State & Local

What Keeps This FEMA Regional Administrator Up at Night?

When a disaster like a large earthquake strikes, government agencies will have to manage the public’s expectations for a quick response. And that’s not easy.

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Congress Passes Environmental Health Laws After States Force its Hand

Pressured by industries that don’t want to deal with a wide array of state restrictions, Congress has stepped in to impose national standards on food labeling, chemical use and plastics in cosmetics.

The Poverty Argument Against Red-Light Cameras

Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren: "I cannot, in good conscience, wage a fight against poverty while also imposing burdensome fines.”

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A Year Into Hawaii’s Push to Go Paperless

Government agencies scattered across seven islands make delivering services to residents a challenge that electronic signatures help alleviate.

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An Ongoing Mystery in Minnesota: Who Jammed the State’s Health Insurance Hotline With Calls?

Investigators have forwarded findings from the Nov. 1 TDoS attack to a FBI task force.

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The Notable Silence of New York's Charter-School Leaders

Betsy DeVos is an advocate of education choice, so why haven’t many of her colleagues rallied behind her?

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Will Small ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Defy a Trump Crackdown?

Smaller cities and counties may not be as willing to remain “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants as big cities under a Donald Trump presidency.

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Toomey Bill Takes Aim at Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities; Drug Tests for Illinois State Workers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hurricane recovery request; a Calexit vote in 2018?; ACLU vs. Maine police over social media monitoring.

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The Mayor of Phoenix Prepares to Take On Trump

Big cities are economically ascendant, but politically isolated—and ready to fight to maintain economic growth and cultural diversity.

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Jacksonville’s Frustrated Mayor: ‘We’ve Got to Get Out of the Pension Business!’

The mayor of Florida’s largest city continues to fume over fiscally troubled police and fire pensions and calls a possible $45 million miscalculation by an actuary “outrageous.”

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No Charges for Charlotte Police Officer Involved in Shooting Death

Mecklenburg County's district attorney said Officer Brentley Vinson "acted lawfully" when he shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a black man.

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Why Trump Needs to Factor Rural Broadband Into His Infrastructure Plans

“Otherwise we’re dooming these areas to economic stagnation and worse,” U.S. Sen. Angus King said at a bipartisan Next Century Cities policy event on Wednesday.

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