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City elections news and analysis from The Nation
November 1, 2019
Tuesday’s Election Could Be a Second Blue Wave
On November 5 voters can reject Trump and embrace criminal justice reform, rent control, and democracy in states and cities nationwide.
October 11, 2019
The Bronx May Send a Homophobic Democrat to Congress
Rubén Díaz Sr. is a socially conservative City Council member whose district neighbors AOC’s. In a crowded Democratic primary, he may just win.
June 7, 2019
Madison Is a Lefty Town—Just Not for Everyone
The newly elected mayor of Madison, Satya Rhodes-Conway, wants to advance racial equity in the most segregated state in America.
April 5, 2019
How a Group of Unapologetic Progressives Scored Big Wins in Chicago’s Elections
The answer begins with an unflinching left politics, voter education, and, yes, door knocking.
July 10, 2018
The Obama Center Leaves Chicago Communities in Its Shadow
The Obama Foundation is back selling hope and change to big-name donors, but this time, Chicago’s South Side residents aren’t all buying it.
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June 14, 2018
‘If You Want to Win, Get a Black Woman Candidate’: A Q&A With Melanie L. Campbell
The Democrats need to get serious about supporting black women.
May 18, 2018
Socialism Is on a Winning Streak
Four candidates backed by Democratic Socialists of America won Pennsylvania primaries Tuesday, and come November they could all be legislators.
March 30, 2018
How a Small City Is Taking on the Big Power of Dark Money
Dispatches from the Urban Resistance, from Tempe to Nashville and beyond.
March 16, 2018
How to Organize to Win
Rebuilding the democratic infrastructure is too important to leave up to the consultocracy.
December 14, 2017
From Paid Sick Leave to Municipal ID Cards: New York’s City Council Leaves an Impression
During the last four years, the council has passed significant legislation to stem inequality. Can it do better during the next four?