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Andrew Cuomo Is One of the Most Progressive Governors. (So Why Don't Liberals Like Him?)

BY Alan Greenblatt

From education to gay rights, New York's governor has racked up a long list of liberal accomplishments.

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In Extreme Community Policing, Cops Become the Neighbor

One of the most dangerous small cities in the country, an hour outside Chicago, is paying officers to live where their relationship with residents is most broken. BY
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For Opioids' Youngest Victims, Is Help Too Little, Too Late?

Drug abuse is overwhelming the child welfare system at unprecedented rates. Solutions are slowly emerging, but they aren't always adopted. BY
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Is America Talking About Opioids the Wrong Way?

The current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking. BY
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In Navajo Nation, Bad Roads Can Mean Life or Death

Native Americans who live on the reservation in Utah are used to having to fight for basic government services. But they’d at least like roads that can reliably transfer patients to the ER and kids to school. BY

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California’s Tax Board of Confusion

The state has more tax agencies than most -- and one in particular is badly mismanaged. BY
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In Chicago, There's Pork on the Infrastructure Menu

Aldermen choose how to use infrastructure dollars from a preapproved list of projects. The result: A big spending gap between neighborhoods. BY
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Jailhouses Experiment With Ways to Lock Less People Up

Among the places testing new ways to keep low-risk offenders out of jail, Charleston, S.C., stands out. BY
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Why’s Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor Behaving So Badly?

Mike Stack is under investigation by the state’s inspector general. The results could impact the 2018 election. BY

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How Much Can Cities Do About Walkability?

A lot of what fosters it is out of their control, but a little audacity goes a long way. BY
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Let's Give the Stimulus Its Due

It saved the economy, but that isn't always acknowledged. BY
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Congressional Shooting Highlights Rise of Violence in Politics

Wednesday's shooting during a congressional baseball practice is the latest example of the increased violence -- both threatened and real -- that is seeping into America's political process. BY
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As Demand for At-Home Care Grows, States Debate How to Pay for It

Most states can't meet baby boomers' demand for staying out of nursing homes. BY
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Two Environmental Buzzwords, Same Meaning?

“Zero waste” and “circular economy” are often used interchangeably. BY
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The Importance of Cities Finding Their Cultural Match

Sometimes a person and a city just aren’t right for each other. BY
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The City Where Retail and Residences Actually Mix Well

Unlike most places, Portland, Ore., offers easy living and shopping -- and it’s paying off for the city. BY

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What America’s ‘Baby Bust’ Means for Public Policy

Birth rates are at a historic low. If they don't rebound, the effects will be felt outside the family. BY
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Does Business Know Best?

You can’t run public agencies like private companies, but you can borrow ideas from them. BY
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How to Create Good Jobs

The default strategy for many government officials isn’t working. Better policies could accomplish a lot. BY
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IT Department? In Small-Town Governments, They Rarely Exist.

Many cities and towns are struggling to keep up with the latest technological advances. But in a few places, their bigger peers are willing to help. BY
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Back in the Black, Without the Feds to Thank

Cities that faced bankruptcy not long ago have made remarkable recoveries -- all on their own. BY
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The Erie Canal Is Getting an 8-Year-Long Birthday Party

That’s how long it took to build one of America’s most ambitious public works projects, and that’s how long its bicentennial will be celebrated. BY

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