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Big Money Finds Way To Court Races

Center for Public Integrity | Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics

CORRECTION -- 6/14: An earlier version of this story reported that Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, had said that the Ju...

Improving Social Services in an Era of Budget Cuts: Social Impact Bond Competition Gives Six States the Tools to Lead the Way

Kippy Joseph | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Kippy Joseph

State and local governments deliver and fund many of the nation's most important social services -- educating our children, training our unemployed wo...

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New GOP Senator Won Dem Praise In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

New Jersey's first Republican U.S. senator in 30 years was praised by state Senate Democrats for not being political during his 2012 confirmation hear...

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GOP Lawmakers Approve Tax Plan After Contentious Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature approved a permanent sales tax hike in the early morning hours Sunday, as part of a plan to replace the s...

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GOP Infighting Stales Republican Gov.'s Tax Hike Proposal

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Republican Party infighting over the size of the state sales tax has led to gridlock in the Kansas Legislature as lawmakers continue in overtime. ...

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Tony Orlando, Yakov Smirnoff Wade Into State Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Singer Tony Orlando and comedian Yakov Smirnoff have both endorsed a candidate for Arkansas state treasurer in next year's election. As first repo...

Allyson Schwartz Picks Up Key Endorsement In Pennsylvania Race

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Emily's List made its first official foray into 2014 gubernatorial politics Thursday by formally endorsing Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.)...

Shopping Is Political: A Lesson From '70s Feminists

William Petrocelli | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
William Petrocelli

This is the illusion of bargain shopping, rather than the reality. And for every one of those, there is probably someone like me who passes by two national supermarket chains on a trip to a family-owned grocery store in my home town of Mill Valley. Is there an economic rationale for that?

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Lawmakers in Kansas Pass New Gun-Related Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers continued a legislative session dominated by pro-gun measures with a bill that would prohibit using state funds to lobby for gun-cont...

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Like Son, Like Father

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Some parents hope their children follow in their footsteps. One mayoral candidate in Michigan, however, is seeking to follow the path once walked by h...

Rick Scott Praises Allen West As 'Great'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) opened the door to a comeback for former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) Friday, saying he'd be a "great" pick for his second in ...

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Online Sales Tax Supporters Hope Messaging Wins Over Conservatives

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the U.S. Senate on Monday gave overwhelming support to a bill to empower states to collect sales tax on online purchases, chances ...

Another State Passes Bill To Nullify Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

The Alabama state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would nullify all federal gun laws in the state, joining a growing list of state legislatures...

Practical Tips for Cities Looking to Innovate with Open311

Lily Liu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Lily Liu

Here are five ways that local governments looking to take advantage of Open311 can strike a balance between innovation and pragmatism.

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Online Sales Tax Moves Forward

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is expected to open debate Monday evening on a bill that would allow for the collection of sales taxes on items bought o...

GOP Lawmaker's Confrontational Outburst At Public Meeting

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in North Carolina told a newspaper publisher to "be quiet" during a public hearing Tuesday on legislation that could shift ...

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GOP Official's Wife Says Remark Not Offensive

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

The wife of a Republican county commissioner in rural Kansas who has been under fire for a comment he made two weeks ago, explained Tuesday that her h...

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Christie Plan Slammed As Discriminatory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

A proposal from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration to overhaul the state's civil service structure is being criticized by a prominent...

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GOP Lawmakers Advance 'Paranoid Level Stuff'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Missouri lawmakers advanced two bills this week that would outlaw the government use of drones -- though they are rare in the state -- and the impleme...

Paging Orly Taitz: British Citizen Wins City Council Seat In Kansas

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

A British citizen has won a city council seat in rural Kansas, unseating an incumbent after he didn't even campaign. Adam Baker, the 32-year-old o...

GOP Leader Kills Official State Religion Bill

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

The Republican speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives killed legislation on Thursday that aimed to establish an official state religio...

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Christie Opponent Sees Path To Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono, lagging far behind Gov. Chris Christie (R) in polls, said she rema...

GOP Lawmakers Propose Official State Religion

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from th...

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Dem: Zero Voter Impersonation Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) released a report Thursday indicating problems with the strict voter identification requirements containe...

Lawmakers: Overturn Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

The Democratic-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates voted Thursday to call on Congress to enact a constitutional amendment overturning the Citi...