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States Having Their Own Gun-Control Debates

States Having Their Own Gun-Control Debates

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While Washington tries to decide how best to address with the gun violence epidemic in the country, individual states are making their own rules and having debates of their own.
More than 1,100 gun-related bills ha…

Most States Underprepared for Public Health Emergencies

Most States Underprepared for Public Health Emergencies

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There are persistent gaps in the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies, according to a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health, despite a series of…

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Another person has died from fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, bringing the total to 25 deaths, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has …

New Jersey No Longer Worst for Businesses

New Jersey No Longer Worst for Businesses

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Tax Foundation, a non-profit conservative-leaning tax research group, is out Tuesday with its ranking of states most and least friendly to business. Gov. Chris Christie will be pleased to learn that New Jersey is…

New Jersey No Longer Worst for Businesses

New Jersey No Longer Worst for Businesses

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Tax Foundation, a non-profit conservative-leaning tax research group, is out Tuesday with its ranking of states most and least friendly to business. Gov. Chris Christie will be pleased to learn that New Jersey is…

Five Most Generous States for Charities Mostly Lean Republican

Five Most Generous States for Charities Mostly Lean Republican

ABC News/Ma’ayan Rosenzweig(NEW YORK) — Which states are more generous about giving money to charities?  Red or blue states?  A report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “How America Gives,” uses the most recent available IRS data from 2008 t…

‘Obamacare’ Ruling Puts New Emphasis on State Governments

‘Obamacare’ Ruling Puts New Emphasis on State Governments

(WASHINGTON) — There are very few certainties in politics, but the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health care law colloquially referred to as “Obamacare,” resulted in one of those rare sure things: It assured that…

‘Obamacare’ Ruling Puts New Emphasis on State Governments

‘Obamacare’ Ruling Puts New Emphasis on State Governments

(WASHINGTON) — There are very few certainties in politics, but the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health care law colloquially referred to as “Obamacare,” resulted in one of those rare sure things: It assured that…

The Silliest and Most Outrageous Taxes in America

The Silliest and Most Outrageous Taxes in America

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you take the tax codes of the 50 states and apply a magnifying glass, you’ll find that here and there, hidden amongst the small print, are specimens that many would consider outrageous.Take for example, a tax on fur,…

Political Corruption: 8 States Earn Failing Grades

Political Corruption: 8 States Earn Failing Grades

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — From pay-to-play politics to dismal campaign disclosure requirements, America’s fifty state governments have been weighed, measured and found wanting when it comes to ethical lawmaking.Not a single state earn…

Ballot Rules: Easiest, Toughest States for Candidates

Ballot Rules: Easiest, Toughest States for Candidates

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On Friday U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. is expected to issue a ruling on the Virginia ballot challenge brought by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  Perry, joined by his GOP opponents Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsm…

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