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COMMENTARY

The Importance of Cities Finding Their Cultural Match

Sometimes a person and a city just aren’t right for each other.


In Navajo Nation, Bad Roads Can Mean Life or Death

Native Americans who live on the reservation in Utah are used to having to fight for basic government services. But they’d at least like roads that can reliably transfer patients to the ER and kids to school.


Jennifer Lawless sitting in a chair.

Talking Politics With an Expert on Women in Politics

Jennifer Lawless is optimistic about the wave of women thinking about running for office -- but only tepidly.


Downtown Phoenix

How One of America’s Hottest Cities Is Making Summer a Little More Bearable

Dangerous heat isn't new to Phoenix, but its efforts to keep people safe in triple-digit temperatures are.


Advocating for the Environment When Your Rural Town Won't

Environmental advocacy is difficult in the Trump era. In rural areas, it's even harder. “To be personally attacked for speaking up, to be silenced, it was devastating to me," says one resident who tried to fight fracking in her rural Pennsylvania county.


Jailhouses Experiment With Ways to Lock Less People Up

Among the places testing new ways to keep low-risk offenders out of jail, Charleston, S.C., stands out.

COMMENTARY

Getting Public Benefits to the People Who Need Them

Low take-up is a problem at every level of government. As recent research shows, just keeping things simple can help a lot.

COMMENTARY

How Government Data Can Supercharge the Nudge

Jurisdictions are tapping the latest in behavioral science to steer people toward better choices. Emerging technologies can increase its impact.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

68%

Mayors surveyed by Politico who would support their state switching to a single-payer health-care system.

MORE DIGITS

Seattle Brings Emoji-Based Food Safety Ratings to America

Some cities post letter grades on restaurants. King County opted for something more visual. The person who pushed for public ratings in the first place, though, isn't satisfied.


In Virginia, Government Workers Are Getting Job-Search Help (From Their Current Employer)

“As far as I know, we’re the only state doing this,” says Gov. Terry McAuliffe's chief of staff.

At Governors Meeting, Trudeau Pushes to Preserve NAFTA

As the first leader of a national government to ever address the National Governors Association, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for fewer trade barriers and promised to work directly with state leaders.

COMMENTARY

Why a Border Adjustment Tax Would Be a Bad Deal for States and Localities

It would slam the insurance industry, bringing downturns in the bond market and tax revenues.

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4 Key Stages of the Circular Economy

The Circular Economy, Part 4/4: The circular economy isn't synonymous with "reduce, reuse, recycle," but it's also more inclusive of this lifestyle than a community might think. We've told three stories of circular infrastructure, and the benefits it offers to their respective communities, but what do they have in common? They all follow the same four steps.

How a Cashless Society Would Harm the Poor

Businesses and governments are going cashless. Anti-poverty advocates say the change is problematic for low-income people, but they disagree on how to solve it.


COMMENTARY

A Better Way to Teach Civic Leadership

The programs we have are pretty good, but they need to keep graduates engaged and deepen their learning.

COMMENTARY

Back in the Black, Without the Feds to Thank

Cities that faced bankruptcy not long ago have made remarkable recoveries -- all on their own.

COMMENTARY

How Much Can Cities Do About Walkability?

A lot of what fosters it is out of their control, but a little audacity goes a long way.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos speaks during the National Association of Secretaries of State conference.

State Election Officials Fear Feds Are Making Security Worse

Secretaries of state are concerned about not just the federal government's request for voter information but also the information they're not getting about election security breaches.