TABLE of CONTENTS March 2016

Cover Story

How One City Solved Its Domestic Violence Problem

BY John Buntin

Can the strategy, which was originally developed to reduce gang violence, be replicated elsewhere?

FEATURES

When Regulating Self-Driving Cars, Who’s at the Wheel?

In order for driverless cars to conquer the road, someone has to write the rules for their use. Right now, it’s not clear who that someone will be. BY Daniel C. Vock

Stuck in a State of Disarray, Maine Politics Stand Still

Divided government is always challenging, but what's happening in Maine right now -- where Gov. Paul LePage and the legislature are barely on speaking terms -- is an exercise in extreme political hostility. BY Alan Greenblatt

Purchase Power: A Special Report on State Procurement

Procurement is at the heart of almost everything a government does. But states vary widely when it comes to how well they manage the things they buy. BY Liz Farmer

Puerto Rico’s Health-Care Crisis Threatens the Mainland

Puerto Rican immigrants -- many of them sick and in need of care -- are flocking to the states in unprecedented numbers. New York has volunteered to help the island, but it may not be able to. BY Mattie Quinn

OBSERVER

Politics

Lieutenant Governors: On the Rise and Out the Door

With more qualified people in the position, the job is becoming more of a stepping stone to higher office. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

'It Should Be on HBO Boxing': New York's Biggest Political Rivalry

New York governors and mayors have often squabbled, but no one can remember a time when relations were worse -- and costing New York City so much. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

The Libertarian on the Court Bench

One of the nation’s most prominent libertarian legal activists is the newest member of the Arizona Supreme Court. BY Daniel C. Vock
Public Safety & Justice

Making Juvenile Justice LGBT-Friendly

Spurred by lawsuits and a growing understanding of the population’s challenges, some states are making detention centers safer for and more accepting of LGBT youth. BY J.B. Wogan

POLITICS + POLICY

Assessments

The Saga of an Inner Suburb's Struggle for an Identity

A gritty blue-collar town in Minnesota reflects the tensions in many places located between cities and suburbs. BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Potomac Chronicle

Confronting Climate Change’s Biggest Deniers

Some of the skeptics are also the people with the most power to make a difference. Ignoring or denying the issue isn’t an option. BY Peter Harkness
Politics

The Rise of the Rich Governor

More than half a dozen governors are worth more than $100 million, worrying many about the influence of money on state politics. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Why Thousands of Doctors Still Don't Use Electronic Records

With federal incentives to go electronic expiring this year, many wonder what can be done to reach physicians who still rely on paper. BY Mattie Quinn
Infrastructure & Environment

Turning Americans’ Bad Food-Waste Habit Into Renewable Energy

A few cities are using leftovers to power buses and buildings. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Economic Engines

Should Economic Development Focus on People or Places?

Cities tend to favor building stadiums and convention centers over investing in education or human services. It's an understandable but troublesome trend. BY Aaron M. Renn
Urban Notebook

In the Birthplace of Jazz, Noise Complaints Get Louder

New Orleans has been battling an increase in noise complaints ever since outsiders moved there after Hurricane Katrina. Its found a way, though, to keep residents happier and music going. BY Scott Beyer

PROBLEM SOLVER

Smart Management

5 Urgent Public Management Issues

These are the top challenges governments will need to address in 2016. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Better Government

The Poisoning of Our Politics: Partisan Elections

It’s time to take elections back from the parties and organizations that have given us the broken system of governance we now have. BY Mark Funkhouser
Tech Talk

Know CPR? New App Sends Alerts When Someone Nearby Needs It

It shows how technology can come to people’s aid -- sometimes faster than government. BY Tod Newcombe
Public Money

States Slap Cities With Fiscal Handcuffs

Is anyone trying to balance the fiscal inequities states impose on their localities? BY Frank Shafroth
Public Safety & Justice

The Pop-Up Jail in the ‘Spring Break Capital of the World’

Panama City Beach, Fla., gives new meaning to the phrase drunk tank. BY Elizabeth Daigneau