Distressed Localities and the Growing Role of the States – Smart state leaders are recognizing that it costs a lot less to keep a struggling city, county or school district out of trouble in the first place.
Obamacare and GOP House collide – As he did when he fought in Iraq, the Republican congressman plots each move so nothing can go awry. He shows up for meetings at just the exact time and stocks even routine public events with safe audiences. He stays in fighting form, hitting the floor in airports and even outside the marble House chamber so he can squeeze in precisely 500 pushups a day (in sets of 50, ten times a day).
Chris Christie Is Toast – Federal prosecutors have their teeth in the New Jersey governor’s close associates. And they ain’t letting go.
Direct Democracy In Action: Voting On How The Government Spends Your Money – The Big Apple’s participatory budgeting process is now in its fourth year. This weekend, residents will get to have a direct say over their councilmember’s discretionary funds.
Olympians say selfies were stopped at White House – Some of America’s Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama.
New Jersey Drivers to Lose a Crucial Link – The Pulaski Skyway serves as a critical road in and around Jersey City and Newark and for commuters to New York City. It is set to close on Saturday for two years for repairs.
Strategist Tom Lindenfeld sets himself apart with his passion for D.C. politics – Eight years later, Lindenfeld was high-fiving Bowser on the night she captured the Democratic nomination for mayor, a once improbable achievement that he helped make possible as her blunt-talking, wise-cracking strategist.
Landrieu proposes far-reaching changes in how city employees are hired and evaluated – Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed a long-awaited series of changes to the rules governing city employment on Thursday. While Landrieu’s intended headline may have been his plan to raise the minimum wage for city employees to $10.10 per hour, that would have a relatively limited effect, affecting about 194 city workers and costing about $350,000 per year.
Democrats facing reelection submit their wish lists – Senators are looking to the Obama administration to help them secure the backing of key constituencies through favorable agency decisions.
GOP: Accept that health care is a right – The debate that Obamacare has spawned is all wrong.
A nonsensical attack in Louisiana – Democrats strain to connect a lawmaker to the Kochs without mentioning he fought them on the issue highlighted in the ad.
Kearns Goodwin: Lincoln was sexy – Simon says the famed historian spoke her mind at a recent meeting of University of Chicago alumni.
Plan for public access to Willamette Falls moves ahead; $4 million needed for design, engineering – A consortium of state and local officials working on the project agreed Monday to identify how they might fund the $4 million design phase of an esplanade that would give the public a vantage point at the falls.
The knives come out in Clackamas commission races: Editorial – Of Bernard, Ludlow proclaimed himself “amazed that he hasn’t learned anything from the voter uprising over the last three years” on light rail and other issues. As for Savas, Ludlow dismissed him as “afrequently confused and ineffective commissioner.” Ludlow all but called them Oblivious and Dumbo.
County candidates dig into local roots – Unless you’ve already made up your mind, the Multnomah County Commission District 1 race offers a difficult choice. Both Jules Bailey and Brian Wilson are well qualified and can point to
Washington Landslide Deaths Rise to 33 – Ten people are still listed as missing since the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., north of Seattle.
Social Media Analysis Aids in Washington Mudslide Response – New tool searched Twitter for the word “missing” and relevant tweets were provided to emergency response officials.
Pot dealer ban: 1 maybe, 1 no – Springfield decides not to place a moratorium on medical dispensaries; Creswell leans toward a ban
City hall may go paperless – Dallas eyeing move to save time, money
School Funding Deal in Kansas Complicates Governor’s Campaign for Re-election – Late additions to the bill included diminishing job protections for teachers, which would almost certainly become a thorny campaign issue for Gov. Sam Brownback should he sign the measure.
The Future of Chicago’s Most Infamous Public Housing Project – The Chicago Housing Authority has unveiled its redevelopment plan for Cabrini-Green.
Rahm removes property-tax requirement in city pension bill – The move came just hours after Gov. Pat Quinn made clear he was not on board with Emanuel’s earlier proposal to hike property taxes as a way to solve a looming pension crisis in Chicago and after a Wall Street bond-rating agency warned that even with the property-tax language, the legislation was not a “panacea” to solve all of the city’s pension woes.
After pension torpedo, will Emanuel, Quinn mend fences? Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a heat-seeking missile, just got bazooka’d by Gov. Pat Quinn’s populist popgun.
The very future of Minneapolis depends on a Nicollet Mall overhaul – Critics have questioned the cost of redoing Nicollet Mall. If we want Minneapolis and indeed our entire region to thrive in the future, however, we can’t afford not to do this project.
South by Southwest
Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail? In a city where nine in ten drive to work, the answer could reshape the future.
Donors to Governor’s Marketing Tool See Some Benefits of Their Own – A Tribune investigation into contributors to TexasOne, Gov. Rick Perry‘s chief tool to promote the “Texas Miracle,” found that its top contributors have donated heavily to Perry’s campaigns. They have also been the beneficiaries of state economic programs and influential appointments.
Florida Town Simplifies Transparency – Longboat Key has launched an online graph for employees and the public that display revenues and expenses directly from the finance department’s database.
Threats against Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane lead to federal charges – Wake County prosecutors dropped charges against Alec Dane Redner, the 27-year-old North Raleigh man accused of threatening Mayor Nancy McFarlane, after federal prosecutors brought charges against him.
Wilson, N.C.’s Greenlight Broadband Network Attracts National Attention – The city’s fiber optic network picked up national attention in a New York Times article as one of the few locations nationwide where the highest Internet speeds are available.
As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny – A recent study, by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, showed that female White House staff members make on average 88 cents for every dollar a male staff member earns.
Shoot the Dogs Early – My partner Esther used to say that whenever someone I’d just fired left my office
Infographic: how the world’s most creative people operate – Can you spot any similarities between your creative process and those of Ludwig van Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Benjamin Franklin or Charles Darwin?
Baltimore May Ban Criminal History Question on Job Applications – Baltimore may become only the sixth city to “ban the box” to prevent companies from asking prospective employees about their criminal background early on in the application process.
How to Succeed in Washington: It Helps When There Are Two of You – – Both Wessels attended the University of Delaware. Both studied economics. Now, both work for pro-Hillary super PACs.
The Social Network
Active Twitter Use Could Lead to Divorce and Infidelity, Study Says – New research from the University of Missouri found that active Twitter users are more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict in their romantic relationships, which in turn leads to other relationship issues like emotional or physical cheating, breakup, and even divorce.
If Social Networks Were ‘Game of Thrones’ Houses – As the April 6 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones rapidly approaches, we started to think about the connections between the various houses and factions of Westeros and the social networks we use every day.
The 6 Most-Used Social Networks on Mobile in the U.S. – According to a new report from com Score, Instagram users in the U.S. spend 98% of time with the network on mobile — which isn’t very surprising, considering the platform was originally mobile-only and is innately conducive to mobile device use.