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Not Just Georgia's Brian Kemp: Other Secretaries of State Accused of Abusing Elections Power

Kemp faces allegations of using his position to suppress minority voters and gain unfair advantage in the governor's race, highlighting the office's increasing partisanship and potential for conflicts of interest.

• Democrats Maintain the Edge in Secretary of State Races Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp

A Second State Could Ban Service Taxes

As taxes on Netflix and yoga gain favor as a way to raise revenue, a movement to stop them is growing. In November, the debate heads to Arizona.

In Year of Strikes, Education Plays a Big Role in Elections

Education has emerged as an issue this fall beyond school board and superintendent races.

2 Cop Convictions in 2 Months: Is This a Tipping Point in Police Accountability?

Fatal police shootings rarely result in convictions. In Chicago and Texas, they just did.

Maskell, Nebraska, City Hall

Welcome to America's Smallest City Hall

Photos and musings from our photographer.


Homeless Donations Are Missing Something: Tampons

A nonprofit helped Athens, Ga., address this often-ignored need and wants to expand its services.


Home health care aide helping an elderly woman walk.

Maine Could Make Health-Care History, Again, on Election Day

Voters could approve what would be the nation's first universal at-home care program. But it may face pushback from the incoming governor.

• Should Hospitals Limit the Number of Patients Nurses Can Help?

How the New NAFTA Deal Impacts States

The revised trade pact keeps the original agreement's free trade zone intact while placing some new burdens on the auto industry.


A woman smoking a marijuana joint.

Is the Midwest Ready for Recreational Marijuana?

Voters in Michigan and North Dakota could be the first in the region to legalize the drug. Supporters say passage would "shock the country ... and affect federal change."

• California's New Marijuana Law Is a First But Likely Not the Last

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The Best Way to Build a Culture of Evidence-Based Government

Successful efforts to bring the use of data and research into decision-making are both top-down and bottom-up.

COMMENTARY

Want to Be a Good Leader? Rely On a Little Help From Your Friends.

Communities can’t address the big issues without collaboration.

COMMENTARY

The Economy Is Booming. So Why Are Cities' Revenues Still Lagging?

The structure of their tax systems doesn't align with their evolving economies.

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More than 1,135

People who the volunteer organization CrowdSource Rescue are searching for in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael. As of Tuesday, the official death toll was 27 but is expected to rise.

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A Month Before Election Day, Democrats Poised for Legislative Gains

While they likely won't win a majority nationwide, the party is poised to gain control of some chambers. How many depends on the size of the potential blue wave.

• After More Than 30 Years, the Leader of State Legislatures to Step Down

Underneath This 'Pop-Up Forest' Is an Abandoned Highway

Akron, Ohio, calls it the Innerbelt National Forest.

This Is What Happens When a City Shuts Down Mental Health Clinics

This country has never had an effective public policy toward mental illness. In Chicago, things seem to be getting even worse.

A gym in an office.

How Public Employee Benefits (Beyond Pensions and Health Care) Compare to the Private Sector's

At a time of low unemployment, both kinds of employers are beefing up their perks.


Slavery Is Still a Legal Punishment. Voters in One State Have a (Second) Chance to Abolish It.

In 2016, Coloradoans voted against abolishing slavery in prisons -- a clause that exists in the U.S. Constitution and several states'. This year, the issue is back on the ballot.

The Supreme Court Cases for State and Local Governments to Watch

In the cases the justices will hear this fall, legal observers say "state sovereignty is a really big issue."

Green Roof Requirements Are On the Rise

To meet their energy goals, cities are starting to make new buildings have solar panels or vegetation atop.

States Intent on Taxing Big Pharma Over the Opioid Crisis

Lawmakers want to raise taxes on pharmaceutical companies to help pay for the cost of the opioid crisis. But success has been elusive.