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Features

Public Safety & Justice

Where Will Sex Offenders Live?

Creating buffer zones around schools and other public places can make entire cities off-limits. BY
Politics

Real Power

The real estate lobby is under serious competitive challenge, but no pressure group is better at bending legislatures to its will. BY
Politics

Rivals with a Cause

Comparing local government practices and performance among neighboring communities is rare but rewarding. BY
Health & Human Services

Fat City

Is there a way for a government to fight obesity? Chicago's new health commissioner is trying to figure that out. BY

The High-Wire Act

Public fund investors now work in a world where risk means safety. BY
Health & Human Services

Solidarity Forgotten

What started as a rift in the AFL-CIO has intensified into a fervent contest between the public employee unions over new recruits. BY
Politics

Chasing the Shadow

"527" groups are a mysterious but increasingly powerful force in American elections. One state has cracked down on them; others are trying. BY

Up Front

Public Safety & Justice

Unwanted Weapons

Gun violence is a problem that governments at every level wish somebody else would solve. BY
Politics

Restless in Des Moines

Sensing trouble in the fall, Iowa's Senate Republicans have turned to Mary Lundby to bail them out. BY
Health & Human Services

Health Care Deja Vu

Massachusetts tried universal health coverage once before. BY ,

Wait 'Til Next Year

Utah was all set for tax reform in 2006. Then it got nervous. BY

The Mother of All User Fees

Would you be happier paying taxes if you knew just what you were getting? BY
Politics

Slow March to the Polls

If more Hispanics voted, they could change American politics. But there are reasons why they don't. BY
Politics

Slow March to the Polls

If more Hispanics voted, they could change American politics. But there are reasons why they don't. BY
Management & Labor

The Bungalow Bind

Middle-aged suburbs with a disproportionate number of houses from the 1950s and '60s are in trouble. BY

The Business of Government

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A Bridge Too Far

My in-laws live in Greenville, South Carolina, where the downtown scene has grown much more robust over the five or six years they've lived there. ... BY
Tech Talk

Born Digital

A handful of states are beginning to focus on the need to preserve digital documents. BY
Management & Labor

In the Zone

The pictorial approach to building codes BY
Management & Labor

Domain Doctor: Utah Puts a Mediator in Charge

Most states are debating new ways of handling eminent-domain cases, but Utah already has a means: a private-property ombudsman--the first (and still only) such ombudsman in the country. BY
Health & Human Services

Stub Snub: Setting New Limits on Tobacco

The battleground over smoking restrictions is shifting from bars and restaurants to cars and the great outdoors. BY
Health & Human Services

Is There a Druggist in the House?

A Florida county brings the pharmacy to its workplace BY

Allergic Tree Action

Cities' preference for planting male trees has led to the proliferation of pollen. BY
Finance

Getting Back Taxes

Big cities go to court over online hotel-rate deals BY
Finance

Bond Bits: Ill Winds and Water

After the devastating hurricanes of last year, Florida and the Gulf Coast states are turning to the municipal bond market to guarantee that their insurers of last resort are solvent for another potentially damaging storm season. BY

Capping a Hot Spot

Mercury released by coal-fired power plants is toxic, and some state lawmakers don't see emissions trading as the way to deal with it. BY
Economic Engines

The China Connection

The Asian giant isn't stealing our manufacturing jobs. The jobs, themselves, are evaporating. BY

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