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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.

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Local residents now have standing in court to sue corporate polluters on behalf of the lake. The local effort has been vigorously opposed by a group linked to some of the largest corporations and lobbying groups on the planet. Read more

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Unite Here Local 11

In California, hotel employees have successfully organized for laws providing them with safer working conditions. It wasn't easy. Read more

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FaceMePLS

How voters outside the halls of power are circumventing their local political establishments and pushing through new legislation that will directly improve their lives. Read more

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Dorothea Lange

Forty-five states have regressive tax codes. State and local policies could change that. Read more

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Michael Fleshman

Massive voter purges have been grabbing headlines while more mundane efforts are flying under the radar. Read more

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Residents in Columbus and Toledo are being told they don’t have the authority to vote to protect their drinking water this November. Read more

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Kerstin Diehn

In the age of Donald Trump, some of the most significant political battles are taking place on the local level. Read more

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

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

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7beachbum

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

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Negative Space

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

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

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Fibonacci Blue

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

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