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Local Matters: What to do During the DAPA/DACA+ Stalemate

Sara Mejias Gonzalez | Posted 05.21.2017 | Politics
Sara Mejias Gonzalez

Embed from Getty Images The Supreme Court's current lack of a 9th justice is causing ripple effects across policy issues, including major disputes o...

New Indiana Law Makes Getting an Abortion Nearly Impossible (Video)

GVH Live | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics
GVH Live By, Jordan Stephen Earlier this month, the Indiana state legislature quietly passed an abortion law that...

New Indiana Law Makes Getting an Abortion Nearly Impossible (Video)

GVH Live | Posted 03.24.2017 | Politics
GVH Live By, Jordan Stephen Earlier this month, the Indiana state legislature quietly passed an abortion law that...

WATCH: 10 Absurdly Funny American Laws

HooplaHa | Posted 06.29.2016 | Comedy

Happy Fourth of July week! What better way to celebrate the creation of the United States than to check out some bizarrely inventive laws our state governments created? Did you know that in Massachusetts gorillas are not allowed in the backseat of your car? Check out this video and find out what other hilarious legislation has been passed in the last 250 years.

Adopted and Curious?

Mirah Riben | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Adoption curiosity begins with the understanding of what it means to have been adopted and grows with knowledge of biology, birth and genetics. No matter how loved, happy and content, the adopted child grows up wondering why they were placed for adoption.

Democratic-Dominated Cities Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Pew's Stateline | Jenni Bergal | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Sincere and Sincerely Wrong: Making Children Less Safe In The Name of Safety

Lauren Harris | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Harris

There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates.

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

Hate on Me, Hater!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsey Minor

Mississippi, I want you to know this: Someone has to show you that life should not be about hating. You might have, for the moment, won the battle but the war isn't over.

8 Laws To Keep Women In Line That Are Somehow Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women

Sometimes the law changes quickly, as in the case of Massachusetts' "upskirting" case last week. After the state's highest court declared it admissibl...

Why Where You Divorce Matters: Equitable Distribution vs. Community Property

David Centeno | Posted 10.28.2013 | Divorce
David Centeno

Where you divorce matters. Each state has its own unique rules governing the allocation of assets during the divorce process, and these rules can vary significantly.

Bizarre State Sandwich Debate Gets Underway In Maryland

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Maryland lawmakers are getting crabby about sandwiches. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) State of the State address last week outlined an ambiti...

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

The sad truth is that millions of working mothers in this country find themselves without the support they need to care for their families and hold onto their jobs.

Redefining Sexual Assault

North by Northwestern | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
North by Northwestern

As part of the campus dialogue on sexual assault during Northwestern's Take Back the Night campaign, we take a look at the ways in which sexual assault is an issue in terms of policies and politics.

The Murky, Murky World of Booster Seat Laws

Jeanne Ponessa Fratello | Posted 03.10.2012 | Parents
Jeanne Ponessa Fratello

Are kids safer in a booster seat? Yes. Will new laws help more kids use booster seats for a longer time? Maybe, but it will take more than the current mishmash of confusing and inaccurate information.

AZ Asks High Court to Weigh In on SB1070 -- Highlights Real Need For Congressional Reform

Kristian Ramos | Posted 10.24.2011 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

Once the federal government passes a comprehensive immigration policy overhaul, the plethora of state laws will become obsolete. In the meantime, states are only damaging themselves.

Progressives Begin Turning the Tide at 2011 National Legislative Summit

Tim Judson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Tim Judson

The primary story that emerged from this year's NCSL summit was one of common sense prevailing over the economically disastrous and socially divisive proposals that have received so much of the spotlight in the states this year.

Reporting a Murder Trial, 140 Characters at a Time

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 07.24.2011 | Technology
Alaska Dispatch News

You don't have to be at the Bonnie Craig murder trial--the dramatic cold case--nor do you have to wait until the story airs on the evening news or a reporter files a story online, or even for someone to drop a newspaper at your door, to get all the details from the courtroom proceedings.

Regulate Nonbank Financial Institutions, Say Consumer Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- While much of the Congressional debate over consumer financial protection has focused on banks, lawmakers have been grappling behind the...

New York Takes Strict Stand On Drunk Driving | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New York State would make it a felony to drive while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle and would require first-time convicted drunken drivers to...

State Lawmakers Move To Ban Health Insurance Mandates

The New York Times | Monica Davey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL -- In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendment...

A Win for Democracy

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Not allowing self-interested politicians to draw their own districts' lines is a no-brainer, but initiatives like Prop. 11 have failed again and again in recent years.