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Politics and Elections

Covering topics such as governors, legislatures, local government, redistricting and voting.

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.
Though roughly two dozen cities have appointed food policy directors at the local level, an estimated 53.6 million people still live outside an easy walk or drive to a full-service supermarket.
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.
Voters face three major issues at this year’s midterms: abortion, the economy and state legislative control. Election Day is just three months away.
The first round of payment distributions for taxpayer funds will happen on Aug. 15. But there is concern that the more than $8 million won’t be enough to pay all the candidates who qualify for public matching between now and February.
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.
LaToya Cantrell announced last week that hundreds of unfilled government positions could get permanently cut to help pay for an across-the-board pay increase for the city workforce. But many worry about understaffing issues being exacerbated.
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.
Tulsa has long relied on oil and gas to fuel its economy. It's created a tech and entertainment ecosystem that turned out to be a perfect fit for the era of remote work.
The Colorado River system, which supplies millions of Americans in the Western U.S. with water, has declined to just 39 percent filled in the last two decades. Many cities are already making adjustments to limit water usage.
Just two weeks after the city opened the door for police use of the technology, the council implemented more restrictions on facial recognition use, including a judicial requirement for searches. Some think the city can still do more.
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 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.
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.