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When public consultations & comments go awry

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Regular public consultation is a well-established practice for government in the U.S. at all levels. Technology has changed how governments collect feedback online and by providing a more open forum for participation to solicit feedback and integrate the public in the policymaking process. But, even when done with the best intentions, public consultations can provide mixed results.

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Today in OpenGov: Transportation costs

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In today's edition, charities and PACs can make fundraisers rich, gun rights groups try to fill the spending gap left by a weakened NRA, Vice President Pence spent almost $600,000 for ground transportation on his Ireland trip, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: High risk

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In today's edition, some wealthy donors are spending big money to fight anti-poverty programs, 2 former FEMA officials were charged with bribery and fraud, the latest conflicts from the Trump administration, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Take a look

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In today's edition, the FEC may be without a quorum for the foreseeable future, military personnel stayed at President Trump's Scottish property while waiting for their plane to refuel, Connecticut's CDO stepped down, and more. 

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