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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.

California has gutted the budget for what was once a shining example of public higher education, leaving students saddled with more debt and fewer options. 

Electoral map

Democrats have a rich opportunity to push electoral reform at the state level.

The state that Obama won in 2008 is far from a sure thing this time around.

Battleground 2012: Can Obama Win North Carolina Again?

In this crucial swing state, organizers are betting that a strong grassroots ground game can defeat Romney’s Super PAC cash.

New York's Black Sites

As states like Mississippi reject solitary confinement, this “blue” state leads the nation in the use of “disciplinary segregation.” Or as prisoners call it: torture.

Far from a slam dunk for immigrants, the Supreme Court ruling allows Juan Crow to stand as the law of the land.

The True Story of Sharia in American Courts

Sharia is as unthreatening to the US legal system as the ideas in the Old Testament. Yet bigoted hysteria is fueling legislation that actually undermines our courts.

Blogs

Three members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have asked the controversial Wisconsin governor whether he wants to withdraw tainted testimony.

May 25, 2012

The embattled Wisconsin governor brings in South Carolina governor, top proponent of right-to-work laws, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, top proponent of corporate raiding.

May 24, 2012

A Nation analysis of Scott Walker’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee—and video evidence—lead key members to demand an explanation from the anti-labor governor.

May 22, 2012

A primary today in Oregon pits a candidate who will make pot prosecutions a low priority versus another who wants to crack down on medical marijuana. And then there's the case of the Koch Democrat.

May 15, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unintentionally confirms his "divide and conquer" policy on labor.

May 14, 2012

He says no. Video says yes.

May 14, 2012

Republicans and conservatives are making contradictory arguments in response to President Obama’s announcement that he supports marriage equality. 

May 9, 2012

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wins an overwhelming primary victory, as combined Democratic total vote in historic recall election outshines vote for embattled GOP governor.

May 9, 2012

Mitt blames Obama for rising tuitions, but ignores the role of federal student aid in reducing its burden on families. 

May 8, 2012

On the eve of the Democratic primary, John Nichols weighs in on Republican Governor Scott Walker's recall election campaign.

May 8, 2012