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Sore Losers or Necessary Checks? Wisconsin GOP Seeks to Limit New Democratic Governor's Authority

It wouldn't be the first time lawmakers have attempted to strip a new governor of some power. But it is rare.

Scott Fitzgerald

Why Losing Out on Amazon HQ2 Isn't So Bad for Cities

A new study points to evidence that luring a large corporation isn’t the best way to spur job growth.

Tulsa Struggles to Make Amends for a Massacre It Ignored for Nearly a Century

The Oklahoma city's "Black Wall Street" was one of the richest African-American neighborhoods in the country. Then whites burned it to the ground.

With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles

Supporters of additional funding for transportation have plenty of reasons to smile after last week’s elections, but that doesn’t mean they can stop worrying.

Father walking with his daughter in school.

'The Single Biggest Risk Factor in Getting Expelled Is Being a Preschooler'

Preschoolers are eight times, on average, more likely to get kicked out. States are starting to notice and intervene.


J.B. Pritzker

What J.B. Pritzker’s Election Means for Illinois

Of all the new governors, few will change the culture of their states as much as him.


First 'Pay for Success' Project for Veterans Underway

The VA is working with states and cities to use the innovative financing approach to help veterans with PTSD find gainful employment. If it's successful, the payoff for investors is big.


Democratic Socialists Rack Up Wins

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib made headlines for their congressional wins. But a number of Democratic Socialists also won state-level races this election.


Who Needs a Desk? Tennessee Takes Telework to the Max

The state's new approach to the workplace goes far beyond traditional telecommuting. It's not only making employees and managers happier, it's saving the state millions of dollars.


COMMENTARY

In Government, There's a Big Difference Between Power and Leadership

Anyone can learn to lead. Not everyone has the courage to do it.

COMMENTARY

Getting Serious About Evidence-Based Public Management

We need to know more about what governments are doing -- and how well their efforts are working. A couple of recent studies point the way.

COMMENTARY

When Citizen Engagement Becomes Too Much

Politicians say they want citizens to be involved. But it can make things harder to achieve.

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Residents of Butte County, Calif., who were not signed up for emergency alerts at the time of the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest wildfire in the state's history.

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Jeff Klein

Does #MeToo Matter? Of 19 State Candidates Facing Accusations, Only 2 Lost

On the heels of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, these results raise questions about how alleged misconduct factors into voters’ decisions.

• Another Historic Night for Women, and Not Just in Congress

The Man of Tomorrow: As Jerry Brown Leaves Office, He's Still Focused on the Future

Unlike most politicians, California's outgoing governor has made planning ahead a staple of his leadership -- even if it means going against his own party.

Midwest Turns Bluer as Local Concerns Outweigh National Issues

A handful of Democratic wins in governors' races resulted in a Midwest that's more politically balanced than in recent years.

• Democrats Flip 7 Gubernatorial Seats

What the Midterms Mean for Health Care

The trajectory of health policy -- from Medicaid to abortion to soda taxes -- is set for change in some states.

• Red-State Voters Opt for Obamacare

As Medicaid Work Requirements Spread, More Expected to Lose Health Care

Wisconsin just got approval to implement the new rule, and it will take effect in two other states in January. Meanwhile, more than 8,000 people have lost health insurance in Arkansas -- many who may comply with the rule but not know about it.

How Tax Policies Fared at the Ballot Box

Efforts to raise state taxes largely failed. That wasn't the case at the local level.

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The Most Important Ballot Measure Results

From health care and immigration to redistricting and transportation funding, voters decided a long list of policies.

• Local Ballot Results: Teen Voting, Campaign Finance, Housing and More