That's why local leaders are starting to diversify their economies and prepare their people for an uncertain future.Despite the Trump tide, voters at the local level approved new taxes on soda and bond measures for housing and transportation.Paul Le Page and the legislature are barely on speaking terms -- is an exercise in extreme political hostility.
Over the past decade, legislators in several states have sought to expand or reduce the number of justices on their highest courts.
In some cases, they admit their intent to tilt the ideological balance.
In Kentucky, one of the few Southern states where Democrats still hold power, it's a tossup between a Republican businessman appealing to religious conservatives and a Democratic AG distancing himself from Obama.
Giving up on the gridlock at the federal and state levels, progressives are turning their attention to local ballots to get their ideas passed.
New York has been reluctant to embrace technology when it comes to counting votes.
Could the state’s hesitation be the source for its recent election debacles?Arizona was the poster child for Tea Party politics.Now the state's Republican leaders are focusing instead on core establishment issues.Unlike nearly every other state, California lacks a central board that oversees higher education, pitting political leaders against university administrators. Vermont's election was so close that the legislature must decide who wins when it convenes next year. Shumlin as expected, many question what he can accomplish with so many unpopular programs.The chaos that erupted after a police officer shot an unarmed black teen showcases the need for strong leadership and how law enforcement can lead best in communities where life is already a daily struggle.North Carolina's fight over LGBT protections is part of a larger recent shift in political dynamics: States are thwarting local laws any chance they get -- while simultaneously complaining about federal intrusion on their own.