The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
By Karl Kurtz
Another wetland has fallen prey to development.
The victim this time is The Thicket at State Legislatures, and the development is NCSL's spiffy redesigned website, which prominently features The NCSL Blog. The NCSL Blog will absorb and continue to cover the primary beat of The Thicket--the practice of representative democracy, state politics and elections, and federalism--but it will expand its coverage to include state policy issues and NCSL news and priorities.
So, welcome to The NCSL Blog and farewell to The Thicket. The Thicket will continue to exist as an archive of useful information (historically, more than half of the hits to The Thicket have come from search engines, indicating that readers were seeking information provided by the blog), but there will be no new posts. The NCSL Blog provides a link to the old posts in The Thicket.
The Thicket, which took it's name from Justice Felix Frankfurter's famous phrase about how redistricting is a political thicket, was a labor of love for seven years. We launched The Thicket in May 2006 and posted 1,657 stories since that time.
Our readers have included 378,577 unique visitors from 192 countries who have viewed 691,653 pages. Those are small numbers compared to the big guys (The Huffington Post gets as many visitors in a day as The Thicket did in seven years). But we have been happy in our quiet niche--"by and for legislative junkies"--and have been proud of our work.
Far and away the most popular story ever posted in The Thicket was "Movies About Ethical Dilemmas". It has received twice as many pageviews as the next most popular posting. Here are the top 10 stories of all time:
See you over at The NCSL blog.
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