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Fire Chiefs Want Exclusion Under Trump Order Blocking Grants to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

During subcommittee testimony, a GOP congressman told the president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs the group should warn local governments about the risks of not cooperating.

City Leaders Meet With Trump Staff and Members of Congress

Infrastructure and protecting the municipal bond tax exemption are top priorities.

Can Private Investment Work for Rural Infrastructure?

During a U.S. Senate committee hearing, doubts emerge whether public-private partnerships can meet the needs of non-urban areas.

Trump Talks ‘Muslim Ban,’ Public Safety With Local Police Chiefs, Sheriffs

The president urges local law enforcement to identify criminals who are also undocumented immigrants: “You know the good ones, and you know the bad ones. I want you to turn in the bad ones.”

Bowling Green Mayor Responds to Kellyanne Conway ‘Massacre’ Misstatement

“We appreciate the clarification,” said Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

Cities vs. Trump: Round 1

The city attorney of San Francisco, Dennis Herrera, just filed a lawsuit against the administration, citing a constitutional provision limiting federal power over states and localities.

Trump’s Immigration Executive Order Gives Some Local Governments Pause

Miami-Dade County leads a flurry of jurisdictions distancing themselves from “sanctuary city” status for fear of losing federal grant money.

Trump’s New FCC Chair Has a Plan to Target State and Local Authority

Pai’s Digital Empowerment Agenda is a free marketer’s new age dream.

Philadelphia Mayor Factchecks Trump’s Remarks on City’s Murder Rate

“President Trump’s false statements today were an insult to the men and women of the Philadelphia police force,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Cities and County Leaders Respond to Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Order

Statements from mayors and other local officials regarding the president’s executive order were defiant and affirmed their commitment to protect undocumented immigrants in their communities.

Trump Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities

The administration targets jurisdictions that limit cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration agents.

In Effort to Protect the Muni Bond Tax Exemption, ‘It’s a Full Court Press’

Columbia, S.C., Mayor Stephen Benjamin is helping lead a push by city halls to defend the tax break. “We’re going to speak to every member of Congress.”

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.