When it comes to “qualified immunity”, state and local governments have experienced a winning streak like no other. Since 1982, the Supreme Court has denied police officers qualified immunity in only two cases. In the last few years, the Supreme Court has reversed a handful of lower court cases denying police officers qualified immunity in
This is a guest post by Janelle Watson, NLC’s Senior Associate for Constituency Group Programs. The National League of Cities celebrates the growing diversity of America’s cities and towns. That’s why NLC and its Constituency Groups created the City Cultural Diversity Awards: to recognize the communities across the country that are creating inclusive environments for of
This is the second in a series of closer looks at new members of Congress coming from city government office. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.-03) comes to his House seat from his previous post as Mayor of Randolph Township in southern New Jersey. After retiring from a career in the insurance industry, MacArthur began his service
This is the first in series of closer looks at new members of Congress coming from city government office. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.-14) is no stranger to city concerns. A lifetime resident of the Detroit area, Rep. Lawrence spent 17 years prior to her election to Congress in city government, first as a city council
On Feb. 6, 2015, new senators and representatives will be officially sworn in to the 114th Congress. (Getty Images) Do you remember your first day of freshman orientation? Did you feel lost on the large campus, worried about making new connections with your classmates, or excited about new opportunities? This week, as the 114th Congress
It’s a shame that political party conventions don’t provide the kind of compelling and stimulating debate on policy issues that might actually serve to inform voters – assuming any are listening – about the electoral choice before the nation. It’s all the more regrettable because the American Republic is a nation of problem solvers all
A startling NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (January 22-24, 2012) indicates that 80 percent of Americans disapprove the job performance of Congress. Indeed, attitudes about government generally, whether Congress, the President, cabinet departments or agencies, are generally unfavorable. Research work conducted by Public Works Partners http://www.publicworkspartners.net illuminates a bit more of the truth behind these figures.