BY Alan Greenblatt
Many state candidates are asked less about their stance on issues affecting the state and more about federal matters they can do little about.
Milwaukee has overhauled how it responds to serious crimes -- but not without criticism. Are the risks of challenging policing's status quo worth the rewards?
BY John Buntin
POLITICS + POLICY
States have wildly different policies when it comes to voting rights for convicted felons. Some say those discrepancies may impact the outcome of elections.
BY Lauren Henry
According to the four major sports leagues and the NCAA, the state violated a 1992 federal law that prohibited sports gambling and is ruining the fun for fans.
BY Ryan Holeywell
Which areas have the worst traffic on Friday afternoons? View data for 100 metro areas.
BY Mike Maciag
Social impact bonds are a relatively new financial instrument that promises to earn returns for investors while giving state and local governments the upfront capital they need to pursue money-saving programs.
BY Ryan Holeywell
One man’s test of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure along the West Coast highlights the hurdles ahead for states and localities in meeting the Obama administration’s new fuel efficiency rules.
BY Paul W. Taylor
State and local governments have sued banks, claiming that they cheated them out of enormous investment returns at a time when their budgets were already badly damaged from the recession.
BY Donald F. Kettl
The more than 30 states that are scrambling to set up health insurance exchanges as mandated by the federal health-care law have several options for meeting a Nov. 16 deadline.
BY David Levine
The concept has been used for the past 40 years as a means of restoring the health of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans -- but it's getting new attention.
BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Things we take for granted today -- public police, roads and libraries -- were only achieved through long, hard political battles that lasted decades and sometimes centuries.
BY Alex Marshall
In Virginia, where parents owe more than $2 billion, a program helps solve the underlying issues that keep them from paying up.
BY Caroline Cournoyer
Less than a decade after the state enacted its first real performance measurement plan, it -- like a number of other similar programs in the states -- has fallen on hard times.
BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Partnering with the social media site and Microsoft, the state has created an application that it hopes will boost voter registration.
BY Brian Peteritas