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Can he make New York the “progressive capital of the nation”—by empowering Republicans?

Gun rights advocates

Opponents of gun control spent the last twenty years undermining local approaches to gun policy.

California flag

Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

Tea Partiers

Obama’s re-election inspired residents of states like Louisiana and Alabama to push for independence from the rest of the country. They should be careful what they wish for.

Natural gas drilling rig

In small hamlets and tiny towns you’ve never heard of, grassroots activists are taking a stand in what could be the final showdown for Earth’s future.

California

The shifting demographics of California are producing an American electoral majority that is more progressive.

Voting in Hoboken, New Jersey

County clerks are reporting inaccessible polling stations, damaged absentee ballots and mass confusion about where and how to vote on Tuesday.

No TV ads, no fancy consultants. The staunchly progressive Vermont senator is coasting toward re-election by talking about real issues, listening to voters and organizing.

Elizabeth Warren

The campaign”s final stretch finds Warren with a small lead and a revved-up volunteer base.

Turnout for a popular ballot measure that would fully legalize marijuana could determine whether Obama or Romney wins this important swing state.

Blogs

After a judge upheld Pennsylvania's voter ID law, Representative Mike Turzai, who stated that the law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state,” again claimed that the state has a history of voter fraud.

August 15, 2012

In farm country, Paul Ryan won’t talk farm issues. Why? His budget is a direct assault on the rural Americans who decide how battleground states vote.

August 15, 2012

The state's Republicans are limited early voting hours in pro-Obama counties while expanding them in GOP strongholds.

August 8, 2012

Pulling back on support for the unemployed is just the latest side effect of state legislators’ decisions to dole out tax cuts.

August 6, 2012

The state of Pennsylvania did a terrible job defending its voter ID law—but today a judge ruled it constitutional anyway.

August 3, 2012

Citing deficit woes, at least six Republican governors say they won’t expand Medicaid. But closing tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy would more than pay for the expansion.

July 20, 2012

With the formal shift of control of the Wisconsin state Senate to Democratic control, America’s leading anti-labor governor can no longer govern at whim.

July 18, 2012

Domestic violence rates have skyrocketed in the aftermath of the recession, but governors are cutting funds for victims.

July 12, 2012

The question that Romney must answer Wednesday is simple: Which side is he on?

July 10, 2012

Michigan's Republican governor blocked a voter suppression measure, harkening back to a GOP of yore. 

July 5, 2012