Democratic Fight in California Is a Warning for the National Party

By ADAM NAGOURNEY August 9, 2017 SACRAMENTO — For Democrats across the nation, California has offered a bright if lonely light this year. The party controls every statewide office and commands supermajorities in the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown and...

Gun Rights and Foster Care Restrictions Collide in Michigan

Gun Rights and Foster Care Restrictions Collide in Michigan By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG August 8, 2017 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...

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

By MITCH SMITH and JOHN ELIGON July 27, 2017 The governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, is expected to be nominated as the United States ambassador at large for international religious freedom. If Mr. Brownback is confirmed, as expected, the...

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

Austin Journal By MANNY FERNANDEZ July 20, 2017 AUSTIN, Tex. — On the opening day of a special legislative session here Tuesday, a small circle of women stood in the Texas heat near the south steps of the Capitol, making soft, sweet and rebellious...

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

By ALAN BLINDER July 19, 2017 DALLAS — Phillip Jones, whose job it is to court visitors to this city, spent months warning anyone who would listen: Economic pain will follow if Texas lawmakers pass laws seen as hostile to gay and transgender people....

Start-Ups and Old Guard Spar Across U.S. on Noncompete Pacts

As some states make it harder to block workers from going elsewhere, Idaho has passed a law that tips the scale toward their employers.