State of the States

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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.  
Northeast 
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.  
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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.  
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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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    State of the States for 26 January: New York and Montana take action on net neutrality, big ideas for Arkansas, and Arizona’s landmark opioid bill

State of the States for 26 January: New York and Montana take action on net neutrality, big ideas for Arkansas, and Arizona’s landmark opioid bill

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Monday, VTDigger reports that a public hearing of two legislative committees saw a great deal of support expressed for a publicly funded health plan which would provide primary care for all. The Green Mountain State has previously attempted universal healthcare in 2011 and 2014, but supporters hope […]

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    State of the States for 19 January: GOP worries about Pennsylvania 18th, Wisconsin’s upset election, and Idaho cuts substance abuse services

State of the States for 19 January: GOP worries about Pennsylvania 18th, Wisconsin’s upset election, and Idaho cuts substance abuse services

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
Northeast 
On Tuesday New Hampshire’s Granite Grok reports on the latest efforts by the state legislature to impose an income tax, which they comment has been “hidden” within another bill covering a family and medical leave insurance program.

Moving down to Rhode Island, RI Future writes that in touting low […]

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    State of the States for 12 January: Chris Christie takes a victory lap, Virginia Democrats out of options, and the brawl for San Francisco mayor

State of the States for 12 January: Chris Christie takes a victory lap, Virginia Democrats out of options, and the brawl for San Francisco mayor

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In New Hampshire this week, Granite Grok names and shames the 33 Republicans in the state legislature who voted alongside Democrats for the state’s Paid Family Lead Act. They accuse them of being Republicans In Name Only – or RINOs – for helping state Democrats to pass “yet […]

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