State and Local Elections

Democracy Beats Oligarchy

Democracy Beats Oligarchy Democracy Beats Oligarchy

Last week’s local victories send a powerful signal that our democracy is not for sale.

Nov 10, 2015 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

Matt Bevin, Jack Conway

Warning From Kentucky: Managerial Democrats Can Lose to Extreme Republicans Warning From Kentucky: Managerial Democrats Can Lose to Extreme Republicans

A Republican referred to as “Kentucky’s Trump” just beat a mainstream Democrat in a race the Democrats should have won.

Nov 4, 2015 / John Nichols

Democrats VRA

Congressional Democrats Launch a New Strategy to Restore the Voting Rights Act Congressional Democrats Launch a New Strategy to Restore the Voting Rights Act

The 2016 election is a year away, and many states are holding local elections today, but not everyone will be able to vote.

Nov 3, 2015 / Ari Berman

Ohio Early Voting

If Ohio Bans Gerrymandering Today, There Could be Hope for American Democracy If Ohio Bans Gerrymandering Today, There Could be Hope for American Democracy

As voters go to the polls today in communities across the country, one state considers a bold fix for our broken political process.

Nov 3, 2015 / John Nichols

Two States, Two Competing Futures for Voting Rights in America

Two States, Two Competing Futures for Voting Rights in America Two States, Two Competing Futures for Voting Rights in America

Republicans will eventually have to reckon with a country that is more diverse, more compassionate and more progressive.

Oct 20, 2015 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Political Power of Takin’ it to the States

The Political Power of Takin’ it to the States The Political Power of Takin’ it to the States

After one government shutdown and a rally cry from the GOP for another, this progressive think tank is bringing progressive policy changes back to the state level.

Oct 1, 2015 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

John Fetterman

This Tattooed, Head-shaven, Straight-talking Mayor Wants to Be the Next Senator From Pennsylvania This Tattooed, Head-shaven, Straight-talking Mayor Wants to Be the Next Senator From Pennsylvania

John Fetterman talks inequality, immigration, drug legalization, same-sex marriage, “bittergate,” and how to revive post-industrial America.

Sep 25, 2015 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

Scott Walker Campaign

Union Busting Was a Bust for Scott Walker’s Presidential Run Union Busting Was a Bust for Scott Walker’s Presidential Run

The failed candidate’s core message did not resonate, and he had nothing else to offer.

Sep 22, 2015 / Editorial / John Nichols

Megan Barry

Nashville Elects a Mayor Who Is Serious About Jobs, Wages, Poverty Nashville Elects a Mayor Who Is Serious About Jobs, Wages, Poverty

A candidate who trusted the intelligence of voters wins a decisive victory.

Sep 11, 2015 / John Nichols

Rays of Light in the Shadow of Dark Money

Rays of Light in the Shadow of Dark Money Rays of Light in the Shadow of Dark Money

Amid the onslaught of anonymous political donations, some grassroots activists are gearing up for a counteroffensive. Here are five promising strategies for 2016 and beyond.

Aug 27, 2015 / Alyssa Katz

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