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Do sub-national governments spy on each other?

It's well-known that even "friendly" or "allied" countries regularly spy on each other. Considering this, I started to wonder whether sub-national entities spy on each other too. ...
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Do tiny communes in France have any practical significance?

The French commune of Rouchefourchat has exactly one inhabitant. I imagine that would make mayoral elections rather boring. Joking aside, do such tiny municipalities even have a mayor or local ...
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Do any cities formalize preferential homeless services to "locals"?

Homelessness is a pervasive problem in many places but seems especially concentrated in some bigger cities. Given that many cities struggle with providing support when the problem becomes acute, do ...
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Are cities with nonpartisan mayoral elections more likely to elect Republican mayors?

I thought about the fact that cities in the US elect mayors in many different ways. Most notably for this question, some elect mayors on partisan ballots others do not. Given that most or all of the ...
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Why are many US school boards elected?

I think it is odd that school boards are elected in many if not most school districts in the United States. This makes me wonder what the political and historical reasons for electing school boards. ...
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Why is Buckinghamshire Council so enormous?

Buckinghamshire Council has 147 seats. This is a huge number, which is more than the Scottish Parliament (129), the Israeli Knesset (120), and the Parliament of New Zealand (also 120), or the entire ...
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Can employees of councils criticize the PM or the Government in the UK?

Watching this video, at the 1:38 timestamp, an employee of the council says that she needs to be careful of what is she saying. Unrepeatable, basically - err, I work for the council though, so I need ...
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Do non partisan elections have lower turnouts in the United States?

In the United States, local elections in odd numbered years have lower turnouts. School boards in general have the lowest turnouts. For example, there was a nonpartisan school board election in a ...
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How do I find a schedule for my local government elections?

I would like to have a say in who is on the counsil in my small village in Michigan. How can I find out when the next election is? The village website doesn't say anything about an election schedule. ...
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NYC general election mayor polls: have any been released in 2021?

I have been wondering about the NYC mayor election. I paid a lot of attention to this primary, which had one of the highest turnouts out of any NYC Democratic primary. However, now that the candidates ...
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Who is in charge of county-level redistricting in each state?

Many counties elect commissioners, who represent a district within the county. Who is in charge of drawing these lines in each state? Note: Not looking for state level offices like the State House of ...
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Are there examples of states opening consular representatives outside their territory?

As an example, many people with a New York driving license spend their winters in Florida. In theory New York state could open a DMV office in Florida to help their residents renew or update their ...
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Does current English law allow for a regional elected deputy mayor?

I will absorb the post into the West Midlands Combined Authority as an elected deputy mayor. -- Jon Hunt, candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner I'm pretty sure this wouldn't be in ...
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Right of attendance at a Parish Council Meeting [closed]

My Parish Council has chosen to hold a face to face meeting on 12th April in the village hall. Parishioners have been sent an email saying that it is probably not legal for them to attend due to covid ...
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How are UK devolved nation’s budget deficits funded?

The Scottish Government has tax raising powers and, over the past several years, expanded spending powers too. However, I’m wondering how budget deficits for these devolved administrations are funded. ...
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What is the largest political entity that lacks legislative power?

Lets define some examples to clarify what I'm talking about. United States: has a legislature in the form of the US Congress New York: has a state legislature New York City: can issue its own ...
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Did Jackie Weaver have the legal authority to remove the chairman of the parish council during a meeting?

During a meeting of the Handforth parish council on December the 10th seen here, the chairman of the council was removed from a Zoom meeting by the Zoom meeting host. The recording of this meeting has ...
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How is Massachusetts' requirement to sell only zero emissions vehicles by 2035 being implemented?

Several news outlets are reporting on this story this week: The Hill: "Massachusetts to require 100 percent of car sales to be electric by 2035" Car and Driver Magazine: "Massachusetts ...
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Do any local/state/provincial/... governments maintain 'embassies' (within or outside their country)?

Are there any cases - anywhere in the world - of municipal governments maintaining something like a diplomatic mission 'abroad' in other municipalities, or of state/provincial governments doing the ...
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Have Georgia election officials offered an explanation for the alleged "smoking gun" at the State Farm Arena? [closed]

Now hitting Fox News, yesterday's Georgia Senate committe(s) hearings are apparently providing new ammunition to governor Kemp to request another signature audit: Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia ...
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Is it economically viable to replace property taxes and consumption taxes with local income taxes? What are the downsides of such a proposal?

In the United States, most counties and cities levy property taxes and consumption taxes to fund local budgets. Consumption taxes are regressive, and property taxes can be burdensome on senior ...
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Where can I find data on US party affiliations, broken down geographically?

Where can I find data on US party affiliations, broken down geographically? I'd like to do some statistical analysis on party affiliations within states, broken down geographically. Here's the kicker: ...
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Why do many states in the US often elect state cabinet members?

When I first learned various states hold elections for state cabinet positions I was puzzled, because there are no such elections for federal secretaries. Why do so many states do it like this, ...
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Is Michigan the only US state without a State of Emergency (or similar type of order)?

On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) released an opinion regarding the Governor's state of emergency renewals. The syllabus of the opinion states that: The Governor did not have ...
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How do progressive US political thinkers explain anti-black police discrimination in cities where the population and government are majority black?

