TABLE of CONTENTS December 2015
These nine outstanding state and local government leaders have taken decisive action to address some of the toughest, most entrenched problems in the country.
Patients with mental illness are being detained in emergency rooms, often for weeks at a time. Now some states are rethinking the entire psychiatric care system.
Old houses are being torn down and replaced in suburbs all over the country. But not everyone, especially the people being priced out of once-affordable neighborhoods, is happy seeing the past obliterated.
High-level officials around the country have recently been caught misusing their campaign funds.
Alternative weekly newspapers are going out of business all over the country, leaving a huge void in local government coverage. Who will scrutinize city halls now?
Phones can detect your location, but emergency responders can’t. That’s all going to change soon.
But a new effort could provide a true count of the number as well as insights into why they became homeless in the first place.
POLITICS + POLICY
In North Carolina, lawmakers don't want to embrace the state’s shift away from rural, small-town life. But their efforts may be futile.
The governors running for president possess what voters are looking for -- yet all of them are struggling in the polls.
They’re far from irrelevant, but campaign financing laws have hurt their influence.
California is saving millions making people compare prices for certain medical services.
You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they're being replaced.
The public sector used to be a place of upward mobility for minorities, particularly black women.
From city managers to auditors, local officials offer ways to fix data collection.
To boost America's support for higher education, faculties and administrations need to remember why we have it.