TABLE of CONTENTS May 2016Cover Story
BY Liz Farmer
He’s not the governor. He’s not a lawmaker. But thanks to the way he runs his state’s pension plans, David Bronner may be the most powerful man in Alabama.
After a population explosion and building binge led to haphazard and random growth, Miami became the nation's first big urban area to adopt a citywide code based on looks.
The city has made real progress in its battle against homicide, but a recent rise in crime puts it all into question.
As the movement slows, policymakers have the opportunity to explore whether school choice has improved education overall.
Many state capitols were designed to inspire with soaring architecture. The view from the top offers a unique perspective.
States are passing laws that -- they hope -- will lead to lawsuits that land the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Crystal City, nearly every public official is facing criminal charges. But it’s not the region’s only place plagued by corruption.
Seattle’s struggle to attract riders reveals what makes a bike-share program thrive -- or in the Emerald City’s case, barely survive.
POLITICS + POLICY
There’s a common perception that the Establishment is disappearing. In fact, it died decades ago at all levels of government.
To further their causes, Democrats are bypassing lawmakers and turning to voters.
Alarming infection rates bring more attention to treatment in communities of color.
In Minnesota, women will be paid to persuade resistant farmers to care and do something about the state's increasingly polluted waterways.
Tax increment financing has been used to build stadiums, libraries and parks.
Ten percent of 911 calls involve mental health situations that most police aren’t prepared to deal with, leading to sometimes tragic outcomes.
They’re more likely to use the tools of government in new ways. Just look at Kym Worthy in Detroit or Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.
If the IRS gets its way, it may be harder for special districts to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds.