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State and Local Government

Ask Women to Run for Office to Lead and Change Our Communities

Erin Vilardi | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women
Erin Vilardi

We need more headlights, not headlines. But the brightest lights are not going to choose politics unless we make it an appealing, even noble, calling. W

Syria: Refugee Communities and Redrawing the Map of the Middle East

David Weiss | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
David Weiss

We must not overlook the longer-term needs that will grow out of a refugee crisis of this scale caused by a conflict with no resolution on the horizon.

Calling for Action: Mayors and Human Rights Agencies Seek Federal Support for Human Rights

JoAnn Kamuf | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
JoAnn Kamuf

Economic inequality, racial disparities in sentencing and lack of federal paid-parental-leave (which places working families in a precarious position), are in the headlines on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

Irv Katz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. Wh...

Technology That Leads Local Governments Forward

Steve Lucas | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Steve Lucas

The important thing for these cities will be to find and adopt next generation technology platforms that easily scale to the right size for a city in terms of ease of use, flexibility and cost.

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

Opportunities for the Arts in Our New Mayor's One New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

I believe the advancement of the arts and culture sector, now and always, depends on oneness, by which I mean both our united advocacy for the work we do and our continued alignment with the issues at the table citywide; the arts and culture and the City are one.

Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government ...

A Solution to Our 'Manufactured' Crisis

Bill George | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bill George

Unlike our counterparts in Southern Europe, the United States is blessed to have a fairly steady economy these days. So why are we flirting with a historic default on U.S. government bonds that will harm the U.S. credit and credibility for decades to come?

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker: Stop 'Absurd' Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

Some Republican state lawmakers are saying that the current federal government shutdown needs to end before it harms the country further. The shut...

John Celock

State Legislators: 'Shut Down The Shutdown'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling Congress "childish," a group of 100 women state legislators asked lawmakers Monday to "shut down the shutdown." Members of th...

The Governors and Chief State School Officers Gave Birth to the Common Core, Now They Should Put Some Flesh on the Infant's Bones

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Unless they find the courage to get specific about core content, the incoherence and inequity of our schools will persist.

Donations by Government Contractors and Lobbyists in Local Politics

Ben Berkowitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Ben Berkowitz

We have a strict policy at SeeClickFix that myself and my full-time co-founders can not donate to local politicians. SeeClickFix is a city contractor,...

John Celock

'Ultraconservative Utopia' Looks To Be First In Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The fight over Kansas' appeals courts will have a new front next year as lawmakers take up legislation to lower the retirement age for appellate judge...

Energy Reform Starts Outside the Beltway

Tom Steyer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Steyer

The centuries-old stream that is democracy can run around our capital, can run circles around our capital. California has advanced energy laws. So do other states. Isn't it time to coordinate those laws, to fulfill the will and needs of the people?

Christie Blames Dems For His Own Decision

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) blamed state Senate Democrats on Monday for his decision not to renominate state Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens,...

Senator's Daughter Challenges 'Kooky Old Aunt'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

The Illinois lieutenant governor is seeking to unseat the Republican state comptroller, who former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) once described as a "kooky...

Shining a Bright Light on Government Spending

John C. Liu | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
John C. Liu

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly. But financial transparency? Fugghedaboudit. New York City's got everyone beaten by a mile.

John Celock

Local Officials Expected To Ask Obama Group For Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

Local election officials are expected to ask President Barack Obama's election administration commission for additional funding during a meeting Satur...

John Celock

State Finances Uncertain

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

State governments are seeing signs of recovery, but continue to face an uncertain economic future, according to a new report released Thursday. Th...

Big Money Finds Way To Court Races

Center for Public Integrity | Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics

CORRECTION -- 6/14: An earlier version of this story reported that Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, had said that the Ju...

Improving Social Services in an Era of Budget Cuts: Social Impact Bond Competition Gives Six States the Tools to Lead the Way

Kippy Joseph | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Kippy Joseph

State and local governments deliver and fund many of the nation's most important social services -- educating our children, training our unemployed wo...