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Aleksei Navalny

The anti-corruption activist’s mayoral campaign in Moscow is dividing voters, while testing the country’s diminished opposition party.

Last week, eight candidates in New York City's upcoming mayoral election spoke on issues of policing and criminal justice at a forum co-sponsored by The Nation.

It's not just the government and corporations who are tracking your cell and computer use: politicians on the campaign trail are some of the biggest data snoopers around. 

Simpson and Bowles

Candidates who ran on slashing Medicare and Social Security lost big in November. But that doesn’t stop Pete Peterson from pushing the fantasy that voters’ biggest concern is the deficit.

Voter suppression efforts in Virginia and Florida have galvinated activists to fight harder to protect--and expand--the vote in 2016.

I refused to run a negative campaign for New York City Council, focusing instead on community and democratic empowerment.

The Republican Convention

The formerly Grand Old Party’s cosmetic changes won’t win them the next election.

Protest

Social movements must bring the creative energy of protest culture to electoral campaigns.

Blogs

The Wisconsin primary campaign features lots of praise for Walker from the GOP contenders. But Walker's not thanking Romney and Santorum for the favors.

April 2, 2012

Volunteers gathered over 900,000 certified signatures on recall petitions—far more than the required 540,000.

March 31, 2012

Ben Adler weighs in on the legal challenges to voter identification laws. 

March 27, 2012

The House Budget Committee chair sees his budget provoking a referendum on “the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract”—or, perhaps, the Ayn Rand ideology he so admires. But the real fight may come in his home district.

March 20, 2012

Wisconsinites will have a chance to consider Firefighters Union president Mahlon Mitchell as a statewide contender.

March 19, 2012

The resignation of a Republican state Senator robs Scott Walker of complete control of state government. Looming recalls could bring even more dramatic change.

March 17, 2012

A new voter identification law would allow Texans to vote with a handgun permit, but not with a student ID.

March 13, 2012

Losing Kucinich is a loss for America. 

March 13, 2012

Yesterday’s DOJ ruling was not a surprise to Texas. They sued the federal government last year in anticipation of it. Nonetheless, Texas Republicans were appalled yesterday.

March 13, 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