Trump's New Abortion Proposal Politicizes a Historically Bipartisan Program

Federal money already can't be spent on abortions. The Trump administration now wants to keep any funds from going to organizations that support the procedure.

Despite Farm Bill Fail, Advocates of Food Stamp Work Requirements Succeed Elsewhere

The House voted against the legislation on Friday. But some of the ideas behind it have seen success in the states.

Long Adversaries, Automakers Now Want to Work With California on Emissions

The Trump administration, though, doesn't appear willing to bring the state to the table when crafting new standards. That puts automakers in a tough spot.

This Illinois Town Is on the Brink of Bankruptcy. How Many Will Follow?

Harvey, Ill., is facing insolvency thanks to its pension crisis. Some say it won't be the only one.

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Can a Business Exec Save One of the Largest School Districts in America?

Austin Beutner, the new leader of Los Angeles schools, is the latest big-city superintendent with no education experience. Some say that -- and his ties to charter schools -- are cause for concern.

State Lawmakers Face Most Challengers in Decades

Recent election cycles have seen more than 40 percent of state legislative seats left uncontested. Not this year.

• Will Your State's Chambers Flip? Ratings for 2018 Legislative Races

Data Is Improving Government Services, But at What Cost to Citizens' Privacy?

Data now informs almost everything the public sector does, and it also informs on us.

The Revolutionary Foster Care Law Buried in February's Federal Spending Deal

Congress passed drastic child welfare reforms that aim to reduce the removal of kids from their homes. But some worry they will cost states and harm children.

How the Sports Betting Ruling Will Impact State Budgets

The Supreme Court outlawed a federal ban on sports betting on Monday, and some states are poised to capitalize.

• Why the Sports Betting Ruling Could Be Good News for Sanctuary Cities

'Not Pure Enough': An Ultra-Conservative State Nominates a Pragmatist for Governor

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will now face state Rep. Paulette Jordan, who could be the first Native American elected governor of any state. He's the heavy favorite to win.

Cities Now Use Taxes to Fight Blight. Is It Working?

Land use experts question whether vacant property taxes are the right way to spur development.

Could U.S. Senate Races Impact Gubernatorial Races?

History suggests that the answer is yes -- but 2018 is a unique year.



Potentially active volcanoes in the United States, including Hawaii's Kilauea, which recently erupted.


How Cities Fell Out of Love With Sports Stadiums

Major league teams used to get everything they wanted from sports-mad cities. Now they have to fight for it -- and increasingly, they’re losing.

Pedestrian Deaths Are Rising. One Big Reason? SUVs

Local leaders are trying to figure out how to respond to the growing number of SUV-related fatalities while more Americans are choosing bigger cars.

Mayors' Group Tries Novel Idea: A Bipartisan Agenda

The two new leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a Democrat and a Republican, have crafted a bipartisan strategy that they hope will help them wield more influence in Washington.

As Other States Have Abandoned Efforts, New Jersey Passes Individual Mandate

Several states promised to pass their own mandates. Only one has. What happened?


It’s Time for Governments to Try Federalism Again

Our toughest problems can’t be solved unless we learn to work together.


America’s Boulevards of Death

Far too many pedestrians are dying on our most heavily traveled streets. They don't have to.


Millennials Pose a Major Problem for States

Demographic trends suggest trouble ahead for government revenues.

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How 3 College Students Got a Better Deal for Domestic-Violence Survivors

Their success at changing harmful local ordinances illustrates the power of a good idea, solid research and enthusiasm.