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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 23, 2020
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The Forgotten Meaning of ‘We the People’

Our democratic experiment in self-governing is on trial. In government at all levels, we need to get back to the place envisioned by our Constitution's fathers, however flawed they might have been.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  September 23, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

FCC Has Money But Lacks Data for Broadband Implementation

The Federal Communications Commission is ready to auction $20 billion for rural broadband development starting in October, but many lawmakers are nervous that they don’t have accurate enough data to do it correctly.

By Dean DeChiaro, CQ-Roll Call  |  September 22, 2020
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Detroit Police Move to Limit Military Gear Acquisition

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has passed a motion that aims to increase oversight of the department’s involvement in the 1033 Program. The goal: set boundaries because residents’ lives are at stake.

By Omar Abdel-Baqui, Detroit Free Press  |  September 22, 2020
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Houston-Dallas’ High-Speed Rail Line: Full Steam Ahead

Federal officials have given approval for Texas Central Railroad’s planned high-speed rail line that will run from Houston to Dallas. But many are opposed to the bullet train as analysis predicts that it could displace 235 homes.

By Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle  |  September 22, 2020
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Why So Many Attorneys General Are Getting Into Trouble

State attorneys general are facing accusations ranging from racism and sexual harassment to potential hit and run. Their scandals differ, but they have some underlying political dynamics in common.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 22, 2020
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Future in Context

Ginsburg, Trump and Midnight Appointments to the Supreme Court

Presidential appointments to the highest level of the judicial branch, even during lame-duck sessions, have a long history in American politics, dating back to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1800.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  September 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

The 1,000-Day Information Security Strategy We Need

In many ways, our digital infrastructure was unprepared for the pandemic's challenges. Now is the time for a longer-term cybersecurity vision.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  September 22, 2020
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State Investment in Broadband Improves Localities: Report

A new article in Telecommunications Policy presents evidence that local areas generally fare better when states award broadband money to providers and allow municipalities to get into the broadband business.

By Government Technology  |  September 22, 2020
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California to Take On Climate Change, But at What Cost?

Gov. Newsom wants to increase the state’s climate change fight, which could mean increased costs for Californians. But, it’s unclear if they are willing to pay while California struggles with economic recovery.

By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee  |  September 21, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

New Mexico’s Legislative Activity Slowed by Bad Internet

In addition to occasionally poor connectivity, the state Legislature has held fewer meetings than normal, which has reduced lawmaking. Some legislators hope the COVID challenges encourage more time efficiency.

By Jens Gould, The Santa Fe New Mexican  |  September 21, 2020
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