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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.

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?

Blogs

‘Scheduling two special elections is a form of voter suppression,’ warns state senator who seeks to schedule Senate vote for same day as Christie’s re-election run.

June 8, 2013

The New Jersey governor games the election schedule, plans to appoint an unelected ‘interim’ senator and claims he’s all about ‘allowing the citizens of this state to have their say.’

June 5, 2013

It’s time to start listening to the civil engineers and unions that have, for years, decried the neglect that puts safety and the economy at risk.

May 28, 2013

Republicans are obfuscating the debate by offering a false choice between gender equality and the public financing of elections, when really the two issues are deeply linked.

May 23, 2013

A high court’s preliminary ruling indicates there is not rational basis for Governor Jan Brewer’s attempt to deny driver’s licenses for certain immigrants.

May 17, 2013

The amendment declares, “Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote.”

May 13, 2013

Thirty Republican legislators join Democrats and independents to demand a constitutional amendment.

May 1, 2013

A new study highlights the vital role high African-American turnout played in 2012. Activists say voters were “outraged and energized” over threats to voting rights. Both parties should take notice.

April 29, 2013

With HB 2169, which prohibits the use of student fees for political advocacy, students are the new victims of Arizona's right-wing regime. 

April 12, 2013

The Superintendent of Public Instruction, who campaigned as an advocate for public education, was reelected with the message, "We can and must meet our constitutional obligation to invest in all of our kids.”

April 3, 2013