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PHOTO: Some of the Virginians who say they would benefit from expanding the Medicaid program are reminding state lawmakers that it's more than a political battle as they debate the issue. Photo of a past Medicare expansion rally courtesy of Virginia Organizing.

RICHMOND, Va. - As Virginia lawmakers gather to consider Medicaid expansion, some of those who would benefit are reminding them what's at stake. Dorothy Taulbee, 76, of Wise County said she would have died of cancer if not for a visit to a free clinic. But even with Medicare, she said, she can bare ...Read More

PHOTO: Absentee ballot applications have been mailed out in Ohio, but it's still unclear when early voting by mail, or in person, will begin. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The November election is just around the corner, but voting dates and deadlines seem to be ever-changing in Ohio. A law that went into effect early this year eliminated the so-called "Golden Week," when Ohioans could register and vote in the first week of early voting. But this mon ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Illinois says important safety and privacy guidelines are needed before the use of body cameras by police enforcement are widely-used throughout the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, state leaders in Illinois are contemplating the use of police body cameras for better oversight of law enforcement. Some say important guidelines are needed to protect both police officers and citizens. Ed Yohnka, communica ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study says parents benefit a great deal in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, and that in turn helps their children. Photo credit: JackF/iStockphoto.com

RICHMOND, Va. – Getting parents health coverage improves the well being of their children, according to new research that says states that expand Medicaid are doing a much better job of covering those adults. The report from the Urban Institute shows that states that have rejected Medicaid e ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin ...Read More

NEW YORK – It's National Welcoming Week – a time when some Americans celebrate the value of immigrants to their communities. On Long Island, that means extending a hand to some very new and young arrivals. About 2,000 children have arrived in recent months on Long Island, escaping br ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be the keynote speaker at this year's Fighting Bob Fest at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Progressive Voters of America

BARABOO, Wis. – The 13th annual Fighting Bob Fest, called the largest annual political festival in the nation, will be this Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo. The festival is named for iconic Wisconsin political leader Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette. Dave Z ...Read More

PHOTO: What could become the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and reform political campaign spending limits, is being debated in the United States Senate. Photo credit: Library of Congress.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. Senate is involved in an historic debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 19, which could become the 28th Amendment to ...Read More

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