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Today in OpenGov: Vetoing tax transparency

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In today's edition, some Mar-a-Lago members aren't so sure about the administration's lack of visitor records, the GAO will review the mystery of the FCC's jammed online comment system, Iowa is mapping all of its bridges, we pay our respects to a murdered Maltese journalist, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Progress on Vision Zero

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Happy Friday the 13th! We hope it's not a day of ill luck for you and yours. Today, we look at Vision Zero, where data is a key tool in the fight against traffic fatalities, highlight Trevor Timm's piece responding to President Trump's latest attacks on the press, call attention to the need for funding boost for the U.S. Census Bureau, and much more.

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What city planning taught me about open data

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Every day I work with cities to make government data more open and available to the public. I am not a data scientist or analyst, though – I'm a city planner. This is how my background in making cities better has helped my thinking about participatory urbanism and approach to opening data.

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Today in OpenGov: Is underfunding putting federal statistics at risk?

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Before we dive into today's top open government news, we would like to share a great opportunity to engage. Our friends at MuckRock are looking for feedback as they think about the future. We urge you to consider taking their survey, which should take 15 minutes and include questions applicable to readers of the MuckRock blog, regular users of their FOI services, or anyone who supports their work in other ways.  Once you've done that, read on for today's look at open government news. 

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Today in OpenGov: Protesting protests

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Map with cost of Vice President Mike Pence flight to Indianapolis and back to engage in a planned protest at an NFL game.

“It appears that the entire trip to attend the game was designed in order for Vice President Pence to walk out,” said John Wonderlich. “When there are issues in the country that are going on that are so serious, it seems so strange for presidential attention and public funds to be used to weigh in on the actions of private citizens in the NFL,” Wonderlich told CBS News. Read on for the rest of the day's open government news...

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