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Kate Sheppard

Ohio Legislature Votes To Delay And Weaken State's Renewable Energy Law | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would roll back the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency law, making Ohi...

Winning Women Candidates, Know These 5 Truths

Mary Hughes | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Mary Hughes

Whether the conversation is between a candidate and a reporter, or a press conference demand for a wholesale change in editorial policy depends on the particulars. The point is: Women can't let sexism go.

No 'Little Kid Lobby' in Missouri

Stacey Newman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Stacey Newman

What must happen in our state before our kids, our little kids, tug at our hearts and minds and wallets? Kids afraid to go to school. Afraid to walk home from school. Afraid to be in their house. Afraid that we have totally forgotten they matter because they can't afford to lobby us.

'Moral Monday' Group Plans Protest At Georgia State Capitol

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

A coalition of organizations under the "Moral Mondays" banner is planning to protest legislation at the Georgia state legislature in Atlanta on Tuesda...

Gay Marriage Opponents Scrambling After Series Of Court Setbacks

AP | DAVID A. LIEB and DAVID CRARY and RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash ...

Dear Boeing: Next Time, Try Benevolence

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Carla Seaquist

After a cliff-hanger of a union vote, Boeing will stay here in Washington state. But the joy is not universal and it's not deep, and who knows how long it will last? Lingering in the craw are Boeing's hardball, take-it-or-we-leave-the-state tactics.

The President's Vision Depends on the States

Michael Sargeant | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have said explicitly that they are not interested in any of these three issues. But it's a vastly different story in the states.

When Hell Freezes Over

Adam Banner | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

In a move that has rankled many in this predominantly conservative Christian state, the Satanic Temple in New York has formally applied with the Oklahoma Capitol's grounds committee to build a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed depiction of Satan, in the state's capitol building.

Secretaries of State: A Key Front in the Battle to Protect Voting Rights

Steve Rosenthal | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Rosenthal

Across the country we are witnessing a wholesale attack by the right wing on workers, unions, women's health, the environment, LGBT issues, civil rights, immigration and nearly every other right that Americans hold near and dear.

Finally: A Republican Prediction That Came True

Michael Sargeant | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Under Democratic leadership, Wisconsin was an economic leader. Now, with Republicans in charge, Wisconsin is jogging in place while the rest of the nation has caught up, and some Democratic-led states like Minnesota are beginning to accelerate away.

9 Ways to Organize the Next Civil Rights Movement

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

North Carolinians say the Moral Monday protesters are now more popular than the state legislature. North Carolina's Moral Mondays could pave a new way for the South to become progressive again.

Kansas: I Want My State Back!

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

The bills ranged from the dangerous to the merely wacky, many of them solutions in search of problems. Two of the more disturbing regard babies and bullets.

Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage and Voting Rights Raise the Stakes for Democratic State Legislators

Michael Sargeant | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

The Supreme Court has essentially thrown the ball to state legislatures to take up the future of voting rights and LGBT equality. To move forward we need Democrats to have majorities so they can move the ball in the right direction.

Single Party Majorities Drive Sweeping Changes

stateline | Jim Malewitz | Posted 06.19.2013 | 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...

Democratic Legislators: Making Veterans a Priority Every Day

Michael Sargeant | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Supporting our veterans is not cheap; it involves a real investment in both policy and budget priorities. But our veterans put our country first and stepped up, and on this Memorial Day, state legislators of both parties need to be standing up for veterans with real resources as well.

The Importance of Roe vs. Wade

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

What is "the abortion industry?" When was the last time you saw an abortion commercial on TV? Even Planned Parenthood doesn't talk about this small part of its activities.

Lawmaker Blasted For Dog Background Checks Idea

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

North Carolina state Rep. Rodney Moore (D-Charlotte) supports background checks -- for dogs. Moore sponsored a failed bill in the state Legislature...

How Should the U.S. Stop Profit Shifting?

Martin Sullivan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Martin Sullivan

I would say that lawmakers have not addressed the issue effectively because they are replacing one poor enforcement device with a poor enforcement standard that is difficult to enforce.

Purple-to-Blue: Fighting for State Legislatures

Arshad Hasan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

I also spend every day fighting to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, and most importantly telling them that their vote matters. Yet these same Virginia Republicans have pursued legislation that directly undermines our voting process.

Michigan Republican National Committeeman Promotes Anti-Gay Article

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

One Michigan Republican National Committeeman promoted an article’s claim that “part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their...

Howard Dean Announces New Move

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) announced Tuesday that the political action committee he founded would launch a campaign to flip state legislature...

State of Alaska Withholds Annual PFD Check From Olympian Kikkan Randall

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Olympians Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks might be among the best ambassadors the 49th state has on the national and international stages these...

John Celock

New Study: Lawmaker Listening Could Benefit | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

New research suggests that when state legislators spend more time listening to their constituents, more marriage equality legislation is likely. A...

What We Are Missing in the Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Debate

Tracy Weitz | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

Everyone please step away from the ledge. The public discourse about mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortion patients is completely out of control--among both abortion rights opponents and abortion rights supporters.

California Is Back!

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Jack Jennings

California shows that deep political and governance deadlocks can be broken, and progress made. This holds a lesson both for the national government but also for other states. Maybe, the rest of us outside the state ought to pay attention.