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Emma Coleman

Emma Coleman
Emma Coleman is the assistant editor at Route Fifty. Prior to joining Route Fifty, Emma was the senior communications manager and a policy fellow for New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative, where her research focused on data improvements to the reentry process for people returning to D.C. after incarceration. She holds a BA from Stanford University in international relations and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and is originally from Chicago.
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Best State to Retire? The Answer Isn’t Necessarily Florida

A new ranking did give the retirement mecca a nod, but also flagged some more surprising states.

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Michigan State Supreme Court Weighs Legislative Tactic to Avoid Ballot Measures

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | City manager in Colorado fired amid whistleblowing scandal … Washington considers per-mile driving tax … New York passes farmworker rights law.

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'Inhumane' Jail Conditions Could Cost Ohio County Millions

Cuyahoga County jail made national headlines when videos of abuse behind bars went viral earlier this year. Now some county officials are saying taxpayers will pay the price.

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Are State-Mandated Quotas for Women on Corporate Boards Effective?

In 2018, California passed a bill requiring companies to have at least one woman on their board. A mid-year report shows just how hard that law will be to enforce.

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Republicans in Oregon Launch Recall Effort of Democratic Governor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayors testify before Congress about climate change … Alaska legislators sue the governor over education funding … Jury finds former governor of Iowa discriminated against gay state official.

Public Safety

How One City Dramatically Cut Its Murder Rate

With a focus on community policing and engagement with neighborhood groups, Aurora, Illinois has become a model for cities across the country.

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California Eliminates Student Debt for Doctors Who Will Serve Medi-Cal Patients

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No charges brought against NYPD officer in Eric Garner’s death … San Diego passes measure for gun lock ups … Indiana declares disaster over crop yield.

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Black Homeownership Hits A 50-Year Low

The gap between white and black homeownership has also remained largely the same since the 1960s, despite economic and political gains that African Americans have achieved since then.

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North Carolina Brings Gerrymandering Questions to State Court

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Nathan Bedford Forrest Day sparks outrage in Tennessee … California lawmakers attempt to ban Trump from the ballot … Black out in New York City sparks tension between mayor and governor.

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Border City Mayors Say Congress Has Not Given Enough Money for Migrant Care

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California legislature passes wildfire package … Tennessee legislator tries to oust representative accused of sexual assault … Female reporter denied from covering Mississippi gubernatorial candidate.

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Why State and Local Governments Are Suing Over Climate Change

Following in the path of lawsuits brought against tobacco companies in the 1990s, cities and states are seeking to use the courts to hold fossil fuel companies liable for damages caused by climate change.

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A City Government Tries to Figure Out Social Media Rules After Legal Challenge

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California fails to pass bill for clergy reporting sexual abuse … Potential hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast this week … Maine considers forming a public utility monopoly.

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What Will Local Government Look Like in Space?

Lessons from early American colonies might provide best practices and cautionary lessons for future settlements on other planets.

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Wisconsin Republicans Propose Limiting Gubernatorial Veto Power

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Court rules former Missouri governor did not violate transparency laws … San Jose mayor calls for oversight of PG&E … Officials in Seattle’s King County violated state sanctuary law by sharing information with ICE.

Public Safety

Virginia Lawmakers Adjourn Special Legislative Session Without Debate on Guns

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Two dozen governors ask Trump to stick to Obama-era fuel efficiency standards … Oregon legislator must give 12 hours notice before he enters state capitol … Alaska state senate ousts majority leader.

Finance

A Nationwide $15 Minimum Wage Could Have Mixed Results

A new report says that a $15 federal minimum wage could help lift low-wage workers out of poverty, but also cause job losses.

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A Governor Cracks Down On State Agencies Hiring Outside Lobbyists

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Asking for federal help after California earthquakes … Oregon legislature funds SNAP benefits for farmers’ markets … Connecticut considers construction funding.

Health & Human Services

Pollution in the Northeast Disproportionately Affects Communities of Color

A new study investigates the impact of air pollution from cars, buses, and trucks on African American, Asian American, and Latino populations of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Health & Human Services

Air Ambulance Bill Vetoed in Texas Despite Near Unanimous Support in Legislature

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wisconsin governor prohibits direct Tesla sales … Cuts to Alaska court system over abortion rulings … Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder turns down Harvard fellowship.

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The One Political Job Where Women Are Overrepresented

A new study finds that women are more likely to hold county clerk positions, possibly because the job’s responsibilities conform to traditional gender roles for women in the workplace.