Lily Adams Helped Her Grandmother Ann Richards Win Texas. Can She Get Kamala Harris to the White House?

It’s possible that Lily Adams’ political baptism at a Baylor University homecoming parade is what most prepared the Democratic operative for the tone of the Trump era.

Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek.

Hundreds of computer servers worldwide that store patient X-rays and MRIs are so insecure that anyone with a Web browser or a few lines of computer code can view patient records. One expert warned about it for years.

First ‘High-Tech Census’ Raises Stakes for Local Government

Conversations about the Census tend to revolve around funding and political representation. But in its inaugural digital year, data gathered from the count could affect cities and citizens for the next decade.

Former Oakland County, Mich., Deputy Executive to Join e.Republic

Phil Bertolini, former deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County, Mich., will come on board as co-executive director of the Center for Digital Government, the research and business intelligence arm of e.Republic.

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Utah County Puts Blockchain Voting to Test in Live Audit

The Utah County Clerk/Auditor’s Office shared the innovative method for evaluating the authenticity of votes cast by soldiers and other individuals who are not residing within the United States.


The Mayoral Balancing Act

Tension between downtowns and neighborhoods isn’t going to go away.

From College DJ to King County's Coalition Builder

Seattle born and raised, Dow Constantine serves over 2 million people as Executive of King County.

Hello Again

Governing Daily and keep on going.

California Farmers Are Planting Solar Panels as Water Supplies Dry Up

Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back. Converting farmland to solar farms also could be critical to meeting the state’s climate change targets.

Addicted to Fines

Small towns in much of the country are dangerously dependent on punitive fines and fees.

State Labs

Congress can learn a lot from state legislatures.

Chief Storytellers: Community Engagement or PR?

Some critics wonder if the new city gig is a legitimate use of government money. Denver thinks so.


$52 Million

The value of a 2017 contract for 10 new streetcars canceled by the Seattle Department of Transportation on Monday. The new streetcars were longer and heavier than those the city bought earlier, and would have required up to $17 million in additional work to retrofit maintenance barns, stops and bridges.

NYC subway conductor looking out the window.

Where the Government Workforce Is (And Isn't) Keeping Up With Growth

Per capita public employment dropped the most in Alaska and Arizona, while other states are expanding their workforces.

Lights Out

Texas is the latest state to ban all red-light cameras.

Mayors Are Harassed and Threatened, But Just How Often?

A new study reveals the downsides of running a city.

6 Transportation Goals Congress Should Be Thinking About

Too often, the debate over transportation funding in Congress revolves around dollars and cents. But many advocates say we should agree on big goals first, so we know what we’re getting for the money we spend.


Governing in a Cynical Age

Public servants should work to restore people’s faith in government.


6 Tips for Piloting New Programs

Small test-runs can help an entity avoid big mistakes, but there's an art to getting meaningful results.

Leaning on the Land

More and more communities are considering reviving an old tax idea that’s been tried in only a few places.

Dress Coded

Do schools’ dress codes unfairly target girls of color?

Course Correction

Once-popular public golf courses have become a strain on many cities’ budgets. Are municipal greens still up to par?

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