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America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

Hate on Me, Hater!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Minor

Mississippi, I want you to know this: Someone has to show you that life should not be about hating. You might have, for the moment, won the battle but the war isn't over.

8 Laws To Keep Women In Line That Are Somehow Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women

Sometimes the law changes quickly, as in the case of Massachusetts' "upskirting" case last week. After the state's highest court declared it admissibl...

Why Where You Divorce Matters: Equitable Distribution vs. Community Property

David Centeno | Posted 10.28.2013 | Divorce
David Centeno

Where you divorce matters. Each state has its own unique rules governing the allocation of assets during the divorce process, and these rules can vary significantly.

Southern State's Lone Abortion Clinic In Danger

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. — It can't meet the mandates of a 2012 state law and the governor wants to shut it down, but Mississippi's only abortion clinic i...

Bizarre State Sandwich Debate Gets Underway In Maryland

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Maryland lawmakers are getting crabby about sandwiches. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) State of the State address last week outlined an ambiti...

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

The sad truth is that millions of working mothers in this country find themselves without the support they need to care for their families and hold onto their jobs.

Redefining Sexual Assault

North by Northwestern | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
North by Northwestern

As part of the campus dialogue on sexual assault during Northwestern's Take Back the Night campaign, we take a look at the ways in which sexual assault is an issue in terms of policies and politics.

The Murky, Murky World of Booster Seat Laws

Jeanne Ponessa Fratello | Posted 03.10.2012 | Parents
Jeanne Ponessa Fratello

Are kids safer in a booster seat? Yes. Will new laws help more kids use booster seats for a longer time? Maybe, but it will take more than the current mishmash of confusing and inaccurate information.

AZ Asks High Court to Weigh In on SB1070 -- Highlights Real Need For Congressional Reform

Kristian Ramos | Posted 10.24.2011 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

Once the federal government passes a comprehensive immigration policy overhaul, the plethora of state laws will become obsolete. In the meantime, states are only damaging themselves.

Progressives Begin Turning the Tide at 2011 National Legislative Summit

Tim Judson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Tim Judson

The primary story that emerged from this year's NCSL summit was one of common sense prevailing over the economically disastrous and socially divisive proposals that have received so much of the spotlight in the states this year.

Reporting a Murder Trial, 140 Characters at a Time

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 07.24.2011 | Technology
AlaskaDispatch.com

You don't have to be at the Bonnie Craig murder trial--the dramatic cold case--nor do you have to wait until the story airs on the evening news or a reporter files a story online, or even for someone to drop a newspaper at your door, to get all the details from the courtroom proceedings.

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of...

Regulate Nonbank Financial Institutions, Say Consumer Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- While much of the Congressional debate over consumer financial protection has focused on banks, lawmakers have been grappling behind the...

States Consider Ban On Public Release Of 911 Calls

AP | DESIREE HUNTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Linda Casey dialed 911 and screamed, "Oh, God!" over and over again into the phone after finding her daughter beaten to death...

New Medical Marijuana Policy: Obama Administration Will Not Seek Arrests For People Following State Laws

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under...

New York Takes Strict Stand On Drunk Driving

nytimes.com | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New York State would make it a felony to drive while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle and would require first-time convicted drunken drivers to...

State Lawmakers Move To Ban Health Insurance Mandates

The New York Times | Monica Davey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL -- In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendment...

A Win for Democracy

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Not allowing self-interested politicians to draw their own districts' lines is a no-brainer, but initiatives like Prop. 11 have failed again and again in recent years.