THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Needed Now: Federal Help for Students’ Disrupted Lives

School closures are worsening the digital divide and depriving students of mental health services. With state and local resources strained, Washington's financial support can address the widening gaps.

By Bob Taft, Former Governor of Ohio, and Bob Wise, Former Governor of West Virginia  |  November 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

With Trump Defeated, Why Are Democrats So Downcast?

The Democratic Party just had its most fervent wish come true but has already started tearing itself apart. Seth Masket, author of “Learning from Loss,” explains why the party is unwilling to celebrate.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 19, 2020
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Contactless Government Is Booming: 10 Ways to Keep the Momentum Going

Once a tech laggard, government has embraced remote work, virtual meetings and online service delivery. But continued success calls for deeper changes. Here's what needs to be done to maintain progress.

By Mark Toner, Contributing Writer  |  November 19, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

How to Make Streets Work for All of Us

Retrofitting ordinary curb space from free parking into “complete streets” will be a good move financially and aesthetically for all sorts of stakeholders. Incremental, bottoms-up approaches work the best.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  November 19, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

How Can We Define Suburbia? Start With the Numbers.

We think we know it when we see it, but no one's come up with a perfect way to describe it in our complex metro landscape. A look at population data is a helpful place to begin.

By Pete Saunders, Urban Affairs Columnist  |  November 18, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Most Secure Election Ever: Vote-by-Mail Is Here to Stay

Amber McReynolds and her group, the National Vote at Home Institute, played a major role in the success of the general election. She talks about lessons learned, and the future of vote-by-mail.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 17, 2020
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Local Government Employment Still 4% Below Pre-COVID Level

The number of people working in local government continues to rise at a slow pace, and remains well below last year's level. However, the incoming administration has promised to prioritize state and local government aid.

By Ben Miller, Government Technology  |  November 17, 2020
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The number of seconds between COVID-related deaths last Tuesday as the U.S. death toll reached 2,157 deaths in a single day, the highest since May.


Two Challenges Government Cybersecurity Needs to Address

Getting away from our continuing reliance on legacy technology and moving toward a centralized organizational model would improve security organizations' ability to meet today's threats.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  November 17, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

America’s Ever-Widening Urban-Rural Political Divide

Cities and suburbs moved further to the left in this year's elections, while rural areas swung right. But there were some surprises — and perhaps opportunities for conservatives — in the voting.

By Michael Hendrix, Manhattan Institute  |  November 16, 2020
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Future in Context

The Electoral College Explained: Its History and the Tensions of Democracy

Presidential elections, your vote, and the quest for legitimacy. Unlike Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, President-elect Joe Biden appears to have won both the popular vote and the Electoral College.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  November 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Trump's Not the First Politician Who Refused to Concede

In recent years, multiple candidates for governor and other state offices have declined to admit defeat. This has served to erode public trust and lessened cooperation among elected officials.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 13, 2020
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Service Before Self: Karen Baker’s Career in Public Service

The career public servant has served a president and in the cabinets of three governors, and is not afraid of tackling big, complicated jobs that help the disenfranchised while building better communities.

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