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Mayors Stand Together in Support of the Affordable Care Act

“We are all here to say you cannot replace something with nothing, and you cannot replace something with something worse.”

U.S. Mayors to Congress: Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

City hall leaders at the U.S. Conference of Mayors were optimistic President-elect Trump will set aside divisive campaign rhetoric and work with them to fix the broken system.

For U.S. Conference of Mayors, ‘So Far, So Good’ With Trump

On the first day of the organization’s annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C., city hall leaders discussed policy priorities such as infrastructure, health care and law enforcement.

Pence: Trump Will Work With Both Parties’ Mayors on ‘Equal Footing’

“No politics, just results,” the vice president-elect promised at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' 85th Winter Meeting.

U.S. Mayors Gathering in D.C. Ahead of Trump Inauguration

Vice President-elect Pence is scheduled to address more than 300 city hall leaders on Tuesday afternoon

Baltimore Police Agree to Stop Abusing Their Power

Under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the troubled force will employ a variety of measures to protect constitutional rights and correct racial disparities.

Chicago Secures $1 Billion in Federal Grant Funding for Rail Upgrades

The money will go toward work planned on the city’s Red and Purple Lines.

Muni Bond Tax Exemption Gets Nod of Approval From Trump During Mayors Meeting

“He showed great interest in helping cities,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said following a visit to Trump Tower on Thursday.

Mayor Says Miami Beach Needs a Trump Wall; Ethics Official Slams Wisconsin

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: NYC subway delays; Wyoming can't take on federal land; snowstorm delays Maine government offices opening.

Why Cities Must Bridge the Communitarian-Cosmopolitan Divide

That was the message Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and British MP Tristram Hunt had during a Brookings Institution discussion on Friday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Discusses Immigration in Meeting With Trump

Emanuel delivered a letter signed by 15 other mayors, who are calling for the continuation of a program that shields young people from deportation.

Mayor of Former Steel Mill Town Hopes Federal Aid Will Flow Under Trump

“If there’s ever an opportunity, it’s now,” says Mayor Lou Mavrakis of Monessen, Pennsylvania.

Will Small ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Defy a Trump Crackdown?

Smaller cities and counties may not be as willing to remain “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants as big cities under a Donald Trump presidency.

Toomey Bill Takes Aim at Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities; Drug Tests for Illinois State Workers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hurricane recovery request; a Calexit vote in 2018?; ACLU vs. Maine police over social media monitoring.

Why Trump Needs to Factor Rural Broadband Into His Infrastructure Plans

“Otherwise we’re dooming these areas to economic stagnation and worse,” U.S. Sen. Angus King said at a bipartisan Next Century Cities policy event on Wednesday.

SFMTA 'Never Considered' Paying Ransom to Hackers

The feds are investigating a demand of 100 bitcoins to release the transit agency’s encrypted files.

How the Election Revealed the Divide Between City and Country

The 2016 election exposed a chasm between urban and non-urban America that will likely widen under a Trump administration.

The Cities Pledging to Defy Trump on Immigration

On the campaign trail, Trump threatened to cut federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities. Authorities in many of those municipalities are now speaking out.

Long Beach Among Places Recognized by White House for Efforts to House Homeless Veterans

Mayor Robert Garcia said 657 formerly homeless veterans in the city have obtained housing during the last two years.

'Cities Will Be a Powerful Antidote to Donald Trump'

Social scientist Benjamin Barber says we're about to see the emergence of a new urban radicalism.

Chicago’s Race Against Time; West Virginia Optimism vs. Realities of Market Forces

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Pa. municipalities want cut of Uber gross receipts; Flint water delivery order; and missing police firearms in Tucson.

Mayors Weigh in on Donald Trump’s Victory

Most call for unity, but some don’t seem willing to give up the fight.

Local Governments Can’t Ignore Resilience Issues Any Longer

“Places are going to be at repetitive risk more than they have been in the past,” said HUD's Harriet Tregoning, on the heels of an eye-opening new Rockefeller documentary.

Can We Hope for Better Intergovernmental Relations?

It’s one key to solving national problems, say federalism experts.

Is This Vermont City's Refugee Resettlement Plan Sustainable?

Part 2: Resettling 100 refugees could be complicated if there isn't adequate affordable housing or employment. “There are so many unanswered questions,” according to Alderwoman Sharon Davis.

How a Refugee Resettlement Plan Stirred Controversy in Vermont

Part 1: One mayor sees economic promise in opening his city’s doors to displaced Syrians and other refugees. But some critics see peril. “Rutland really is a microcosm for the rest of the nation in the summer of 2016,” according to Mayor Chris Louras.

FEMA Advised to Claw Back $25 Million From Town Struck By Tornado

The local government in Louisville, Mississippi, “generally complied” with standard accounting requirements for federal aid, but did not follow federal procurement rules in awarding 12 contracts, among other problems, according to a Department of Homeland Security inspector general report.

Feds Announce $119 Million in Grants to Help State and Local Police Agencies

Nearly 200 law enforcement agencies will get financial assistance to bring on around 900 entry-level officers, many focused on community engagement.

Cities Have the 'Ability to Coalescence That Bottom-Up Movement' to Fix Racial Inequalities

At a pivotal point in U.S. history, local governments and the private sector must collaborate to close opportunity gaps where the federal government cannot, according to social justice experts.

$1 Billion Grant Awarded For San Diego Trolley Project

Construction on the roughly 11-mile light rail extension is set to ramp up next month.

Sidewalk Labs’ Role in Columbus Smart City Program Appears Limited For Now

Meanwhile, Ohio’s capital is forging ahead with plans for millions of dollars in high-tech transportation upgrades. U.S. DOT officials will visit the city this week.

It's Official: Racist Police Practices Are Endemic in Baltimore

A U.S. Department of Justice audit of the city's police department shows a disturbing culture of racism among the force.

America's Cities Fight Trump

Liberal mayors see the Republican nominee’s rhetoric as a threat to their diversity and inclusivity.