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The Iowa straw poll offered a penetrating glimpse into the crisis facing the Republican party.

The institutional neglect that brought Minnesota's Republicans into power has led to tragedy and scandal.

Weary of tax cuts for the rich, state politicians are rethinking their aversion to tax-and-spend.

Billy Sothern, member of the legal team that represented Patrick Kennedy, convicted of child rape, in a landmark Supreme Court death penalty decision this week, explained the issues at stake in this 2007 essay.

What can the nation learn from the Golden State's struggles to deal with its immigrant population?

As the two top-ranked college teams clash on Saturday, the world stops, vote-counting is halted in a tight Congressional race and cities brace for violence.

Poverty, race and obesity have a lot in common. In Alabama an underfunded federal program addresses the problem by providing fresh produce to low-income residents and seniors.

Thanks to a thoughtful grassroots campaign, voters in South Dakota rejected a draconian abortion ban.

The electoral process worked for pro-choice advocates in South Dakota,
overturning an abortion ban with a grassroots appeal to keep the government out of citizens' personal lives.

Joe Lieberman won an idiosyncratic victory. He holds his seat despite his relentless support for Iraq, rather than because of it.

Blogs

She makes moves to challenge Andrew Cuomo from the left as Working Families Party candidate.

May 30, 2014

A bill to block renewable energy standards is the product of an aggressive campaign by conservative groups to undermine laws that encourage the development of clean energy.

May 29, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014

Local votes with national implications see farmers and allies prove the power of local democracy.

May 21, 2014

Three of the state’s five clinics may have to close their doors. Here’s what’s at stake.

May 15, 2014

Christie, Booker and Democratic party bosses, along with the charter school movement, suffer a huge defeat.

May 14, 2014

Counties and cities are posing a challenge to the Obama administration, whose immigration enforcement mechanisms lean heavily on the partnership between federal and local agents.

May 2, 2014

Voting rights groups allege that Ohio early voting cuts disproportionately burden black voters 

May 1, 2014

The Supreme Court may want more money in politics, but the American people do not. Wisconsin towns, villages and cities overwhelmingly back a call to amend big money out of politics.

April 3, 2014

Communities nationwide are calling for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. On Tuesday, Wisconsin towns will join the fight.

March 31, 2014