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California has often spun the cautionary tales of American progress.
Smog. Sprawl. Ronald Reagan.

Republicans are running it as a shell game to distract from their misdeeds--don't play along.

The Administration appears to be bent on teaching liberal states a lesson.

His daddy, his appointees at FERC and his old buddies at Enron screwed the state, but good.

New Jersey: a vegetable patch and spare bedroom for the big cities on either side.

They're back now, but Texas's few living elected Democrats, who fled to
Oklahoma pursued by minions of the law, are said to remain unrepentant.
The proximate cause was a redistricting map, but

Important battles are being waged--and won--far beyond the Beltway.

Several staggered rows of grayish papier-mâum;ché headstones have sprouted on the grassy quad of Santa Monica College--the crown jewel of Southern California's once envied and now bat

As unemployment soars, many workers are rethinking their libertarian views.

It's a great country. Don't let the hucksters and charlatans take it
away.

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The federal government announced it would ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state to a pre-clearance regime whenever the tries to change voting laws and practices.

July 26, 2013

Move aside Florida, North Carolina is now the new poster child for the war on voting. 

July 26, 2013

The governor claims his national TV appearances aren’t about 2016 presidential politics. He’s just trying to improve his state's image.

July 23, 2013

The president is right to encourage a rethink of laws that are not "contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see.”

July 20, 2013

As Congress debates the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina rushes to implement a new voter suppression law. 

July 18, 2013

Attorney General Holder, civil rights groups, legislators and newspapers seek a reconsideration of “shoot first” laws—and Stevie Wonder won't play "Stand Your Ground" states.

July 16, 2013

"We are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin," says Ben Jealous. So far, more than 350,000 people have signed petitions demanding federal action.

July 14, 2013

The new public education financing model is not only a progressive victory for the state, but also a common-sense national model on an issue where Congress has been derelict. 

July 10, 2013

A review of state records show that corporate lobbyists are throwing big parties for North Carolina’s Big Business–friendly politicians.

July 8, 2013

Sixteen states have called for a constitutional amendment, as have 500 communities. And a lot of the reformers are Republicans.

July 5, 2013