Upgrades Technology, Gets New Look

By: - March 8, 2005 12:00 am’s new look, which debuts this weekend, incorporates the latest in Internet technology to deliver the news, including an RSS feed that allows you to download our content on any online device.

We’ve tried to preserve all the features we know you rely on, such as our weekday roundup of state policy and political news items from the 50 state capitals and our in-depth reports on significant state policy issues and trends.

Our aim is the same as when we launched in 1999: to provide timely, trustworthy information on state policy innovations and trends in hopes of contributing to a more vigorous, more informed debate of important public issues.

Our new site: 

  • Allows you to see at a glance and easily navigate to the wealth of information to be found on the pages of
  • Provides an enhanced search capability using Google technology, allowing you to more easily research state policy issues on or elsewhere on the Web. 
  • Makes it easier to sign up for or unsubscribe to daily and weekly e-mail newsletters.

Starting Monday, will have a searchable archive of each edition from March 7, 2005, on that will enable you to easily find a day in the life of the 50 states. But we’ve also preserved our old site’s archive, which enables you to search through content going back to 1999, including seeing the full texts of governors’ state of state addresses going back as many as seven years.

On the home page, you’re also just a click away from our Commentary page, Letters to the Editor, and enhanced state-by-state and issue-by-issue pages with additional references and links.

The improved technology that drives our new site enables us to convey information using the full range of multimedia tools. In coming days, you’ll find “Backgrounders” designed to clarify complex issues such as Medicaid. Also coming is a Facts and Figures section that will convey this information in easily digestible graphical renderings and the return of our ever-popular links to editorial cartoons satirizing state policy and politics.

Please update your bookmarks and links to make sure that remains a favorite. We’ve extensively tested our new site to try to ensure a smooth transition, but we’ll probably experience some growing pains in coming days. You can help us correct problems quickly by letting us know if you experience any difficulties. We also welcome any comments, suggestions or criticism. E-mail [email protected].

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