TABLE of CONTENTS January 2007

Cover Story

Blue Challenge

BY Josh Goodman

John Shea, of Nelson, New Hampshire, is nothing if not persistent. For many years, he has wanted a seat on the state Executive Council, the...

Features

Issues to Watch 2007

Much of the Democrats' success in state elections last year was due to dissatisfaction with the way things were going in Washington, D.C. Voters... BY Zach Patton

Unloading Assets

Richard M. Daley might say, with a wink and a nod, that he's got a bridge he'd like to sell you. Except that Daley has... BY Christopher Swope

Unloading Assets

Richard M. Daley might say, with a wink and a nod, that he's got a bridge he'd like to sell you. Except that Daley has... BY Christopher Swope

"Stat" Fever

The practice of collecting data to monitor and improve government performance continues to gain momentum and evolve. BY Ellen Perlman

Value-Added Taxi

Sometimes transit operators' and cab drivers' personal beliefs conflict with their jobs and passengers. BY Zach Patton

Up Front

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Hidden Section

Party Lines

Gerrymanders make the odds against a successful challenge very hard to overcome -- and to an extent dilute the political expression of voter discontent. BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Finance

Tabling Tabor

The drive for tax and spending limits is running out of steam. BY Sarah Harney
Local News

San Diego's Tough Choices

One of the city's nightmares is over; others continue. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

What's a Lobbyist?

Colorado's new "cooling-off" law is making legislators nervous. BY Sarah Harney
State News

Crossing the Delaware

Two states that share a river can't agree on what to do with it. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Lonesome Leader

Nobody likes John Leopold but the voters. They've put him in charge of one of Maryland's biggest jurisdictions. BY Sarah Harney
Potomac Chronicle

Minimum Impact

A $7.25 minimum wage means a lot politically. It just doesn't mean much economically. BY Jonathan Walters

The Business of Government

BY
Education

Merit Pay Moves Forward

A number of states and cities are piloting a much-debated management tool to pay teachers. BY Sarah Harney
Technology

The Open-Minded Desktop

Any technology leader who still doubts that open-source solutions are a viable alternative to Microsoft's desktop dominance needs to visit one of the six branches... BY Mark Stencel
Health & Human Services

Rx Side Effects

Talk about impact. One day Wal-Mart is launching a small pilot program in Tampa to sell 314 generic drugs at $4 each for a 30-day supply. Two... BY Penelope Lemov
Health & Human Services

Rx Side Effects

Talk about impact. One day Wal-Mart is launching a small pilot program in Tampa to sell 314 generic drugs at $4 each for a 30-day supply. Two... BY Penelope Lemov
Economic Development

Chipping in for Silicon Valley

San Jose capitalizes its own venture fund BY Sarah Harney
Smart Management

Do You Know What You Own?

A surprising number of states and localities don't have the kind of inventory of their assets that a decent shoe store has. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Energy & Environment

The Guts of a New Machine: Investing in Biodigesting

Manure lagoons, bad. Manure digesters, good. That is the argument that Texas' Gulf Coast Industrial Development Authority used in floating $60 million in revenue bonds to finance four digester machines that will help keep farm runoff from polluting land, water and air. BY Sarah Harney
Public Money

The Check is in the Mail

If the economy turns down this year, will the feds rescue the states the way they did in 2003? BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

Getting Rid of Gridlock

Voters ante up to address traffic and transit concerns. BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

Subway Story: A Fix for Escalator Woes

Washington, D.C.'s subway system hopes to have its elevators and escalators on the up and up thanks to a new training facility for the mechanics that keep them working. BY Sarah Harney