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Even though the Hawaii State Supreme Court has ruled against this huge corporate-military boondoggle, the battle isn't over yet.

How grassroots activists in Hawaii threw a wrench into plans for an environmentally hazardous superferry.

A massive coal sludge spill reveals the Tennessee Valley Authority has become a poster child for the failures of self-regulation.

New York activists who oppose the state's repressive drug laws are optimistic about the new political landscape but unsure of whether politicians will embrace the necessary radical reforms.

If the courts don't overturn Proposition 8, expect an initiative challenging it to appear on a California ballot.

Obama should make a serious campaign swing through Georgia to get out the vote for Senate hopeful Jim Martin.

More than two dozen polling places are reported close to a standstill as record numbers of voters cast ballots in this crucial swing state.

Charlotte Dennett is running for Vermont attorney general on a platform that includes not letting George W. Bush get away with murder.

Knocking on doors for Obama, a native son discovers how things have changed.

New York's City Council grants Mayor Michael Bloomberg the opportunity to run for a third term. He'll probably win, but will New Yorkers?

Blogs

Surely Palin knows that it is easier to complain of being unfairly demonized than to pause for a moment in the aftermath of a tragedy to reflect on her own role in sowing rage and divisiveness.

January 14, 2011

A  Montana Republican Party platform plank calls for criminalizing homosexuality, a stance that would round up gays and lesbians and incarcerate them. That's bigotry in its crudest form. Shouldn't Republican Party leaders condemn it, as Democratic leaders did the bigoted stances of southern Democratic parties in the 1950s and 1960s?

September 19, 2010

After several big wins for Tea Partisans in Delaware and New York, even Karl Rove sees a blow to GOP prospects for winning the Senate.

September 15, 2010

Senate races in Delaware and New Hampshire will test the strength of the Tea Partisans—and of Sarah Palin. Votes in New England Democratic primaries will measure progressive power.

September 14, 2010

California voters will decide next Tuesday whether to narrow their choices at election time.

June 3, 2010

As states scramble to stay afloat -- how are they balancing their budgets? On the backs of working women of course.

May 26, 2010

A Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate is calling for a state constitutional convention to enact real reform. Is it time to consider doing the same at the federal level?

May 17, 2010

Confronted with evidence that he was wrong about the safety of offshore drilling—in the form of photos of the nightmarish Gulf of Mexico spill—California's governor withdraws support for offshore drilling. Will Obama do the same?

May 4, 2010

 Can an outspoken black progressive make history in Arkansas?

April 30, 2010

Democrats could use new restrictive laws in Arizona and Oklahoma as a guide for financial regulation.

April 28, 2010