You've undoubtedly noticed Stateline.org's new look - four columns instead of three, more information on the homepage and new, more informative graphics. Our changes go beyond a mere facelift; you'll find several new features intended to make this Web site an even better, more user-friendly resource for keeping track of significant state government developments and trends.
For starters, you can now join in the debate on important public policy issues. At the bottom of each of our original stories is a new "comment" section. You can add your two cents worth to what you've just read, but we ask that you tell us who you are and where you live.
is a one-time process, and it's quick and easy - click on the red box at the top right-hand side of the page and fill in the blanks. We won't share your information with anyone else, nor will we use it for any commercial purposes. It simply authenticates participants in what we hope will become a vigorous online roundtable discussion of issues and policies affecting us all. ( Stateline.org
does, of course, reserve the right to reject any comments because of inappropriate language or tone or for any other reason.)
Another new feature is a more powerful search engine
's archive houses news and background information on state policy and politics back to 1999. You can quickly zero in on what you're looking for by entering a date range, topic, state, keywords, name of reporter or a combination of all.
If you'd like to read Stateline.org while you're on the go, download and print out a PDF copy of a week's worth of our reporting. You'll find that feature in a box on our homepage labeled " Weekly Stories ."
In coming days, you'll also want to check out our new " Blog Library
," which links you to dozens of writers who focus on politics and policy in the 50 states. And we've made it easy for you to stay on top of state-level 2006 campaigns with a compilation of stories in the column on the right and a constantly updated Interactive Election Guide