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Sex Sells: How Nevada is Confusing the Hell Out of Little Girls

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! A few weeks ago, we told you about the insane things going on in Mississipp...

Porn for Progress

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.01.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! If you're like millions of other Americans, you've been cursing the banks f...

The Ryan Budget Myth and Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

Paul Ryan has come up with his latest Republican budget proposal, and it changes nothing. It neither promotes economic growth nor reduces the budget deficit, as with past proposals. That's because its real target is to win some Senate seats by targeting Obamacare, for starters. And it can't do that without telling some whoppers.

A Tale of Two Siblings, the ACA, and the Supreme Court

Drew Altman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Drew Altman, Ph.D.

There is a part of the Affordable Care Act that is not at all working as originally envisioned, because the Supreme Court dramatically altered the structure of the law when it ruled that the expansion of Medicaid should be voluntary for states.

The Worst Little Town in America

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! Have you ever wondered how corrupt a place would have to be to compel an aw...

The GOP's Latest Effort To Win Over Women Voters

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

A new Republican political action committee aimed at targeting female voters kicked-off its efforts in Texas on Wednesday, Politico reports. The P...

Steaks, Guns and God

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.06.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If God really does have a sense of humor, we're pretty sure he's laughing his ass off.

Does Kansas Need a Spanking?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.23.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Well, Kansas sure isn't shy about letting the world know how it feels about gay people. But the logic of Kansans has always been hard to figure out.

'Red' States Have Higher Divorce Rates Than 'Blue' States, And Here's Why

Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce

It may seem counterintuitive, but divorce rates are higher in religiously conservative "red" states than "blue" states, despite a Bible-based culture ...

Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest

Robert Reich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

The usual explanation is that, for these voters, economic issues are trumped by social and cultural issues like guns, abortion, and race. I'm not so sure.

New Year's Resolution

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The enemies of climate science are real and not giving up. We can't fight them dollar for dollar, but we have voters on our side.

America Growing Even More Deeply Divided

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas...

Pouring a Cup While Pissing in the Same Teapot

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When the Tea Partiers made their appearance in D.C. during the last midterm elections, it was easy to predict that they would one day morph into a gro...

It Is Time to Rename Republican Radicals the 'Taker Caucus'

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The arrogant claims to fiscal rectitude of the Tea Party belie the underlying realities. They are not the makers of their own imagination, but are rather in large numbers the takers that they have been so quick to disdain.

Let the Red States Go

David Morris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Morris

I believe the country, and the Democratic Party itself would be better served if Republican controlled states were allowed to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, but only under three conditions.

States of Change

Thomas M. Holbrook | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Holbrook

Not long after the 2012 election some observers noted an increasing Democratic "lock" on the Electoral College.

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.

Dispatch From the Whites Only Men's Room

Lester & Charlie | Posted 09.07.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Now that states with a history of abusive behavior toward minority voters can change voting laws without getting "preclearance" from, well, anybody, there's nothing anybody can do about it.

Red State Women Could Transform America

Salon | Joan Walsh | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey showing that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has actually increased his lead over State Sen. Wendy Davis in the w...

Moving Past the Far Right

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

We have wasted too much time over the past five years fretting over the concerns of a small group of right-wingers. From health care to immigration to gun control, America should have long ago tackled these problems with common-sense, practical approaches, rather than getting mired down in ideological debates.

It's a "Big Deal" When Red-state Senators Defy Obama on Social Security Cuts

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There are a number of reasons why this is important, including the fact that it may scuttle the chance (if there ever was one) for any deal. But something else makes this development what the Vice President of the United States might call "a big effin' deal": It tells us once and for all where the real political center lies.

Rick Perry Brushes Off GOP Worry Of Takeover

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) brushed off worries that the state may take a Democratic turn, saying the Lone Star State going blue “is the biggest piped...

GOP Official: Hillary Clinton Will Be Taken 'Seriously' In Texas

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

Though Texas is historically a red state, talk of a potential 2016 presidential bid by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's has at least one Lo...

To Move Or Not To Move?

Amelia | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

As our children grow, we look around and wonder, "Is this the right place for us to be? Is this where we want our children to grow up? What is the environment we've chosen teaching them?" These questions were heightened after our oldest son started identifying as gay at a young age.

The Dishonorable Republicans

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

While Republican governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas play games with people's lives to throw red meat to the extremists in their party, Kasich and the a growing number of GOP governors put the needs of their state before their political party.