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After years of performing executions at a pace that scares the bejesus out of the civilized world, Texas has put the brakes on its machine as the Supreme Court considers lethal injection.

Jena, Louisiana, has become a national symbol of racial injustice, as civil rights activists converge on the town to protest a miscarriage of justice against six black teens.

Thousands of civil rights activists are heading to Louisiana this week to protest a case of gross injustice--and the system that supports racial inequality across America.

Opposition to the Iraq War has created some unlikely alliances in Kentucky, much to the chagrin of Senator Mitch McConnell.

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.

Blogs

With political groups increasingly eager to buy seats on state-level benches, judges are forced to act more like politicians.

October 23, 2014

John Nichols appeared on All In with Chris Hayes Wednesday night to talk about how the minimum wage debate in Wisconsin could doom Scott Walker’s re-election campaign and tank his presidential ambitions.

October 16, 2014

Wisconsin's governor refuses to act on behalf of low-wage workers.

October 14, 2014

In an emergency ruling, the Supreme Court puts "the rule of law ahead of the Scott Walker’s political gamesmanship.”

October 9, 2014

Yes, they’re the “premier princes of dark money,” but the governor’s cool with that.

October 8, 2014

Outrage over deep budget cutbacks in key states is hurting the GOP.

October 8, 2014

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick is making an issue of single-payer healthcare reform.

September 5, 2014

Lessons from Missouri should steer us toward new national policies and an embrace of policing that respects civil liberties.

August 15, 2014

A big primary win and solid poll numbers put a Democrat in serious contention against Wisconsin’s governor.

August 13, 2014

Californians fighting domestic violence say there’s a new way to help keep families safe.

August 11, 2014