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Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: Tracking Containment

All states have begun phased reopening. An updated version of an earlier Governing resource page provides new maps that offer instant insight into progress toward COVID-19 containment in each state.

By Carl Smith and Ben Miller  |  September 18, 2020
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Oregon Health Dept. Embraces Google, Apple Contact Tracing

The state will launch its pilot program for contact tracing to 30,000 participants and, if it proves to be effective, will make it widely available by December or early 2021. The system will be voluntary and anonymous.

By Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian  |  September 18, 2020
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Kansas and Missouri Make it Clear: You May Not Vote Twice

Despite President Trump’s efforts to sow doubts about the election system, officials in Kansas and Missouri are clarifying the ways in which people may vote on or before Nov. 3. None of them include voting twice.

By Matthew Kelly, The Kansas City Star  |  September 18, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Miami-Dade Passes $9B Budget, Warns of Difficulty Next Year

In 2021, there will be a new mayor, up to seven new commissioners and there won’t be a $1 billion boost to the Miami-Dade budget from the CARES Act. Many are worried about impending budget cuts.

By Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald  |  September 18, 2020
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Houston Police Join Harris County’s Cite-and-Release Program

By joining with the county, Houston hopes to save resources by keeping low-level offenders out of jail. Reform advocates see it as a move against police brutality, but not everyone agrees it’s progress.

By Dylan McGuinness and St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle  |  September 18, 2020
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The Line Between Protected Assembly or Riot: Legislative Watch

A handful of recent protests have involved enough violence and property destruction for some to claim they are riots. Legislators have proposed penalties and protections for those who might be affected by future incidents.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 18, 2020
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Moving the Essential Class into the Middle Class

It's not enough to be grateful to those who are helping us get through a tough time. We need policies that value the work they do and give them the opportunity to move up economically.

By Pete Saunders, Urban Affairs Columnist  |  September 18, 2020
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The Young Republican Lawyer Taking on California’s Governor

Kevin Kiley, a 35-year-old Republican, left his budding law career to take on a career in the Democrat-dominant California state Legislature. He has since made his mark by becoming a fierce opponent of Gov. Newsom’s power.

By Emily Hoeven, CalMatters  |  September 18, 2020
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Wary of Fed Review, States Plan Own Tests of Vaccine Data

There is an unprecedented distrust of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine reviews and at least seven states plan to independently analyze the vaccine data before distributing it to the public.

By Emily Kopp, CQ-Roll Call  |  September 17, 2020
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Georgia’s Cybercops Use ‘Digital Fingerprints’ to Stop Crime

Georgia’s Cyber Crime Center helps protect against everything from ransomware attacks to cyberbullying. Last year Georgia lost $500 million to cybercrime, “and only one-seventh of cybercrime is reported.”

By Damon Cline, The Augusta Chronicle  |  September 17, 2020
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Due to Pandemic, Dozens of Governors and Mayors Face Recall Efforts

Recalls against governors in states including Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin appear to be going nowhere. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, however, is turning to the state supreme court to block an attempt.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 17, 2020
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