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GOP Rising Star Shakes Up Ohio Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

A rising star within the Republican Party is in the hunt to defeat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), a 15-year incumbent, this fall. Real Clear Politics re...

New Study Shows Michigan Ranks in Top 10 Among States in Which State and Local Politicos Ignore Public Opinion

Patricia Lesko | Posted 01.21.2012 | Detroit
Patricia Lesko

The complaint is pervasive: politicos are unresponsive. There is polarized policy being imposed on unpolarized voters all over the country, and Michigan ranks among the states where this happens most frequently.


Morgan Fitzgibbons | Posted 01.07.2012 | San Francisco
Morgan Fitzgibbons

If affecting local political elections is a next step for the Occupy movement, we may very well have a bellwether event here in San Francisco tomorrow.

John Celock

Political Races Take Shape In Economic Boom State | John Celock | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) announced Tuesday that he would seek a full term in the governor's office in the 2012 election. Dalrymple succ...

Grandma, What Was Styrofoam? An Environmental Victory in Salinas, California

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Some day, we will live in petroleum-free communities, free of plastic pollution. These are the first steps -- these small revolutions -- that are building towards that vision.

The Political Power of Environmental Protection

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.09.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

The effort to paint environmental protection as an anti-business government boondoggle bumps up against the reality of environmental degradation. People can see and smell a foul environment.

Florida Mayor Knocked Out At Town Hall Meeting

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A small Florida town made famous by Tiger Woods' notorious car crash in 2009 is in the headlines again on Wednesday following an altercation at a town...

The (Untelevised) Revolution Next Door

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Block

I caught a glimpse of the future last weekend in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. For those of you who haven't spent time there yet, it would ...

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

California Political District Reform: Citizens Draw New Political Boundaries, Not Politicians

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

State officials Thursday selected a handful of everyday Californians to tackle the politically incendiary task of redrawing the state's voting distric...

Jane Kim's "Fifty-Nine Precinct Strategy"

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Hogarth

Much has been written about how Jane Kim beat San Francisco's "progressive machine" last week to win the District 6 Supervisor race. But a precinct a...

What Kind of Jobs?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

While Obama proposes to build highways, and the national GOP continues to say "no," is there anything that can be accomplished on the state or county government levels?

Fixing Colorado's Debt Is No Easy Task

Katie Tate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Katie Tate

There is no easy answer and there is no quick fix to Colorado's state debt. The one inevitable thing is that more jobs will be cut.

For Democrats, Politics Is Local Again

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic-run Congress passed a health-care overhaul and is close to securing new rules for Wall Street. But in his re-election campaign back in ...

Power from the People

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Salzman

Look at the American political landscape today and you might begin to get the sinking feeling that the red state/blue state dichotomy is, on the one h...

Eric Massa and the Small Town Democrats

Steve Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Daley

If it was a Democratic renaissance, it was a short one. My guess is the next time they'll elect a Democrat to Congress in my home district will be sometime before the next Ice Age.

Rethinking the Presidency

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marian Salzman

President Obama's latest poll numbers may be decent--a New York Times/CBS News poll found that he has higher approval ratings than the GOP, and that m...

LA City Council Votes to Close 800 Marijuana Dispensaries

Rowan Moore Gerety | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rowan Moore Gerety

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to close roughly 800 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Breakfast with the Scars

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

On the national level the blood sport game of politics is played on a grand scale. Locally, the rough and tumble can leave real scars.

Shall We Brunch? Ft. Collins Politics in Action

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sharon Glassman

At Dan Shaner's Sunday brunches for change, you'll get a snapshot of a movement, bluegrass, and a tasty homemade meal. That's politics in northern Colorado.

California Democrats: "Spreading the Pain" from Sacramento

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When his term mercifully expires next year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be leaving the Golden State in the worst condition than at any time its history.

Holding the President (and Everybody Else) Accountable

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Gordy

The President can't do it all alone. So much in our lives is decided in our backyards and yet that's where folks are most apathetic.

A New Day for Women's Leadership? Obama's Chance to Get it Right

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

Obama must fill leadership positions with a diverse and critical mass of women who can govern alongside men and bring the new solutions to the table that we so desperately need.

What America Got For Christmas

Reverend Billy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reverend Billy

So the retail bubble finally burst, with some estimating an extreme contraction of up to 8%. An America where local economies strike a balance with the big companies is clearly the idea.

Norm Coleman: "I'm A Winner"

Minnesota Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman broke his silence on the recount in Minnesota's election for the seat he holds today, saying "I'm a winner" and predicting that...