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Cover Story

Wilder's Last Crusade

BY Rob Gurwitt

Virginia's ex-governor has made a career out of accomplishing the unexpected. He is betting he can do it one more time as mayor of a proud but messed-up city.

Features

Politics

The Politics of Preschool

Most states are sold on the benefits of universal preschool, but limited funding may compromise its quality and availability. BY

Power Alignment

Four Western states agree to back a "superhighway" for electricity. BY
Politics

Dock Shock

The competition for federal grants pits the security concerns of small ports against big ones and leaves all of them short of what they say they need. BY

Opening the Mail

When is an e-mail like a phone call--and when is it a public record or a secret meeting? BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Stranded Seniors

Suburban life revolves around the car. When elderly residents are no longer able to drive, getting around gets complicated. BY

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Border Wars

Immigration used to be considered strictly a federal issue. But it's heating up in legislatures all over the country. BY
Politics

Local Avenger

Todd Smith has declared war against the red tape his state imposes on county government. BY

Be a Ref, Give a Kidney, Save a Bundle

Every legislator has a list of constituents who need a break BY

A Brake on Breaks?

States still like giving tax subsidies to big corporations, but they get nervous when their localities do it. BY

White-Collar Blues

Public employee unions have suffered setbacks, but they're not as weak as they sometimes claim to be. BY
Politics

Sagging in Sacramento

Somewhere between last year and this year, Arnold Schwarzenegger forgot how to focus. BY
Politics

Sagging in Sacramento

Somewhere between last year and this year, Arnold Schwarzenegger forgot how to focus. BY
Health & Human Services

Curbing Parking

Local zoning laws mandate parking spaces as if empty lots were a virtue. BY

The Business of Government

Economic Engines

Survivor's Guide

It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims. BY
Economic Engines

Survivor's Guide

It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims. BY
Public Safety & Justice

Hurricane Hubris

Evacuating residents from the path of a storm is often a frustrating task for emergency officials. BY
Management & Labor

Portfolio Pressures

A Regular Way to Run a Pension Fund BY
Management & Labor

Splish Splash

A City Sees a New Way To Keep Kids Cool BY
Health & Human Services

Price Shopper: Vermont Mandates Details on Drug Prices

In an effort to check the increase in prescription drug prices, Vermont in March became the first state in the nation to require pharmaceutical companies to disclose to doctors the average wholesale price of a given drug. BY
Health & Human Services

Rx Data on Demand

A computer system helps reduce pain-killer abuse. BY

Easy Ride: California Will Figure Out Your Taxes For You

As tax season rolled around for Californians this past April, residents got an unexpected present from Uncle Sam: a pre-prepared state tax return. BY
Finance

Topping Out

State and local sales tax rates inch higher BY

Keeping the Outdoors Open

The opportunities for Americans to explore those places in the natural world that molded their country may be dwindling. BY
Economic Engines

The Stimulator

President Bush's proposal to change the way urban grants work raises questions about local economic development that have been ignored for too long. BY

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