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Leah Szarek

State Reporters on the Big Stories

By: - August 28, 2008

Statehouse reporters from across the country are keeping tabs on their home-state politicians’ attempts to snatch a piece of the national spotlight in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. Pat Doyle of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune caught up with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), a potential John McCain vice presidential pick and popular battleground state campaigner, […]

Watch Your (Official) Language

By: - August 5, 2008

Missouri, a key presidential swing state and home to one of the most hotly contested gubernatorial races, will test what some see as voters’ attitudes toward immigrants this November with a ballot measure to make English the only language of state government. “It’s just not a practical thing having ballots and things in many languages,” […]

WORTH NOTING: R.I. Sweeps Out Cleaning Staff

By: - July 25, 2008

Even Rhode Island’s top prosecutor can’t spot a fake. A woman who cleans state Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch’s office apparently went into hiding the day after officials arrested 31 suspected undocumented courthouse cleaning staff on July 16, ┬áThe Providence Journal reports. A spokesman for the Ocean State Democrat confirmed that the woman’s documentation was […]

States Save The Date

By: - June 20, 2008

(Updated 5:45 p.m. EDT, June 20, 2008) Don’t try to renew your driver’s license on Friday (June 20) in West Virginia. The Mountain State will shut state agencies’ doors in honor of the 145th anniversary of its secession from its namesake neighbor. All but essential state employees celebrate West Virginia Day with a paid day […]