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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.

Scott Walker

The protests in Wisconsin have inspired a new generation of candidates—and they’re winning.

Blogs

The new North Carolina voting law has a discriminatory effect and intent, the federal government argues 

September 30, 2013

The city of Washington lacks budget autonomy, so local officials are forced to cobble together a shutdown response. Why?

September 30, 2013

New Jersey judge says state must allow same-sex marriage. But the Republican governor fights to maintain discrimination.

September 27, 2013

And that the US government kept secret for years afterward.

September 27, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council has always been secretive, but now officials are moving to prevent open-records requests for information about the group’s influence.

September 18, 2013

Civil rights and labor activist David Newby is not done dissenting.

August 27, 2013

States around the country are eager to adopt Oregon’s “Pay It Forward” tuition plan, but organizers warn that it may not be the best fit for every university system.

August 16, 2013

A proposed regulatory change would extend some basic federal protections to long-excluded domestic workers.

August 15, 2013

An anti-labor governor tries to claim the mantle of the president who championed collective bargaining. Fail!

August 3, 2013

Wisconsin governor kicks off his 2016 presidential bid by ordering homestate dissenters arrested and ticketed—for singing.

July 29, 2013