TABLE of CONTENTS July 2015
BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
States and localities are embracing the promise of big data. But just how good is the information they’re collecting in the first place?
Walker has proved to be an effective leader in one of the most polarized states. But how will the conservative governor’s record in Wisconsin translate to a presidential bid?
Pouring federal aid into poor communities hasn’t accomplished much in the past. But the Obama administration insists its Promise Zones program will be different.
Truth or Consequences, N.M., is hoping space tourism will transform the sleepy desert town.
Nebraska had a good idea: Do away with the costly duplication of bicameralism.
Some cities have started equipping them not just to cops but also other government employees who often encounter confrontation.
Indiana is the latest state to find out what happens when districts aren’t required to offer students free transportation to and from school.
Many people think the work of human services agencies creates dependency and exacerbates poverty. But there’s a new effort to recast them in a more favorable light.
POLITICS + POLICY
They may have had their negatives, but unlike Congress today -- and to some degree, the states -- they got the job done.
Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is hoping to beat the odds in his hometown.
One Maryland county is testing a unique public-private partnership that would not only save money but also help the environment and local economy.
Much of what used to happen only in the biggest metropolises is spreading out.
Officials in several cities transformed by young adults try to predict their next move.
Foundations are important, but they have their limits.