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Governor Scott Walker attempted to pit Wisconsin workers against each other. But the effect was the opposite of what he had intended.

Save the American Dream

Twelve red states account for 70 percent of all state and local public sector jobs lost since 2010.

City manager

Unelected individuals are taking control of whole cities and school districts, from Flint to Benton Harbor to Detroit.

Anti-Walker protests in Wisconsin

What does democracy look like? Try a grassroots campaign organized by ordinary citizens to recall their union-busting governor.

Andrew Cuomo

Contrary to the spin, New York’s new tax plan privileges millionaires at the expense of the 99 percent.

Across the country, the Republican party is trying to make it harder for the Democrats’ core constituencies to vote.

The Republicans’ dramatic overreach in states from Wisconsin to Maine has created openings for substantial Democratic victories in unexpected territory.

The unions and Democrats came up just one seat short in a tumultuous uphill battle to take control of the state Senate, but was what happened a victory or a defeat?

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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