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Moral Mondays

The state’s rightward lurch mobilized thousands, but the progressive movement behind Moral Mondays has deep, enduring roots.

After beating his Tea Party opponent, establishment conservative Thad Cochran should remember how hard African-Americans fought for the right to vote in the state.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

If we can do it in North Carolina, don’t tell me we can’t do it across America.

California fracking protest

The California governor wants to be known as a climate leader. But he has said yes to fracking—for now.

Jerry Brown

He’s brought the state back from the brink—and is poised to easily win re-election.

The “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett should shatter the illusion that lethal injection is neither cruel nor unusual.

Cowboy Indian Alliance

If the Nevada rancher is forced to pay taxes or grazing fees, he should pay them to the Shoshone.

Shenna Bellows

Shenna Bellows can’t match the millions of her opponent. But she’s dialing for activists, not dollars.

Chris Christie

While trumpeting “pension reform,” the New Jersey governor placed retiree assets in the hands of hedge fund managers bankrolling his political career.

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