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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...

2017 Political Preview: GOP Expands Historic Control of State Governments

Now that the dust has settled on 5,923 state legislative and twelve gubernatorial elections, we take a look at what the political makeup of the states will be when state legislatures gavel into session next month.

Majority of Firearm Measures Pass at the Ballot Box

On Election Day, four states considered some form of firearms-related ballot questions, including measures on background checks, transfers, and efforts to keep guns away from the mentally ill. Polling showed that a majority of voters in each state supported these measures...

Election Aftermath: A Variety of Tax-Related Ballot Measures Passed on Election Day

Twenty-five state tax ballot measures were decided in 14 states on Election Day this year. Voters considered a range of issues, including changes to business tax regimes, various changes to sales taxes, targeted property tax exemptions, increasing tobacco taxes, and...

Voters Want to Invest & Protect Transportation Funds

On Tuesday, voters in three states decided to invest more money in transportation infrastructure and protect current transportation funds. Voters in Maine approved $100 million in bonds for transportation projects, while voters in Illinois and New Jersey approved measures...

Marijuana Legalization Adds Three New States; Doubles Recreational States

Proponents of marijuana legalization had a good night on Tuesday after three states legalized recreational marijuana use, three states legalized medical marijuana use, and, while the race is too close to call, it appears voters in Maine approved recreational marijuana use...

Minimum Wage Increases Sweep State Ballots

UPDATED: An newer post on this topic is available here.

Not unexpectedly, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington all approved the minimum wage increases on statewide ballots Tuesday night. The single attempt to roll back a minimum wage in South Dakota came up...

A Big Night for Right-to-Work Advocates

UPDATED: The latest information on this issue is available here.

Election Update 2016: Which State Legislative Chambers Flipped Control?

In October, we reported on several legislative chambers that might change party control after the elections. Republicans across the country expanded the map, and as of this reporting there are four additional Republican trifectas—states where one party controls both...