TABLE of CONTENTS January 2014
BY Liz Farmer
Plus six trending issues that could be big this year.
It’s a tough time to be a politician, but these state lawmakers are really making a mark.
Since we last published a list of 12 state legislators to watch in January 2012, we’ve seen one legislator rocket to national stardom, two abruptly, and voluntarily, leave politics altogether and the rest continue to soldier on in the political trenches.
Private-sector actors are reshaping the center of some cities in ways local governments no longer have the ability to do themselves.
Municipal officials and entrepreneurs see the power of cultural events as a way to spur short-term tourism while shaping an image of the host city as a cool, dynamic location where companies and citizens in modern, creative industries can thrive.
As the No Child Left Behind era ends and Common Core begins, two education heavyweights face-off over what we’ve learned and where we’ve gone wrong.
POLITICS + POLICY
Governors only succeed about half the time in passing legislative proposals they push for in their annual address.
The unpredictability of snow doesn’t just drive citizens and public works crews crazy – it makes it nearly impossible for city officials to plan their budgets.
After years of stagnation following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is building itself a new economy.
Hydraulic fracking holds so much promise for generating inexpensive, relatively clean energy. But first, we need to figure out how to regulate it.
Wildfires in the U.S. are becoming bigger, more destructive and more frequent. And the extra cost of putting them out comes straight from the budget for fire prevention.
Whether or not Americans support doctors helping terminally ill patients to voluntarily end their lives depends on the words used to describe the issue. Those words also determine the success of such bills.
After its driest year on record, the state is trying one of the cheaper ways of staving off drought: cloud seeding. But is it safe and does it work?
Troubled post-industrial places need help building better connections with more successful cities.
Public-sector workers typically face a greater risk of suffering an injury on the job than other segments of the workforce. Read five key takeaways from new industry-level data.
That's why organizations need constant renewal to survive.
The disinvestment and reliance on higher student fees and tuition creates significant risks not only for students—but for states, too.
A way for businessmen to take a mid-day nap in the 1800s, the incline in Dubuque, Iowa, is still used by commuters and sightseers today.