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What Your Local Government Can Learn From Miami-Dade County’s Water Rate Hike Website

Here’s our assessment of what makes work well.

Read moreNovember 24, 2014Leave a comment

A Texas Textbook Quandary: Was Moses a Founding Father?

A broken process at the Texas State Board of Education has allowed right-wing activists to politicize the facts—or fiction—that get taught in history class.

Read moreNovember 25, 2014Leave a comment

Can N.Y.C. Improve Its Lackluster Voter Registration Record?

A newly passed voter assistance bill mandates city agency compliance with a 2000 state law that a study found was being routinely ignored.

Read moreNovember 26, 2014Leave a comment

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray recently pardoned a tofu turkey in the atrium of Seattle City Hall.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Pardons a Tofu Turkey

The Tofurky stunt is part of a local food bank collection challenge.

A taxicab parking lot in Hoboken, N.J., was submerged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The Water Next Time

In Hoboken, N.J., nature itself could become the city’s best defense against extreme weather.

Timeline of Chris Christie's Nonresponse Responses on Immigration

Over the years, his approach to discussing the issue has shifted from candid to absurd.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, seen here in April, said that it is "essential that all local, state, and federal law enforcement officials show proper restraint and respect every citizen’s constitutional right to assemble."

U.S. Mayors React to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Atlanta's mayor: Decision 'is likely to spark understandable feelings of frustration, not only in Ferguson, but across the country.'

The Washington State Capitol rotunda in Olympia.

States Train Officials in Public Records Access

Some states are requiring that public officials who are subject to open government laws learn how they work.

A Neo-Confederate in Nevada's Capitol

A local newspaper uncovers racist and homophobic writings by a top state legislator.

Cleveland, Ohio, plans to offer the nation's fastest commercially available Internet connectivity.

Cleveland Plans 100-Gigabit Local Broadband ‘Gold Standard’ Network

City’s partnership with non-profit, health care and academic community will create the nation’s fastest commercially available connectivity.

Marion Barry arrives in federal court on June 26, 1990.

Marion Barry, D.C.'s 'Mayor for Life,' Dies at Age 78

Barry's rise, his downfall and his return creates a complicated legacy.

Justice Department Wants Better 'Police-Community Relations' Ahead of Ferguson Decision

Attorney General Eric Holder announced some guidelines for law-enforcement officers ahead of a big decision in the Michael Brown case.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval criticized President Obama's 'unilateral' action on immigration.

Obama’s Immigration Order Challenges States

Whether it was ‘dictatorial’ or ‘the right thing to do,’ officials walk a fine line in responding to the president’s move.