Category: Advocacy

Supreme Court Hears Partisan Gerrymandering Case

All eyes and ears were focused on Justice Kennedy today during the Supreme Court’s oral argument in Gill v. Whitford. In this case, the court is asked to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan gerrymandering (redistricting to advantage one political party) is unconstitutional. In the 2012 election, in

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Five Things City Leaders Should Know About Tax Reform

This week, the “Big 6” tax negotiators comprised of leadership from the House, Senate and Administration, released its highly anticipated tax framework. The plan was a slightly updated version of the outline we saw in April. While the new document does provide some answers for cities, many unknowns still remain. Little has changed since the

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In Washington, NLC Leaders Represent City Priorities

For Washington, DC, August is a quiet month. With Congress in recess and the President typically on vacation, the federal government has a chance to hear from constituents and work on long-term plans and issues. For NLC’s Federal Advocacy Committees, however, that pause in the action is golden opportunity. This week, over three dozen city

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NLC Joins Three Supreme Court Amicus Briefs

In the summer, the Supreme Court is not in session — but outside stakeholders continue to file briefs in preparation for fall arguments. Last month, NLC joined three Supreme Court amicus briefs filed by the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). These three diverse cases covered many facets of local government — though only one concerned

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Six Steps for a Great Public Stakeholder Meeting

Every city has aspirations and concerns beyond its own borders. When Americans elect their local officials, they’re not just looking for day-to-day task managers — they’re entrusting leaders with their city’s future. One of the greatest tools available to deliver on that promise is the stakeholder meeting. For federal advocacy campaigns like #FightTheCuts, stakeholder meetings

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10 Ways City Leaders Can Sustain and Expand Afterschool Programs

Afterschool programs need mayors and city councilmembers to be their advocate. Here are several ways you can support afterschool initiatives — and the reasons why they likely align with your own community goals. A version of this post originally appeared in Afterschool Today, a publication of the National Afterschool Association. At the National League of

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We Chatted With City Leaders on Twitter About Housing & Health. Here’s What They Had to Say.

On July 26, we co-hosted a briefing with the Urban Institute to explore the role of mayors and city leaders in achieving better health outcomes through safe, affordable housing initiatives. Addressing Health and Housing: How Cities Are Making a Difference focused on emerging city-level affordable housing models and the role of data, partnerships, and financing

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NLC Launches Local Climate Solutions Engagement Program

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced a new program with ecoAmerica aimed at elevating local climate engagement activities by its members and affiliates in nearly 19,000 American cities and towns. This post was co-authored by Cooper Martin and Daniel Barry. In light of the need to prevent pollution while also preparing for adverse

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Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie. City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax code: the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare,

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