Turf Battles: Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them.

Turf Battles By EMILY BADGER July 6, 2017 At a time when Democrats are locked out of power from the White House, both chambers of Congress, the majority of governor’s offices and three-fifths of the country’s state houses, their ideas at least...

Illinois Moves a Step Closer to Ending Its Budget Deadlock

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY July 4, 2017 CHICAGO — Illinois took a crucial step on Tuesday toward ending a budget impasse that has imperiled the state’s fiscal future, but major questions remained even as a threat loomed that the...

Caught in Budget Tugs of War, States Teeter on the Brink

By JESS BIDGOOD, JULIE BOSMAN and ALEXANDER BURNS July 3, 2017 AUGUSTA, Me. — Government workers marched outside the State House here chanting, “Do your job!” on Monday as Maine kept children’s caseworkers at home and...

California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

By THOMAS FULLER July 2, 2017 REDDING, Calif. — The deer heads mounted on the walls of Eric Johnson’s church office are testament to his passion for hunting, a lifestyle enjoyed by many in the northernmost reaches of California but one that Mr....

Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

By NICK CORASANITI July 1, 2017 ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. — This spot is usually a choke point for shore traffic, not a U-turn. Yet roughly every 10 minutes on Saturday morning, a new vehicle approached the entrance to the beach here — some...

‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY June 29, 2017 CHICAGO — Road construction and bridge repairs may come to a halt. At least one agency has threatened to downgrade Illinois’s credit rating to junk, a crippling borrowing position no state...