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What Would We Do?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Do most citizens have a fully reasoned view of what we want government to actually do? Is that at the root of the polarization poisoning American politics? Perhaps a little thought experiment would help.

Why are GOP Governors Unpopular?

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

Nate Silver suggests that Republican governors are unpopular due to their conservatism: [J]ust a year ago, there were plenty of moderate Republican ...

Buyers' Remorse Over New GOP Governors

Margie Omero | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Voters across the country have buyers' remorse about the Republicans they elected to office. The big stands House Republicans have taken so far--defun...

Animated "Governator"? Other Pols Say, "Me, Toon"!

David Kleeman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Comedy
David Kleeman

Current and former Governors are descending on Hollywood to pitch their unique and compelling stories. Here are a few that my sources tell me are making the rounds.

Washington's Best Kept Billion Dollar Secret

Billy Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Billy Shore

Governors and mayors around the U.S. are learning to their great surprise that as much as $1 billion available for public food and nutrition programs is going untapped.

Where Are We the People? Human Impacts vs. Budget Battles

Paul Kleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Kleyman

My simple proposal is to impose on our political process a bit of policy analysis -- to go with standard budget analysis -- that I call the Human Impact Report.

The State of Labor -- Now Take to the Streets

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Last night was a disaster for the labor movement and for its members and all working people. We have no choice but to put a lot more effort, time and strategic thinking into non-legislative work.

How Democrats Could Sweep Gubernatorial and State Legislature Races

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

A little-discussed provision of the Affordable Health Care Act provides an extraordinary opening for Democratic candidates to deliver a simple message that will resonate with voters and sweep them into office. Yes, this year.

Governors' Art Awards Catching On

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

State budgets always seem to come up a bit short, so what's a governor who wants to provide more support for the arts supposed to do? A few examples from around the country may reveal some answers.

Ryan Grim Discusses Governors' Discontent With Washington On MSNBC (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post political reporter Ryan Grim went on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss the National Governors Association meeting this past weekend and ...

Freedom Fries, Take Two

Nathan Daschle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Daschle

Perhaps because so many have their eyes on the 2012 prize, Republican governors and candidates are targeting their far-right base, using language that would make Ronald Reagan blush.

Chris Cillizza: Governors Races Take Center Stage In 2010

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association -- long regarded as the forgotten little brother (or sister) of the national...

FBI Investigating Extremist Group Letters Telling Governors To Leave Office

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke vio...

In Politics, It's All About Timing, and Democratic Governors Could Use Some

Rick Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

For Democratic gubernatorial candidates, time is running out. And two uncontrollable forces are making their political lives exceedingly perilous.

Governors Brace For More Economic Turmoi: 'Worst Probably Is Yet To Come;

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — On the recession's front lines, governors are struggling to chart the road ahead for states staggered by unrelenting joblessness an...

The States of the Union

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

Our national response to the current crisis depends on having strong state partners at the table. We may have reached the backside of the Great Recession but the state fiscal crisis still lies ahead.

Cities Running on Fumes: Where Was the Fuel in the SOTU?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

In his State of the Union address, President Obama missed an opportunity to explain how his plans for economic growth, job creation, and the middle class can truly succeed. We need spending, not cuts.

The GOP "Comeback" is Really a Throwback

Nathan Daschle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Daschle

American voters will reward the party that optimistically puts forth a concrete plan to return prosperity. And while the jury on the new administration is still out, the case against the GOP has long been closed.

Republican Retirements Still Outnumber Democratic Ones

Washington Monthly | Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

'DROPPING LIKE FLIES'?.... Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) is retiring. So is Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). And before anyone could catch their breath, Colora...

What I Want For Christmas: Mass Clemency

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

A mass, collective pardon of nonviolent offenders would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Overstimulated: Governors Got The Goods

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

If the federal government does not turn its attention to urban areas soon, not only will city residents suffer disproportionately from the downturn but the entire economic recovery will be slowed.

Still Campaigning

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The president's time is limited, and he's got no time like a member of Congress for hit-and-run needs. He has to lead for the real needs of the country.

How The GOP Plans to Redistrict Its Way Back Into Power

Nathan Daschle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Daschle

For those in California, New York and Florida who wonder why you should care about governors' races in Nevada, Georgia and Texas: those states will all pick up Congressional seats in 2012.

The States of Health Care Reform

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

This is less a debate about health care reform and more a debate about federalism.

Governors Balk Over Emerging Health Bill Because Of Cost

New York Times | KEVIN SACK and ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's governors, Democrats as well as Republicans, voiced deep concern Sunday about the shape of the health care bill emerging from Congress, ...