Today in #OpenGov 11/12/2014


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  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is less than thrilled with President Barack Obama’s recent recommendation that the FCC have more regulation of broadband providers. The group said it would strongly oppose such a move. (New York Times)
  • There’s never a lack of interesting things to find from reading ethics reports. Two new reports from the House Ethics Committee detail potential conflicts of interest, questionable business connections, and free office space. (Washington Post)
  • Wondering just how costly the 2014 Senate races were? See the more than $600 million in spending on Senate races visualized in one chart. (Washington Post)
  • U.S. Postal Service employees whose personal information was hacked are filing charges, wondering why it took the agency so long to address the issue. (GovExec)

State and Local News

  • Joining a trend across the nation, Baltimore City Council passed a bill that would require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras. The city’s Mayor said she’d veto the bill, however, and she wants to explore the issue further before moving forward. (Technically Baltimore)
  • The Windy City is a leader in tech and civic organizations, and some of the groups there have a few ideas for what should be replicated in other cities. (Chicago Inno)
  • Measuring impact at hackathons? It is possible, and it is happening in Philadelphia. (Technically Philly)
  • Code for America is working to help local governments improve their procurement processes, partnering with cities to try different approaches. (GovTech)

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