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Has John Bel Edwards Discovered the Right Balancing Act Between Parties?

Most politicians believe moderation doesn’t help Democrats much in the Deep South. Louisiana’s governor, who's trying to fix the state's finances, isn’t one of them.


It's Not Just Washington. At Least 3 Other States Share Drivers' Immigration Info With ICE.

After learning about this information exchange last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a vocal critic of Trump's immigration policies, quickly restricted it.

Children May Suffer Worst Effects of Housing Crunch

The number of children packed into overcrowded homes remains high and comes at a tremendous social cost.

South Carolina Spent $9 Billion on Nuclear Reactors That Will Never Run. Now What?

The legislature must decide whether residents will keep being charged, possibly for decades, for the failed project.


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

Why 'Replacement' Governors Often Get Replaced Themselves

At least three governors will be running this year after filling in for predecessors who resigned. None of them is getting a free ride.


Tax Law Could Deliver Billion-Dollar Blow to Social Services

Charitable giving is expected to drop, and nonprofits that operate social services for the government will likely take the biggest hit.


A woman and her baby at the doctor.

4 Health Programs (Other Than CHIP) That Congress Has Left in Limbo

Programs that aid the opioid epidemic, medically underserved areas and at-risk mothers and children also have uncertain futures.


Coming Soon to Solitary Confinement Cells: Nature Videos

After a study showed that watching nature videos can have positive benefits for inmates, some prisons are adding them to their lineup.


In New Governors’ Cabinets, Diversity Is Priority

Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy, both recently sworn in, are already making history.

The 6 Most Dysfunctional States Then and Now

In 2009, Louis Jacobson ranked the states with the worst leadership and policy challenges. Almost a decade later, what's changed?

With Gas Taxes in Peril, More States Study Alternatives

The idea of charging drivers for the miles they drive instead of the gas they burn is not new. But states are still sorting out how it might work.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

$10,000

Maximum fine, under a new state law, for California employers who give their employees' information to federal immigration authorities without a court order or subpoena. The feds have warned of an immigration crackdown in the state.

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Trump's Voter Fraud Commission May Be Dead, But His Quest Continues

The president has shifted the commission's voter fraud investigation to the Department of Homeland Security. Some see that as a boon to the cause, while others say it could be problematic, especially for immigrants.


GOP Tax Law Could Starve Cities of Revenue

Housing experts predict that the tax overhaul will spur home values and property tax revenues to drop, forcing cities to find new ways to raise money -- or to cut spending.

• Thousands Rushed to Prepay Their 2018 Property Taxes

The #MeToo Effect Trickles Down the Public Workforce

As sexual harassment allegations take down powerful politicians, states and cities are revisiting their training and policies for the bureaucrats who have far less power but keep the government running.

Cold-Weather Closures Expose Years of Underinvestment in Urban Schools

Thanks to a generation of underfunding, many big-city school districts now face deteriorating buildings and billions of dollars in maintenance needs.

How Many Lawmakers Does a Legislature Need?

California has the most people of any state, and yet it doesn't have the country's largest legislature. A ballot measure proposes to change that -- but it's complicated.


Can Politicians Be Jailed for Supporting Sanctuary Policies?

In a Fox News interview last week, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said he believes they should be charged with crimes. Legal experts say that's likely not possible.

COMMENTARY

5 Ways to Measure a Mayor's Success

In local government, success is defined by what you leave behind.

COMMENTARY

The Public-Private Interdependencies We Need to Nurture

Our communities face big problems that can't be solved by government, business or nonprofits acting alone.

Food scraps and a knife on a cutting board. COMMENTARY

Can We Keep Food Scraps Out of the Landfill?

Hardly any of it is being recycled now. But with California leading the way, there are signs of real progress.