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Sep 26
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative

Over the weekend, the Supreme Court announced that they will no longer hear oral arguments in the case of President Trump’s travel ban — for now.

Previously scheduled for October 10, the arguments would have represented a major flashpoint in the public dispute over the constitutionality of the president’s immigration order. Instead, the Court has asked the parties to brief whether the…

Sep 22
Wildfires
Wildfires
  • Resilience

Three historic hurricanes. Wildfires in the West. Increased frequency nuisance flooding and heavy rainfall. As extreme weather continues to dominate the headlines, in 2017 what can city leaders do to protect their communities?

Last week, NLC and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) co-hosted a Congressional Briefing entitled “How Can Cities Become More Resilient to…

Sep 21
Boat
Boat
  • Disaster Preparedness

This is an NLC staff post by Bernadette Onyenaka and Chelsea Jones.

Hurricane season is upon us yet again, and while nothing is ever certain, what does seem clear is that this is a hurricane season the U.S. will find hard to forget. If we are lucky, perhaps we will take the lessons that we are learning yet again and do something about them.

It seems like just yesterday that the…

Sep 18
Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
Rahm Emanuel, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, the city of Chicago sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing that these new requirements and another requirement are unlawful and/or unconstitutional.

Now, an Illinois…

Sep 18
Students.
Students.
  • Education

Looking over the crowd on January 28, 2016, one thing was clear: Oakland showed up in a big way.  Under a big tent on a beautiful January day, hundreds of people from all walks of life — students, parents, teachers, elected officials, college presidents, business leaders, nonprofits, the U.S. Under Secretary of Education and many others — sat (and stood) to celebrate the official launch of the…

Sep 15
A Puerto Rican parade, by Getty.
A Puerto Rican parade, by Getty.
  • Equity

This is a co-authored post by Leon T. Andrews, Jr., director of NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative, and Kiara Aponte, NLC’s REAL intern.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest projection, by 2044 people of color will make up more than half of the U.S. population — meaning that in just 30 years non-Hispanic White Americans will no longer constitute a majority.…

Sep 15
Online shopping, by Getty.
Online shopping, by Getty.
  • Legal & Legislative

Following a predictable loss before the South Dakota Supreme Court, the state of South Dakota is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax is constitutional. Doing so will require the U.S. Supreme Court to take the unusual step of overruling precedent.

In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, decided in 1992, the Supreme…

Sep 14
Charlottesville.
Charlottesville.
  • Leadership & Management

It’s been a tough month for the city of Charlottesville. As Vice Mayor, as the only African American on the city council and as a person, I know that it will take Charlottesville — and the rest of the country — time to heal. As we look back the violence that occurred on August 12th, we must confront the bigotry and hate that still haunts our country, and find a way to build the infrastructure…

Sep 14
Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran.
Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran.
  • Veterans Homelessness

Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran.

Since 2002, September 11th has been recognized as a National Day of Service. The day is set aside to honor what happened in the face of the horror and tragedy that Tuesday morning in 2001…

Sep 13
Children at play, by Getty.
Children at play, by Getty.
  • Education

As mayor of Branson, one of my primary responsibilities is ensuring the sustainability and prosperity of our community. There is no better way to ensure our city’s future than providing our young people with opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment outside of the school day.

I have been disappointed to hear about recent attempts to cut or eliminate funding for afterschool…