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LGBT Rights' Longtime Leader Becomes Transgender Battleground State

In November, Massachusetts will hold the nation's first statewide vote on anti-discrimination protections for transgender people.

People protest transgender protections outside the Massachusetts Statehouse.

California Could Be the Next State to Ditch Daylight Saving Time

What time is it in California? If voters decide to abolish the clock-changing practice in November, answering that could become more difficult.

Some States Are Less Prepared for a Recession Than a Decade Ago

But according to two analyses, a majority of states have nearly enough savings to weather a downturn.

• A Troubling Trend for Cities: Slowing Revenue But Rising Spending Growth

More Americans Now Telecommute Than Take Public Transportation to Work

Driving remains the predominant form of commuting. But for the first time, the next most common is working from home.

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How Much Privacy Do Public Employees Actually Have?

The digital age, new laws and recent events have created tension between government's transparency and the privacy of the people who work for it.


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How Democratic Socialists Performed in State and Local Primaries

Just over half of this year's candidates endorsed by Democratic Socialists are advancing to the general election. They could win seats for school boards, city councils and legislatures in 20 states.

• Progressive Candidates for Governor Trail in the Money Race

Where's My Endorsement? Party Support Is Harder to Get This Year

In an unusual trend, prominent politicians, including three sitting Republican governors, are refusing to endorse their own party's picks for governor.

• Ratings: Democrats Poised to Gain 3 to 7 Governors’ Seats

Midterms Give Voters Their First Say on Immigration in Trump Era

Oregon has the oldest sanctuary state law in the country. Until recently, it attracted little controversy. In November, voters will decide whether to repeal it.

• Immigration Proposal Could Hurt Obamacare Markets

States and Cities' Battle for Control of 5G Reaches the FCC

The FCC will vote on an order next week that would invalidate many local and potentially some state agreements with internet companies.


Democratic Primary Turnout Is Up 64%. Will That Matter in November?

Republicans, by comparison, saw 22 percent more people vote this season than in the 2014 midterms.

How a Rural Region in the South Cut Its Infant Mortality Rate in Half

Babies die at higher rates in the U.S. than in poorer countries like Cuba and Poland.

Will Clergy Sex Abuse Allegations Spur Change in Statute-of-Limitation Laws?

Since the Pennsylvania report, several other states have launched investigations into the Catholic Church. But in some of them, laws prevent many child victims from seeking legal justice.

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State or local candidates endorsed by Democratic Socialists and advancing to the general election.

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For Cities Seeking to Grow, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Smaller-scale infrastructure projects can pay off in major ways.


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How Inclusive Contracting Can Produce the Infrastructure We Need

There's a lot that governments can do to connect disadvantaged communities to economic opportunities.

Where Abortion Is on the Ballot in November

Three states could restrict or preemptively criminalize abortion at a time when there is uncertainty over the future of Roe v. Wade.

Fire Departments Struggle to Meet New Demands

The job of a firefighter has changed almost beyond recognition. That, combined with lagging pay and personnel problems, is making it difficult to recruit enough of them.

State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

The trial to impeach the entire West Virginia Supreme Court starts this week. It's just one example of a growing trend among unhappy lawmakers.


Is Your State Ready for a Hurricane Florence?

The latest from Florence, plus recent coverage on how states and cities across the country are planning for the next big storm.

States' Capital Budgets Have Become Partisan Battlegrounds

The once-quiet place reserved for technical experts is increasingly being held hostage in political fights.

How Centrist Is Colorado? Governor's Race Will Test That Reputation

Rather than going after voters in the middle, both the Democratic and Republican nominees are playing to their base.

Transit Advocates: Is the White House Purposefully Delaying Project Funds?

Advocates say the Federal Transit Administration is sitting on nearly $1.8 billion that’s supposed to help build light rail lines, streetcars and subway improvements. Delaying these projects, they argue, could increase costs for local transit agencies.

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A New Approach to Healthcare

The culmination of extensive research and three recent roundtables held across the country is the basis for this in-depth look into some of the most pressing issues facing our health care system and how to address them.

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