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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

Thirty Republican legislators join Democrats and independents to demand a constitutional amendment.

May 1, 2013

A new study highlights the vital role high African-American turnout played in 2012. Activists say voters were “outraged and energized” over threats to voting rights. Both parties should take notice.

April 29, 2013

With HB 2169, which prohibits the use of student fees for political advocacy, students are the new victims of Arizona's right-wing regime. 

April 12, 2013

The Superintendent of Public Instruction, who campaigned as an advocate for public education, was reelected with the message, "We can and must meet our constitutional obligation to invest in all of our kids.”

April 3, 2013

Wisconsin's state Superintendent of Public Instruction runs for reelection as a critic of Scott Walker's attacks on teacher unions, funding cuts and vouchers proposals.

April 1, 2013

Who's getting all the government handouts? Corporations. And more than you might think.

April 1, 2013

Walker's planned memoir, identified as a "call to action" for conservatives, is widely seen as an opening gambit in his play for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

March 26, 2013

Detroit voters opposed Michigan Governor Snyder 20-1, rejecting his agenda overwhelmingly. Now he has grabbed control of the city.

March 25, 2013

First, cut the budget so students can’t get the courses they need. Then, bring in for-profit companies.

March 14, 2013

While unions have taken a battering in recent years, the US once exported labor rights to the world.

March 10, 2013