Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate names — and even when they do, as the saying goes, “There is no Democratic or Republican way to fix a pothole.”
National politics and local politics rarely mixed as a result.
But it’s almost impossible now to separate local and national politics, presenting unique challenges for community newspapers and other local news that rarely if ever include “Biden,” “Trump,” or “Obama” in their headlines. Social topics and other controversial issues normally discussed at the federal level now seep their way onto local city, county, and school district agendas.
For example, one New Jersey community just voted to not fly the gay pride flag in June, which doubles as Pride Month,…