Federal and City Relations

Federal Lawmakers Push '.Gov' Web Addresses For Local Governments

A new U.S. Senate bill comes amid concerns that online criminals can “spoof” the public with fake government websites.

How Hundreds of Cities Have Simplified Solar

More than 300 municipalities have received designations from SolSmart, a national program that helps streamline permitting and zoning processes to make solar easier to obtain for residents and businesses.

Congress Could Give Cities an Official Role in International Politics

COMMENTARY | If the City and State Diplomacy Act becomes law, the Office of Subnational Diplomacy it creates would give cities a formal role in U.S. international diplomacy.

Seeking Attention For City Priorities From 2020 Presidential Candidates

A group of local officials is developing a platform of issues they want to see discussed during the race.

Mayors Call For Solar Tax Credit Extension

Citing job growth and investment in the green economy, 231 mayors are calling on Congress to extend renewable energy tax credits through 2027.

Sanctuary Cities Protecting Gun Rights and the Unborn Challenge the Legitimacy of Federal Law

COMMENTARY | Sanctuaries rest on a controversial understanding of what the Constitution means, as well as who has the responsibility for determining its meaning.

Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Law, Judge Rules

The decision could have ramifications throughout the country, as policymakers weigh whether to open facilities where people can take opioids and other illegal drugs.

Why Cities Are Less Powerful in U.S. National Politics

A new book shows the historical roots behind the concentration of left-leaning Democrats in large cities and metro areas.

D.C. Mayor Argues for Statehood Ahead of Congressional Hearing

“This is taxation without representation, in practice, in the capital of the free world,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

The School Districts Serving Free Lunch to All Students

Tapping into a federal program, more school districts are providing free lunches for all students. Atlanta is among those opting in this school year.

Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count

The bureau plans to send out thousands of workers to verify addresses in the weeks ahead.

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Future of Televised City Council and School Board Meetings Could Be in Doubt

An FCC order allows cable companies to deduct the value of services they provide to states and localities from the fees they pay, which local government officials say could jeopardize public access channels.

A Bid to Restore and Update the Long-Dormant Intergovernmental Commission

The bipartisan House proposal emerged out of a special intergovernmental affairs task force that met over the past two years.

Trump Administration Will Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question

The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that rejected the administration’s justification for adding a question about citizenship status to the once-a-decade survey.

‘There Are No Yachts in Falls Church’: Debate Over State and Local Tax Deduction Flares

GOP House members say Democrats’ claim that eliminating the deduction has hurt ordinary taxpayers is a “false narrative.”

Public Housing Authorities Reel as HUD Singles Out Immigrants

HUD chief Ben Carson says waitlists are too long to house undocumented immigrants.

FAA Greenlights Drone Company to Deliver Food in One Virginia Town

The Federal Aviation Administration gave its first OK to drone company to deliver commercial goods.

Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency as Border Patrol Increases Migrant Releases

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President Trump Suggests 'Sanctuary Cities' Take Migrants

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