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7 States Where Demographics Haven't Determined Its Political Destiny -- Yet

From weak state parties to regional differences, we look at why these states are defying demographics.


The Parking Garages of the Future

As many of them fall into disrepair, some are adapting to cities' changing needs.

Amid Concerns of a Recession, Pension Plan Returns Fall Short

After two straight years of beating expectations, pension investment earnings have slightly dipped thanks in part to fears of a trade war.

Where Nonprofits Are Most Prevalent in America

When a community is in fiscal trouble, nonprofits are often a big help. But some places have far fewer of them.

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A License for a Lemonade Stand? States Rethink Business Licensing

The debate is playing out around the country but has been most controversial in Texas.


Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami, left, shakes hands with a black man.

More Than 700: Why So Many People Are Running for Office in Seattle This Year

A booming population and new campaign finance options have brought out a record number of candidates.


Hands clasped through a jail cell.

America Has a Health-Care Crisis — in Prisons

Privatization and years of inadequate resources have left the incarcerated population with abysmal medical care.


Cleaning Up the Anacostia River, One Boat at a Time

Photos and musings from our photographer.


How Pennsylvania's Transportation Secretary Is Shifting the Infrastructure Conversation in Her State and Across the Country

Secretary Leslie Richards is trying to re-engineer the engineering process by making community engagement a top priority.


Are States Taking Cybersecurity Seriously Enough?

Only one has a cabinet-level official dedicated to the issue.

COMMENTARY

The Problem With One-Stop Government

It was a big improvement for permitting and other forms of service delivery, but it's already outdated. The new goal should be no-stop government.

COMMENTARY

What Juvenile Justice Needs: Care, Not Cages

We rely too much on incarceration. The pillars of the system should be healing, restoration and renewal.

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New York City police officers who committed suicide this year. In response, the department is seeking to improve its mental health services.

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How Cities Are Bringing 911 Into the 21st Century

Community paramedicine is changing the way some places respond to health emergencies.


Voting by Phone Is Convenient, But Is It Too Risky?

The option is spreading at a time of heightened fear of foreign interference in U.S. elections. It has been used in a few local elections and will be available to some voters in the 2020 presidential caucuses.

Will Climate Change Lead to a 'Fiscal Tsunami'?

Ratings agencies want more information about each state and local government's vulnerability to extreme weather. Moody's isn't waiting for them to give it up.

Why the GOP Frontrunner Might Lose the Mississippi Governor's Race

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has been the frontrunner all year, but in Tuesday's primary, he fell just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

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The Long Road to Recovery After Years of Severe Budget Cuts

Eight years of state government atrophy may be coming to an end in Kansas. But it will take a long time, and quite a bit of pain.


Lowering Out-of-Pocket Health Costs Isn't Easy. States Have Tried.

Congress is promising to tackle them this year. Can it succeed where states haven't?

The K-12 Conundrum: Americans Want More Education Funding, But Not Higher Taxes

The public is willing to raise some taxes, but only ones that create unreliable revenue streams.

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The Future Is Here, and It's Not Scary

One conversation with Dr. Michael Crow might ease your fears.

This Bill Could Save Rural Governments Millions in Infrastructure Financing

A proposal before Congress would expand a provision that gives small governments and districts access to cheaper financing.

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