Tag: States (US)

The Real Governments of Blue America

Officially, a big part of the federal government shut down late last month. In important ways, however, America’s government went AWOL almost two years earlier, when Donald Trump was inaugurated. After all, politicians supposedly seek office in order to get stuff done — to tackle real problems and implement solutions. […]

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How to Make New York as Progressive on Criminal Justice as Texas

In New York, prosecutors operate within a draconian system that gives them free rein to leave defendants in the dark about their cases for months or even years. In cases big and small, state law authorizes prosecutors to withhold key evidence from defense attorneys and their clients until the eve […]

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What’s Really at Stake in the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike

For decades, public schools were part of California’s lure, key to the promise of opportunity. Forty years ago, with the lightning speed characteristic of the Golden State, all of that changed. In the fall of 1978, after years of bitter battles to desegregate Los Angeles classrooms, 1,000 buses carried more […]

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Trump the Vulnerable

Now that a new Congress has taken office, the vote count from the 2018 midterms is all but final. It shows that Democrats won the national popular vote in the House races by almost nine percentage points. That margin is smashing — larger, by comparison, than in any presidential race […]

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Washington Bans Sale of Assault Weapons to Those Under 21

People under 21 are no longer able to buy semiautomatic assault rifles in Washington, as of Jan 1. It is the first of several new state measures intended to reduce gun violence. The National Rifle Association has already filed suit. Previously, state law barred the assault weapons’ sale to those […]

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Frustrated by Shutdown, States Spend to Keep National Parks Open

The federal government was about to shut down. But on Friday evening, a Utah state employee had a delivery to make: three checks, totaling $46,034 and payable to the government in Washington that would soon close indefinitely. Utah officials viewed the checks as lifelines, the only way they knew to […]

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Fewer Births, More Deaths Result in Lowest U.S. Growth Rate in Generations

The population of the United States grew at its slowest pace in more than eight decades, the Census Bureau said Wednesday, as the number of deaths increased and the number of births declined. Not since 1937, when the country was in the grips of the Great Depression and birthrates were […]

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Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast

SAN FRANCISCO — This generation’s biggest technology companies — including Apple, Amazon and Google — have long been tied to their hometowns. Now these giants are increasingly outgrowing their West Coast roots. Driven by a limited pool of skilled workers and the ballooning cost of living in their home bases […]

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No Back Room Raise for Albany

In an attempt to secure a pay raise while sparing themselves the unseemliness of publicly voting for one, Albany lawmakers outsourced the job to a committee of four notable figures. The committee, which must issue a report by Monday, has been delegated the authority to issue pay recommendations that would […]

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No Albany Pay Raise Without Limits on Outside Income

While the $79,500 salary for members of the New York State Assembly and Senate is among the highest for legislators anywhere in the country, it is comparatively low for top talent in a costly state, especially in New York City and its suburbs. Some lawmakers seek additional income from outside […]

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Celebrating Local Journalism

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. “Community journalism is the lifeblood of democracy,” Diane McFarlin, the dean of the journalism school at the University of Florida, told me this week, “and very much at risk these […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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Democrats’ Biggest Wins Are in Statehouses

Democrats pulled off a significant victory on Tuesday night. No, it wasn’t taking back the House in Congress. It’s what they did in state legislatures around the country. Democrats made strides in a number of statehouses. They seized control of seven legislative chambers, flipping the State Senates in Colorado, Maine, […]

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Up Against Big Oil

The victories in the midterm elections were real and sweet for environmentalists and progressives: There will be at least 119 women in Congress, and for the first time their ranks will include a Muslim (two, actually) and a Native American (actually, three). Some of those candidates were talking about a […]

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Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways

Suburbs defect as Trump’s base holds ImageAbigail Spanberger flipped a House seat in the suburbs of Richmond, Va.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times The divergent outcomes in the House and Senate — a Democratic takeover in one chamber, and Republican gains in the other — exposed an ever-deepening gulf […]

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Tony Evers Wins Wisconsin Governor’s Race, Beating Scott Walker

PEWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker, who moved Wisconsin to the right over the last eight years, cutting taxes and sharply diminishing the power of labor unions, was defeated on Wednesday by the Democrat, Tony Evers, the state schools superintendent, The Associated Press reported. The advantage for Mr. Evers was […]

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DeSantis Takes Florida Governor’s Post for Republicans, but Kobach Loses in Kansas

Republicans fended off strong Democratic challenges Tuesday to hold on to the governorships of Florida and Ohio, maintaining their control of two states likely to be critical in the 2020 presidential elections. But Democrats seized governorships in three states now controlled by Republicans: Illinois, Michigan and, in a surprise outcome […]

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Why the Government Wants to Know Your Citizenship Status

Why does it matter how the census is run? It’s important to remember that the constitutional requirement to count each and every person, not just citizens or legal residents, is based on the very first thing the federal government was told to do when this country was established. It’s literally Job 1. And there’s only […]

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How the U.S. Is Fighting Russian Election Interference

Nationally, the two major political parties stepped up security after the 2016 breach of computers at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Voting machines, often described as old, insecure and lacking a paper trail, are more secure than widely understood. Four in five Americans vote on machines that incorporate paper ballots or […]

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A Census Question That Could Change How Power Is Divided in America

The more notable effects would probably occur not in Congress, but within states, as local districts are redrawn. The Miami metro area holds 29 percent of Florida’s population, but 26 percent of its voting-age citizens. New York City holds 43 percent of the state’s population, but just 39 percent of its voting-age citizens. In these […]

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More Cities and States Should Divest From Private Prisons

The Trump administration’s decision to separate migrant children and their parents at the border and its anemic efforts to reunite families since the reversal of that policy have been widely condemned as cruel. But the president’s so-called solution — to imprison immigrants as families in detention centers — is equally abhorrent. This policy, which will […]

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