|Fed-up states defy Washington
By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
In his six years in Congress, Rod Blagojevich couldn't get anything done about high prices
for prescription drugs. In his first year as Illinois governor, he hopes to set national policy.
The governor wants Illinois to be the first state to legally import prescription drugs from
Canada, a precedent that could unlock the borders to a flood of cheaper drugs. "If you leave it to the president and Congress,
history tells us nothing will change," says the Chicago Democrat, who served three terms in the House of Representatives before
A new era of activism by state governments has arrived. Unhappy with what's happening in
Washington, governors, legislatures and state attorneys general are leading a charge to set the national agenda on issues
from health care to pollution control to securities regulation. ...
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