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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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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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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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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 target annual return on investment set by CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) by directing more of the fund’s billions into private equity. The effort has fallen short for the $410 billion retirement fund, the largest in the country.

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