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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

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As the midterms draw nearer, we’re zooming in on some of the most interesting races in the US. This week, we’re headed to Texas to learn about its uniquely individualist culture, what’s happening in its Senate race, and how the Lone Star State is poised to become an even more important player in national politics.

This episode features Peter Trubowitz, […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.3: Healthcare politics and policy in Tennessee

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.3: Healthcare politics and policy in Tennessee

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As a part of our State of the States season, we’re taking a look at some of the most important elections in the 2018 midterms, and this episode, we’re going to Tennessee, the volunteer state, to see how healthcare is impacting one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

This episode features LSE Alumni Jason Burchard of RootNote, Amanda […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.2 Arizona: Immigration politics in the Grand Canyon State

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.2 Arizona: Immigration politics in the Grand Canyon State

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As a part of our State of the States season, we’re diving deep into the political landscape of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, and taking a close look at how immigration is playing out in the US Senate race of this border state.

This episode features Susannah Crockford of Ghent University and Antonia Farzan (@antoniafarzan), Staff Writer at the Phoenix New […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.1 Textbooks in Texas and Cars in California

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.1 Textbooks in Texas and Cars in California

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This season, we’re taking a look at how the states influence and shape America’s politics and policy. The stories, the elections, the policies, the political ecosystems, the people of these places are what drives the national narrative. And so, this season, “The State of the States” will take us to some of the most interesting and divided places in […]

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    State of the States for 6 April: Florida’s ‘resign to run’ bill, North Dakota’s Teddy Roosevelt obsession, and California’s new mega-vote centers

State of the States for 6 April: Florida’s ‘resign to run’ bill, North Dakota’s Teddy Roosevelt obsession, and California’s new mega-vote centers

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In Maine this week, Pine Tree Politics wonders, given the legal battles which have already erupted, does the state really want to use ranked-choice voting? At the end of 2016, Maine’s voters approved the new electoral system, but this was followed by a constitutional challenge which is still […]

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    State of the States for 30 March: Voting reform in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma raises taxes to pay teachers, and the OC opposes California’s sanctuary law

State of the States for 30 March: Voting reform in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma raises taxes to pay teachers, and the OC opposes California’s sanctuary law

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging. 
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On Sunday, New Hampshire’s Granite Grok writes on what they say is the state’s “super-enfranchised voter loophole”, referring to the state’s same-day voter registration policy, which allows people to vote there without any identification.

Moving on to the Green Mountain State, VTDigger reports that after intense debate, Vermont’s state […]

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    State of the States for 23 March: Maryland raises taxes to stabilize Obamacare, Rauner squeaks to victory in Michigan, and Brown’s premature victory lap in California

State of the States for 23 March: Maryland raises taxes to stabilize Obamacare, Rauner squeaks to victory in Michigan, and Brown’s premature victory lap in California

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday, Maine’s Pollways wonders if a blue wave is headed towards the state’s 2nd Congressional District, following Conor Lamb’s recent victory in Pennsylvania in a very red district. They say that Donald Trump won the Pine Tree State’s 2nd District by less than 20 points, meaning that […]

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    State of the States for 16 March: Vermont government’s gun stockpile, Hawaii considers its own individual mandate, and can a pro-life Democrat win in South Dakota?

State of the States for 16 March: Vermont government’s gun stockpile, Hawaii considers its own individual mandate, and can a pro-life Democrat win in South Dakota?

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Monday, Granite Grok profiles a still active vestige of New Hampshire’s colonial era, the state’s Executive Council. The five-member body, which is defined by the state’s constitution, offers a ‘firewall’ of sorts to ensure that executive power does not overreach.

Moving on to the Green Mountain State, VTDigger […]

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    State of the States for 9 March: Back to the past for New Jersey GOP, Florida legislators tarred and feathered, and California vows to fight DOJ immigration suit

State of the States for 9 March: Back to the past for New Jersey GOP, Florida legislators tarred and feathered, and California vows to fight DOJ immigration suit

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Wednesday, Granite Grok reports that the New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill which would ban discrimination based on gender identity. They comment that the bill will actually regress women’s rights back decades by removing their legal protection to use same-sex only spaces […]

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    State of the States for 2 March: Democrats turn out in Texas primary, Indiana overturns Sunday booze ban, and Hawaii’s plan to switch to all-mail elections

State of the States for 2 March: Democrats turn out in Texas primary, Indiana overturns Sunday booze ban, and Hawaii’s plan to switch to all-mail elections

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
Northeast 
Granite Grok celebrates what they say was a ‘great day’ in the New Hampshire House, after a number of bills  were passed covering issues like the prohibition of sobriety checkpoints, and the annulment of arrest or convictions for possessions of ¾ of an ounce of marijuana.

The recent tragic […]

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