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Want To Take A Major Chunk Out Of The Pay Gap? Stop Asking New Hires For Salary Histories

Lisa Maatz | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Employers need to start paying for what the position is worth to the company, not based on the salary history of their prospective hire.

Here's How It Works: Industry, Lawmakers And Money Mingle In Cleveland

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

In the tranquility of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, Paul Ryan stressed the need to coordinate and strengthen the Republican party on the federal, state, and local levels. His audience? A bevy of state legislative leaders rubbing elbows with industry interests.

Louisiana legislators are so backwards THESE five bills actually exist

Justin Nobel | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Justin Nobel

Outrageous, almost sounds like a joke, but the practice of building schools on hazardous waste dumps occurs regularly in Louisiana. In 1942, New Orl...

Equal Pay Day 2016: States Go Their Own Way

Linda Hallman | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Linda Hallman

Tuesday, April 12, may seem like just another day leading up to the oft-dreaded tax deadline of April 15, but for women across the country it represen...

Get Lower Student Loan Rates in These States

Brianna McGurran | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Brianna McGurran

It's come up again and again on the 2016 presidential campaign trail: The federal government doesn't let borrowers refinance their student loans when ...

Like in the Middle Ages, Cities of the Future Will Be More Important Than Nations

Parag Khanna | Posted 10.28.2016 | World
Parag Khanna

The power of the nation-state is in free fall. The new balance of power is not written in the stars but in the history books.

Kevin Johnson Won’t Seek Re-Election Following Molestation Allegations

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 01.03.2017 | Sports

On the night that an ESPN "30 for 30" film on his political efforts was scheduled for release, current Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Jo...

Pennsylvania Legislator introduces Dream Act

Juan Escalante | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Juan Escalante

Undocumented students across Pennsylvania might have a chance of benefiting from in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

Afford to Dream

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Daniel Hamidi

Many opponents to expanding education to DREAM-ers argue that tax-payers pay for aid programs, and only children from tax-paying families should have access to these programs. But this argument is extremely misguiding.

Despite Huge Victories, Republicans Face Some Obstacles

Pew's Stateline | Jeffrey Stinson | Posted 01.12.2015 | 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...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial North Carolina Budget Director With Ties To Koch Brothers Resigns | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative financier Art Pope, the North Carolina’s deputy budget director partly responsible for engineering the state's strong rig...

Wisconsin Republicans Look To Oust Leader After Harassment Charges

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE, March 2 (Reuters) - Wisconsin Republican lawmakers will attempt to remove Assembly Majority Leader Bill ...

The Hidden Forces Behind Political Monopolies

The New York Times | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By his third year as chairman of the Alabama Republican organization, Mike Hubbard believed his party had just about everything it needed to win contr...

Buzzword: Pre-K

Helen Blank | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

As students settle back into their routines, voters across the country prepare to head to the polls. This year, there's a common theme popping up across the country that's of vital importance: the value of expanding Pre-K.

A Dearth of Statehouse Mavericks

Jeanne Allen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Allen

Most of today's governors came in to office standing on a platform full of nice-sounding school reform, but only a very few have delivered anything worth talking about.

North Carolina: Threatening Fifty Years of Progress in Ten Months

Roy Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Roy Cooper

For the first time since Reconstruction, North Carolina has a General Assembly and governorship controlled by the extreme factions of the Republican Party, and their legislative super majority means their power is unchecked. It's as if the Tea Party created its own playground of extremist fantasies.

GOP Gov On Defense After Reported Ouster Of Top Environmental Official

Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

Ohio state Rep. Debbie Phillips (D) is seeking public records regarding the resignation of a top environmental official who told staffers last week th...

Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

State campaign contribution limits on the rise

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Adam Wollner July 1, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan ...

Dem Blasts GOP Colleagues For Supporting Law Making It Illegal For Gays To Have Sex

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Thirty-eight legislators in the Montana state House voted on Monday to keep sex between gay people illegal, a fact that elicited a stinging rebuke fro...

Can South Carolina Trust Mark Sanford Again?

Laurin Manning | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Laurin Manning

In a twist that could only happen in the alternate universe of South Carolina politics, the 2009 scandal that ended Sanford's marriage and torpedoed his 2012 presidential aspirations has served as a key prong of his comeback strategy.

Google's Cool Congressional Redistricting Map -- Which Shows How Thoroughly Texas Liberals Get Screwed

Colin Delany | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Colin Delany

For a good example of why redistricting's so important in determining the make-up of Congress, let's zoom in on lovely Austin, Texas -- a liberal hub in a conservative state.

Why Lugar Lost

Mark Meissner | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Mark Meissner

Tuesday marked the end of the distinguished career of Indiana's longest-serving U.S. senator ever, Richard Lugar. This shocking turn of events was unthinkable for almost all of Lugar's 36-year career in the U.S. Senate. So what happened?

A Closer Look at Gov. Christie's Unrealistic Budget Plan for New Jersey

Deborah Howlett | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Deborah Howlett

About that 10 percent income tax cut that Gov. Christie promised us last week ... don't start planning that dream vacation quite yet.

Déjà Vu 2002 in Florida

Rod Smith | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Rod Smith

Why is it when we continue to elect both Republicans and Democrats in statewide elections, the Florida legislature is dominated by a one-party rule? Simply put, gerrymandering.