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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.

The veteran LGBT activist is fighting for an Assembly seat in California, but she faces tough opposition from a current representative who moved into her district and who is backed by Speaker John Perez.

The state’s top number-cruncher discusses taxes, education and the consequences of drowning government in the bathtub.

Scott Walker

The protests in Wisconsin have inspired a new generation of candidates—and they’re winning.

Blogs

Progressives are making real headway on mandatory paid sick leave at the local level—but the conservative pushback is on. 

March 8, 2013

The Republican governor seeks to give an “emergency manager,” not elected officials, authority over the city.

March 6, 2013

As the national debate on comprehensive immigration reform heats up, Georgia activists are fighting racist state-level policy.

February 27, 2013

The latest proposal being floated in Pennsylvania for redistributing electoral votes has the same goal as the last plan: allowing a Republican loser to "win" the presidency.

February 5, 2013

Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, chief sponsor of potentially the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country, has friends in high places. 

February 1, 2013

The state-level right-wing agenda will continue to hit poor women on all fronts.

January 8, 2013

The three new senators being appointed by their governors will have no democratic legitimacy.

December 26, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder ignored the interests of Michigan workers to please his corporate backers. 

December 17, 2012

Just a month from Election Day states are already pining for restrictions in the next election.

December 13, 2012

What caused Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s political 180 on anti-labor legislation?

December 13, 2012