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When politics is driven by the need to turn out your base and policy is dominated by the desire to cater to that base, our baser instincts come to the fore.

How do progressives meet the challenge of a daunting midterm election while also laying the ground work for a bolder agenda? TakeAction Minnesota made progressive governing, not Election Day wins, at the forefront of their organizing.

Populist challenger Andrew Romanoff would ordinarily be expected to win Colorado's US Senate Democratic primary. But incumbent Michael Bennet is backed by an overflowing campaign war chest—and an endorsement by Barack Obama.

Stuart Klawans on radical filmmaker Leo Hurwitz; John Nichols on the primary fight for Blanche Lincoln's Senate seat.

Debra Medina has come from nowhere to threaten a runoff in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Seven ways to frame the 2010 fight for Congress and the statehouses.

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

By embracing the left instead of running to the center, New Jersey's Democratic Governor Jon Corzine has revitalized his once-troubled re-election campaign.

The Supreme Court is poised to overrule decisions restricting corporate speech in political campaigns.

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More than 450 voters did not have their ballots counted in the state’s May primary as a result of the country’s harshest voting law.

September 10, 2014

The country’s most stringent voter ID law is once again challenged in federal court.

September 1, 2014

Documents reveal how a mining firm quietly supported Wisconsin’s governor.

August 25, 2014

New York’s governor should accept the Democratic challenger’s proposal for debates about corruption—and more.

July 29, 2014

Not much evidence of reform-mindedness as Chris Christie, Scott Walker et al. defend tax cuts and austerity.

July 29, 2014

But at least his idea for expanding the EITC is a good one.

July 25, 2014

Like Europe’s far-right parties, Perry is hoping that hostility to immigrants will energize the base.

July 23, 2014

Part I of a three-part series by Christie Watch on the reformicons, the debate to reinvent the GOP, and who's behind them.

July 16, 2014

He’s trying to put Bridgegate behind him.

July 14, 2014