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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.


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.

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.


With Primary Season Over, Democrats Poised to Gain 3 to 7 Governors’ Seats

Just over half of the 36 gubernatorial races are competitive.


Thanks to SCOTUS, States Are Taxing Online Sales. But the Legal Fight May Not Be Over.

In its bid to start collecting a sales tax on internet purchases, Colorado could run afoul of the Supreme Court's ruling.


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.


Electric cars atop the Los Angeles Police Department parking lot

On Eve of Global Climate Summit, 19 U.S. Cities Launch Electric Car Effort

Their purchasing pledge is a small but symbolic step toward reducing greenhouse gases.


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Getting Smart About Trash

Local governments are turning to data-driven tools to meet growing waste management challenges.

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The Need to Balance Police Effectiveness and Fairness

The research is clear: Proactive law enforcement does reduce crime. Reducing racially disparate outcomes is the next challenge.

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Racial Justice Can’t Be Achieved Without This

Civic leaders must reclaim racial integration as a policy goal.

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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.


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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Women running for governor this year who won primaries, which represents a 26 percent success rate. That's roughly half the success rate of female candidates for Congress this year. Georgia, Maine and South Dakota could elect their first female governor in November.

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Progressive Candidates for Governor Trail in the Money Race

While progressive candidates for Congress are being generously supported, gubernatorial hopefuls are being badly outraised by their GOP opponents.

• The Story Behind Andrew Gillum's Shocking Election Victory in Florida

Should Hospitals Limit the Number of Patients Nurses Can Help?

The medical community is divided over a November ballot measure that would make Massachusetts only the second state with such staffing requirements.

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

The annual National League of Cities report signals potentially more challenging times ahead for many localities.

Why Has 2018 Been Such a Bad Election Year for Lieutenant Governors?

Almost all those running for promotion to governor lost their party's primaries.

Seth Rogen at the MTV Movie Awards in 2016.

Seth Rogen Inspires a U.S. City to Change the Public Transit Experience

The actor has become the voice of announcements on Vancouver's buses and subways.


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

Bill Pound, the executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures since 1987, helped preserve bipartisanship among lawmakers.

3 Ways Blue States Could Still Get Around Tax Reform

The IRS has moved to block high-tax states from circumventing GOP limits on tax deductions -- but not in every way possible.

What Brett Kavanaugh Means for States

The Supreme Court nominee's legal vision could empower state governments on some issues but imperil their laws on others.

How Education Reform Taught Teachers to Cheat

In school districts across the country, being held accountable for grades and graduation rates has motivated educators to tamper with results. Some places are starting to crack down on this temptation.

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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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