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How To Tackle Trump? Start At The State Level And Work Up, Democrats Say

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Since their disastrous losses on Nov. 8 handed Republicans full control of Washington and historic majorities at the state level, Democ...

Reforming Electoral College Essential To Saving Democracy

Cody Lyon | Posted 11.14.2016 | New York
Cody Lyon

Well, truth be told, Trump's right, the way we choose our president is in fact rigged against democracy.

Democrats Could Win More Than A Dozen State Legislative Chambers On Election Night

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― With a renewed push in state elections ahead of the 2020 census, Democrats are competing to win at least 14 state legislative chambers ...

Poll Taxes make Shameful Comeback in the States

Lisa Maatz | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

This absurd election cycle is finally coming to an end. Well, as long as Donald J. Trump is okay with the outcome. From the very start, Trump has clai...

Care about Working Families? Don't Forget Down Ballot Races!

Lisa Maatz | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

As important as presidential and congressional races are to a working families' agenda, it is often the statehouses and the mayor's offices that can make the quickest change.

Some Good News For Dems For A Change: Trump Could Cost GOP A Ton Of State Legislatures

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Democrats are finally paying attention to state politics. Over the past few years, major donors, national Democrats, the White House a...

Republicans: Step Up Or Get Out!

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

Luckily, we can do something. We can show Republicans that we reject their obstructionism and unwillingness to work across the aisle by voting them out and voting in Democrats that get it.

Bernie Sanders Is Fundraising For State Legislative Candidates

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton frequently emphasizes that she is a “proud Democrat” who wants to help elect other Democrats, contrasting h...

How an Activist Can Become an Effective Lobbyist

Phil Sego | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Phil Sego

"Don't confuse what goes on in this building with democracy..." About 15 years ago, what began as few hours a week volunteering at the Sierra Club's ...

Oregon's Healthy Climate Bill Can Lead the State to Greatness

Simon Tam | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Simon Tam

While attention is focused on one battleground state after another to see which political juggernauts will end up at the presidential ballot box, significant change is making its way through city and state legislatures in Oregon.

NICD's Civility Revolution: Proven Strategies, New State Leaders, Active Foot Soldiers and a Ready-and-Eager American Public

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Just last week, a large survey of citizens asserted loudly their dislike of the rampant incivility in our nation. NICD heard them - loud and clear. And I am deeply proud that several of our key programs, which are growing daily, are exactly the actions needed to turn the tide on incivility.

How to Reduce Gun Violence

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Paul Heroux

The vast majority of gun shootings are done with a handgun, not at a school and not by people with a mental illness. Yet, we try to reduce access to assault rifles, spend a disproportionate about of time on school safety (disproportionate, not ill spent) and focus on mental illness as a reason for a shooting. Each of these are important and should be addressed, but we are missing the point and not going to reduce most of the gun violence in America by focusing on these three things.

A Wish for Mental Health Action in 2016

Mary Giliberti | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Mary Giliberti

For 2016, states need to resolve to do better. To some degree, NAMI's report provides a road map for action. Beyond budget trends, it surveys legislation by topic and marks with gold starts those that NAMI considers notable, capable of serving as models for other states.

It's All About the States

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Progressives need to build the infrastructure and the foundation at the state level to lay the groundwork for policy wins -- now is the time to dig deeper into the states. We must make progress now and over the long-term to help families make ends meet.

Beware State Legislators Seeking Limitless Tax Authority

Grover Norquist | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Grover Norquist

The "let's tax those who cannot vote against us" lobby had hoped to hold hostage the Internet access tax moratorium bill--that is regularly extended year after year. But that won't work, and they have shifted to trying to slip the Internet sales tax legislation into the Omnibus.

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

State Legislators School Washington in How to Govern

Rep. Jennifer Williamson | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jennifer Williamson

As two outsiders to Washington, we thought we could offer some advice to Congress on how to get things done. We are legislators from Portland, Oregon and Jamestown, North Dakota, and let's just say, we govern very differently out in the states.

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.

No Whistleblowing for David, Only Goliath

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

We know that nonprofits make enormous contributions to society. To protect the integrity of the sector, a revision to this law is needed. In the meantime, nonetheless, I hope you will step forward if you find yourself in a situation in which unethical practices are taking place.

Bill Blocks Crisis Centers From Misleading Women

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.05.2016 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

This bill is not about limiting free speech -- it is about empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health based on credible information.

California Assembly Passes Bill Banning Crisis Pregnancy Centers From Misleading Patients

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

The California Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would require faith-motivated crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information ab...

GOP Lawmaker: Rape And Incest Cases Are Usually 'Not Verifiable'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

A Republican floor leader in the Tennessee House of Representatives blocked an amendment that would have created an exemption for victims of rape and ...

B for Bigotry

Michael Sargeant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Now that they've been thoroughly embarrassed by the outrage -- both national and local -- over the law, Indiana legislators will seek to "clarify" it before their session ends at the end of the month.

Drawing the Line: Taking the Lead in the Fight for Redistricting

Mark Schauer | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Mark Schauer

In my blue state of Michigan, 51 percent of voters cast their ballots for Democratic state House candidates in 2014, and yet Republicans hold a solid majority in the chamber.

Samantha Lachman

Tennessee GOP On Economic Council For Women: But What About The Men? | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

A Republican-led Tennessee legislative committee failed to extend funding Wednesday for the state's Economic Council on Women, with some of the lawmak...