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Turnout for a popular ballot measure that would fully legalize marijuana could determine whether Obama or Romney wins this important swing state.

California has gutted the budget for what was once a shining example of public higher education, leaving students saddled with more debt and fewer options. 

Electoral map

Democrats have a rich opportunity to push electoral reform at the state level.

The state that Obama won in 2008 is far from a sure thing this time around.

Battleground 2012: Can Obama Win North Carolina Again?

In this crucial swing state, organizers are betting that a strong grassroots ground game can defeat Romney’s Super PAC cash.

New York's Black Sites

As states like Mississippi reject solitary confinement, this “blue” state leads the nation in the use of “disciplinary segregation.” Or as prisoners call it: torture.

Far from a slam dunk for immigrants, the Supreme Court ruling allows Juan Crow to stand as the law of the land.

The True Story of Sharia in American Courts

Sharia is as unthreatening to the US legal system as the ideas in the Old Testament. Yet bigoted hysteria is fueling legislation that actually undermines our courts.

The veteran LGBT activist is fighting for an Assembly seat in California, but she faces tough opposition from a current representative who moved into her district and who is backed by Speaker John Perez.

The state’s top number-cruncher discusses taxes, education and the consequences of drowning government in the bathtub.

Blogs

“[It] doesn’t make any sense for us to be sending Vermont’s hard-earned tax dollars to some bank on Wall Street which couldn’t care less about Vermont or Vermonters.”

March 9, 2014

National outcry put Arizona’s discrimantory bill in the spotlight, but at least four other states are still considering similar bills.

February 27, 2014

Feds find Republican created pressure for “bias toward employers”—and against jobless workers.

February 27, 2014

The controversial governor says he should be judged by his inner circle. Fair enough.

February 25, 2014

Nation contributing writer Ari Berman discusses the neccesity of coalition building for the contemporary civil rights movement on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show.

February 25, 2014

It is time to call out politicians who use the authority of government to weaken existing unions and to thrwart the right to organize.

February 22, 2014

Fallout from release of emails of convicted aides damages Wisconsin governor’s presidential prospects.

February 19, 2014

West Virginians still have many questions left unanswered.

February 11, 2014

When a winter storm gridlocked Georgia, teachers and school employees proved their worth.

February 5, 2014

Now that a key player in New Jersey’s bridge scandal is challenging the governor's defenses, Christie is in for a long hard ride at home—not a  presidential campaign.

January 31, 2014