Cover Story

Up Front

Splitting an Affinity

In some places, residents identify with their state, while in others there isn't that bond. Does it matter? BY
Washington Watch

Energy Land Grab

The feds want to run utility corridors right through state and local turf -- without asking permission. BY

The Business of Government

Forging an Open Stream

Local governments stream their meetings over the Internet, and index the video using searchable agendas. BY

Medicaid's New Math

Can a little cost-cutting actually improve the quality of health care? Two states are trying to find out. BY
Smart Management

Learning from Losers

Best practices are all well and good. We make a case for a center to study the worst. BY
Public Money

A Time of Testing

The municipal bond market is dealing with uncertain times -- not of its own making. BY


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