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Today in OpenGov: Restricted access

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In today's edition, analyzing donors to the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, supporting sound financial stewardship in cities with transparency, restricting press access in El Paso and Dayton, targeting Hong Kong's airport with a sit in, and more. 

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Balancing the books – how transparency can support good financial stewardship in cities big & small

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Cities are responsible for the allocation of public funds to improve infrastructure, provide key services to residents, and attract businesses and tourists. To do so effectively, governments must practice good financial stewardship of these funds to the benefit of residents. But in small cities, seemingly small oversights in the distribution of funds can have far-reaching consequences for constituents. With rising suburban poverty and increasingly sparse federal funds for rural communities, cities depend on fiscal transparency and accountability to invest in residents’ quality of life. 

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Today in OpenGov: Suit up.

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In today's edition, Massachusetts flunks its transparency exam, retiring Representatives portend expensive 2020 races, you can help federal agencies improve their FOIA processes, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Bills, bills, bills

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In today's edition, we explore how openness is being leveraged to improve social services, the Senate votes to strengthen transition team ethics requirements, President Trump's re-election campaign spends heavily on Facebook ads about an "invasion" at the southern border, and more. 

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This Week in Conflicts: Voters Sue to Stop CA Law Requiring Release of Presidential Candidate’s Tax Returns and Another Possible Hatch Act Violation 

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This week, a group of California voters is suing to block a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns, more allegations Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act and a look at complaints about Baltimore-area properties owned by Kushner Companies.

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Today in OpenGov: IT’s a first

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In today's edition, Kris Kobach is running for Senate and breaking the rules, President Trump finally gets his first Chief Technology Officer, the leader of Hong Kong's banned independence party is arrested, and more. 

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