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State Net Capitol Journal: What Supreme Court Decisions Could Mean For the States

By Lou Cannon The Supreme Court's momentous rulings last month on three issues shook up the country and the states. The court gave conservatives a victory on voting rights while moving the country in a liberal direction on marriage equality. Disappointing both sides, the court also kept affirmative...

State Net Capitol Journal: Justice Department Sues To Block N.C. Voter ID Law

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last month to block North Carolina's new voter ID law, which some critics have called the most sweeping of its kind. The law was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in August, just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the...

State Net Capitol Journal: Federal Fiscal Crisis Over - For Now

Last week, 16 days into the federal government shutdown and only hours away from a possible federal default with potentially global economic repercussions, Congress passed and President Obama signed an agreement ending the fiscal crisis. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Minority...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Struggles To Find Balance In Flood Insurance Reform

By Rich Ehisen | When Lynne Kampel bought her small home on Long Island in 1990, its location across the road from Randall Bay's inlet waters, only blocks from the famed Nautical Mile, was a real selling point. So was its price tag, a steal at just $105,000, which made ponying up the monthly mortgage...

Jay Shapiro: The Supreme Court Takes Another Look At Consent Searches & Georgia v. Randolph

By Jay Shapiro This Term, the Court will have the opportunity to state whether its rule in Georgia v. Randolph is restricted to the very specific facts of that case or if there is a broader application of that holding. In Fernandez v. California , the Court examines a situation where the police were...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Hot Issues Won’t Vary Much in 2014

By Rich Ehisen | For most states, 2013 was a welcome respite from the usual election year political gridlock. That all changes next year, with 38 governorships, 46 legislative chambers, 33 United States Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats up for grabs. But amidst all that politicking...