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California prison overcrowding

Following a landmark court ruling, the state is on deadline to release tens of thousands of people from prison. Is it succeeding?

John Kitzhaber

This third-term governor is rethinking healthcare and education with holistic, community-based programs.

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins pulled off a huge upset in a state legislative race by showing that he cared.

Can he make New York the “progressive capital of the nation”—by empowering Republicans?

Gun rights advocates

Opponents of gun control spent the last twenty years undermining local approaches to gun policy.

California flag

Local and state governments are gaining the ability to restore basic services and infrastructure.

Tea Partiers

Obama’s re-election inspired residents of states like Louisiana and Alabama to push for independence from the rest of the country. They should be careful what they wish for.

Natural gas drilling rig

In small hamlets and tiny towns you’ve never heard of, grassroots activists are taking a stand in what could be the final showdown for Earth’s future.

California

The shifting demographics of California are producing an American electoral majority that is more progressive.

Voting in Hoboken, New Jersey

County clerks are reporting inaccessible polling stations, damaged absentee ballots and mass confusion about where and how to vote on Tuesday.

Blogs

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 bill in Arizona would require women who want contraception coverage to prove that they are taking it for reasons other than pregnancy prevention.

March 15, 2012

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