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2021-07-20 19:48:27
by Dan McCue
Potential Ransomware Attacks Take Center Stage at Annual Election Exercise

Election officials from across the country ran through dozens of worst-case scenarios last week, including potential ransomware attacks, during an... Read More

Election officials from across the country ran through dozens of worst-case scenarios last week, including potential ransomware attacks, during an exercise staged by the the Department of Homeland Security. This is the fourth year the department has asked state and... Read More

2021-07-12 19:33:21
by Dan McCue
Bipartisanship, Infrastructure and Local Government Take Center Stage at NACo Conference

The headliners included everyone from Vice President Kamala Harris to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeig to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but... Read More

The headliners included everyone from Vice President Kamala Harris to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeig to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but have no doubt, the focus of the National Association of Counties annual conference was on renewal and a bipartisan way... Read More

2021-04-22 19:36:47
by TWN Staff
New Caucus Aims to Bring Main Street Priorities to Capitol Hill

Eighteen members of Congress on Wednesday announced the formation of a new Congressional Caucus whose intent is to ensure that... Read More

Eighteen members of Congress on Wednesday announced the formation of a new Congressional Caucus whose intent is to ensure that the priorities and concerns of cities and counties across America are heard on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan Congressional Caucus of... Read More

2021-02-11 19:49:08
by Victoria Turner
Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of... Read More

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of its long-term impact points to the need for more federal aid, leading economists say..  At the start of the pandemic,... Read More

Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A hacker's botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is... Read More

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A hacker's botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is raising alarms about just how vulnerable the nation's water systems may be to attacks by more sophisticated intruders. Treatment plants... Read More

2021-02-09 20:02:06
by TWN Staff
DC Mayor Unveils New Program to Help Local Businesses Reduce Energy Costs

WASHINGTON – A new city program will all allow local businesses to aggregate into larger buying groups, enabling them to... Read More

WASHINGTON – A new city program will all allow local businesses to aggregate into larger buying groups, enabling them to lower their energy costs by taking advantage of bulk purchase prices, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. The new program, "District... Read More

NYSE Withdraws Plans to Delist 3 Chinese Phone Carriers

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange says it is withdrawing plans to remove shares of three Chinese... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange says it is withdrawing plans to remove shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an order by President Donald Trump. The exchange cited “further consultation” with U.S. regulators but gave... Read More

Statehouses Could Prove to be Hothouses for Virus Infection

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the... Read More

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some... Read More

2020-12-14 19:32:06
by Dan McCue
Innovation, New Technology Needed for Post-COVID Economy

If anything positive can be said to have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that the months-long viral siege... Read More

If anything positive can be said to have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that the months-long viral siege has shed new light on the need for innovation and creativity when it comes to business and workforce development. At... Read More

2020-12-14 16:07:51
by Dan McCue
Counties Reminded of Their Vital Role as COVID Vaccine Deliveries Begin

As America prepared for the first coronavirus vaccines to be given Monday morning, county officials were reminded of their vital... Read More

As America prepared for the first coronavirus vaccines to be given Monday morning, county officials were reminded of their vital role in ensuring the vaccine roll out is a success. “One thing you need to be doing now is engaging... Read More

2020-12-11 16:51:41
by Dan McCue
NewDEAL Task Force Releases Strategy for Maximizing COVID Relief to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - The NewDEAL Forum's Renewing America Task Force on Friday released a list of recommendations intended to help state... Read More

WASHINGTON - The NewDEAL Forum's Renewing America Task Force on Friday released a list of recommendations intended to help state and local governments maximize COVID-relief aid for small businesses. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, more than... Read More

2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based... Read More

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

2020-12-02 19:30:23
by Kate Michael
Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days

WASHINGTON — While it may seem that the White House’s relationship with the media is in an appalling state, Historian... Read More

WASHINGTON — While it may seem that the White House’s relationship with the media is in an appalling state, Historian Harold Holzer claims that the president vs. press feud is actually nothing new. In fact, President Trump’s antagonism barely measures... Read More

Trump Says It Will be 'Hard to Get' His Election Claims to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, even while repeating his groundless claim that "we won the race," appeared Sunday to acknowledge dwindling chances... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, even while repeating his groundless claim that "we won the race," appeared Sunday to acknowledge dwindling chances of success in his legal battle to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by President-elect Joe Biden. "It's hard to... Read More

Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which... Read More

Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say

WASHINGTON — State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had "utmost confidence in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had "utmost confidence in the security and integrity" of the Nov. 3 vote, as President Donald Trump continues to make unfounded claims of fraud and key security officials involved... Read More

Postal Service Ordered to Speed Swing-State Ballots to Make Election Day

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to make every effort to deliver mail-in ballots in three crucial swing states... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to make every effort to deliver mail-in ballots in three crucial swing states by Election Day due to uncertainty over whether votes that arrive after that will be counted. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington on Sunday ordered... Read More

'Ripe for Error': Ballot Signature Verification a Big Factor in the Election

LOS ANGELES — Mail-in ballots are pouring in by the millions to election offices across the country, getting stacked and prepared... Read More

LOS ANGELES — Mail-in ballots are pouring in by the millions to election offices across the country, getting stacked and prepared for processing. But before the count comes the signature test. Election workers eyeball voter signatures on ballots one by one,... Read More

2020-10-27 16:06:56
by Kate Michael
Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the groundworks needed to operate society are handled by the federal government, some maintained by states, and a large portion owned... Read More

2020-08-07 19:32:19
by Sara Wilkerson
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will... Read More

Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines

PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education. By Wednesday, Lavender had... Read More

The RNC Is Gone, Leaving Charlotte to Sort Out Millions in Contract Liabilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Fla., has left Charlotte’s host committee with... Read More

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Fla., has left Charlotte’s host committee with “tens of millions” in contractual liabilities, the committee’s CEO said Monday. Republican officials announced last week that they’re moving most... Read More

'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises

NEW YORK (AP) — The city that never sleeps had a curfew for much of last week. Famous stores were... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The city that never sleeps had a curfew for much of last week. Famous stores were boarded up after days of unrest. The lights are out on Broadway theaters, and the subway no longer runs overnight.... Read More

2020-05-22 19:45:13
by Dan McCue
Former Elections Judge Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Fix Primary Results

A former elections judge in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to accepting cash and "other things of value" in return for tampering... Read More

A former elections judge in Philadelphia pleaded guilty to accepting cash and "other things of value" in return for tampering with the results of city primary elections over several years, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Domenick J. Demuro pleaded guilty... Read More

2020-05-13 13:24:52
by Dan McCue
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus... Read More

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and... Read More

2020-05-12 19:11:48
by Dan McCue
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be... Read More

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate... Read More

2020-05-08 13:35:42
by Dan McCue
NewDEAL Welcomes Spring 2020 Leader Class of State and Local Officials

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a group dedicated to developing exceptional American leaders, has selected a new class of 15 elected officials... Read More

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a group dedicated to developing exceptional American leaders, has selected a new class of 15 elected officials to join its select membership. Leaders in the 185-person network cover 48 states and are working to enact pro-growth progressive... Read More

Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said he wants to go back to the future in... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said he wants to go back to the future in the next round of coronavirus relief aid. The Massachusetts Democrat told the nation’s mayors Wednesday that he would try to... Read More

Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a... Read More

Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on... Read More

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around, ranging from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles,... Read More

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