Cover Story

All or Nothing: How State Politics Became a Winner-Take-All World

BY Alan Greenblatt

In practically every state, one party now holds all the legislative power. And once they get it, they’re keeping it.



The Biggest Issues for States to Watch in 2019

18 of the policies and proposals that will dominate state legislatures this year. BY

Master of the Middle: How America’s Longest-Serving Senate Leader Stays in Power

Maryland’s Mike Miller has been in charge for more than 30 years. BY

6 Innovative Ways States and Localities Are Preparing for the 2020 Census

The decennial count is plagued by uncertainties and fears of undercounting immigrants, minorities and low-income people. BY



These Cops Wear Uniforms But Have No Training and Little Oversight

“Putting somebody out there on the street who has very little training is not fair to the community and it’s not fair to the officer, but it happens all the time.” BY

In Seattle, Minimum Wage Hike Comes at a Cost to Some Workers

Advocates say higher incomes help low-wage employees, but one new report suggests the reality is more complicated. BY

Why Don't Alaska Governors Last Longer Than One Term?

Incoming Gov. Mike Dunleavy is the sixth person to win the office in as many elections. The constant turnover has made it difficult for the state to solve its biggest problems. BY

Do School Vouchers Only Benefit the Wealthy?

Most of the students using Arizona’s vouchers are already in top-performing schools. BY

Why ‘Nudge’ Policies Should Be Used Gently

Behavioral economics is a powerful tool to encourage people to make certain decisions, but governments need to use it with caution. BY

Hope for Fixing the Heart of America's Voting Problems

The system is broken. But the midterms laid the foundation for reforming it. BY

Why Some Cities Can’t Seem to Clean Up Skid Row

If cities don't find a way soon, they risk homelessness, crime and drug abuse spreading beyond a single neighborhood. BY

Nighttime Traffic Deaths on the Rise

From 2010 to 2017, nighttime pedestrian and cyclist fatalities rose 46 percent while daytime deaths rose 15 percent. BY



Mapping Technology Expands Its Policy Reach

Once used only to manage infrastructure, GIS now deals with all kinds of data. BY
On Leadership

‘Mobility’ Is Starting to Get the Attention It Deserves

Housing, jobs and health care depend on it. Pittsburgh has become a national leader in setting clear, intuitive transportation goals. BY

The Rise of Do-Gooder Corporations

Doing good pays dividends for both corporations and governments. Just ask Philadelphia. BY

Infrastructure Investments Won’t Matter Until We Lower Retiree Costs

Congress should use new money to prod states and cities into addressing the growing expenses of public employees. BY

Doctors Don't Have to Tell Patients They're on Probation, Except in One State

California is the first state to require physicians to inform patients about their history of sexual misconduct, overprescribing medications, criminal convictions or substance abuse. Will others follow? BY

With More Electric and Hybrid Cars on the Road, States Increase Fees

Critics argue that the revenue raised isn't worth weakening the incentives to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles. BY

People ‘Love’ This State's Tourism Campaign

Photos and musings from our photographer. BY

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