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US Conference of Mayors

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.

Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving The Revitalization Of Our Nation

Kevin Johnson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Kevin Johnson

Cities 3.0 mayors are not sitting on our hands, waiting for the feds or someone else to solve our problems. We're embracing good ideas no matter where they come from, innovating to provide better services and building strong economies for the global marketplace.

Mayors Take Stand Against Their States' Anti-Gay Policies

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

City leaders from several states with gay marriage bans took a stand for marriage equality Monday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas, when the...

Mayors Call On Congress To Tackle Illegal Immigration

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, June 22 (Reuters) - U.S. mayors on Sunday called for Congress to draw up bipartisan legislation to address...

Kate Sheppard

Meet One Republican Who's Happy About Obama's New Climate Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Last November, President Barack Obama formed a task force of state and local elected officials to advise his administration how local ...

Sacramento Mayor To Lead National Mayoral Group

AP | By FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that ...

Global Trade Grows Main Street

Michael Froman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Froman

Communities across the country are eager for their hometown entrepreneurs to have the chance to succeed and grow. They're eager to again feel the wind at the back of the middle class. We need Congress to do its part to establish a process to pass new, higher-standard, job-supporting agreements.

Cities Can Solve Our Nation's Transportation Problem

Kasim Reed | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Kasim Reed

I believe the future of solving much of our nation's transportation problems lies within the vision and leadership we find in our cities. Providing the resources and decision-making authority increasingly to cities and their regions will yield enormous benefits not only to the nation's mobility but to the returning health of our nation's economy.

Still Preparing for Nuclear War: The U.S. Government Continues the Policies of the Past

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The Pentagon, on behalf of President Barack Obama, released a report to Congress outlining what it called the U.S. government's "Nuclear Employment Strategy." Although the report indicated some minor alterations in U.S. policy, it exhibited far more continuity than change.

Mayors Pass Marijuana Resolution Telling Feds To Butt Out

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

The United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution on Monday urging the federal government to let states decide for themselves how to handle m...

Feds Hurting Economy With Move Against Municipal Bonds

Tom Cochran | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Cochran

Buried in the pages of President Obama's most recent budget proposal is a provision that stands to severely undermine the economic health of local communities across the country.

Public Support of the Arts at the State and Local Level

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

As we enter into budget season, let us applaud the great elected officials who invest in the power of the arts, and hope that our elected officials realize that they are not "giving" money to the arts, or even just "appropriating."

Dem Mayors Take Aim On Guns

Politico | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

If certain gun manufacturers refuse to address public safety concerns about firearms and ammunition, dozens of Democratic mayors intend to take their ...

The Grand Bargain Needs to Be a Whole Lot Grander

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Karen Hinton

The negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff have been described as a "grand bargain," but from where I sit it seems more like a big bust and a lot of lost opportunities.

Farm to Fork Across America: Perhaps in the Desert Oasis Palm Springs

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 01.13.2013 | Food
Julie Ann Fineman

2012-11-13-palmsprings.jpgThe 5th Annual City of Palm Springs Sustainability Celebration is another progressive, local event just completed.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

This squeeze upon localities has led to a gathering revolt. Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.

2012 COUNTDOWN: Mayors Urge Obama, Romney To Get Real

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

If you want hope and change in politics, mayors offer tons of it. The key to success in their jobs, they say, is to avoid -- as indeed they do -- partisan bickering and focus on What Works.

US Conference of Mayors Calls for Action From Congress on Jobs Bills: A Citizen's Perspective

Anne Stevenson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Job growth exists, but Congress has stalled on reforms and cut funding to programs that ensure our job skills training programs effectively prepare workers to meet the rapidly evolving demands of the workforce.

We Have A Long Way To Go In The Government Jobs Recovery

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business

Sept 24 (Reuters) - U.S. state and local government employment won't return to its pre-recession peak until early 2017, following widespread public ...

Labor's Love Lost

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Look for the union label." That was one of the catch phrases for the union movement in happier times. What is the status of labor unions as we approach Labor Day 2012?

Patrick Svitek

Chicago Plan Tempts Other Mayors

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

The country's largest organization of mayors last week endorsed an infrastructure investment plan that its most vocal advocate brands a defiance of th...

U.S. Cities With Economies That Surpass Those Of Entire Nations

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business

Never underestimate the power of an American city. U.S. cities comprise more than one-third of the 100 largest economies in the world, and that's ...

Mayors Group Wants More Infrastructure Investment

AP | PATRICK WALTERS | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- The economies of the nation's cities are starting to bounce back from the recession and grow again, but the state and federal governme...

U.S. Mayors Back Parents Seizing Control Of Schools

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education

* Teachers' unions fiercely oppose "parent trigger" laws * Many Democratic mayors split with unions on issue * Opponents...

Laura Bassett

Coalition Of Mayors Passes Pro-Choice Resolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a non-partisan organization made up of representatives from about 1,200 cities across the country, voted on Saturday to...