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Mar 2017

Diversity and Immigration; Federal Actions and Local Responses

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It is pretty difficult these days to turn on the television, peruse a news source, or skim your social media without some mention of the federal government’s actions. Two executive orders about immigration, issued at the end of January, received a lot of attention.  The first order covered the administration’s policies and approaches to federal immigration law; including the defunding of local governments that serve as “sanctuary” cities or counties that do not detain undocumented immigrants for the federal government should they be held by local authorities.  The second order, issued two days later, prevented individuals from seven countries from traveling into the United States.  The administration argued their actions are necessary for the nation’s security.  Yet many companies, governmental entities, and individuals voiced concerns over the intent and potential consequences of the orders.

So what does this mean for local governments across the country?  While the federal government can enact laws and directives, state and local governments must decide how or if the provisions apply to them.  Curious to see how local governments responded to the federal government’s actions, we at Voterheads combed our agenda database to get a feel for how cities and counties are reacting.

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05

Jun 2016

Pets & Animals – National Trends for June 2016

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Throughout the month of May VoterHeads monitored 1241 Organizations and found 2621 new meetings within those organizations. Monitoring the topic of Pets and Animals, VH found 431 matching agenda items in those meetings, with Animal Control being the main topic of the majority of those. Asheboro North Carolina, for example, released a summary of statistics on their Animal Control over the past year. Some of the most impressive being the miles traveled (36,252) Animals picked up (673, with over 200 of those being dogs), and over 1,000 calls received.

That being said, there were a couple of interesting agenda items over the month of May outside of the usual realm of Animal Control: The main two of these stories occur in the towns of Cambridge MA and Greenville SC.

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