Lawmakers have become acutely familiar with the financial challenges caused by pension underfunding, and they're certainly aware of the political difficulties involved in trying to change pension formulas.But the legal hurdles involved in changing pension benefits can be formidable as well.
Paul Le Page and the legislature are barely on speaking terms -- is an exercise in extreme political hostility.
Giving up on the gridlock at the federal and state levels, progressives are turning their attention to local ballots to get their ideas passed.
But policies that sell well in cities won't always work statewide.
They also gained control of the Washington Senate, fueling a sense of momentum heading into 2018.
Arizona was the poster child for Tea Party politics.
Now the state's Republican leaders are focusing instead on core establishment issues.