Jason Axelrod

Content Producer,
American City & County

Jason Axelrod is an award-winning journalist who has written and reported for The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and Mother Nature Network, among other news outlets. Jason holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from The University of Georgia. 


Local governments, citizens take stands against fracking in their communities
As the effects of fracking continue to be realized, some local governments are banning the practice in their communities. In some instances where a government has tried to further regulate the practice, citizens have pushed to ban the practice altogether.
Cities celebrate Juneteenth to commemorate abolishment of slavery

Many cities across the country have held or are holding formal celebrations to mark the day known as Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 each year, commemorates the announcement of slavery’s abolition in Texas on June 19, 1865, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). Texas was the final rebel state to allow slavery during the civil war, ending the practice nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Babcock Ranch offers glimpse of how municipal sustainability, technology might look in future
The first entirely solar-powered American city has arrived, and it’s located in Florida.
Flooded Maryland city and county rebuild amid worries about future
Questions loom about Elliott City, Md.’s future as the city and Howard County, Md., try to rebuild after the second ‘1,000-year flood’ in two years slammed into the city.
The 10 best cities in which to live for 2018
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the 125 best cities to live in for 2018 based on national data. We've included the top 10 cities here. Is your city on the list?
Civil disability
As midterm elections approach, the U.S. Department of Justice is enforcing improved polling place accessibility in jurisdictions across the country.
NLC report: Majority of municipal leaders consider economic development and infrastructure key issues this year
A recent report from the National League of Cities (NLC) shows that economic development, infrastructure and budgets weigh heavily on the minds of many city leaders across the country.
Supreme Court rules that police must obtain warrant to search vehicles on private property
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police must have a warrant to search a vehicle that is parked on private property.
Wyoming committee considers letting local governments create voter-approved taxes
Wyoming municipalities could soon get far more funding options than they currently have.
The 10 most dangerous cities in America
The National Council for Home Safety and Security determined the municipalities that had the most violent crime in the U.S. Is your city among the top 10?
Lawsuit: Albuquerque government pays women less than men
Last week, four Albuquerque, N.M., city employees filed a class-action lawsuit that accuses the city of paying female workers less than male workers.
Ku Klux Klan fliers spark different reactions among city governments
Across the country, people have been finding Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers with increasing frequency. When they complained to their local officials, they got a few different responses.
Illinois-wide pension law, pension debts cripple municipalities’ finances
Long-growing state-wide pension funding shortfalls combined with a new state law that withholds funding from local governments that can’t pay for their pensions has led to a multi-faceted monetary crisis among municipalities throughout Illinois.
Counties submit proposals for immigration detainment, but some officials opposed to private proposals
To help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increase its presence in the U.S. heartland, local governments in the Midwest are joining with private companies in proposing more detention centers.
Trump administration announces local governments chosen for federal drone testing program
Ten public entities at the local, tribal, state and university levels have been chosen to test drones as part of a Federal Aviation Administration program.

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