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With Recount Over, Atlanta's Next Mayor Faces a Changing City

The recount on Thursday confirmed Keisha Lance Bottoms' lead, likely keeping the city's decades-long tradition of black mayors alive. But shifting demographics will change how people lead it.

• Where Have All the Black Mayors Gone? Keisha Lance Bottoms

As Artificial Intelligence Grows in Government, Experts Urge Caution

The technology certainly has benefits, but some say they could be outweighed by its drawbacks.

State Spending Grows at Lowest Pace Since Great Recession

Amid uncertainty about federal tax reform, states are exercising caution with their fiscal 2018 budgets.

For or Against Trump? The Question Candidates for Governor Can't Escape

The president has emerged as a central issue in races all over the country, underscoring a shift toward partisanship that has intensified since his election.


Net Neutrality Repeal Could Be Bad News for Cities, Mayors Warn

They say their economies could suffer if the FCC repeals net neutrality regulations.

• FCC Repeals Net Neutrality, and State AGs Line Up to Sue

Foreshadowing Food Stamp Changes, Feds Seek States' Advice

The Trump administration has begun the process of tightening welfare programs. Many conservative states have been waiting for a moment like this for years.


Spending Deal Offers Short-Term CHIP Relief, But Uncertainty Looms

The bill signed by President Trump helps states keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat, but it doesn't offer any reassurance that kids won't lose their health care in 2018.

• CHIP Isn't the Only Program for Children and Babies That Congress Let Expire

As More Prisons Shutter, Governments Wonder What to Do With Them

Distilleries? Homeless shelters? Museums? There are lots of creative ideas for repurposing old lockups. But finding one that's good for the economy -- and wins approval -- isn't easy.


This Clean Energy Home Loan Program Has Problems. California's Trying to Fix Them.

The state has passed unprecedented regulations to protect borrowers from taking on debt they can't afford to pay back.

Beyond the Bus: ‘Microtransit’ Helps Cities Expand Transportation Services

After several private companies tried -- and failed -- to deliver on-demand group transit, some cities are now building those services themselves.

Will 2018 Really Be a Big Year for Women in Politics? An Expert Weighs In.

Debbie Walsh says the wave of women elected this year is a sign of bigger things to come.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

$63.5 million

Money tourists spent in Wyoming while visiting the state this summer to see the total solar eclipse. That translates to $3.7 million in state and local government tax revenue.

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Meet the Moderates

These politicians and candidates are breaking with today's aggressively partisan times to advocate a more centrist line.


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The Plight of America's Overlooked Industrial Cities

Whether you're talking about Detroit or Youngstown, Ohio, so-called legacy cities have similar problems with no simple solution.

COMMENTARY

Homelessness Will Never End, But It Can Be Better Managed

The way we talk about the issue makes it more difficult to do what needs to be done.

COMMENTARY

The Policy Labs We Urgently Need

When it comes to evidence-based policymaking, states are out ahead of the feds. These efforts to turn data into insights should be expanded.

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The Opioid Files: More Than 100 States and Cities Are Suing Drug Companies

Lawsuits are being filed practically every week. Will governments prevail over the pharmaceutical industry like they did the tobacco industry in the 1990s?

• Amid Opioid Crisis, States Start Embracing Alternative Medicine

Maine's Obamacare Vote Revives Expansion Debate in Some States

Last month's election has re-energized Obamacare advocates. Meanwhile in Maine, the matter is being complicated by Gov. Paul LePage, who has vowed not to implement an expansion until lawmakers show how they'll fund it.

A First Among States, California Plugs the 'Carbon Loophole'

The new Buy Clean California Act is the world’s first legislative effort to address supply chain carbon emissions.

To Reduce Recidivism, New York City Tries a Bold New Approach

The city is eliminating short-term jail sentences for low-level misdemeanors. Other cities will undoubtedly be watching the impact.

Our 2017 Public Officials of the Year

This group of honorees serves as an outstanding example of the strong determination, the bold ideas and the incredible amount of grit it takes to get things done in government.