VOLUME 44, No. 5
UP, UP AND AWAY
By Wendy Underhill
There’s no right answer to what role money should play in campaigns—but there are lots of opinions.
COUNT THE COSTS
By Wendy Underhill
When it comes to running an election, one thing is certain: money matters.
POWERING INTO THE FUTURE
By Glen Andersen
The question isn’t can we afford to upgrade the electric grid, but can we can afford not to.
LEGISLATIVE STAFF WEEK
• Avenues to Involvement: May 14 - 18
• Innovations — Strengthening the Legislative Institution: A live chat feature on the Legislature’s website helps shrink Alaska’s vast distances.
• Why I Love the Legislature — Legislative staffers tell us what drew them to the statehouse.
• What Staff Know — They lead capitol tours, prepare legislators to visit classrooms, oversee internship and page programs and educate teachers and the public. Here’s what civics educators want you to know.
COMMENTS FROM CONSTITUENTS
Letters to the editor.
SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
Connections, insights and ideas from NCSL, with updates on trade talks in Québec and you’re your state liaisons can do for you.
TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
States prepare for the 2020 census, limit use of the gay and transgender “panic” defense in murder cases and find ways to shelter victims of human trafficking.
NEWSMAKERS | WHO'S MAKING NEWS UNDER THE DOMES
The latest on leadership changes in statehouses across the nation and in the territories, with quotes from lawmakers.
STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
A new monument in Virginia’s Capital Square, cheap land for Rhode Island’s beginning farmers, open educational resources catch on in Washington state.
A short look at long-term services: A their populations age, states are evaluating their health services for older adults and people with disabilities or chronic diseases.
YES, NO, MAYBE SO
Ethics in the world of state government: Why do legislative ethics matter?
THE FINAL WORD
Meet Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tem JOE SCARNATI
“My constituents and the people I work with, they just want a decision. They want somebody to call the balls and strikes here, and I do that.”