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26 Illinois Lawmakers Opt Out of Their State Pension Plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Some Illinois lawmakers (26 of them, actually), Democrats and Republicans, state representatives and senators, have chosen to forgo the pensions they are entitled to through the General Assembly Retirement System.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

An Open Invitation to the House Ways and Means Committee

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

For those who know me and what I stand for, they know that I rarely, if never, become emotionally angry. But today I am not only angry... worse, I am ...

Georgia Governor Vetoes Private Probation Bill

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

The bill would have allowed these private probation companies to shield details of their practices from public eyes, while still raking in millions from those they're meant to supervise.

Yes Virginia, Guns Do Kill People

Lisa Longo | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Guns aren't also used for transportation. So do not tell me how cars kill as well. Knives, rope, even baseball bats. All have other primary purposes. Except guns. They have one goal. To kill.

5 Ways to Hold Political Representatives Accountable

Tom Spengler | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Spengler

Politicians may often vote in the favor of lobbyists or other personal interests, but that doesn't mean civic engagement should fly out the window. Keeping tabs on your legislators and actively participating in the political process is the first step to holding our politicians accountable.

How to Keep Your Legislators Accountable

Rand Strauss | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Rand Strauss

There's currently no way for Americans to pool their ideas and stances on issues in one collective place.

Grandmas and Lawmakers Say the Darndest Things

Ellen Dumm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Ellen Dumm

There's plenty of serious business going on under the golden dome, most notably balancing the budget. But there are many people who lose their perspective and say silly things.

55 Actions for Animals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

A list of potential action items for those who want to become more involved in animal protection and the work of The Humane Society of the United States.

Health Reform: Make Your Voice Heard

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Our health care costs average $8,000 per person, a shockingly high amount when compared to other countries. Health reform will make preventive care more accessible and will begin to halt the astronomical rise of premiums.

Last Minute Deals To Move Climate Bill

msn.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON - Concessions to farmers and lawmakers from rural areas erased a major obstacle facing a massive climate bill before the House but divided ...