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Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Poverty

Oklahoma Lawmaker Abandons Anti-Abortion Bathroom Signs Law

Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin, who had sponsored the original bill passed by the Legislature, proposed an amendment that would require the signs only …

Abortion

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.<p>But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales …

Marijuana

Top 10 Weirdest State Laws in America

More often than not, lawmakers usually have the best interest of their constituents in mind when they set new rules and regulations. However, by …

States rise up against Washington

State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as …

Bills of Rights at 225: Framers put federalism at core of Bill of Rights

<i>Last in a 12-part series on the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights.</i><p>More in the Series<p>Securing liberties of We the People<p>Limits on bails, fines, …

We’re about to see states’ rights used defensively against Trump

Progressives have long been skeptical of federalism, with the role that “states’ rights” played in the resistance to the civil rights act and desegregation typically featuring prominently in their criticism. Its ugly history even led one 20th-century scholar to insist that “if one disapproves of …

Democracy
21st Century

How These States Ensure Welfare Dollars Aren’t Used for Alcohol, Lottery Tickets

A new state law in Maine went into effect last month prohibiting welfare recipients from purchasing items like alcohol, lottery tickets, and tattoos …

Poverty
Vaccines
Education

Many Ala. counties refuse to issue gay-marriage licenses

Gay and lesbian couples began marrying in Alabama after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the state's bid to stop the unions. Same-sex couples lined up outside the main courthouse in Birmingham, where judges and ministers performed same-sex ceremonies. AP<p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On a day where sadness, …

Same-sex Marriage

Miracle - The Name on the Front More Important than the Name on the Back

Know Your Rights: States Push High School Civics Exam Requirement

Andrew Soergel, Jay Tolson | Dec. 31, 2014<p>Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House.<p>Sept. 10, 2014<p>A collection of moments …

Rule Of Law: An Eggs-traordinary Tale Of Economic Reasoning

American eggs seem as wholesome as apple pie. A California law, however, puts the breakfast favorite at the center of a less than sunny side-up plan …

RT @apgov216: Categorical grant example in Wednesday News-Herald. #hsgovchat #Federalism #apgov216 http://t.co/YJz3VvEOPk

Supreme Court to weigh Arizona redistricting challenge

By | WASHINGTON<p>The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a challenge by Arizona's legislature to a voter-approved plan that stripped state lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional districts in an bid to remove partisan politics from the process.<p>The state's Republican-controlled …

RT @apgov216: http://t.co/WhFPRBs61X Great Graphic on Government responsibilities. #apgov #hsgovchat

Minimum wage, weed on state ballots

Votes on minimum wage, marijuana and gun rights headline a diverse group of ballot initiatives in the upcoming midterm elections — another sign that states are taking action as federal lawmakers continue to get little done.<p>Ballot measures are also where states can demonstrate signature flair, and …

Political cartoon (Bureaucrats) for the HS Government classroom. #hsgovchat #apgov #sschat http://t.co/MEI5iOJUHw

The United State of America

Washington is expanding its power by turning state governments into instruments of federal policy.<p>The tug of war between the president and Congress is steadily escalating. The most recent sign of incipient institutional breakdown is House Speaker John Boehner’s suit against President Obama for …

7 questions about block grants

Paul Ryan on Thursday released a plan to combat poverty in the US. The plan represents a major departure from his prior budgets and has sweeping policy changes on everything from regulations to education. But it does contain one familiar concept: block granting.<p>Ryan's plan contains an "Opportunity …