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Weekly dose of state legislation 8/11/11

There's some interesting state legislation floating around this week that pertains to elections, voting, and political parties. Make sure you know what's going on!

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 8/5/11

It may be August recess, but politics never rest! Here's what's happening in Progressive Majority's 9 target states this week:

What are the states trying to pass this week? 8/4/11

This week brings lots of environmental legislation and lots of reproductive rights legislation. It just goes to show that states are like lemmings; where one goes, others will soon follow.

What ever happened to the glory days of organized labor?

A new study by sociology professors at Harvard and the University of Washington has recently been published, detailing the correlation between the decline of union power/union membership and the rise in income inequality. The study finds that "between 1973 and 2007, when inequality in hourly wages spiked by 40%... union membership for private-sector male workers fell from 34% to 8%."

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/29/11

Space colonization, second-language debates, and free weed bribes? The headlines in our 9 target states are always interesting!

State level is where it's at! State legislation round-up 7/28/11

It seems that everywhere you turn this week, all you hear about is the federal debt ceiling debate. If I hear "Gang of 6", "default", or "Boehner" one more time, I might explode. Take a break from the looming national crisis and brush up on the legislation that's being talked about in the states!

Protest Songs Through the Ages - Be inspired to write the next one!

Today Progressive Majority and Grassrooting Productions launched a collaborative protest song project to raise awareness of the Wisconsin recall elections! (read our recent blog post and check out the official website!)

In honor of the launch of this project, I've compiled a list of famous protest songs (plus a few of my personal favorites) to hopefully inspire you to participate in our project and collaborate to write the next big protest song! Music is such a powerful tool, as evidenced by the songs below. Let's use the power of music together to bring attention to the Wisconsin recall elections and the fight for labor rights that they stemmed from.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/22/11

Heat wave, schmeat wave... nothing stops us from bringing you the latest news from our target states!

State legislation of the week! - 7/21/11

Reproductive Rights - New Hampshire

Last month, New Hampshire legislators voted to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, causing six clinics in the state to stop providing birth control. Last week, the state's exective council had a chance to reverse this vote, but anti-choicers won out. It's a bleak situation for women in New Hampshire, not to mention all the other states who are marginalizing women's health issues.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/15/11

Check out this week's major headlines from all of Progressive Majority's target states!

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