March 20, 2018
Florida's failure to ban assault weapons has angered some local officials, but they have few options for recourse. Some are taking the issue to voters, while others are challenging a state law that bans cities from passing gun laws.
March 14, 2018
The White House indicated that it may sue other states with policies similar to California's. Does it have a case anywhere else?
March 7, 2018
The success of the statewide walkout, which ended on Wednesday, could spur similar movements across the country at a time when the fate of unions is in the Supreme Court's hands.
March 1, 2018
Members of the state House released a parody video explaining how a bill becomes a law “with a surprise twist.”
February 28, 2018
It's the first legislature to pass a law of this kind since the FCC repealed federal net neutrality regulations in December. Lawsuits are likely to follow.
February 26, 2018
(And the tenacity of a guy named mark! Lopez)
February 25, 2018
The National Governors Association largely avoided the topic of guns at its meeting this weekend, suggesting that -- despite some Republicans' recent embrace of gun control -- there is still a lack of bipartisan agreement about how to make schools safer.
February 22, 2018
Congress and almost half the states have a bipartisan caucus dedicated to working on issues that young people care about.
February 21, 2018
The mass shooting at a Florida high school may be turning the tide of gun politics as some Republicans, including President Trump, embrace the idea of gun control.
February 16, 2018
A lesser-known provision in the GOP tax overhaul ends the benefits for victims of small-scale disasters.
February 14, 2018
A new study suggests that policies meant to keep rents down actually jack them up overall, reduce the rental stock and fuel gentrification.
February 13, 2018
In a rare moment of bipartisanship, attorneys general from every U.S. state and territory signed a letter asking Congress to stop employers from forcing sexual harassment claims to be resolved out of court.
February 12, 2018
President Trump’s proposed budget would slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, leaving states and localities with an extra burden.
February 12, 2018
Last week, Seattle became the first city to crack down on the secrecy surrounding online political ads. Experts say it likely won't be the last.
February 1, 2018
The meals served to prisoners have been a catalyst for riots throughout history. Prison advocates and workers say outsourcing the kitchens to companies only makes them worse.
January 23, 2018
On Monday, Montana became the first to reinstate some of the rules the FCC repealed. The question of whether states have the right to do that, however, will likely end up in court.
January 18, 2018
After learning about this information exchange last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a vocal critic of Trump's immigration policies, quickly restricted it.
January 18, 2018
After a study showed that watching nature videos can have positive benefits for inmates, some prisons are adding them to their lineup.
January 8, 2018
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.
December 28, 2017
Step 1: Attract citizens with interactive art installations. Step 2: Talk to them about the community.
December 18, 2017
President Trump signed a bill last week that bans Kaspersky Lab software on federal computers. Local governments were initially hesitant to stop using it, but most are now following the feds' lead.
December 8, 2017
They say their economies could suffer if the FCC repeals net neutrality regulations.
December 1, 2017
Central Florida Already Struggled to Provide Health Care and Affordable Housing. Then Hurricane Refugees Poured In.
The region is coping with one of the biggest influxes of Puerto Ricans fleeing the hurricane-ravaged island.
November 17, 2017
It turns out that how long a mentor sticks around can have a huge impact. One organization is working with schools to follow kids from kindergarten to graduation, and it's expanding to more cities.
November 15, 2017
Many have predicted it would. But when younger candidates do launch campaigns, it's typically for state or local positions.
November 6, 2017
Federal law prohibits convicted domestic abusers like the Sutherland Springs shooter from owning firearms. But enforcing the law requires proper reporting and the help of states, say gun control advocates.
November 3, 2017
Across the country, prisoners or their families are suing states for heat conditions they argue amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
October 6, 2017
States are starting to require it. Ironically, police advocates and groups like Black Lives Matter agree that the new laws are problematic.
September 28, 2017
They're the most vulnerable to disasters, but they don't have to be.
September 25, 2017
But even if courts block the Trump administration from defunding cities sympathetic to immigrants, Congress could still carry out the White House's wishes.
September 18, 2017
A couple of other states are considering similar bills. It was an uphill battle -- even in one of the most pro-immigrant states.
September 18, 2017
"It clearly shows that something is going wrong in that system when a grandmother is raising her hands like she might be shot," says author and professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve.
September 15, 2017
It's hard to fix a problem you can't see. So Maryland made its lack of healthy food options very visible.
September 14, 2017
A new report documents what environmental advocates say has been happening for decades: The federal government fails to protect Americans from potentially cancer-causing chemicals. And they have little hope that will change anytime soon.
September 6, 2017
Although the disaster spurred federal, state and local authorities to put immigration enforcement on pause, many undocumented people are still fearful and likely to be left behind in the recovery.
August 28, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order on Monday, marking the administration's latest departure from its predecessor's policing policies.
August 25, 2017
California recently outlawed the practice, but it's unlikely to change immigration officers' behavior. The legislation highlights the tactic's murky legality.
August 23, 2017
It's not just an environmental issue, and for the first time, researchers have calculated global warming's potential economic impact on each county.
August 11, 2017
The concept caught fire in Europe and is gaining relevance in large and small cities across the Atlantic.
August 9, 2017
The state's lawmakers are working on ways to address its affordable housing crisis, but advocates and academics say they're not going about it in the best way.
August 7, 2017
What's taking the progressive state so long to right its historical wrongs?
August 1, 2017
khalid kamau wants to prove that you don't have to be wealthy, white or in California for progressive policies to work.
July 25, 2017
The reasons spotlight cities' funding and workforce struggles that cybersecurity experts have warned about for years.
July 21, 2017
Environmental advocacy is difficult in the Trump era. In rural areas, it's even harder. “To be personally attacked for speaking up, to be silenced, it was devastating to me," says one resident who tried to fight fracking in her rural Pennsylvania county.
July 19, 2017
State politicians on both sides of the aisle have increasingly worked to curb the practice. Now, the attorney general may have made their efforts pointless.
July 17, 2017
Businesses and governments are going cashless. Anti-poverty advocates say the change is problematic for low-income people, but they disagree on how to solve it.
July 14, 2017
Erwin, Tenn., was struggling. Then its mayor did something many public officials usually don't: She listened to young people.
June 29, 2017
They're too expensive for many low-income families, but courts recently ruled that the federal government can’t regulate their cost. States still can.
June 21, 2017
They have pledged to carry out the landmark accord on behalf of America. We asked environmental experts for the most effective and politically practical ways they can help do that.
June 7, 2017
Residents of a California farm community have come up with a model solution for an all-too-common transportation problem.
June 6, 2017
A group of grad students has won national recognition for their solution to a problem that plagues lower-income people across America.
May 31, 2017
He was first elected as a 21-year-old. More than a decade later, he has put himself and his border community at the center of the national immigration debate over "sanctuary cities."
May 25, 2017
The controversial passage of a new voter-approved law in Los Angeles illustrates the complexities of civilian review boards. Experts say there are better ways for civilians to keep cops accountable.
May 17, 2017
It's all about collective bargaining, according to a new report.
May 16, 2017
We'll soon find out as high school students in Georgia test a new award-winning app to reduce distracted driving.
May 12, 2017
The county's court system is still a confusing tangle of fees and court dates. The creators of a new online tool hope to change that.