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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 ...

Dems Make Maximum Push For Minimum Wage Increase

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Minimum-wage increase proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in statehouses in more than half of U.S. states, hig...

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...

State's Revenge Porn Bill Gets New Push

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State lawmakers are looking to make it a crime to post explicit photos of ex-spouses or romantic partners as a way of humili...

Small Boroughs Face Vacant Seats Amid Political Apathy

AP | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

SOMERSET, Pa. -- SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — It's the opposite of a political slugfest: Some western Pennsylvania boroughs will have vacant seats next year...

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, no...

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.

John Celock

'Conservatives On Steroids' Block Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

The growing ideological rift in the Kansas Republican Party has engulfed the implementation of the federal health care reform law, leaving the future ...

The Case for Contraception

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

Contraception saves lives, prevents unplanned pregnancies, improves outcomes for children and reduces the number of abortions. As an adoption attorney, I know firsthand how difficult and how private these choices are for women.

John Celock

GOP Leader: Abortion Is A 'Lifestyle Convenience'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

A top Republican legislative leader in Virginia described abortion as a "lifestyle convenience" during the floor debate on a controversial measure to ...

Citizens Overturned: New Mexico Reclaims Its Rights!

Eric Griego | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Eric Griego

The Citizens United decision was more than just a blow to democracy. It was a blow to states' rights. Now states are scrambling to overturn the ruling and put their own campaign finance laws back in place.

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Propose Incumbent-Friendly Recall Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

Republicans in the Arizona state legislature have proposed changes to the state's recall law that could have kept immigration bill architect Russell P...

John Celock

Gabrielle Giffords' Aide Likely To Run

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

This week, a top aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is expected to enter the special election to succeed her. Ron Barber, Giffords' d...

John Celock

Christie To Dems: Focus On My Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told 800 business and political leaders Thursday night that his state should be focused on economic a...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Pass Shocking Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

The Tea Party dominated New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday overrode the governor's veto to enact a new law allowing parents to object to any part ...