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Arkansas Man Topples Ten Commandments Monument

Arkansas Man Topples Ten Commandments Monument

The remnants of the Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas State Capitol on Wednesday morning.
‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget

‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget

The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Michael J. Madigan, second from right, has fought the Republican governor’s demands that a budget be tied to a property tax freeze and workers’
Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

Park rangers patrolled the New Jersey coastline along the Island Beach State Park border on Saturday. State parks and beaches were closed because a budget impasse led to a government shutdown.
California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

Eric Johnson at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., not the California of “Baywatch” fame.
Caught in Budget Tugs of War, States Teeter on the Brink

Caught in Budget Tugs of War, States Teeter on the Brink

Union members and state workers protested a government shutdown at the Maine State House on Saturday in Augusta.
Work-Life Balance: Family-Friendly Laws Are Being Passed, but Not by Trump’s Team

Work-Life Balance: Family-Friendly Laws Are Being Passed, but Not by Trump’s Team

Washington state senators applauded on the Senate floor in Olympia, Wash., on Friday night after passing a bill to give workers 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave.
Illinois Moves a Step Closer to Ending Its Budget Deadlock

Illinois Moves a Step Closer to Ending Its Budget Deadlock

Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois, center, with the state’s Republican legislative leaders, Senator Christine Radogno and Representative Jim Durkin, at the Capitol in May. On Thursday, Ms. Radogno
Turf Battles: Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them.

Turf Battles: Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them.

Hundreds of protesters lined the balconies of the Texas state Capitol rotunda in Austin on May 29, the last day of the legislative session, to protest a new state law banning sanctuary cities.

Republicans Are Coming for Your Minimum Wage Hike

The fight for a higher minimum wage has become a hallmark of the progressive left as it seeks to take back power from Republicans, at both the state and federal levels. Support for Fight for $15 has
Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho

Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho

Downtown Boise, Idaho. While most states have been moving toward making it easier for workers to switch employers, Idaho went the other direction.
Noncompete Pacts, Under Siege, Find Haven in Idaho

Noncompete Pacts, Under Siege, Find Haven in Idaho

Downtown Boise, Idaho. While most states have been moving toward making it easier for workers to switch employers, Idaho went the other direction.
Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho

Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho

Downtown Boise, Idaho. While most states have been moving toward making it easier for workers to switch employers, Idaho went the other direction.
The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis

The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis

Low-rise homes dot the landscape in San Francisco. California’s housing costs are among the highest in the country.
The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis

The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis

Low-rise homes dot the landscape in San Francisco. California’s housing costs are among the highest in the country.
Travel to Texas? Not on California’s Dime, You Don’t

Travel to Texas? Not on California’s Dime, You Don’t

Dallas is a popular meeting site for the nation’s trade shows, but the state’s stance on gay and transgender rights is costing it some convention business.
Austin Journal: Long-Suffering Texas Democrats Suffer On as Lawmakers Meet

Austin Journal: Long-Suffering Texas Democrats Suffer On as Lawmakers Meet

From left to right, Democratic Texas Senators Borris Miles, Juan Hinojosa, Royce West and John Whitmire during a special session on the Senate floor at the State Capitol in Austin, shortly after
Waiting in the Wings in Kansas: Who Is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer?

Waiting in the Wings in Kansas: Who Is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer?

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer would become governor of Kansas if Sam Brownback takes a job in the Trump administration.
Wisconsin’s Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies

Wisconsin’s Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies

Terry Gou, Foxconn’s chairman, at the White House on Wednesday. Foxconn plans to build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies

Wisconsin’s Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies

Terry Gou, Foxconn’s chairman, at the White House on Wednesday. Foxconn plans to build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin.
Gun Rights and Foster Care Restrictions Collide in Michigan

Gun Rights and Foster Care Restrictions Collide in Michigan

Bill Johnson with his holstered handgun. He and his wife, Jill, are suing Michigan, which would bar them from carrying concealed weapons if they became their grandson’s foster parents.