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Jun 11, 2006 California's Crisis In Prison Systems A Threat to Public: Longer Sentences and Less Emphasis On Rehabilitation Create Problems

QUOTE: Despite a vow from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to cut the prison population, it has surged in recent months to more than 173,000...costing taxpayers more than $8 billion a year. More of those inmates return to prison because the state has the nation's highest recidivism rate.

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2006 States rush to remove data on residents from websites

QUOTE: A federal judge last month approved a settlement forcing the removal of SSNs from financial documents posted on the Ohio Secretary of State's website. The settlement resolves a class-action lawsuit prompted by the disclosure, in February, that an unknown number of business filings on the state's website include the SSNs of filers.

Apr 18, 2006 Heavy taxes crash down on car rental industry

QUOTE: Increasingly, governments are viewing taxes and fees on [rental-Ed.] cars as a primary option for local civic projects that the rental industry says should be funded locally: sports stadiums, art centers and convention centers.

Mar 28, 2006 States Face Loss of Funds From Tobacco Settlement

QUOTE: States could lose billions of dollars they now receive from tobacco companies under a 1998 national tobacco settlement because the big cigarette makers are losing market share to small companies that did not sign the agreement.

Washington Post
Mar 08, 2006 New York Puts Mental Patients in Homes Illegally, Groups Say

QUOTE: ...the nursing homes do little more than medicate the mentally ill residents...the state has also sent large numbers of people from mental hospitals to nursing homes, and it has been accused of doing so as a way to save money.

New York Times
Feb 17, 2006 Welfare Agencies Seek Foster Children's Assets

QUOTE: Determined to extract as much federal aid for social programs as the law will permit, some state welfare agencies even hire private companies, working for contingency fees, to help them reap more federal money by identifying foster children who are eligible for Social Security benefits. The money is then routinely used to help offset the cost of foster care.

New York Times
Feb 12, 2006 Katrina Report Spreads Blame: Homeland Security, Chertoff Singled Out

QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina exposed the U.S. government's failure to learn the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as leaders from President Bush down disregarded ample warnings of the threat to New Orleans and did not execute emergency plans or share information that would have saved lives...

Washington Post
Jan 23, 2006 As Profits Soar, Companies Pay U.S. Less for Gas Rights

QUOTE: At a time when energy prices and industry profits are soaring, the federal government collected little more money last year than it did five years ago from the companies that extracted more than $60 billion in oil and gas from publicly owned lands and coastal waters. If royalty payments in fiscal 2005 for natural gas had risen in step with market prices, the government would have received about $700 million more...

New York Times
Jan 08, 2006 Plan Would Open All New Orleans for Rebuilding

QUOTE: ...recommend that residents be allowed to return and rebuild anywhere they like, no matter how damaged or vulnerable the neighborhood....Many residents of low-lying neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East have said they are determined to rebuild their ravaged blocks, while some experts have argued that such areas are better returned to marshland for safety and economic reasons.

New York Times
Dec 20, 2005 One-Party Rulers Need to Count Again

QUOTE: government has done what it considers important and has used misleading numbers to obscure the true costs....President Bush and his Republican supporters, claiming to be conservatives, spend the Social Security surplus on other things and are hocking the country to the eyeballs.

Washington Post
Dec 14, 2005 Panel May Subpoena Bush Aides on Storm: Democrats Accuse White House of Stalling

QUOTE: Democrats yesterday pushed a Republican-led House panel investigating the response to Hurricane Katrina to vote today to subpoena the White House, saying the Bush administration is refusing to produce key documents to "run out the clock" on the three-month-old investigation.

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2005 Immigrant Victims of Abuse Are Illegally Denied Benefits, Suit Says

QUOTE: Hundreds of battered immigrant women and children are being illegally denied food stamps and other aid because of programming errors in New York welfare computers and faulty staff training...

New York Times
Dec 11, 2005 House to Take Up Stricter Immigration Measure: GOP, Administration Divided on Plan to Boost Border Security, Tighten Job Market

QUOTE: Driven by the rising anger of their constituents, House Republicans are pushing ahead with tough legislation to tighten control of the nation's borders and clamp down on the hiring of illegal immigrants -- without offering new avenues for such immigrants to find lawful employment.

