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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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

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 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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

3 Keys to Getting the Federalism Conversation Going Again

The crippled response to COVID-19 is just one example of why we need to revive our ability to sort out the roles of the federal government and the states.

By Donald F. Kettl, Federalism Columnist  |  October 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Colorado Preps for Election Night Disinformation Problems

Bracing for a potential swell in foreign interference, the Centennial State has brought on a new team of national security experts to monitor and mitigate potential threats against county election systems.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  October 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The Need to Reboot and Rebuild Public Transit

Even before the pandemic wiped out ridership, the systems were struggling to attract riders. Cities should be open to questioning the fundamentals of how they operate and fund their systems.

By Aaron M. Renn, Urban Analyst  |  October 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Toronto’s Urban Dream That Was Not to Be

The death of a Google sister company's ambitious plan to develop an empty piece of the Canadian city's waterfront has lessons for what other cities should do when a big corporation comes calling.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  October 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Widespread Unemployment Fraud Is Overwhelming State Systems

State government unemployment systems are under attack from fraudulent applications, as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs nationwide are being targeted by cybercriminals. And the situation is only getting worse.

By Daniel Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  October 14, 2020
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The amount that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated to state and local governments across the nation to help ensure a secure November election. The funds will be used to cover rental costs for polling places and PPE for poll workers.

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