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Killing the Filibuster

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Killing the Filibuster
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The First Step Toward Running the US Senate Like a Business

Galvanizing Local Government Reforms: Part 2

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Galvanizing Local Government Reforms: Part 2
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A National Investment in Local Government Oversight and Operations, Part 2

Galvanizing Local Government Reforms: Part 1

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Galvanizing Local Government Reforms: Part 1
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A National Investment in Local Government Collaboration and Resilience, Part 1

Local Government – Millstone or Catalyst?

By Bob Melville | May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Local Government – Millstone or Catalyst?
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The Opening Argument for a New Local Government Model Big Story Local governments, especially cities, could be the catalyst to reviving America’s creativity, energy and entrepreneurial spirit. But, without wholesale structural change, they also could facilitate our decline. America’s 90,000+ local governments vary widely. Some are general-purpose entities, like cities and counties. Some are specialized,…

Earning Our Citizenship—Like an Immigrant

By Bob Melville | May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Earning Our Citizenship—Like an Immigrant
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As Citizens, We Are Duty-Bound to Make Government Better Highlights: Citizens can choose among three pathways to reengage in civic life, revive their communities and improve their governments: 1) as civic activists, 2) as civic leaders and 3) as public officials Civic Activists – Every citizen can honor their civic duty by getting involved, and…

Making Government Work—for All of Us

By Bob Melville | May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Making Government Work—for All of Us
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A Structured, Disciplined Approach to Improving Government Highlights: We all want good government, but we have to be willing to join those who quietly do the hard, thankless work that must be done to make government better for everyone Government is complicated, but it can be continually improved, especially with a structured, efficient approach like…

The Unraveling State-Local Partnership

By Bob Melville | February 1, 2021 | Comments Off on The Unraveling State-Local Partnership
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This is another commentary in Civic Way’s series on reconstructing American government, a more detailed look at the state-local issues presented in our last newsletter. 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…

Accountability for All of Us (Continued)

By Bob Melville | January 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Accountability for All of Us (Continued)
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This is Civic Way’s third commentary on the January 6th Capitol Coup and the nation’s need for accountability. The first commentary made the argument for holding individual politicians accountable. The second commentary called for collective accountability for the pandemic and inequity. This commentary demands accountability for assaults on truth and democracy. The author, Bob Melville, is…

Accountability for All of Us

By Bob Melville | January 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Accountability for All of Us
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This is Civic Way’s second commentary on the January 6th Capitol Coup and the nation’s need for accountability and healing. The first commentary focused on the need for holding individual politicians accountable. This commentary addresses the need for collective accountability. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government,…

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