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Virginia Governor Moves Forward on Medicaid Expansion Without Legislature

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

During a press conference, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced vetoes of portions of the state budget, and laid out his plan for addressing Medicaid expansion.

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New Report Looks at Gains in Federal Judiciary

The report from the Alliance for Justice notes that while there is still much to do to remedy the judicial vacancy crisis in the federal courts, reforms in the Senate have brought signs of change.

The report from the Alliance for Justice notes that while there is still much to do to remedy the judicial vacancy crisis in the federal courts, reforms in the Senate have brought signs of change.

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Not a ‘Hard Choice’: Why Clinton Needs to Get Out the Vote for Midterm Elections on Her Book Tour

Now is the right time for Clinton, who began a national book tour on Tuesday to promote her new memoir, to test narratives and messaging that can resonate with young people—namely young women—in order to get out the vote this November.

Now is the right time for Clinton, who began a national book tour on Tuesday to promote her new memoir, to test narratives and messaging that can resonate with young people—namely young women—in order to get out the vote this November.

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Boggs Nomination Stalls Amid Controversy

Controversial anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs will not be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, although the committee will go forward with six other candidates from a "package" of seven nominees that used to include Boggs.

Controversial anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs will not be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, although the committee will go forward with six other candidates from a “package” of seven nominees that used to include Boggs.

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Racial Injustice: The Case for Prosecuting Buyers as Sex Traffickers

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

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Sen. Whitehouse Remains Mum on Boggs Nomination, Despite Key Role

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), above, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee whose vote could be crucial to determining whether the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal judgeship moves forward, hasn’t yet taken a public position on Boggs.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee whose vote could be crucial to determining whether the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal judgeship moves forward, hasn’t yet taken a public position on Boggs.

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‘Boss Bill’ Passes New York Senate Committee

The proposed law would update New York’s existing workplace anti-discrimination laws to prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of their reproductive health-care decisions.

The proposed law would update New York’s existing workplace anti-discrimination laws to prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of their reproductive health-care decisions.

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Pennsylvania’s First Openly Gay Republican Politician Says Party Bias Led to Primary Defeat

Rep. Mike Fleck, Pennsylvania's first openly gay GOP lawmaker, was defeated in the Republican primary, but he won the Democratic primary with a write-in campaign by just 15 votes.

Rep. Mike Fleck is navigating uncharted political waters in Pennsylvania. The state’s first openly gay GOP lawmaker was defeated in the Republican primary—his first primary challenge since coming out of the closet in 2012—but he won the Democratic primary with a write-in campaign by just 15 votes.

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Democratic Opposition to Anti-Choice Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs Grows

Numerous prominent Democrats have expressed concern or outright opposition this week to nominating Michael Boggs to a federal district court in Georgia, citing his extreme anti-choice and anti-civil rights views along with basic competency issues.

Numerous prominent Democrats have expressed concern or outright opposition this week to nominating Michael Boggs to a federal district court in Georgia, citing his extreme anti-choice and anti-civil rights views along with basic competency issues.

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Anti-Choice Democrat Inspires ‘Anti-Endorsement’ by National Pro-Choice Groups

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brendan F. Boyle

In the lead-up to the primary for the 13th Congressional district in Pennsylvania, Democratic state Rep. Brendan F. Boyle has been making pro-choice campaign trail promises so contrary to his voting record that it’s inspired NARAL Pro-Choice America and Emily’s List to team up to issue what amounts to an anti-endorsement.

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