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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.

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.

Blogs

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

A new independent poll from Wisconsin shows the anti-labor governor's approval ratings are tanking, and the leading Democratic candidate has moved narrowly ahead of him.

May 3, 2012

Walker’s collecting huge checks—$250,000 from Sheldon Adelson—to try to beat a people-powered recall campaign.

May 2, 2012

Walker’s Wisconsin is the only state in the United States with “statistically significant” job losses over the past year. Attacks on public employees, public education, public services don’t work.

April 27, 2012

Does Arizona’s immigration law go too far?

April 23, 2012

Wisconsin's governor is not just attacking labor rights, and voting rights, he's attacking access to reproductive rights. And Wisconsin women are losing  some vital Planned Parenthood services.

April 20, 2012

There is a “huge fear” among Republicans that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker could be indicted before facing a recall election in June.

April 19, 2012