TABLE of CONTENTS April 2008

Cover Story

Working in Wiki

BY Ellen Perlman

The Web site names swirl around like sand in the Sahara: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Second Life, Flickr, Wikipedia. Most of us know a little bit...


Pushing the Envelope

When his state holds its primaries later this month, Bill Bradbury will be in charge of the details. That's part of his role as secretary... BY Josh Goodman

Eds, Meds and Urban Revival

Look out from an upper-floor window of the old Sears building on the edge of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, and you can begin to appreciate the... BY Rob Gurwitt

A Tower of Tiers

Starting next July, public employees hired in the state of Kansas will be second-class citizens, in a way. They will have to pay more into... BY Jonathan Walters

Flushing Away Fears

Clearly, residents of San Diego would rather not drink their own wastewater. The first time the idea of it came up, about a decade ago,... BY Tom Arrandale

Up Front

Hidden Section

The Id in Office

Why do so many politicians lose the ability to approach their personal moral lives in the way most ordinary people are required to? BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Potomac Chronicle

Transportation Tug-of-War

The nation's roads and bridges urgently need attention. The question is who can best provide it. BY Jonathan Walters

The Business of Government

Hidden Section

At Work on the Web

State and local agencies often block employee access to entire categories of online content, from politics to porn. BY Mark Stencel
Hidden Section

The Insurance Lottery

When states subsidize health insurance, the hardest part is deciding whom to help and who goes without. BY Penelope Lemov
Smart Management

Letting It All Hang Out

The latest political buzzword is transparency. But it may not be the cure-all it's cracked up to be. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Public Money

Rating the Ratings

For many issuers, going to market without insurance is unappetizing. But that may be changing. BY John E. Petersen