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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.

Protests in Madison, Wisconsin

Under attack, labor and its allies are redirecting energy and resources to state-level fights.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Only the deepest cuts in the country will satisfy this crowd. Will the treatment kill the patient?

Protest in Ohio

Facing a state budget that guts public jobs and services, a progressive coalition comes alive.

Blogs

The federal government announced it would ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state to a pre-clearance regime whenever the tries to change voting laws and practices.

July 26, 2013

Move aside Florida, North Carolina is now the new poster child for the war on voting. 

July 26, 2013

The governor claims his national TV appearances aren’t about 2016 presidential politics. He’s just trying to improve his state's image.

July 23, 2013

The president is right to encourage a rethink of laws that are not "contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see.”

July 20, 2013

As Congress debates the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina rushes to implement a new voter suppression law. 

July 18, 2013

Attorney General Holder, civil rights groups, legislators and newspapers seek a reconsideration of “shoot first” laws—and Stevie Wonder won't play "Stand Your Ground" states.

July 16, 2013

"We are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin," says Ben Jealous. So far, more than 350,000 people have signed petitions demanding federal action.

July 14, 2013

The new public education financing model is not only a progressive victory for the state, but also a common-sense national model on an issue where Congress has been derelict. 

July 10, 2013

A review of state records show that corporate lobbyists are throwing big parties for North Carolina’s Big Business–friendly politicians.

July 8, 2013

Sixteen states have called for a constitutional amendment, as have 500 communities. And a lot of the reformers are Republicans.

July 5, 2013