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Three Ground-Breaking Progressive Initiatives That Are Under the Radar This Election

On November 8th, citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. Initiatives in three states stand out as having a potentially broad national impact — California on reducing drug prices, South Dakota on revamping its political system, and New Mexico on the inequitable use of bail.

October 31, 2016
Unions workers (front) and various supporters hold up signs before a U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee

A Bitter Political Summer In Wisconsin

The blue-leaning state of Wisconsin is already a major battleground in play in 2016, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump vying for very different voter bases. Clinton will court the two cities, Madison and Milwaukee, while Trump may concentrate on the rest of the state, branding and sneering at the city folk as elites and eggheads.

July 8, 2016

Moralist Michigan Legislators’ Sexual Relationship Outed By Former Aide

The worst-kept secret in Lansing is that theocrats and über-moralists Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser, both Republican Michigan lawmakers, are having a sexual affair.

August 7, 2015

Grand Jury Deadline For Sheldon Silver Tests Case’s Strength

Sheldon Silver’s future will become much clearer on Monday.

February 19, 2015

Kansas Gov. Brownback Rescinds Protected-Class Status For LGBT State Workers

Thanks to Governor Brownback, Kansas workers can once be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation.

February 11, 2015

Despite Huge Victories, Republicans Face Some Obstacles

Even in the reddest states, GOP governors could struggle to enact far-right reforms.

January 12, 2015

Cheap Gas, Crumbling Infrastructure Spark Fuel Tax Talk

Even some Republicans are coming to terms with the idea of higher taxes.

December 8, 2014

South Carolina House Speaker Harrell Pleads Guilty To Misconduct In Office, Resigns

Inside the scandal that rocked South Carolina politics.

October 23, 2014