Civic Servants: School Principals

Serving as the CEO of America’s Most Important Institution

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The Texas Power Lottery: Energy, Part 4

You Get What You Pay For, Especially with Electricity

Part 4 of 5

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Setting the Stage for a Modern Energy Policy: Energy, Part 3

Texas is Big, but Our Energy Challenge is Much Bigger

Part 3 of 5

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What Happened in Texas? Energy, Part 2

And Why It Matters to the Rest of Us

Part 2 of 5

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An Agile, Resilient Energy Strategy for America: Energy, Part 1

Remembering Texas, the Hard Lessons from the Recent Meltdown

Part 1 of 5

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Hillbilly Homage

This is another Civic Way commentary on the 2020 election. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and a management consultant with over 45 years of experience improving governmental agencies across the US. Our last 2020 election commentary, What Happened, called for political campaigns to think more…

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What Happened?

This is another Civic Way commentary on the 2020 election. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and a management consultant with over 45 years of experience improving governmental agencies across the US. Our last 2020 election commentary urged political leaders to respect election results and citizens…

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Our View on Modernizing Federalism and Government

Introduction American Federalism—our federal and state partnership—paved the way for many successes. Initially, each partner’s respective roles seemed clear, with the federal government tackling international challenges like war and trade and states confronting domestic issues like education and health. Even as the federal government grew in size and scope, states emerged as “labs of democracy,”…

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Our View on Elections and Democracy

Introduction We have taken democracy for granted. We have forgotten that it has to be enacted anew in every generation, in every year, in every day… – John Dewey As the Covid-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 souls and the George Floyd protests spread to over 700 cities and towns, some politicians thought the timing perfect…

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Reexamining Federalism Through the Pandemic

Our View on Linking Government Relief and Reform

Introduction In the face of dire projections about state and local government, our national leaders have resumed their familiar roles in another partisan skirmish. The Democratic House has passed a $3 trillion aid package for state and local governments, but Senate Republican leaders have expressed reservations. The truth is that many jobs—teachers, police officers, firefighters…

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