GOP victories at the polls last year have brightened the prospects for voter ID laws across the country this year.
If approved, the new voting rules would take effect in time for next year’s presidential election, raising the stakes for both political parties as President Obama seeks a second term.
Both the USA Today and New York Times analyses have limitations.
California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a fundamental policy shift that would transfer tens of thousands of state-level inmates to county jails for incarceration.
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire's next budget is canceling the state's 2012 presidential primary to save $10 million.
The ruling that Americans cannot be forced to purchase health insurance is "a great victory for our country, a great victory for those who believe in a limited form of government ..."
Not surprisingly, wind energy producers view the tax differently, seeing it as a drag on business and vowing to look elsewhere to spend their money.
New Mexico remains one of just three states -- along with Utah and Washington -- that still provide driver's licenses to undocumented residents.
Arizona gives local police broad new responsibility to determine the immigration status of those they question.
The idea behind bypassing the Electoral College is to prevent a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, which Republican George W. Bush won on electoral votes despite losing the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore.
"The public-sector unions need to become part of the shared sacrifice and they're refusing to."
Gov. David Patterson has proposed the collection of DNA from those convicted of even misdemeanor offenses.
"Delaware and Illinois mandated teacher evaluations be tied to student achievement. Michigan and Massachusetts passed laws allowing state intervention in low-performing schools or districts."
States are under pressure to comply with the Adam Walsh Act by July -- or lose 10 percent of their share of funding under a federal grant program that pays for state and local police programs.