TABLE of CONTENTS June 2005Cover Story
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.
Most states are sold on the benefits of universal preschool, but limited funding may compromise its quality and availability.
Four Western states agree to back a "superhighway" for electricity.
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.
When is an e-mail like a phone call--and when is it a public record or a secret meeting?
Suburban life revolves around the car. When elderly residents are no longer able to drive, getting around gets complicated.
Immigration used to be considered strictly a federal issue. But it's heating up in legislatures all over the country.
Every legislator has a list of constituents who need a break
Public employee unions have suffered setbacks, but they're not as weak as they sometimes claim to be.
The Business of Government
It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims.
Evacuating residents from the path of a storm is often a frustrating task for emergency officials.
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.
As tax season rolled around for Californians this past April, residents got an unexpected present from Uncle Sam: a pre-prepared state tax return.