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President Biden and Vice President Harris met on Feb. 12, 2021, with governors and mayors to discuss supporting them in the fight against COVID-19. Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images

The Trump administration feuded with state and local leaders over pandemic response – now the Biden administration is trying to turn back a page in history

People can die when the federal government doesn’t work well with state and local governments – the COVID-19 crisis showed that. But the Biden administration has signaled an openness to collaboration.
The Proud Boys outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

US Capitol protesters, egged on by Trump, are part of a long history of white supremacists hearing politicians’ words as encouragement

The protests that ended in the storming of the US Capitol included members of white supremacy groups, the latest example of such groups being encouraged by politicians to challenge government.
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Blunders aside, most Australians believe state premiers have been effective leaders during pandemic

New research shows WA Premier Mark McGowan has been rated highest in terms of leadership for the greater good, while Victorian leader Dan Andrews has surprisingly held steady through the second wave.
Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Coronavirus’s painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

State and local government jobs are being axed, public schools won’t get money the state planned to send them, and fire and police departments budgets are being slashed. All because of the pandemic.
The Proud Boys outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

There’s a history of white supremacists interpreting government leaders’ words as encouragement

White supremacists’ protests against COVID-19 lockdowns reflect the US history of political leaders encouraging white supremacist groups to challenge or overthrow democratic governments.
California is working with Oregon and Washington on coordinated plans for phasing in the reopening of restaurants, stores and other parts of their economies in a way that can keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay. Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan for states to reopen their economies

How and when the US economy reopens will look different state to state, and for good reasons. This Q&A explains why, and why some states are working together.
State government remains an important part of the Australian political landscape. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

State governments are vital for Australian democracy: here’s why

Despite intermittent calls to remove them, state governments provide important checks on federal power, and a number of difficult, vital services for the communities they serve.

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