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Our Next Energy System: Energy, Part 5

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Our Next Energy System: Energy, Part 5
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A Suggested Framework for Modernizing our Energy System

Part 5 of 5

The Texas Power Lottery: Energy, Part 4

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on The Texas Power Lottery: Energy, Part 4
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You Get What You Pay For, Especially with Electricity

Part 4 of 5

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

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Setting the Stage for a Modern Energy Policy: Energy, Part 3
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Texas is Big, but Our Energy Challenge is Much Bigger

Part 3 of 5

What Happened in Texas? Energy, Part 2

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on What Happened in Texas? Energy, Part 2
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And Why It Matters to the Rest of Us

Part 2 of 5

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

By Bob Melville | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off on An Agile, Resilient Energy Strategy for America: Energy, Part 1
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Remembering Texas, the Hard Lessons from the Recent Meltdown

Part 1 of 5

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…

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