There is a common narrative among progressive political and racial thinkers in the United States that all or almost all police departments are systematically racist in a way that does significant and ...
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What organizations made more than 100 endorsements in US state and local judicial races between 2009 and 2018?

Other than bar associations and trade associations, what organizations made more than 100 endorsements in US state and local judicial races between 2009 and 2018?
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What can local governments do to reform the police & policing? [closed]

Much of the oversight power for police departments and sheriff departments is with local government. For example, in Michigan, the elected officials that oversee police departments in cities are City ...
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Which US states forced nursing homes to bring in COVID-positive patients?

I was doing some digging on why a large portion of the COVID deaths were from elderly citizens and I found out that governors like Cuomo (Gov of New York) were forcing nursing homes to take infected ...
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What previous actions had been taken by Bristol city council regarding the statue of Edward Colston?

During the George Floyd protests in Bristol on June 7th, a statue of Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the city harbour by demonstrators. According to the BBC: Earlier in the day, in ...
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How much, in taxes, does a typical American taxpayer pay toward public libraries?

I'm looking for an average or estimation of how much money public libraries cost a typical American taxpayer.
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How do I change my city's ordinance to allow more chickens on my residential land?

I am asking this based on a state or local level, i.e. zoning and health. I assume that in Oregon, which is where I live, and Hillsboro, the city of which I reside to be specific, is primarily ...
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Have any countries used blockchain voting in elections?

Have any countries used blockchain voting in national or local elections?
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Why did Berlin freeze the rent prices as opposed to letting the market set the price?

This EuroNews article tells us about the Berlin freezing of rent prices: Berlin is freezing the rents of 1.5 million apartments for the next five years starting this Sunday in a controversial ...
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Who would be in charge of quarantine decisions in this situation?

Sorry if this is the wrong StackExchange, but I figured it was more appropriate here than on Writing. I'm writing a story with a sequence where city authorities decide to block travel out of the city ...
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Why does Paris draw its city limits so tightly?

On Feb. 1st 2020, Berlin become the largest city of the EU, with a population of approximately. 3,75 million inside the city limits. Except that Paris is a much larger city by almost any other ...
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"Government transplant" been tried? At what scale, and what were the results?

In the "Fall of Rio" short documentary about the drug-related violence in Rio de Janeiro, one of the interviewed drug traffickers said he does what he does because due to the terrible government (...
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When are signature petitions made available for potential candidate mayors in Perth Amboy, New Jersey?

In Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA, the mayor is elected. A candidate must first collect a certain number of signatures in order to be listed on the ballot. The signatures, I believe, are required to be ...
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What is the benefit of town twinning?

So, here in the UK most towns have several 'twin towns' in other countries. These appear to be largely ceremonial, each town will have signs mentioning the other and there may occasionally be statues, ...
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Opposite party turned away from voting when ballot is all opposing party

I tried to vote today [May 7th 2019] in my local primary city elections in Westfield, Indiana. The poll workers asked me what party I was affiliated with, when I stated I wasn't a Republican they ...
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Is there a runoff in the Chicago Mayoral elections when one candidate gets a majority in the first round?

In the recent mayoral election there were 15 or so candidates, with the top 2 going to a runoff. What would have happened if one candidate had received a majority of 51% of the vote in that election, ...
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How is Northern Ireland currently being governed with its executive vacant and its legislature suspended?

Currently, the Northern Ireland Executive is vacant while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, following the resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and subsequently First ...
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Local campaign norms?

Given a local campaign, say for city council, I have the following questions: Albeit a rough estimate, how soon should a local candidate begin publicly campaigning? How many days per week does the ...
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Why is the City of London governed by a corporation?

The municipal governing body of the City of London is the City of London Corporation. Is there any special meaning to the term "corporation" in its name? (As opposed to simply a historical name, a ...
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What could a vegan mayor actually do?

Civic elections are coming up in my city, and this got me wondering... If the electorate decided to elect a mayor and council where a majority wanted to use their powers as elected officials to ...
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What's the point of offline public hearings in the 21st century?

As an example, the City of Vancouver is currently holding a public hearing on rezoning the city's neighbourhoods to allow for duplexes. As a resident of Vancouver who has an opinion on the matter in ...
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Have any studies examined differences in cities led by Dem vs Rep?

Are there studies examining various characteristics of USA cities based on the amount of time they have been governed by Democrats or Republicans? Say, things like growth rates of population and ...
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What is the difference between the British concept of a county and the American concept of a county? (If any)

In the UK you have county cricket, this gives me the idea that a county in the UK is something akin to a province or a state. In the US I have heard people speak of the county coroner, which seems ...
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What are the powers of mayors in the US?

I know very little about US government and state system and only in general. I heard that, for example, US town mayor also rules town police and can change taxes. Is it true? The fact about ruling ...
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What parts of UK local election campaign literature sway votes?

At the latest local election in England, my school friend ran for office and failed to be elected. Because I've dabbled in marketing, he showed me the leaflet he posted through doors for feedback. I ...
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Why does the BBC claim that there is 'no clear winner' in England's 2018 local elections?

In the latest local elections in May, Labour won 2,350 seats (up 77), the Conservatives 1,332 (down 33). There were other parties involved, but these are the main two. The BBC has an article (2018-05-...
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