2Day in #OpenGov 8/7/2013


by Justin Lin, policy intern


  • Candidates Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon, who are running for the Detroit mayorship, are set face one another in the general election. The mayor of Detroit, however, is not expected to have all that much power, as Governor Rick Snyden placed Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy lawyer, in charge of Detroit’s proceedings as the emergency city manager. (Washington Post)
  • Chris Christie has been mainly focused on his gubernatorial re-election campaign for 2014, but he may have to resign from the governor’s office if he decides to run for president in the 2016 election cycle. Due to a rule by the SEC, candidates are not allowed to accept money from investment firms doing business in the state. This would be potentially averted if the firms donated to a super PAC instead, but many of these concerns are already being debated by different members of the Republican party. (Politico)
  • If the Republican Party retains control of the House in the 2014 midterm election, Rep. Paul Ryan is considered one of the prime candidates to succeed as the Ways and Means Committee Chairman. However, also vying for the position is Rep. Kevin Brady, who began serving on the committee the same time Ryan did. Ryan’s camp, however, maintains that they are focused on work within the budget committee. (The Hill)
  • President Obama is canceling his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and will go straight to Sweden ┬ábefore the G-20 Summit Meeting. President Obama and some senators have expressed displeasure at Putin’s refusal to extradite Edward Snowden, and relations with Russia have been strained through conflict over missile defense systems and Syria. (Washington Post)
  • Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) will not seek re-election in his district in the 2014 election; after serving six terms in the House, he cited gridlock in Congress as the reason for leaving. Alexander joins three other Republicans in leaving the House of Representatives; no House Democrats have retired during Congress, though Alexander was a Republican when joining Congress in 2002 before changing to the Republican Party. (Washington Post)
  • Donald Trump is playing golf, but this time he’s playing with a rather familiar face- House Speaker John Boehner. Trump has recently donated 100,000 to a pro-Boehner super PAC and has very positive comments about Boehner. Speaker Boehner is going on a large tour of fundraising events for his fellow congressmen, having already gone to two in the past week. (The Hill)