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Simon Davis-Cohen

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Simon Davis-Cohen is editor of the Ear to the Ground newsletter, an exclusive “civic intelligence” service that mines local newspapers and state legislatures from across the country.

A new report highlights how local LGBTQ rights measures are under threat—and the special lessons this offers about the dangers of state preemption. more

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Frackfree Mahoning

Pre-election maneuvering—requiring that ballot initiatives jump through hoops and meet certain standards—is undermining local residents' democratic rights. more

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New findings show that a majority of voters are seeking to defend their local governments—and their own power. more

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States are passing “super preemption” bills that go one step further to thwart local action on issues like guns and immigration. more

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Negative Space

The social media giant wants to uplift local news in its algorithms. But IRL, it’s complicated. more

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U.S. Air Force

Bolstered by powerful private interests, state governments are dangerously close to calling a Constitutional Convention. more

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Fibonacci Blue

In cities from Iowa to Oregon, local protections and civil rights are quashed by the states more

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