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The Future of What’s Happening Now

Baltimore’s free ferry system gets commuters and others where they need to go.
Lawmakers are seeking to downplay the role that slavery played in the development of the United States, but history tells a different story.
Residents will vote on a ballot measure in November that would give the Legislature veto power over rules and regulations issued by Gov. Laura Kelly. The measure was proposed by Kelly’s opponent, Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
After her primary race win, Finke will face Republican Trace Johnson in November. Currently there are just eight out trans lawmakers in America among the more than 7,300 state legislators across the nation.
A play written by New Mexico state Sen. Bill O’Neill experiments with a partisan taboo in hopes of bolstering collaboration, as the nation’s political climate has become increasingly divided over the last decade.
In addition to a national shortage of vaccines, a promising new antiviral medication requires hours of paperwork before prescription, significantly delaying the treatment of the quickly spreading monkeypox virus.
Removing highways is a tricky business, a costly and time-consuming physical feat, but advocates say even a small commitment to addressing the harms of legacy highway infrastructure is a positive sign.
Nonpartisan Julie Anderson has edged out the Republican candidates and will face Democratic, appointed incumbent Steve Hobbs in the November election. Hobbs won the primary by a wide margin.
An apology by public officials would be the first step toward acknowledgment of government’s role in the sins of our past and the effects that linger today. And it would be the start of racial healing.
Since the state’s red flag law went into effect in 2019, just 228 firearm restraining orders have been granted across the state and 21 in Lake County, home to Highland Park. Some believe more training could increase those numbers.
Osage and Franklin counties haven’t supported a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, and yet in the vote last week, the constitutional amendment to ban abortion failed in both localities.
Unprecedented influxes of applications and delays in processing due to the pandemic have caused a backlog of millions of unprocessed visas, work permits, green cards and naturalization petitions within the U.S. immigration system.
Unlike many serious urban problems, this one is eminently solvable. There’s a growing body of useful research of what works to operate a well-functioning transit system.
Most bridges aren’t built offsite and then moved to where they need to be. But that’s what happened in Detroit with an unusual infrastructure project that also called for saving an iconic music recording studio.
With confidence in election outcomes at an all-time low, where is the evidence that election officials have used their authority to interfere with America’s democratic process?
The cost of fuel and food items used on a daily basis to help vulnerable New Yorkers has skyrocketed from a year ago, including beef, chicken, eggs and all cleaning products.
The governor frames his position on gender and identity as a response to a movement on the left to rethink gender and sexuality and promote those views to children. His stance has gained national attention.
The pilot mental health program launched last fall in the city and region has helped many people, but restrictions on availability and a lack of providers the teams are able to work with has reduced its effectiveness.
Wanda Vázquez allegedly accepted donations in excess of $300,000 to her political campaign in exchange for favors to a bank executive on the island.
Inside politics: Key governor contests are set with abortion as the central issue; a defense of state Senates puts the focus on Nebraska; and, once again, a big number of legislators are facing no competition in elections.
There are time-tested and newer interventions that have a track record of success. All of them are within the power of local officials and policymakers.
The Florida county’s election supervisor, Alan Hays, has claimed that the county’s Republican Party and other groups have perpetuated “outright lies” of voter fraud during the 2020 elections and claims intended to cast doubt on mail voting.
Ohio gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley has weaponized the anniversary of the 2019 Oregon District mass shooting to highlight Gov. Mike DeWine’s inaction against gun violence. DeWine criticized Whaley’s politicization of the anniversary.
A meetup that was intended to showcase farming issues quickly dissolved into a forum in which top state Republicans voiced concern over a Democrat-proposed measure that, Republicans fear, would place financial strain on farmers and families.
It can happen anywhere, and it will fall to the mayor to be the “communicator in chief,” setting the tone for the traumatized community’s immediate response and long-term recovery. The time to prepare is now, and resources are available.
The law includes a “parity” provision that mandates insurance companies cover mental health services the same as they do physical care. But many residents may not know of the change and continue to pay out-of-pocket for covered treatment.
Half a decade after it first proposed the rule, the federal government could soon require states to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. But questions remain about its impact.
Clickbait headlines aside, there's little evidence that most Americans expect that it will take violence to settle our differences. And there's plenty of evidence that most favor compromise, common ground and progress.
The Assembly voted 9-3 to overturn Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of a measure that adds a process for removing a mayor from office into the city code. Bronson opposed the measure and likened it to a “coup” and an attack on the office of the mayor.
Two states are leading the way in training and accountability guidance and policies aiming to prevent tragedy and trauma. Arrest should be viewed as the least desirable outcome.
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