May 17, 2019

Which parties control each state legislature and governorship

Data: National Conference of State Legislatures; Note: Nebraska’s legislature is non-partisan and D.C. does not have a governor; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Heading into 2020, Republicans hold 27 governors' mansions while Democrats have 23. The GOP controls 30 state legislatures to Democrats' 19. Nebraska has a unicameral, non-partisan legislature.

Why it matters: Where the country heads on a number of key issues including abortion, gerrymandering, Medicaid, minimum wage, paid family leave, criminal justice and infrastructure is determined by action at the state level.

What's next: Most governors and some state senators elected in 2018 have four-year terms, meaning they'll be in office for the next two election cycles. However, many other legislative seats will be again up for election during the 2020 election cycle, giving both parties another round to battle.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.