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Coal plant

The recent chemical spill is the latest chapter in a very old story: total capitulation to industry by state officials. 

Chris Christie

Oh, how we love those Republican “straight-shooters.”

Medical marijuana products at Canna Pi medical dispensary in Seattle

Legalization in the Evergreen State has led to parallel marijuana industries. Is there room for both?

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

Turkey processing plant in North Carolina

The state’s unprecedented cuts to benefits for the jobless are leaving families stranded without money for food, transportation and housing.

DC Home Rule

DC autonomy is now more likely than ever, and with it will come the lifting of a ban on Medicaid coverage of abortion for local women.

Moral Mondays

An inspiring grassroots movement is fighting back against the GOP’s outrageous budget cuts and attacks on democracy.

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.

Blogs

A judge in Pennsylvania makes a damning case against the state’s restrictive voter ID law.

January 17, 2014

A bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court’s decision.

January 16, 2014

States passed fifty-three laws restricting abortion last year, but midterm elections give pro-choice activists an opportunity to flip the trend. 

January 14, 2014

An agenda of constitutional amendments, structural changes and referendum votes for raises and rights.

January 1, 2014

The ACLU accuses Walker of “bogus appropriation” of free speech arguments to defend offensive acts by government.

December 23, 2013

The strange tale of the Senate candidate’s spouse reminds of how absurd most fraud claims are.

December 19, 2013

America’s HIV epidemic is concentrated and most deadly in the Southern states, but two policies could have a profound effect on the illness. 

December 6, 2013

The Ohio legislature is once again passing new restrictions to make it harder to vote.   

December 4, 2013

The great passion of the president’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing wealth barriers to voting. He was right to choose the constitutional route.

November 22, 2013

In his campaign book, Unintimidated, the controversial Wisconsin governor offers a rewrite of his history.

November 18, 2013