Worst in Governance: John Boehner

by Jeremy Loudenback January 2015 Worst in Governance That the United States is increasingly riven by strong partisan divisions is not exactly news in 2015. But the recent controversy around House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress establishes sets a dangerous precedent of disrupting the…

Worst in Governance – Sony

December 2014 Worst in Governance
The end of the year is usually a prosperous and celebratory time for Hollywood. That’s when studios unveil eagerly awaited blockbusters and critically acclaimed movies. Millions flock to theaters during holiday season. But this year, box-office receipts and award nominations took a backseat to the darker story of a cyber attack at Sony and its tumultuous fallout.

Worst in Governance is Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Worst in Governance

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Governance Tuesday 12.9.2014That courts in Ferguson, MO, and New York failed to indict police officers in recent deaths of two unarmed African-American men was sadly a surprise to very few. Recent months have shown that the list of unarmed Black men slain by police is more than just Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Recent months have included Akai Gurley in Brooklyn, 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, among others. According to a recent ProPublica analysis of federal data on fatal police shootings from 2010 to 2012, Black teens are a staggering 21 times more likely to be killed by police than their white peers.

September Best and Worst in Governance

by Jeremy Loudenback The winners of Best & Worst in Governance for September 2014 are:  Best in Governance– Civic participation efforts in Hong Kong and Scotland Worst in Governance – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Best in Governance Civic participation efforts in Hong Kong and Scotland Scotland is usually overshadowed by England, its more prominent neighbor in the United…

The Best and Worst in Governance – June

by Jeremy Loudenback Best in Governance  U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York  Release of the drone memo   As the Obama administration has expanded the scope of its worldwide drone war campaign to include American citizens, information about the drone strikes, including the targeting process and legal justifications for such strikes, has…

May 2014 Best & Worst Winners

by Jeremy Loudenback Best in Governance Seattle Mayor Ed Murray   The issue of a minimum wage increase has received outsize attention in the past year. Conversations about widening inequality and persistent poverty have yielded momentum around an issue that has received popular support as well as backing from leaders like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former…

February Best and Worst

by Jeremy Loudenback Best in Governance Speaker of the House John Boehner In February, the sweetest sound heard in Washington D.C. was a sigh of relief after Congress came to an unusually speedy agreement on the federal borrowing limit and averted a possible default. The surprising avoidance of expected partisan bickering was accomplished thanks to the…

Announcing Best and Worst in Governance

Elevating the issue of good governance is what is behind a new Bedrosian Center effort: The Best and Worst in Governance. Each month we will ask our Bedrosian community to survey the landscape of governance and call out candidates for the best and worst efforts. In subsequent weeks, we will discuss the nominations and the lessons (good or bad) to be learned from these examples.