I’m a city councilmember in America; ask me anything

After another long, fog-filled hiatus, Councilmanic is back, with a new sense of purpose, a new look, and a new web address. Not to mention a new mission: to demystify local government by answering your direct questions. It’s a consumer- no, call it a citizen-affairs column.* Part of the problem I’ve … Continue reading

No such thing as government in the singular

I find that most people don’t understand government. Partly that’s because there’s no such thing as “government,” in the singular, monolithic sense of the word. There are many “governments,” plural. There are federal, state and local governments. The executive vies with the legislature and the judiciary. Departments within the executive … Continue reading