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California Governor Announces Mandatory Statewide Water Cutbacks

“This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” Jerry Brown says, laying out his action plan to cut water use by 25 percent.

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With No Plan B, New Poll Finds Michigan Road Proposal in Trouble

Gov. Rick Snyder has been using chunks of concrete as props to make his case for voters to support Proposal 1. He has a lot of convincing to do, still.

More Governors and Mayors Ban Official Travel to Indiana

As the national backlash continues, other states and cities want to welcome businesses turned off by the Hoosier State's controversial new religious-objections law.


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Arkansas Reconsiders Its Religious-Freedom Law

Legislators passed a bill critics said was even more sweeping than Indiana's law, but Governor Asa Hutchinson says he won't sign it until controversial sections are fixed.

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Watch San Francisco’s Catchy Sewer Rap Video

In “You Can’t Live Without Me,” the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reminds residents that “your #2 is our #1.”

Inside the Push to Put Climate Change Warnings on Gas Pumps

The Bay Area wants to apply the tobacco-labeling approach to fuel.

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A Winning Knight Cities Challenge Idea From Charlotte Is Remarkably Simple

The Take Ten public engagement initiative is one of the 32 projects that made the cut. Check out the full list of winners.

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Cuomo Institutes Indiana Travel Restrictions for N.Y. State Employees

New York’s governor is turning up the heat on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

How Red States Learned to Love the Gas Tax

In Washington, raising the levy on fuel is a non-starter. But Republican legislatures that actually have to balance their budgets are finding increases indispensable.

Are There Limits to Government Speech?

The Supreme Court considers whether putting a Confederate battle flag on a license plate should be different than urging Americans to eat more beef.

The Best (and Cheapest) Places in the World for Coworking

A guide of some of the hottest places around the world for different types of digital nomads.

How States Use Cameras to Crack Down on School Bus Scofflaws

More than a dozen states now authorize the use of cameras mounted on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass them.

Unwelcome times in the Hoosier State.

What Makes Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Different?

The new statute's defenders claim it simply mirrors existing federal rules, but it contains two provisions that put new obstacles in the path of equality.