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Across the country, the Republican party is trying to make it harder for the Democrats’ core constituencies to vote.

The Republicans’ dramatic overreach in states from Wisconsin to Maine has created openings for substantial Democratic victories in unexpected territory.

The unions and Democrats came up just one seat short in a tumultuous uphill battle to take control of the state Senate, but was what happened a victory or a defeat?

Protest in Arizona

The threat of Arizona-style laws has strengthened pro-immigrant coalitions in unlikely places.

Maine Governor Paul LePage

The fight to counter LePage’s extremism is gaining support not only among progressives in the state but within the Republican Party too.

It took opportunistic politicians and ridiculous, shameful language on religious exemptions, but gay and lesbian New Yorkers can finally tie the knot.

Nikki Haley

South Carolinians are beginning to feel duped by their new governor’s cronyism.

For the first time in fifty years, a sitting president visits the United States' largest territory—where citizens can't vote in presidential elections, but are still hit up for campaign cash.

Legislation proposing a publicly owned state bank, the underpinning of a truly local economy, stands a good chance of passing in this session.

Arizona's notorious anti-immigrant crusader is about to become the first State Senate president in US history to be recalled.

Blogs

The Supreme Court may want more money in politics, but the American people do not. Wisconsin towns, villages and cities overwhelmingly back a call to amend big money out of politics.

April 3, 2014

Communities nationwide are calling for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. On Tuesday, Wisconsin towns will join the fight.

March 31, 2014

Wisconsin and Ohio are the latest GOP-controlled states to limit access to the ballot.

March 28, 2014

Fourty-seven town meetings tell legislators and Congress it's time for a money-out-of-politics amendment.

March 24, 2014

And they're raking in a lot of money regardless of how well their funds perform, Fang says on All In with Chris Hayes.

March 20, 2014

In a big-city test of the “Fight for 15” movement, 100 Chicago precincts vote “yes.” Wage hikes are a potent issue that could swing the Illinois governor race.

March 19, 2014

“[It] doesn’t make any sense for us to be sending Vermont’s hard-earned tax dollars to some bank on Wall Street which couldn’t care less about Vermont or Vermonters.”

March 9, 2014

National outcry put Arizona’s discrimantory bill in the spotlight, but at least four other states are still considering similar bills.

February 27, 2014

Feds find Republican created pressure for “bias toward employers”—and against jobless workers.

February 27, 2014

The controversial governor says he should be judged by his inner circle. Fair enough.

February 25, 2014