The League Welcomes Four New Board Members

November 25, 2020

A mayor, public affairs leader, strategic facilitator, and law partner were elected to the National Civic League’s board of directors at its last regular meeting. Maia Comeau, President, Comeau &...

Elections Change Charters; Revised Model Coming

November 25, 2020

Many cities adopted charter revisions in the election on Nov. 3, shepherding in police reforms and changes to the local power structure. In the midst of this constantly changing picture,...

Time to Talk—and Listen

November 25, 2020

“Let’s talk.” Here we are again, in the aftermath of a grueling presidential election that highlighted deep divisions among Americans. The best way to address these divisions is to talk...

Book Review: Greedy Bastards: One City’s Texas-Sized Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis

November 25, 2020

Greedy Bastards is a surprising title for a book about public administration. And for a book about public administration, it is a surprisingly compelling story. Calling it a book about...

Hope Springs Local

October 29, 2020

Tuesday’s presidential election couldn’t be more critical to the well-being of our nation. But don’t forget state and local races! In some ways, these elections affect our lives as much...

Fees, Fines, Equity and Trust

October 27, 2020

One of the biggest challenges facing American democracy is the decline of trust in public institutions. Polls suggest that local governments enjoy higher levels of trust than, say, the federal...

States and Cities Working to Boost Voter Turnout

October 27, 2020

It’s easier than ever to vote this year, thanks to actions by cities and states to facilitate mail ballots and early voting. Some are getting quite creative, like the “Vote...

Facing Our John Gardner Moment

September 25, 2020

“Civilizations rise and fall, and sometimes—if they are lucky—they renew themselves.” Author, former cabinet member and Common Cause founder John Gardner wrote these words in a seminal essay in the...

Engaging the Community in Addressing COVID-19

September 24, 2020

Roanoke, VA, is showing that civic engagement doesn’t need to take a back seat during an emergency. In the words of the city’s mayor, Sherman Lea, when COVID-19 hit “we...

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