Supreme Court Will Hear 2 Cases Impacting State Government This Week

From the Tenth Amendment to the First, civil rights to states rights, a lot is at stake for state and local governments.

Cities Make LGBTQ Equality Gains Despite More Hostile State Political Climates

A total of 30 states have seen more than 130 pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in 2017, but 24 million people live in cities with more inclusive policies.

Supposedly Symbolic, State Travel Bans Have Real Bite

Conference and convention planners say there is a powerful stigma associated with state travel bans, even if they only officially apply to state employees.

The Businesses Against the Texas Bathroom Bill

IBM on Monday said it would send top executives to persuade state lawmakers to drop their cause.

Gay Couples Fight to Be Included on Birth Certificates

Lesbian couples in Indiana and Arkansas that have used artificial insemination say they should be treated like heterosexual couples on birth certificates, with both the biological mother and her spouse listed as parents.

Revived ‘Bathroom Bill’ Tops Texas Gov.’s Agenda for Special Legislative Session

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: San Diego City Council gets strong-mayor civics lesson; LePage vetoes tiny liquor-bottle bill; and West Virginia’s underutilized state fleet.

Texas Republicans Attempt to Regulate Transgender Bathroom Use Without the Economic Blowback

Whether they pull it off will depend on how Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick responds to the House’s decision to let local nondiscrimination ordinances stand.

A Texas Bill That Allows Adoption Agencies to Discriminate

Supporters say it backs religious freedom, and critics say it allows agencies to turn away parents based on religion or sexual orientation.

What's Behind the New Wave of Transgender 'Bathroom Bills'

Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.

How Did North Carolina's Deal to Repeal H.B. 2 Fall Apart?

An attempt to roll back the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” collapsed amid recriminations on Wednesday.

The End of North Carolina's HB2?

Charlotte voted Monday morning to repeal an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, reportedly the first part of a deal to erase the state’s controversial “bathroom bill.”

Special Session for N.C.’s ‘Bathroom Bill’; FEMA Trailer Frustrations in Louisiana

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Minneapolis may defect from regional group; Barrow, Alaska, is no more; and a Sacramento-area park “ruined.”

Why Gay-Friendly Places Are More Innovative

Non-discrimination policies appear to increase productivity, especially for firms that rely on human capital.

Why Same-Sex Marriage Bans Risk Native American Sovereignty

When tribes don’t allow gay couples to marry their chosen partners, they invite negative perceptions about their unique legal status.

Why North Carolina Judges Can Still Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Decisions in dueling lawsuits suggest the religious exemption law will be hard to overturn in the courts.

Charlotte Leaders Stand Firm Against N.C. Gov.; Miami Neighborhood Breathes Sigh of Relief

Bridgegate opening statements and what Christie knew; Philly City Hall’s new resident survey; legal settlements in Columbus.

Federal Judge Rules Against North Carolina's HB2

Thomas Schroeder temporarily barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state’s “bathroom bill,” finding that the law likely violates the Civil Rights Act.

Transgender Inmate Sues Over Florida DOC 'Cruelty'; L.A. Wants Airbnb Taxes Now

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kentucky gov.'s probe allowed to continue; Anchorage fights homelessness; and terminating 250 jobs won't save N.J. city much