Washington Post
Sep 08, 2005 California Governor to Veto Law Authorizing Same-Sex Marriage

QUOTE: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) announced Wednesday night that he will veto landmark legislation that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry....he thinks the matter should be decided by California's courts or its voters.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2005 States Fight Closings of Air National Guard Bases

QUOTE: National Guard officials yesterday tentatively welcomed a decision by an independent base-closure commission to scale back the Pentagon's plan to consolidate Air National Guard bases around the country but said serious problems remain that are likely to lead more states to file lawsuits disputing the plan.

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2005 New state laws debut on July 1

QUOTE: The laws reflect the issues that matter most to legislators. This year’s priorities included more restrictions on abortion, incentives for environmentally friendly energy and rules to make driving safer.
Sep 22, 2004 3 DeLay Workers Indicted in Texas

QUOTE: Three top political aides to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) were indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally raising political funds from corporations in 2002, much of which was funneled into the Republican takeover of the Texas legislature.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2004 School Achievement Reports Often Exclude the Disabled

QUOTE: The trend toward avoiding accountability is alarming advocates for the nation's six million disabled students, who see it as an erosion of the education act's disclosure requirements.

New York Times
Aug 29, 2004 Where Prosecutors Say Votes Are Sold

QUOTE: "It is basically conceded in Kentucky that people have a constitutional right to sell their vote,"

New York Times
Aug 07, 2004 State Senator Lost Position, but Not Perks

QUOTE: …because of what was considered less than professional behavior, State Senator Ada L. Smith of Queens had been removed from a prominent leadership post… she would keep her $16,500 stipend, along with a car that is paid for by the state.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2004 Florida Legislators Take on a Voter Right

QUOTE: Florida is among 24 states that let residents bypass their elected leaders and put proposals to amend the Constitution directly on the ballot...But lawmakers have long complained that the process unfairly burdens the state by mandating expensive new programs.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2004 Va. Seeks New Role Against Illegals

QUOTE: ...part of a movement across the country to grant local law enforcement officials more authority to detain illegal immigrants.

Washington Post
Jan 17, 2004 Supreme Court Hands Texas GOP a Redistricting Victory

QUOTE: As do most states, Texas has a long tradition of congressional redistricting plans foisted on the minority party by the majority.

Washington Post
Jan 12, 2004 Introducing the New Third Rail: Immigration: Rising illegal immigration spells big trouble for the U.S. But what's a politician to do?

QUOTE: ...if you can't pay your bill, the hospital can track you down and garnish your wages. But the illegal immigrant can't be tracked and doesn't pay the bill. You pay it, through your taxes. You dope.

Oct 23, 2003 In Florida Right-to-Die Case, Legislation Puts the Constitution at Issue

QUOTE: ...courts decide particular cases, and legislatures enact general laws. When either branch of the government strays from its role in the constitutional structure, its actions can violate the separation of powers doctrine.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2003 Right to an Attorney Comes at a Price: Minnesota Law Requiring Fees for Public Defenders Is Challenged

QUOTE: Minnesota is one of a growing number of states facing enormous budget deficits that are beginning to charge indigents for their constitutional right to legal representation.

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2003 Report Criticizes Federal Oversight of State Medicaid

QUOTE: Congressional investigators found "medical and physical neglect" of some Medicaid recipients..."States prepare good plans of care for Medicaid recipients, but there's no follow-through"...

New York Times
May 27, 2003 State workers' right to family leave upheld

QUOTE: The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that the Family and Medical Leave Act guaranteed state government workers the same rights as private employees...
May 26, 2003 Bush makes poor pay for military might and tax cuts: Schools and health lose out as US public services endure worst crisis since 1930s

QUOTE: While the US is at the zenith of its global power, its health and education systems would be grounds for a scandal in poorer countries.

Guardian Unlimited
May 16, 2003 Bid to Find Tex. Lawmakers Decried: Federal Workers Were Led to Believe They Were Looking for Downed or Lost Plane

QUOTE: A Texas political battle turned into a matter of national security for a few hours when state officials enlisted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help track down more than 50 Democratic state lawmakers who had vanished from Austin.

Washington Post
May 04, 2003 Advocates of Equal Rights Amendment Resume Their Fight

QUOTE: The E.R.A. would make discrimination against women unconstitutional. When Congress approved the amendment in 1972 and sent it to legislatures for the required approval by three-fourths of the states, it set a 10-year limit for ratification. But only 35 states approved it, leaving the amendment three states short of ratification when the deadline expired in 1982.

