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Sacramento Bee

Kim Bojórquez

5 October 2020

California, United States

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In California, two laws have helped to open opportunities for less experienced candidates to win state and local offices, which has increased representation among people of color. A 1990 law set term limits for the st...

ProPublica

Robert Faturechi

29 September 2020

United States

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One of the most powerful tools used to reform policing practices, widely credited with restoring public faith in such troubled departments as the Los Angeles Police Department, is called a consent decree. The U.S. Jus...

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Jared Brey

22 September 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximiz...

Capital Daily

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin

11 September 2020

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Legalized marijuana sales in Canada were supposed to make the industry safe, stable, and prosperous. But the rollout of licenses for pre-existing private dispensaries has turned into a debacle for small businesses in ...

Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

4 September 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Learning from the failures of the 2020 Pennsylvania primary, where a sharp increase in mail-in voting led to a 2-week delay in certifying election results and many ballots being invalidated, officials introduced a bil...

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Emily Nonko

1 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An income-based payment structure has alleviated water debt in Philadelphia. Decreasing federal aid to municipal water utilities in conjunction with rising costs associated with climate change has increased the cost o...

Governing

Alan Greenblatt

27 August 2020

United States

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The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) protects states from having to fund federal laws. Prior to its passage, Congress passed bills without worrying about how to fund them, leaving states, cities, and counties to pa...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

20 August 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Almost half of U.S. states guarantee citizens’ rights to petition for ballot measures, but the coronavirus made gathering signatures in person infeasible. Massachusetts courts allowed electronic signatures, but other ...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

10 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Voters Not Politicians is a grassroots initiative that, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, ran a successful campaign to defeat gerrymandering in Michigan. The state has a citizen-led ballot initiative option, so...

NPR

Cardiff Garcia

17 June 2020

United States

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Varying tactics have been adopted in response to the worldwide pandemic, prompting financial implications; some more successful than others. Germany and Japan, in particular, have been able to maintain low unemploymen...

The Local

Daniel Wighton

12 June 2020

Switzerland

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Switzerland avoids a total shutdown of borders in order to keep its healthcare system functioning during the covid-19 health crisis. Healthcare workers are vital to border cities such as Geneva, which relies on cross-...

VentureBeat

Chris O'Brien

11 June 2020

Estonia

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Estonia’s i-Voting system is currently used by 46.7% of voters and allows them to vote from home using a government-issued smart card. To vote, residents need a computer with a card reader or can have their encrypted ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patricia McKnight

20 May 2020

United States

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States that use universal voting by mail can be models for all states to protect voters amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Voting by mail can also increase voter turnout. After sending 2020 primary ballots to all registered ...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

14 May 2020

United States

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Maryland and Ohio recently held elections almost entirely by mail and their different approaches provide insight into the impact on low-income voters, particularly those without permanent addresses. All registered vo...

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Jared Brey

12 May 2020

United States

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Many U.S. cities have responded to Covid-19 related layoffs by using a portion of the CARES Act funds to create local rent assistance programs that keep renters in homes and landlords generating income. For example, D...

The New York Times

Iliana Magra

28 April 2020

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Because of early and quick actions by the government – and a compliant populace – Greece has seen under 200 COVID-19 deaths, relatively low compared to its European counterparts. The country was quick to cancel large ...

Los Angeles Times

James Rainey

Rong-Gong Lin II

19 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two of California’s major cities – Los Angeles and San Francisco – are learning from their history with the Spanish Influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two cities had different approaches, with San Francisco s...

Kaiser Health News

Mary Chris Jaklevic

10 April 2020

United States

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Some officials are using humor to urge citizens to follow Covid-19 directives like staying at home and social distancing. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot used memes shared under #whereslightfoot as inspiration for a publ...

NPR

Greg Rosalsky

7 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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“Kurzarbeit” is a German governmental program that helps preserve jobs in an economic crisis. A company can reduce the hours of workers and the government will help pay them, which preserves the important specialized ...

Politico

Debra Kahn

Carla Marinucci

30 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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As the coronavirus outbreak began to show signs of spreading the United States, six counties in the Bay Area of California quickly instituted stay at home and shelter-in-place orders. Although the virus is still sprea...

San Jose Mercury News

John Woolfolk

30 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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As California’s Bay Area is weeks into its shelter-in-place order – the first in the nation – experts are seeing indications that it’s working in the fight against COVID19, but at the same time needs to continue. Heal...

Route Fifty

Kate Elizabeth Queram

30 March 2020

New York, United States

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Across the United States, local and state legislators are passing resolutions to make sure they can continue to serve their communities while keeping themselves safe from COVID-19. From convening in bigger spaces, lik...

The New York Times

Mike Baker

29 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After learning of the first cases of coronavirus that weren't contracted by direct exposure or from foreign travel, officials in Washington took quick and strict measures to start introducing social distancing, which ...

The Suburban

David Kilgour

Susan Korah

29 March 2020

Taiwan

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When faced with the coronavirus pandemic, a number of countries around the world "opted for delayed containment strategies," but countries such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, which took the opposite approach, have seen more...

RTÉ

Justin McCarthy

29 March 2020

South Korea

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Countries such as Ireland are looking to South Korea for lessons about best practices in containing the coronavirus outbreak. Much of South Korea's success, shaped by lessons learned from battling the MERS outbreak in...

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