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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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Washington State Counties Plan Extra Security for Election

King, Snohomish and Thurston counties are all taking extra steps to ensure that the November election’s voting is secure. Officials are confident that they will be able to take in, process and count ballots.

By Joseph O'Sullivan, The Seattle Times  |  October 16, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Oklahoma City Gives More Funds to Minority Small Businesses

The city council has approved $2.75 million from the city’s CARES Act funding to support Black business owners who weren’t eligible for aid from federal pandemic relief programs.

By Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman  |  October 16, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Ohio Communities Use Relief Funds to Install Public Wi-Fi

Dayton and Yellow Springs are among several cities that are using some of their CARES Act funding to expand broadband access. Dayton plans to spend $1.4 million in certain neighborhoods lacking high-speed connectivity.

By Bonnie Meibers, Dayton Daily News  |  October 16, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

California to Vote on What’s Next for Criminal Justice Reform

The state’s Proposition 20 would expand felonies which are ineligible for parole and collect DNA samples of misdemeanor offenders. Californians must decide if it assures public safety or is backward progress.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times  |  October 16, 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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

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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THE FUTURE OF Security

California Hopes to Further Refine Online Privacy

Proposition 24 would expand on the state’s existing consumer privacy law, and it would create a dedicated state agency to enforce those online protections. But not all user privacy advocates support the ballot measure.

By Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times  |  October 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Texas County Republicans Actually Benefit From Mail-In Voting

Despite widespread Republican claims that mail-in voting systems will greatly increase the amount of election fraud, an analysis reveals that for Harris County, vote-by-mail has historically favored Republicans.

By Mike Morris and Stephanie Lamm, Houston Chronicle  |  October 15, 2020
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