State Legislatures

VOLUME 39, No. 7 | July/August 2013

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STATES VS FEDS
By Carl Tubbesing
The growing schism between states and the federal government makes for a difficult and deteriorating relationship, with a few exceptions.

Online: Learn more about how NCSL is making sure state concerns are heard in Washington, D.C.

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Q and A
William Pound and Sue Urahn
Where is the state-federal relationship headed?

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MAJORITY RULES?
By Robert Mak
Is the unusual Washington coalition that took control of the Senate a mere political blip or the start of a new era?

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TWO STATES, SAME CHALLENGE
By Lynn Bartels
Lawmakers in Colorado and Connecticut make tough calls in the wake of mass shootings.

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A PURPLE PEACE
By Morgan Cullen
With partisanship at toxic levels, the Texas freshman caucus thought it was time to try something new to encourage more civil discourse.

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SOLID SOUTH
By Eric Francis
Recent Republican victories in the Arkansas General Assembly completed the South’s total transformation to the GOP.

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THE 'WIZARD' OF DEMOCRACY
By Karl Kurtz
Intellect, insight and inspiration distinguish Alan Rosenthal’s influence on state legislatures.

Online: Read testimonials to Alan Rosenthal
Online: Learn about a fund being developed in Alan Rosenthal's honor

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SIX WHO SERVED
By Mark Wolf
These World War II veterans, with their unique experiences and wisdom, epitomize public service.

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GI JOBS
By James B. Reed
States are helping veterans find good jobs based on the training and education they received in the military.

Online: More resources on aiding veterans.

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VIRTUAL VENUES
By Pam Greenberg
Legislators are reaping the benefits of reaching citizens online and paving the way for those who follow.

Online: This video of Hawaii Senator Jill Tokuda holding a virtual meeting with school principals is an example of lawmakers using new methods to reach constituents.

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THE GREAT EVALUATOR
By Jonathan Kaminsky
Steve Aos helps lawmakers in Washington be shrewd stewards of taxpayers’ money. His methods may be coming to a statehouse near you.

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GO FIGURE
By Keith Brainard
New guidelines are changing how public pension accounting affects the books, the budget and bond ratings.

Online: More on new public pension funding guidelines. (26422)

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE

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