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Westminster Senator Woods Compares Police To Crips and Bloods

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.27.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

When an elected official, even one like Woods who likes Trump, compares police officers to Crips and Bloods, even under specific circumstances, it shouldn't fly under the media radar, like this May 26 statement of Woods did.

'And the People Support Vaccinations'

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Neville is far from alone in the anti-vaxxer crusade. He's joined by, among others, Republican State Sen. Laura Woods, whose Westminster race in November will likely determine whether Republicans retain control of the state senate.

When Will a Reporter Ask Woods Why She Likes Trump?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

How many times does Colorado State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Westminster), who's apparently the only elected official in Colorado to affirmatively and proac...

Here's Perhaps the Only Elected Official in Colorado Who Likes Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.14.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

On Facebook this week, Republican State Sen. Laura Woods of Westminster signaled that she will vote for Donald Trump, if he is the GOP nominee. Woods...

State Senator Says Trump No Longer One of Her Favorite Candidates

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.25.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

We're not seeing much support for Donald Trump from local politicians, but there's one Colorado Republican who was openly saying Trump was one of her two favorite presidential candidates.

Illinois Education Funding Needs a Change -- Is SB 16 the Way to Do It?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In theory, state funding is supposed to be the great equalizer, ensuring that students have the same resources regardless of where they live. In practice, it hasn't worked that way.

My First Race: What I Learned as a First-Time Political Candidate

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Barbi Appelquist

I hope my experience serves as an example for moms to see that it is possible to have your voice heard and balance your toughest job with one that might also make a difference for so many.

It's Time to Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Fueled by the growth of "perma-temp" workers who toil for years at the same job for low wages, few if any benefits and with no protections, thousands of employees are increasingly being left behind while their companies reap the benefits of their hard work.

GOP State Senator Asks Why America Can't Be More Like Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

A Republican state legislator miffed about an Arkansas judge's ruling that struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban suggested on a conservative r...

Samantha Lachman

GOP Candidate Who Retweeted Sexist, Racist Tweets Wanted To 'Share Other People's Viewpoints'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state Senate candidate admitted Wednesday that he deleted his personal Twitter account after retweeting offensive messages ...

Jon Ward

What Democrats Did In Virginia's Special Elections Should Worry The GOP

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The story of how Democrats began to build a professional, data-driven model for state legislature campaigns began one week before last...

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

Is World of Warcraft the New Political Taboo?

Diane Russell | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Diane Russell

I have a dark secret. It's one that could jeopardize my political career in Maine. Late at night when no one is looking, I place innocent birds in a sling shot and throw them at wooden structures. It's true. I play... Angry Birds.

Who's Running For What? 2011 Northern Virginia Voter Guides

THe Huffington Post | Posted 01.03.2012 | DC

With Virginia's 2011 general elections less than a week away, there's a lot at stake. While all eyes will be on hotly contested state Senate races -- ...

Too Much Is at Stake in Virginia for a Blackout in Coverage

Cliff Schecter | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

With just over a week to go, will we rise to the occasion and help Virginia Democrats keep control of the State Senate?

Wisconsin's Vote More Important Than Iowa's

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The less said about the Iowa straw poll the better, actually. Wisconsin could prove to be a much better weathervane in terms of predicting which way the political winds will be blowing, come next year.

Astoria Characters: The City-Slicker Chicken Farmers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Deciding to raise chickens in an apartment that's smaller than a chicken coop isn't something Jules Corkery and Robert McMinn are doing on a whim.

Lingle Vetoes Hawaii Civil Unions, Threatens Tax Base And Equal Rights

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Gov. Lingle of Hawaii is not so stupid as to think that minority rights are fairly treated in majority votes. Her veto of civil unions was a personal decision, a last exercise of power to satisfy a fading governor's religious convictions.

IN Marriage Amendment Moves Forward

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bil Browning

This morning the Indiana State Senate Judiciary Committee passed SJR-13, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unio...

10 Things To Be Thankful For

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

When we reflect on things we're thankful for, do you think anybody puts New York government on the list? Nah. Nevertheless, in the spirit of the season, here's a list of public sector thank yous.

Going Broke in Albany, Part 1: Explaining The Budget and How We're Botching It

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

If the Senate gets their way, in just a few years we'll end up having to gut education, Medicaid, and public assistance. In just a few months, we'll have to lay off state employees.

Sam Stein

Scott Brown Engaged In Culture Wars As Mass Pol

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Years before he became a state senator -- and many years before he became a fast-rising Republican candidate for United States Senate -- Scott Brown...

Power to the People...Ravitch for Lt. Gov

Bill Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill Cunningham

To my friend Dick Ravitch I would say, "No good deed goes unpunished! A lifetime of honorable service to your city and state in times of crisis, and this is what you reap!"

State Senate Can't Get It Together In Albany

New York Observer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Reporters were seated in a gigantic auditorium, with movie-theater-style seating and oak-paneled walls, a room normally used for legislative hearings....