Unlike nearly every other state, California lacks a central board that oversees higher education, pitting political leaders against university administrators. Vermont's election was so close that the legislature must decide who wins when it convenes next year. Shumlin as expected, many question what he can accomplish with so many unpopular programs.The chaos that erupted after a police officer shot an unarmed black teen showcases the need for strong leadership and how law enforcement can lead best in communities where life is already a daily struggle.For full election coverage, go to Governing's Election Center.Lawmakers have become acutely familiar with the financial challenges caused by pension underfunding, and they're certainly aware of the political difficulties involved in trying to change pension formulas.That's why local leaders are starting to diversify their economies and prepare their people for an uncertain future.Despite the Trump tide, voters at the local level approved new taxes on soda and bond measures for housing and transportation.
Giving up on the gridlock at the federal and state levels, progressives are turning their attention to local ballots to get their ideas passed.
Over the past decade, legislators in several states have sought to expand or reduce the number of justices on their highest courts.
In some cases, they admit their intent to tilt the ideological balance.
But can Democratic AGs make a difference with their diminished numbers? The new administration will embolden states’ rights, but it could also create problems for them.
The decline of the mining industry started long before the Obama administration and will likely continue even with Trump in the White House.