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Election Recap: Ballot Measures

While Tuesday’s elections brought new policymakers, such as governors in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as party control changes in the Washington and possibly Virginia legislatures, voters also decided on specific issues via ballot measures. Although it was an...

Election Recap: Democrats Make Gains in Big Night, But Still Far Behind in State Control
New Governors in New Jersey & Virginia
Democrats met early expectations securing the governor's mansion in New Jersey and keeping their party in control of the Virginia governor's office. In New Jersey, Phil Murphy (D), former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, easily defeated...
Preview: MultiState Election Day Coverage on Nov. 7

Tomorrow is Election Day and MultiState will be tracking election outcomes and updating the results in real-time via our Twitter and Facebook profiles. Although 2017 is an off-year for presidential and congressional midterm elections, the elections tomorrow are still...

Direct Democracy in Action: A Guide to State Ballot Measures
Voters will head to the ballot box tomorrow, and, depending on the state, might encounter questions beyond who to vote for in statewide or local elections. This form of direct democracy  often referred to universally as ballot measures  comes in different flavors,...
2017 State Ballot Measures Preview: Taxes

Voters have determined state tax policy at the ballot box for years and this year will be no different, with many tax measures before voters this November. Louisiana voters approved two tax-related measures earlier this month, allowing a property tax exemption for...

2017 State Ballot Measures Preview: Health Care

While health care has been a hot topic in Congress this year, much of the heavy lifting has been done at the state level since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010. States have enacted a number of measures in an effort to rein in costs and...

2017 State Ballot Measures Preview: Governance
Because 2017 is an off-year for most legislative elections (other than New Jersey and Virginia), much of the focus on this election season will turn to state ballot measures. There will be 27 ballot measures before voters this fall, the lowest number of ballot measures...
States Continue to Pursue Legislation on Presidential Tax Return Disclosure

Nearly nine months into his term, President Donald Trump has still not released his tax returns, having cited an IRS audit in April as the reason for non-disclosure. Although there are no legal requirements for presidential candidates to disclose tax returns, he is the...

Justice's Switch Gives GOP Complete Control of 26 States
News broke this afternoon that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will announce at a rally tonight his intention to switch party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The rare party switch for the newly elected governor, in a state where the GOP dominates the...
Bills Seek to Compel Disclosure of Presidential Tax Returns

Last week, White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway announced that President Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns, even after the completion of the audit he had previously cited as a reason for not doing so. Although there are no legal requirements for...

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