March 27, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

From Albany to Sacramento, capitalizing on state news

State capitals are the home to legislatures, politics and debate, and today’s front pages from U.S. capital cities show all three.

“Legislature gives formal apology for slavery in Florida,” the Tallahassee Democrat said. Legislative action also made news elsewhere. The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette reported on a clause in a bill that increased legislators’ salaries: “Lawmakers to collect per diem back pay.” The Times Union in Albany, N.Y., noted “Tenure clash over tests,” a fight between lawmakers and school officials over teacher tenure.

The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., used a photo illustration to report on deadlines for legislative measures on casinos, Medicaid and school supplies. “Lawmakers play beat the clock,” it said.

From Pennsylvania, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg devoted much of its page to a tentative deal in a teachers strike. At the bottom of its page, it noted that the governor had dropped a proposal to give the state’s poor rebates.

Money matters were on minds in other state capitals, too. The Providence Journal led with “The Budget Battle,” as Rhode Island faces the largest budget deficit in two decades. California also faces a deficit, and The Sacramento Bee quoted Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Governor won’t pin deficit on migrants.” But there was good economic news for the downtown in Utah’s capital, where The Salt Lake Tribune said: “Big plans: SLC in for extreme makeover.”

Transportation was topic No.1 in the Idaho Statesman of Boise. “Roadblock ahead for transit taxes?” it asked. The front page broke out “In favor,” “Against,” and “On the fence.”

Politics and economics made Page One in The Indianapolis Star: “Spotlight on jobs in governor’s race.” The Columbus Dispatch reported that John Kasich, a former U.S. representative and Fox News Channel pundit, will run for the Republican nomination for Ohio governor in 2010.

And The Advocate in Baton Rouge produced a good news-bad news front page with a main headline: “La. income surges” and off lead: “La. listed as 2nd-unhealthiest state.”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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