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Nikki Haley Calls Lawmakers 'Disingenuous'

Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch | Andrew Moore | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics

Gov. Nikki Haley visited Carolina Machine Tool in Greenville on Tuesday to call out the state legislature for what she called an unwillingness to put ...

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GOP Lawmaker's Advice To Abuse Victims

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

A Wisconsin lawmaker is co-sponsoring a bill based on the idea that single parenthood causes child abuse. The bill says a child being raised by a ...

Lawmaker To Snooki: 'Grow Up'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

A New York state senator has some advice for Snooki now that she's pregnant: "Grow up." State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) told the New York...

Bad News For Scott Walker

Shorewood Patch | Adam W. McCoy | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

It would be a photo finish in a gubernatorial recall race between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and nearly any Democratic challenger, according to a pol...

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Doomsday Bill Faces Brutal Reality

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

Wyoming lawmakers on Tuesday voted down the state's "Doomsday Bill," which among other things, called for the state to explore buying an aircraft carr...

Man Charged In Recall Fraud

Caledonia Patch | Denise Lockwood | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

A man accused of falsely writing-in his neighbor's signatures on a petition to recall Sen. Van Wanggaard is facing nine felony charges. One of thos...

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Jan Brewer Snubs Obama, Declines To Attend White House Governors Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), in town for the National Governors Association conference, will skip a White House dinner Sunday honoring t...

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Controversial Bill Cost Virginia Lawmaker Sex With Wife

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

Virginia's controversial transvaginal ultrasound bill hit one Republican lawmaker close to home. In the bedroom, to be precise. He said a fellow lawma...

State Leaders 'Dirty Lie' Debunked

Goose Creek Patch | Lachlan McIntosh | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

One has to give the staff at the South Carolina Election Commission much credit and respect for standing up for truth this week by debunking the lie t...

'She's Absolutely Toxic'

St. Andrews Patch | Jonathan Allen and Reilly Moore | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

For the two weeks leading up to January's S.C. Republican primary, presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley were seemingly inseparabl...

Truth About Nikki Haley Aide's Shocking Claim

Spring Valley Patch | Reilly Moore | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

The director of the South Carolina Election Commission released a report Wednesday refuting claims that more 200 dead voters participated during the 2...

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GOP Lawmaker Seeks To Make Birth Control 'Obsolete And Outdated'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire has proposed repealing the state's requirement to provide insurance coverage for birth control by attaching the...

How to Write the State-of-the-Town Speech

David Murray | Posted 04.23.2012 | Chicago
David Murray

State-of-the-town speeches exploded during the housing boom, when mayors could describe the growth in the tax base and bask in the glow. After everything went to hell in 2008, mayors would probably have preferred to skip the speech.

Why Are We Letting Local Governments Go Broke?

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.

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GOP Lawmaker's Suggestion For Married Couples' Contraception

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

A New Hampshire lawmaker with a history of surprising statements suggested on Thursday that married couples who want to use contraception should pract...

GOP Lawmaker's Bizarre Birth Control Claim

Merrimack Patch | Carolyn Dube | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

"As a man, would it interest you to know that Dr. Bernstein just published an article that links the pill to prostate cancer?" Notter asked Rep. Andre...

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'Conservatives On Steroids' Block Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

The growing ideological rift in the Kansas Republican Party has engulfed the implementation of the federal health care reform law, leaving the future ...

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National Group Seeks To Shape Walker Recall Contest

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

A national group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women has weighed in on the contest to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), where the ...

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GOP Lawmakers Propose Incumbent-Friendly Recall Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

Republicans in the Arizona state legislature have proposed changes to the state's recall law that could have kept immigration bill architect Russell P...

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Finger Wagging Leads To Recall Petition Against Brewer

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

A fringe Democratic activist in Arizona, with a history of launching recalls against Republican officeholders, has decided to launch a long-shot recal...

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Critics Say New Hampshire's Right-To-Work Legislation Would Not Net Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

The nationwide anti-union push is moving to New Hampshire, where the state legislature is considering right-to-work legislation once again. The pro...

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Kasich Imitates Parkinson's Patient, Praises 'Hot Wife' In State Of The State

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) does not generally script his speeches, preferring to form his remarks off-the-cuff based on notes. In the case of his State...

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Gabrielle Giffords' Aide Likely To Run

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

This week, a top aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is expected to enter the special election to succeed her. Ron Barber, Giffords' d...

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'This Is The Largest And Most Sweeping Overhaul,' Says Abortion Rights Advocate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers have been given six days to consider one of the most sweeping state anti-abortion bills to be introduced. A Kansas House committee...

Stunning Allegation Against Wisconsin Recall Supporters

Caledonia Patch | Janine Anderson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

Jason Adams of Racine contacted Caledonia Patch last week and said he found his name on a petition to recall Sen. Van Wanggaard, though he never signe...