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Katrina vanden Heuvel sits on a panel questioning GOP frontrunner, Meg Whitman, on her bid for California's gubernatorial seat.

What the wake-up call is really telling us.

As GM shutters a plant, an Ohio city in decline struggles to imagine a future.

A growing number of Californians are organizing to develop solutions.

Savage budget cuts and political dysfunction are tearing California's social infrastructure apart.

Martha Coakley's loss in Massachusetts put on display the monumental miscalculations by which Obama has governed.

University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is getting a $2 million bonus while the rest of campus is tightening its belt.

In the latest push to privatize public education, regents at the University of California have raised tuition by 32 percent.

Would Illinois rather keep an innocent man behind bars than admit a mistake?

Everyone is looking to Virginia's off-year gubernatorial contest as a Middle American barometer for 2010.

Blogs

A ruling overturning Wisconsin's tough voter ID law says: “A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence—the people’s inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote—imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people.”

March 15, 2012

What might happen in a recall election for a governor and four state senators?

March 15, 2012

College students have had a hard time voting in Pennsylvania, especially black college students. Things just got a lot harder for them thanks to the voter ID laws sweeping the nation.

March 15, 2012

Losing Mississippi and Alabama spells the end Gingrich’s campaign—and his relevance. 

March 14, 2012

A glance at other legislation pushed by the bill’s sponsor this session reveals a flock of efforts to curtail rights of minorities: an “illegal immigration” bill, a “right to work” anti-union bill, a “14th Amendment Misapplication” bill and more.

March 12, 2012

A pair of rulings suggest there is some hope, but not too much, that courts will prevent disenfranchisement.

March 11, 2012

Largest rally in a year sees Wisconsin protest movement on message and on the march—backing the recall and removal of an anti-labor governor and demanding restoration of collective-bargaining rights.

March 11, 2012

Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania and Florida are passing bills to require photo ID and restrict opportunities to vote. 

March 8, 2012

At least sixty-four Vermont communities have now urged Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling. And now the movement is going national.

March 8, 2012

More than fifty communities across the state will vote on proposals urging Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United.

March 6, 2012