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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Will Voters Give Public Transit a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Transit officials are monitoring voter enthusiasm for a host of ballot measures they see as essential to economic recovery, supporting essential workers, social equity, climate goals and preventing traffic nightmares.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Chance Voters Have to Break Our National Silence

Too many of our elected officials have stood quietly by in the face of idolatry and a cult of personality in our government. We need a return to the values of honesty, human rights and caring.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  October 22, 2020
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Who Are the Nation’s Best Governors? Conservative Groups Weigh In

ALEC and a group of conservative economists rate the governors of Texas, Georgia and South Dakota best in the nation. Measured largely on spending and tax rates, Democrats fare poorly in their ranking.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 20, 2020
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Is Our Love Affair with the Single-Family Home Over?

It may depend on what millennials really want. But none of the ideas aimed at that generation would make more than a dent in America's acute housing shortage.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  October 20, 2020
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Amy Coney Barrett Is in an Impossible Position. So Are We.

If Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee is confirmed by the Senate, there is no guarantee she will continue to hold views congenial to the president. But does America still want its justices to be unelected and unaccountable?

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  October 19, 2020
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CIOs on How to Reframe the Future with Emerging Tech

The annual NASCIO conference concludes with a look at how states are developing governance frameworks around the latest technologies to ensure a focus on citizens and avoid being drawn toward “every shiny widget.”

By Noelle Knell and Lauren Harrison, Government Technology  |  October 19, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Security Pros’ Vital Role in Thwarting Election Disinformation

There is much that they can do to support what state and local election officials are doing to counter efforts by those who would weaken our democratic institutions through distrust and suspicion.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  October 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Another 'Year of the Woman,' Only This Time More Republican

Republican women fared poorly in 2018, but this year there's been an increase in the number running at both the congressional and state levels.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 16, 2020
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West Virginia Goes Back to the Future With Transit Technology

The state has been chosen as the next testbed site for the latest in hyperloop transportation. More than 40 years ago, the state became home for the country’s only fully operational personal transit system.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  October 16, 2020
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Helping Small Businesses Bounce Back: Legislative Watch

They employ almost half of all private-sector workers. The pandemic has hit them hard, especially Black and minority-owned businesses. Legislators want to help them bounce back with grants and other assistance.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 16, 2020
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Is it Time for Texas and California to Leave the Union?

David French’s new book, "Divided We Fall," is a warning of what might happen to America as it becomes less united than at any time since the Civil War. But there are concrete steps the country can take to bridge the gulf.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  October 15, 2020
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40%

The proportion of eligible Americans that usually do not vote in the U.S. presidential election. But this year may be different as 7.3 million infrequent and first-time voters have cast their ballots as of this week, which is more than 2.5 times the number of ballots cast at this time in 2016.

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