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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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    State of the States for 23 February: Pennsylvania’s special election debate, South Carolina’s “parody marriage” bill, and California’s “bell ringer” candidate

State of the States for 23 February: Pennsylvania’s special election debate, South Carolina’s “parody marriage” bill, and California’s “bell ringer” candidate

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Wednesday, NH Labor News wonders if the New Hampshire state House is still “our” House of Representatives after 170 House members pledged to uphold the policies of Americans for Prosperity – a conservative lobby group – even if those positions apparently are not on line with the […]

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    State of the States for 16 February: The Illusion of GOP control in New Hampshire, Alabama’s risky tax incentives, and California’s single-payer long game

State of the States for 16 February: The Illusion of GOP control in New Hampshire, Alabama’s risky tax incentives, and California’s single-payer long game

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In Vermont this week, VTDigger reports that the state Senate has passed a bill which would see the Green Mountain state’s minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill now heads to the state House, but has an uncertain future. Governor Phil Scott has indicated […]

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    State of the States for 9 February: Vermont’s plan to buy Canadian drugs, South Carolina’s uncompetitive elections, and Oregon’s budget hoax

State of the States for 9 February: Vermont’s plan to buy Canadian drugs, South Carolina’s uncompetitive elections, and Oregon’s budget hoax

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
Northeast 
On Saturday, New Hampshire’s Granite Grok is unsurprised that the state’s Attorney General has determined that a ban on firearms on school property was unlawful.  They comment that the state is a “Dillon’s Rule State”, meaning that municipal government – in this case, local school officials – only […]

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    State of the States for 2 February: The war on democracy in Virginia, Cuomo’s war chest, and Idaho’s ‘Kansas-style’ tax cut

State of the States for 2 February: The war on democracy in Virginia, Cuomo’s war chest, and Idaho’s ‘Kansas-style’ tax cut

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
Northeast 
In New Hampshire this week, NH Labor News reports that the state Senate has voted to kill a bill which would ban bump stocks in the state, similar to those used in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

Heading south, RIPR says that Rhode Island Governor has kept […]

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