New York Times
Apr 14, 2003 Irate Phone Customers Find an Ear

QUOTE: Two years ago, 31,345 California residents complained to the state about their phone companies. Finally, someone is listening.

Mar 28, 2003 DMCA critics decry state-level proposals

QUOTE: Critics of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act said Friday that they were disturbed by proposals for similar laws at the state level.

Mar 10, 2003 States squander chance to fight smoking

QUOTE: Most governors and legislators say that while they want to control tobacco use, they also need money immediately to avoid higher taxes, layoffs and program cuts.

Feb 24, 2003 Holes in the Safety Net: A startling number of sex offenders are off the grid

QUOTE: Megan’s Law...requires states to keep records of the whereabouts of freed rapists and child molesters, and to make those lists available to the public...But a new survey reveals that state and local authorities are doing a horrible job keeping track.

Feb 18, 2003 A Challenge in California Over Decisions for the Coast

QUOTE: The Supreme Court will review a lawsuit by a group in Newport Beach that claims the California Coastal Commission is unconstitutional because it violates the Constitution's doctrine of separation of powers.

New York Times
Jan 24, 2003 Pataki Is Said to Plan Cuts in Tuition Aid

QUOTE: ...when the governor proposed deferring 25 percent of tuition assistance until graduation, his aides portrayed it as an incentive for students to graduate quickly....critics say such a plan would be more likely to reduce graduation rates...

New York Times
Dec 09, 2002 California Is at Fiscal Brink

QUOTE: With its huge economy stalled and state revenues plunging, California has descended into its worst budget crisis in a decade and is now facing an excruciating round of budget cuts and possible tax increases.

New York Times
Nov 17, 2002 New York Exports Mentally Ill, Shifting Burden to Other States

QUOTE: ...the Pataki administration has been essentially exporting hundreds of its most troubled psychiatric patients to other states, turning over responsibility for their care to homes there that have little if any expertise and often have tarnished histories...

New York Times
Oct 30, 2002 Voting technology: Will the chads still hang?

QUOTE: But the danger, say observers of reform, is that it focuses too heavily on technology and not enough on the human element of voting - finding and training dedicated poll workers and educating voters.
Oct 21, 2002 Public College Tuitions Rise 10%

QUOTE: Battered by government budget cuts, public colleges and universities raised tuition almost 10 percent this year...

New York Times
Aug 16, 2002 Md. Officials Question Motives of Ethics Inquiries

QUOTE: Twelve politicians who might otherwise have been out campaigning sat in a dimly lighted conference room discussing allegations of misbehavior lodged against six of their colleagues...

Washington Post
May 26, 2002 Is the Death Penalty a Lottery? You Bet

QUOTE: The death penalty is a statewide law that is administered by locally elected prosecutors...there is no way to eliminate geographical bias from the [Maryland] criminal justice equation.

Washington Post
May 24, 2002 Justice Dept. Urged to Widen Fla. Probe: Groups: Voter List Purges An Issue

QUOTE: Some civil rights groups complained yesterday that the [Justice Dept.] inquiry should tackle a more controversial issue: Florida's purge of voter registration lists, which allegedly denied many minority voters access to the ballot box in November 2000.

Washington Post
Apr 28, 2002 For Mentally Ill, Death and Misery

QUOTE: ...privately run and state-regulated adult homes in New York City....many of them have devolved into places of misery and neglect, just like the psychiatric institutions before them.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2002 Suit: School Board Elections Unfair to Indians

QUOTE: [The Yankton Sioux tribe] claims the school system's practice of electing board members from the district as a whole, instead of from districts within the district, dilutes the Indian vote.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 08, 2001 Governors' Limits On Press Raise Concerns

QUOTE: [Alabama Governor Donald Siegelman and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura] have gone to unusual lengths to keep information from reporters or news organizations that have fallen from favor.

New York Times
Aug 26, 2001 One State Finds Secret to Strong Civic Bonds

QUOTE: Community involvement is a New Hampshire tradition...results offer some intriguing ideas about the forces that reduce class bias and encourage broad civic engagement.

New York Times
Aug 09, 2001 Beach Closings and Advisories Reach Record

QUOTE: A record number of pollution-related beach closings and swimming advisories were reported nationally last year...

New York Times
May 20, 2001 Suit Over Foster Care Settled in Tennessee

QUOTE: The State of Tennessee has settled a class-action lawsuit against its foster care system, agreeing to sweeping changes in the tracking of the children in its system and accepting oversight by independent monitors.

New York Times

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