The 2008 edition of Stateline.org's annual survey of trends includes:
Politics: States share national spotlight in 2008
Health care: A tale of two states — how their universal health efforts have fared
Gambling: Proliferation of gambling sets off an 'arms race' among states
Stem cell: Wanted: stem-cell scientists to grow state economies
Infrastructure: The state of the union — crumbling
National Guard: For America's warriors, new help at home
Education: Testing the system — Do all states make the grade?
Immigration: On the front lines — States rush to fill the void on immigration policy
Supreme Court: Lethal injection, voter ID top state concerns on docket
And briefs on hot topics such as ‘Romeo and Juliet' laws, prison overcrowding, campus security, subprime mortgage crisis, global warming, same-sex marriage, the Real ID Act, and abortion.