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PHOTO: North Dakota is the only state with a law on local pharmacy ownership. Voters will decide whether to repeal or keep it with Measure 7 on next week's ballot. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When voters in North Dakota head to the polls next week, they'll decide whether or not to keep a 50-year-old law on the books concerning the local ownership of pharmacies. If passed, Measure 7 would open the door for major retail chains by removing the requirement that majority owne ...Read More

PHOTO: The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of voter intimidation of college students. The message to students: you have the right to decide whether you register to vote at home or at college. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of alleged voter intimidation of college students. The Attorney General's communications director, Allison Martin, says the office is "actively reviewing the situation." At the heart of the complaint is an an ...Read More

PHOTO: The nonpartisan watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says the state Supreme Court is compromised because of so many conflicts of interest, mainly involving political campaign contributions. (Photo of Wis. Supreme Court Chambers courtesy of Wis. Court System)

MADISON, Wis. – The future of the now stalled John Doe probe into alleged campaign finance law violations by Gov. Scott Walker could rest with the state Supreme Court. But Mike McCabe, executive director of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, says four of the seven justices were el ...Read More

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Tom Corbett is among governors in seven states who are mentioned in a new report about outsourcing billions of dollars in state services to private contractors. Photo credit: Lucidology/iStockphoto.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Shrinking government has meant shifting responsibilities to private industry in some states, and Gov. Tom Corbett is one of seven governors taken to task in a new report that correlates these outsourcing decisions with major campaign donors and mixed results for taxpayers. In Corb ...Read More

PHOTO: Watching the steady stream of political attack ads on TV won't give you the information you need to cast your midterm election ballot. In fact, it might have the opposite effect, turning you off to politics altogether. Photo credit: eelnosiva/iStockphoto.com
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SEATTLE – This week, Washington voters are receiving their ballots in the mail. But for weeks, they've been barraged with political ads and campaign phone calls, and the pace will continue up to Election Day. A New York Times poll says so far in this midterm election, 55 percent of the mon ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Zombie economics is a term that describes economic principles that have been proven in practice not to hold true, and the Colorado Fiscal Institute says trickle-down economics" is one such theory. Image courtesy Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - Millions tuned in to last night's season premier of 'The Walking Dead' on AMC. While zombies on our TV screens may be good for some white-knuckled entertainment, economists warn zombies in our economy are not. "Zombie economics" is a term that describes economic principles that have been p ...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

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