John Gramlich

July 20, 2011

Angering Their Own Party, Rhode Island Democrats Approve Voter ID

Should voters be required to show photo identification at the polls? For years, the question has amounted to a demarcation line between Republicans and Democrats.

May 26, 2011

Georgia Rewrites its Trial Rules, Replacing a 19th Century System

The 132-page legislation rewrites the evidence code that Georgia attorneys and judges have been following since the Civil War.

May 13, 2011

Republicans Score More Victories on Voter ID

GOP victories at the polls last year have brightened the prospects for voter ID laws across the country this year.

April 14, 2011

Newly Empowered GOP Pushes Voter ID

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.

March 2, 2011

Facts are Hazy on Public Employee Pay

Both the USA Today and New York Times analyses have limitations.

January 18, 2011

Big States Staring at Big Corrections Cuts

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.

December 16, 2010

Changes to 2012 Election Calendar in the Works

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire's next budget is canceling the state's 2012 presidential primary to save $10 million.

December 14, 2010

Is Health Care Ruling a Game-Changer?

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 ..."

October 19, 2010

Wind Tax Debate Not Over in Wyoming

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.

August 26, 2010

Momentum Building to End Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

New Mexico remains one of just three states -- along with Utah and Washington -- that still provide driver's licenses to undocumented residents.

July 28, 2010

On Immigration, Five States Look to Arizona

Arizona gives local police broad new responsibility to determine the immigration status of those they question.

July 20, 2010

Anti Electoral-College Pact Could Expand

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.

July 13, 2010

N.J. Teachers Rush to Retirement

"The public-sector unions need to become part of the shared sacrifice and they're refusing to."

June 7, 2010

New York Wants DNA From all Convicts

Gov. David Patterson has proposed the collection of DNA from those convicted of even misdemeanor offenses.

June 1, 2010

Race to the Top: Who's in, Who's out?

"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."

April 23, 2009

Obama, Congress to Revisit Real ID

A complete gutting of Real ID?

January 15, 2009

Online Sex Offender Info Rapidly Expands

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.

February 7, 2006

States, Feds Go After Online Records Brokers

Alarmed by revelations that personal cell phone records are being pilfered and sold on the Internet, state and federal officials are rushing to update laws to protect consumer privacy and punish Web sites peddling the data