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Renewing Democracy

Institutions and individuals attempting to reinvigorate American democracy and promote more inclusive, transparent, and efficient government. From hyper-partisanship to disinformation, our democracy is under threat. These stories explore how communities across the country are responding to issues at the heart of our democracy through civic engagement, electoral and political reform, and government innovation.

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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

How grassroots partnerships are working toward ...
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Preaching Faith in Democracy

Preaching Faith in Democracy
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Evidence of a solution: Using data to report more than just bad news

Evidence of a solution: Using data to report mo...
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Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than Whites. What if Prosecutors Didn't Know Their Race?

Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than ...
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Paving, rumble strip installation underway at site of fatal May 5 crash

Paving, rumble strip installation underway at s...
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The End of the Polling Booth

The End of the Polling Booth
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The Sights and Sounds of Collaboration in Newark

The Sights and Sounds of Collaboration in Newark
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Oregon is poised to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. That's a huge deal.

Oregon is poised to set a cap on greenhouse gas...
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A Hub for Justice

A Hub for Justice
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Gun violence has sharply declined in California's Bay Area. What happened?

Gun violence has sharply declined in California...
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Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mothers' Health. It Involves Fathers.

Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mother...
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How a new district attorney is shaking up the justice system in midcoast Maine

How a new district attorney is shaking up the j...
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How New Yorkers Stood Up to Amazon and Won

How New Yorkers Stood Up to Amazon and Won
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Ideas We Should Steal: Free Childcare at City Meetings

Ideas We Should Steal: Free Childcare at City M...
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Here's how Birmingham is battling its high homicide rate

Here's how Birmingham is battling its high homi...
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How stricter vaccine laws spared California from a major measles outbreak

How stricter vaccine laws spared California fro...
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This group wants to unite hikers and hunters on literal common ground: public lands

This group wants to unite hikers and hunters on...
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'It changes the way you see everything': the shocking film about gerrymandering

'It changes the way you see everything': the sh...
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I Served My Prison Time. Why Do I Still Have to Pay?

I Served My Prison Time. Why Do I Still Have to...
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Youth Voter Turnout Is Already Ridiculously High In Colorado. State House Democrats Want It Even Higher

Youth Voter Turnout Is Already Ridiculously Hig...
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S.F. immigrants seek to expand civic footprint

S.F. immigrants seek to expand civic footprint
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A Nazi flag led this Western Mayberry to confront hate once again. Now Fruita aims to send a different message.

A Nazi flag led this Western Mayberry to confro...
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“What Does the World Beyond Jails and Prisons Look Like?”

“What Does the World Beyond Jails and Prisons L...
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Tech for Turnout

Tech for Turnout
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The border guards you can't win over with a smile

The border guards you can't win over with a smile
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