house bureau chief for the Boston Globe, joins us with the details of the nomination.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Watch footage from the floor of the Senate in the video below.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
—Dr. Paul E. Jarris on the nation's preparedness for a flu pandemic
Monday, April 13, 2009
Listen to Educator-in-Chief Arne Duncan's interview on The Takeaway.
Who runs your school system? Tell us here!
Friday, April 10, 2009
And we're continuing our investigation of the stimulus plan on air and online. What are your elected officials telling you is coming to your area? What do you know about the projects coming to your community? Where should the stimulus money go instead? Crowdsource the stimulus plan.
—Marc Steiner of WEAA on stimulus spending in Baltimore
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The White House called in a group of state representatives to discuss implementation of the stimulus bill — but several pool reports (see below) paint a picture of anxiety and confusion.
"You're giving governors a lot of responsibility to administer it, but we're not always kept in the loop," a representative from New Hampshire told Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Or take this exchange with Deputy Transportation Secretary Thomas Barrett (Another man asked how and why Maryland has already started transportation projects under stimulus, going back to the morning session's theme where some states are nervous they've missed opportunities to fund projects, or are behind the curve):
"They started using their own money," Barrett said.
"So we can do that?" the man said.
"If you have the money," Barrett said.
Then, following some back and forth...
"If there's confusion on it —" Barrett said, then was cut off by one of the state reps:
"There certainly is."
You get the idea. The full reports are worth a read and *bonus* there's a list of state representatives at the end of report #3.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
— New York University law professor Richard Pildes on the changes in the Voting Rights Act
Friday, February 27, 2009
Read Michael Luo's article from the New York Times at Jobless Angry at Possibility of No Benefits
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour discusses why he turned down funds for his state.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
For more, read Ian Urbina's article, Citing Cost, States Consider Halting Death Penalty, in today's New York Times.
— New York Times reporter Ian Urbina on the cost of capital punishment