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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Normally a Contact Sport, Lobbying Goes Virtual

Lobbyists can't grab lawmakers outside of chambers and committee rooms anymore. They're doing their best to stay in the loop through calls and texts but complain the legislative process has become a lot less transparent.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Will State Preemption Leave Cities More Vulnerable?

Local governments wish state officials would do more to combat coronavirus. In a few states, they’re angry that governors have issued orders that preempt cities and counties from setting their own course.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy for Public Officials

Saturday marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s assassination. In looking back at the campaign to end legalized segregation, the participants in the civil rights movement were willing to risk their lives to ensure that everyone could vote and that anyone could aspire to public office.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  April 3, 2020
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Legislative Watch: The Rise of Drones During the Pandemic

The range of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles has grown in recent years and, with COVID-19, their purpose could cross into more sensitive areas, such as security and surveillance, according to research.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Past Pandemics: Stopping the Flu Epidemic in Seattle, 1918

More than 100 years ago, the world struggled with another epidemic, known as the Spanish Flu. In many cities at the time, streetcars were the main form of transportation, so cities set strict rules on social distancing.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 3, 2020
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Community Inspires Mayor to Serve with Integrity

His passion for authentic relationships helps Bryan Barnett to excel as mayor of Rochester Hills and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Even in a time when the nation is without strategy, he continues to lead with integrity.

200 million

The number of Zoom daily users during the month of March as thousands of workers were sent to work remotely in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The new number is double that of daily users Zoom had in December 2019.

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