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How 4/20 Actually Helps Police

Law enforcement departments across the country use the marijuana holiday as a way to build their followers and soften their image on social media.


More States Forcing Prosecutors to Hand Over Evidence -- Even When It Hurts Their Case

The Supreme Court required prosecutors to do this decades ago, but they don't always follow the rules. New York is the latest state to strengthen them.

Are Small Businesses Really the Backbone of the Economy?

Two economists argue that they aren't. Instead, they say, policymakers should focus on larger employers.

Would Changing the Rules for Police Change the Outcomes?

In the wake of Stephon Clark's death, California is considering the strictest rules in the country about when deadly force can be used. But they may not impact criminal cases against cops.

Don't Get Mad, Get Elected: The Rise of the Revenge Candidate

Political novices are running for office at all levels of government -- many driven by anger over their current representatives' policies and behavior.


Managing Citizen Engagement Overload

When government gets too much of a good thing, can open-source technology help?


Supreme Court Not Sold on Ending Online Sales Tax Ban

The justices pressed attorneys on Tuesday about the potential consequences of overturning the court’s 26-year-old ruling.


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Automatic Voter Registration Goes Beyond the DMV

The most recent states to adopt the practice are expanding it to agencies that serve disenfranchised populations, including the poor and disabled.


Why It’s So Hard for Lawmakers to Win Governor’s Races

"I can count on one hand the number of top [legislative] leaders who have successfully run for major statewide office."

With Fewer Police Applicants, Departments Engage in Bidding Wars

Hiring police officers is much harder than it used to be. To stay competitive, some are offering generous pay increases and bonuses.

Trump's New Obamacare Rules Give States More Power. Will They Take It?

The new rules are designed to reduce premiums, but health policy experts say they will have little effect.

Judges Face Growing Threats From Unhappy Politicians

While they're rarely successful, efforts to remove state Supreme Court justices over policy disagreements are becoming more common.


In Terms of Food Stamps, the Farm Bill Has Something for Everyone

The legislation released on Thursday includes changes that could satisfy conservatives and liberals. It does not include most of the changes President Trump proposed, such as drug testing and a Blue Apron-style delivery service.

• The Bipartisan Food Stamp Reforms Congress Won't Talk About

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Between $8.4 billion and $13.5 billion

Estimate of annual online sales tax revenue that states are missing out on because the federal government bans them from collecting it. The Supreme Court heard a case this week that challenges that ban, but some of the justices raised concerns about ending it.

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As Fair Housing Act Turns 50, Landmark Law Faces Uncertain Future

Under the Trump administration, and most Republican White Houses, enforcement of the 1968 anti-discrimination law has weakened. Housing advocates say the constantly changing federal approach has held back progress.


A Major City's Solution to Teachers' Money Problems: Let Them Live at School

Miami is taking the trend of teacher housing one step further than other places. But do teachers want to live where they work -- even if it means cheaper rent?

Why Low-Tax States Could Come to Dislike the New Tax Law, Too

Up until now, high-tax states have complained the most.

Outside Disneyland, a Reminder for Governments to Be Careful What They Wish for

Cities have become increasingly focused on doing whatever it takes to attract large corporations. But it's hard to govern a one-company town. Just ask Anaheim.

• Despite New Rules to Disclose Corporate Tax Breaks, Just Half of Local Governments Are

How China's Proposed Tariffs Could Impact States' Economies

China is one of our largest trading partners. U.S. exports to the country totaled $130 billion last year.

• Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt More Local Economies Than They Help
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The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs

Publicly owned internet networks are giving some rural regions an advantage over even the techiest big cities.

COMMENTARY

8 Strategies for Cities to Make the Most of Contracting

By applying a strategic lens to the procurement process, local governments can transform how they partner with the private sector.

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How New York City Got Its Fleet Under Control

A nearly decade-long effort to consolidate vehicle services and improve operations has saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

NDAs and Confidential Settlements Shake State Capitols and City Halls

People who work for the Trump administration and Congress members aren't the only government employees being asked to sign legally questionable contracts to keep secrets.