On Fridays, Federalism in Action gathers the Top 3 stories on local people making local decisions into a blog. To check out last week’s post, click here.

FOR INSPIRATION: Federalism All Star State Representative Alan Clemmons

This week, Federalism in Action profiles South Carolina State Representative Alan Clemmons from the 107th District as a Federalism All Star. Rep. Clemmons is a champion of federalism and taking action to restore the decision-making and control to the state and local level. Check out the full profile HERE and learn more about the work he is doing in South Carolina and nationwide. Also, if you know of a lawmaker working to keep local decisions local, nominate them to be a Federalism All-Star. We are happy to feature lawmakers working to keep government local. Email your nomination to

FOR FUN: Say what?

One of the beautiful things about America is the cultural diversity of our states. Earlier this week, the Washington Post released an interactive map describing the many different dialects of American English. Check it out and see where you are on the map.

FOR THE FUTURE: Technology, transparency, and local governance

Longtime Boston Mayor Tom Menino is stepping down this January but not without a secure succession plan in place. 100 days before the new leader took office, Mayor Menino set up a website to keep citizens informed during the transition: Many believe this is the first municipal government online transition blog, providing citizens with news and details about operational plans, recycling contracts and other municipal concerns.

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