TABLE of CONTENTS September 2013Cover Story
BY John Buntin
The California Republican Party’s willingness to embrace unconventional leadership may provide insights into what the GOP will need to do to win elections nationally in the coming era of the white minority.
From Georgia to Texas, teacher evaluation systems always seem to lead to dishonest behavior. States hope the new Common Core standards will be different.
Facing smaller staffs and budgets, nearly every state or local agency serving the poor has struggled to do so in a timely manner. A new approach in Connecticut is getting social services to people cheaper and faster.
As states set ambitious goals to increase their use of renewable energies, hydropower could help them meet their goals. But environmental concerns have kept investment in hydropower to a trickle.
Since 1895, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has operated a home for volunteer firefighters. It’s the only home of its kind in the country.
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Delaware lost revenue when its neighboring states opened their own casinos -- something that’s happening around the nation. But some argue that even with more competition and less profit, states are still winning.
Even though Walmart threatened to pull the plug on plans for D.C. stores if the City Council passed a bill to force it to pay more than the minimum wage, they passed it anyway. Labor advocates are hoping more cities will follow.
Both doctors and public officials are aware of the limitations created by using body mass index to define obesity, which is now considered a disease. But no clear alternative has emerged.
One minute, states are complaining about the federal government meddling in their business. The next, they're imposing dictatorial mandates on localities.
Indiana’s governor and D.C.’s transit agency got caught up in controversies after removing comments off their social media accounts. The takeaway? Public officials need to learn to keep their fingers off the delete button.
When residents in places that aren’t expanding Medicaid or setting up their own health exchanges are denied insurance, the feds will tell them who to blame: their state.
The practice of converting waste into energy isn't new, but its advocates argue that it’s underutilized in America.
The cuts and changes Congress has been weighing to the farm bill could knock millions off SNAP rolls and reverse years of progress states have made in streamlining applications. See data showing how each state could be affected.
You can only tell you're not spending enough on public safety when it’s too late.
Special districts are growing like weeds—and raising tax burdens as they proliferate.
The governor's portrait from his first two terms was so unpopular it was banished to a third-floor stairwell.