The holiday season is fast upon us, but that did not stop local people from making an impact in their communities this week. There were some great examples of federalism in action, and we collected the Top 3 stories of local people making local decision. To check out last week’s post, click here.

FOR INSPIRATION: High school students help local charities

In West Virginia’s Washington County, high school kids are making a difference for charity over the holidays. Particularly at this time of year, people are aware of the needs in their communities and pull together to try to bring a happy holiday season to all. Schools in particular often lead the effort, and this is a heartwarming example of young people recognizing what sort of impact they can have in the communities they call home.

FOR MOTIVATION: Making the case for federalism in New Mexico

This week’s Federalism All Star hails from New Mexico. State Rep. Yvette Herrell was elected in 2010 and has spent the past three years fighting for ways to bring government closer to the people. She is a true champion of federalism, and we are honored to highlight the good work she is doing. Learn more about the ways that Rep. Herrell is making the case for federalism in New Mexico and beyond.

FOR REFLECTION: Top 10 in 2013

2013 was an exciting year for federalism. Across the nation, state legislators and local citizens resisted federal overreach and pushed for more local control. There are too many to record, so we highlight 10 of the top examples of federalism in action from the year. 2014 is sure to bring many challenges, but as you can see from the past year, state and local lawmakers are not afraid to make their voices heard.

Thank you for your support in 2013, and we look forward to an even better year for federalism in 2014!

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