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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Recall Threat Could Stop California from Declaring a Drought

Despite the dry conditions, Gavin Newsom has not yet declared an official drought emergency. Many believe that the recall threat against the governor is preventing the declaration.

By Sophia Bollag and Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee  |  April 16, 2021
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Missoula May Remove Mask Mandate if Residents Get Vaccinated

If 60 percent of the county’s residents get at least one dose by May 11, public health officials will change the mask mandate to a recommendation. If COVID numbers worsen, the county will reinstate the mandate.

By Jordan Hansen, Missoulian  |  April 16, 2021
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Can the Left Reclaim Populism With Biden as the Modern FDR?

A prolific and outspoken author contends the term "populism" has been turned on its head, and not since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has the White House been occupied by a man of the people.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large and Dennis McKenna, Editor-in-Chief  |  April 16, 2021
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Can Rescue Funds Give America the Broadband It Really Wants?

Billions of dollars in the American Rescue Plan could be used to close the persistent digital divide in urban and rural communities. But how can these investments be “future-proof”?

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 14, 2021
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Public Libraries Can Tap into Eligible Funds Worth Billions

The American Rescue Plan includes significant federal dollars that can support library programs and services that play a larger role in recovery than is generally understood.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 14, 2021
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New Mexico Law Strengthens State Environmental Policy

The new law will allow the state to enact “more stringent” environmental standards than the federal policies. The state hopes the new law will put a prioritization on public health and the environment.

By Adrian Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus  |  April 12, 2021
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Asian Americans: Speaking Out and Gaining Strength

The role of Asian citizens in politics and public life is a story that will surprise a good many Americans. They are now the fastest growing minority group in cities.

By Sharon D. Austin, Contributor  |  April 12, 2021
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How California Became a Champion of Strict Gun Control

California’s history of gun restrictions started in 1967, when 30 members of the Black Panther Party marched into the Capitol with loaded handguns, shotguns and rifles. Today, gun control has turned into a legal battle.

By Ben Christopher, CalMatters  |  April 11, 2021
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For Economic Development Directors, Happy Days Return

The economy has proven to be more resilient than could have been imagined a year ago. Making future growth more equitable is a priority without obvious solutions.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 9, 2021
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The Executive Order: A History of Its Rise and Slow Decline

President George Washington was the first to issue proclamations or executive orders. Their use peaked under Franklin Roosevelt, but they have been used fewer times in recent presidencies. Will Biden reverse the trend?

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  April 9, 2021
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If Localities Want to Defund Their Police, States Should Get Out of the Way

Partisan lawmakers are moving to block cities and counties from managing their own police budgets and redirecting funding as they see fit. Decisions about public safety are best made close to home.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  April 8, 2021
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