THE CONSERVATIVE DIFFERENCE
By Lou Cannon
GOP lawmakers have enjoyed remarkable success in the past two legislative sessions, but the long-term effects of some efforts rest in the courts’ hands.
By Louis Jacobson
A few states are dipping their toes into new revenue streams.
BOOSTING STATE ECONOMIES
By Suzanne Weiss
Six legislative leaders talked with State Legislatures about efforts to improve the economy and spur job growth in their states.
GREAT IDEAS FOR CUTTING COSTS
Six more strategies to manage the rising costs of health care.
A RARE PAIR
By Carol Knowles
Two Illinois senators set partisanship aside and formed a friendship across the aisle.
FACING THE FUTURE
By Karl Kurtz and Tim Rice
Retiring colleagues, stagnant salaries and intensifying partisanship are top concerns of legislative staffers.
MANAGING THE GAP
By Brian Weberg
As baby boomers retire, legislative staff managers are cultivating the next crop of leaders.
IN THE WAKE OF THE VERDICT
By Martha King
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal health law leaves lawmakers working out what it means for their states.
A PAGE CHANGE
By Bladen Finch
Young people engage with the legislature through a program like no other in Virginia.
By Natalie Davis
BettyLou DeCroce took her late husband’s seat in the New Jersey Legislature. He would have wanted it that way.
TESTED BY TRAGEDY
By Edward P. Smith
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is the recipient of this year’s top legislative leadership award.When it comes to teens in trouble, girls need a place of their own.