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In the United States, voters choose their party’s presidential nominee through state primaries or caucuses. This issue brief reviews the differences between the choices voters have and how it varies state by state.

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Puerto Rico Bankruptcy

In August 2015, Puerto Rico became the first territory in U.S. history to default on its debt. We explain the legal and financial issues at stake for Puerto Ricans and their creditors.

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Flint’s Long History of Fiscal Distress

Flint’s water crisis followed decades of chronic fiscal distress. Declining state and local revenues, steady spending levels, and revenue-raising restrictions created the conditions for the city’s water crisis.

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