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Martinez of New Mexico only governor from border states to attend conference in Mexico

By | 09.29.11 | 3:15 pm | More from The New Mexico Independent

Gov. Susana Martinez is the only U.S. governor in attendance at this year’s Border Governors Conference in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, which brings together representatives from the governments of the states along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who was set to host the conference last More…

Watch for the wave: Amazon to pay sales tax in California

By | 09.08.11 | 3:50 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Struggling with an ongoing recession-era budget crisis that has seen hundreds of millions of dollars slashed from public education alone, Colorado lawmakers tried and failed to get mega-online retailer Amazon to pay state sales taxes last year. Amazon successfully dodged similar efforts in other states, but the tax man More…

California approves of national popular vote initiative

By | 08.09.11 | 11:31 am

A bill that would commit California’s 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote (NPV) in presidential elections was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Monday. The bill would only come into effect if enough states sign similar legislation so that a majority More…

Private interests fund inaugurations in Florida, Michigan, Texas

By | 01.18.11 | 1:44 pm

Image by Matt MahurinTexas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst aren’t the only state leaders in the U.S. to have private donors and corporate interests pick up the tab for their inauguration ceremony.

The Dallas Morning News‘ Wayne Slater reports that “Oil executives, beer distributors, lobbyists and big-dollar campaign donors

Latino support for Democrats remains strong despite lack of immigration reform

By | 11.04.10 | 9:40 am

Republicans may have won the House, but immigrant advocacy groups are quick to point out that the party was fairly unpopular among Latinos, who helped Democrats win in major races in California, Colorado and Nevada. The Pew Hispanic Center released a report last night on Latino More…

Latino Voters Choose Democrats in Key Races

By | 11.03.10 | 3:52 pm

Latino voters seem to have tipped the scales in favor of Democrats like governor-elect Jerry Brown and Sens. Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and Michael Bennet, according to poll results from Latino Decisions. Democratic candidates were preferred in almost every race by Latino registered voters from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, More…

Tancredo, Angle, Whitman Lose After Anti-Illegal Immigration Campaigns

By | 11.03.10 | 1:22 am

A few pieces of good news for supporters of a more inclusive immigration policy: Harry Reid beat out Sharron Angle (R), who ran a campaign that relied heavily on anti-illegal immigration rhetoric, and immigration hawk Tom Tancredo lost the race for Colorado governor.

Angle posed a serious threat to Reid, More…

Spanish-Language Whitman Ad Claims She Is Against Arizona Immigration Law

By | 10.27.10 | 9:45 am

Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor in California, has a new Spanish-language ad touting her opposition to the “Arizona law,” SB 1070, and accusing her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown of misleading voters. “Don’t let Jerry Brown fool you: Meg Whitman is against the Arizona law,” the announcer says. “She More…


Attorney general races threaten foreclosure investigation

By | 10.27.10 | 6:00 am

With unusual unanimity across the political spectrum, all 50 state attorneys general announced a coordinated investigation on Oct. 13 into recent revelations that mortgage servicers routinely used “robo-signers” to approve hundreds of thousands of foreclosures without scrutinizing the underlying documents. Because state law governs the mortgage lending industry for the More…

State Ballot Props on Health Care Repeal, Marijuana Could Drive Turnout

By | 10.12.10 | 9:20 am

Voters won’t only get the opportunity to elect a new Congress in exactly three weeks — in 36 states, they’ll also get to decide the fate of 155 ballot propositions on a wide-ranging series of topics, from increasing a state’s sales tax to reducing its carbon emissions. And while there’s More…