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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why State Legislatures Should Go Virtual in a Time of Crisis

When an emergency like the coronavirus makes it too dangerous for lawmakers to convene in person, they should be allowed to meet, debate and vote remotely. The technology is readily available.

By Emily Mooney and Anthony Marcum, R Street Institute  |  April 8, 2020
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Pandemic Forces Local Governments’ Hands into Era of Virtual Public Meetings

Local governments have a legal obligation to keep conducting business and engaging the public during the global pandemic, but there can often be more to virtual public meetings than meets the eye.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  April 8, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Pandemic Raises Cyberattack Fears; Election Security Trouble?

This week’s security newsletter covers the growing concerns about hacker opportunities while states and localities struggle to manage operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, what to do about election security?

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  April 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Regaining Control of Technology One Microchip at a Time

Revisiting a prediction about microchip implants in the brain allows society to ask questions about how much technology we need and the importance of enacting proactive regulations to restrain potential abuse.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  April 7, 2020
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Future in Context

The Pandemic, Captain Crozier of Today's U.S.S. Roosevelt and the Rough Rider

The removal of Captain Brett E. Cozier of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt for his handling of the coronavirus evokes the sometimes-controversial career of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 6, 2020
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108,310 vs. 2.2 million

The TSA daily national passenger tally of scanned airline passengers on Monday versus a month earlier.

THE FUTURE OF Finance

How to Keep the Lights of Business On and Save the Tax Base

A short-term federal forgivable-loan program for property owners whose tenants can't pay their rent during the pandemic would protect badly needed state and local revenues.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 6, 2020
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What Effective Public Leaders Do to Get Ahead of a Crisis

In confronting a deadly challenge like the coronavirus pandemic, they create a unified command and a compelling scoreboard, while maintaining a cadence of action, accountability and communication.

By Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Andrew Feldman of Grant Thornton  |  April 6, 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.

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Virginia Craft Whiskey Maker Distills Hand Sanitizer for Cops

Shortages of badly needed hand sanitizer for public safety workers led the owners of the Catoctin Creek Distillery to retool their whiskey manufacturing into a hand sanitizer production line.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 6, 2020
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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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

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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