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The Iowa straw poll offered a penetrating glimpse into the crisis facing the Republican party.

The institutional neglect that brought Minnesota's Republicans into power has led to tragedy and scandal.

Weary of tax cuts for the rich, state politicians are rethinking their aversion to tax-and-spend.

Billy Sothern, member of the legal team that represented Patrick Kennedy, convicted of child rape, in a landmark Supreme Court death penalty decision this week, explained the issues at stake in this 2007 essay.

What can the nation learn from the Golden State's struggles to deal with its immigrant population?

As the two top-ranked college teams clash on Saturday, the world stops, vote-counting is halted in a tight Congressional race and cities brace for violence.

Poverty, race and obesity have a lot in common. In Alabama an underfunded federal program addresses the problem by providing fresh produce to low-income residents and seniors.

Thanks to a thoughtful grassroots campaign, voters in South Dakota rejected a draconian abortion ban.

The electoral process worked for pro-choice advocates in South Dakota,
overturning an abortion ban with a grassroots appeal to keep the government out of citizens' personal lives.

Joe Lieberman won an idiosyncratic victory. He holds his seat despite his relentless support for Iraq, rather than because of it.

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Efforts to restrict student voting failed in North Carolina, but voter suppression attempts accelerated in Texas during the last election. 

November 7, 2013

The governor thinks his victory will take him far down the presidential trail. Don’t bet on it.

November 6, 2013

Watch for the signs of changing political tides this Election Day.

November 5, 2013

The governor returns to form as election day nears, caught poking a finger at a teacher and shouting vitriol—but this time the teacher is pushing back. 

November 4, 2013

The latest victim of Texas’s new voter ID law is 90-year-old former Speaker of the House Jim Wright. 

November 4, 2013

The president will do a campaign swing in Virginia this weekend. He ought to visit New Jersey, as well.

October 31, 2013

A broad campaign to strip employees of their rights is being fueled by corporate cash and conservative state lawmakers. 

October 31, 2013

The New Jersey governor gamed the election process to assure that few voters chose the state's new senator: Cory Booker.

October 17, 2013

Two states want to create a two-tiered voting system reminiscent of the Jim Crow South.

October 15, 2013

It was not that long ago that Ann Richards was elected to lead the Lone Star State. Can Wendy Davis do the same?

October 3, 2013