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PHOTO: LR-126 would repeal Election Day voter registration in Montana, as well as late registration. More than 29,000 Montanans have used Election Day registration to cast a ballot. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Election Day voter registration has been an option in Montana for about 10 years, with day-before registration also available. But that could change, depending on the outcome of a ballot measure from the state Legislature. LR-126 would repeal Election Day voter registration, and re ...Read More

PHOTO: Even though $2.5 billion is in the AML funds and a huge backlog of needs in West Virginia that money could be used for, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., says it's a constant fight to bring that money home to the state. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even with billions in the trust fund and hundreds of millions in coalfield needs, it's a fight to bring Abandoned Mine Lands funds back to West Virginia, according to the "father" of the AML program. Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) helped get the AML fund established; he says h ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Voices for Illinois Children finds one-in-five children would benefit from a higher minimum wage. Photo credit: Kristine Kiskey/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As candidates spar over raising the minimum wage, a question on Tuesday's ballot will take the pulse of where Illinoisans stand on the issue. A recent report from the child advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children highlights the benefits of raising the wage from $8.25 ...Read More

Photo: A new survey finds broad support across party lines by American age 21 and older for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. Photo credit: AARP

CONCORD, N.H. - A new survey finds broad support across party lines and age generations for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. The survey of Americans 21 and older finds three out of four value Social Security, with 86 percent agreeing the ...Read More

PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an "overwhelming margin" in favor of authorizing their 32BJ SEIU bargaining unit to call a strike, if contract talks with the University on a multi-year contract don't make progress. Photo courtesy E. Villasante

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since ...Read More

PHOTO: Stacks of ballots will soon be arriving at Michigan polling places, and since many local races are decided by just a handful of votes, Michiganders are being urged to do their homework before Election Day - as those decisions will have consequences that will last for years. Photo credit: Dawn M. Turner/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - One week from today Michiganders will head to the polls to vote in the critical midterm elections, and decide the future direction of the state. However, before casting a vote, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League for Public Policy says it's important to take the time to find o ...Read More

PHOTO: Crafting policies that can narrow the historically high income gaps in Oregon and the U.S. is a focus of this week's Neighborhood Partnerships RE:conference in Salem. Photo credit: abluecup/

SALEM, Ore. – When communities put the right programs and policies in place, they can spark progress for families. This week, a two-day conference in Salem examines what Oregon could be doing to make the biggest impact. The Oregon nonprofit group Neighborhood Partnerships calls it a RE:confe ...Read More

PHOTO: A series of events called Put the Middle Class First is coming to West Virginia this week. Photos of a past rally courtesy of Put the Middle Class First.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A tour called Put the Middle Class First pulls into West Virginia this week with events in Charleston and Huntington. Although the tour is aimed at getting people fired up ahead of the election, a political party doesn’t organize the rallies. Jenny Moles of Cross ...Read More

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