TABLE of CONTENTS June 2017
BY Alan Greenblatt
Like the president, state politicians are playing by new rules and openly trying to undermine critics who threaten their power -- whether they're lawmakers, reporters or voters.
Kentucky's failed attempt this year illustrates a problem that many states face: Some judges are severely overworked while others don't have enough to do. But fixing that can be politically impossible.
A refugee center in Twin Falls has endured many months of anti-immigrant hostility -- and emerged stronger as a result.
Education funding has yet to bounce back from the recession in many states. But nowhere is the situation more dire than in Oklahoma.
To survive and prosper, local recycling efforts are forging ways to update, upgrade and educate.
Their heroic image is a political asset -- one that makes changes to the profession difficult.
The education secretary's complaints about the city's schools highlight one of her biggest priorities -- and one of her biggest battles.
Plans to close an infamous plant were just announced. Such closures can be devastating for local economies -- even more so than when mining and manufacturing ceases to exist in a town.
POLITICS + POLICY
A lot of the hard-line GOP governors who won in 2010 have surprised their supporters with a shift toward pragmatism. What’s driving the change?
Republicans currently enjoy a 2-to-1 lead among governors, but Democrats hope to start chipping away at that advantage this fall.
Some schools are using telemedicine to provide health care to students in underserved districts. But few think it’s a cure for their ailments.
The state’s cities and counties embarked on a rare kind of collaboration.
Are we doing enough for the people left behind in cities?
Low pay and long, pricey commutes often go hand in hand.
Suburban counties are once again gaining population at the expense of the cities around them. What does that mean for urban areas?
The basketball player’s early career illustrates a learning strategy that produces conflict -- and innovation.