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State cancels Flint water meeting after mayor threatens lawsuit
FLINT, MI -- A state-sponsored Flint water advisory group's meeting has been canceled after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue the state one day earlier. "Given the announcement yesterday by Mayor Karen Weaver of the city of Flint's intention to consider filing a lawsuit against the state of Michigan, the state's legal counsel has advised against proceeding with the (Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee) meeting until the city's intentions have been established," Ari Adler, communications director for Gov.
Apr 17 5:36PM MLive.com

Missouri AG: Gov May Have Committed Another Felony Tied To His Charity
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday that his office has turned up evidence indicating that Gov. Eric Greitens may have committed a felony in matters relating to a veterans' charity he founded.
Apr 17 5:19PM Talking Points Memo

April 17: Old Penn Station, taxes and Cynthia Nixon
Madison, N.J.
Apr 17 3:01PM NY Daily News

Today, Democrats are dealing another big blow to Republicans' voter suppression efforts
On Tuesday, New Jersey will become the 13th state to adopt automatic voter registrationand the third to do so this yearcontinuing a trend that has seen blue states expand access to the ballot in an attempt to combat Republican voter suppression efforts. The ability to exercise your basic right to vote has become a right that's more important now than arguably any other time in our nation's history, Gov.
Apr 17 2:49PM Mother Jones

Democrats just dealt another big blow to Republicans' voter suppression efforts
On Tuesday, New Jersey became the 13th state to adopt automatic voter registrationand the third to do so this yearcontinuing a trend that has seen blue states expand access to the ballot in an attempt to combat Republican voter suppression efforts. The ability to exercise your basic right to vote has become a right that's more important now than arguably any other time in our nation's history, Gov.
Apr 17 2:49PM Mother Jones

House Republicans could get totally wiped out in New Jersey
It's possible that every member of New Jersey's 11-person House delegation will be a Democrat in 2019. New Jersey is emerging as one of the bluest states in the country, with Trump and former Gov.
Apr 17 2:24PM Shareblue Media

My Struggle To Find Peace As The Daughter Of A Serial Killer
Suzan Barnes was the daughter of a newspaper executive and a well-heeled country club divorcee with two teenage kids. Jim Carson, my father, was the hippie son of an oil executive; he had a wife and a young daughter.
Apr 17 1:58PM HuffPost

Teachers union boss overheard allegedly plotting shutdown of Puerto Rican schools
Randi Weingarten's private phone call went off the rails. The American Federation of Teachers boss was overheard plotting a shutdown of Puerto Rican schools during a train jaunt from Washington to New York, according to a report.
Apr 17 1:26PM New York Post

Crowding Out K-12 Education
Oklahoma teachers ended their nine-day strike Thursdayand had little to show for it despite demands for a $10,000 raise. But at least a dozen Sooner teachers filed paperwork to run for state office last week, and teachers are agitating for more money around the country.
Apr 17 11:16AM WSJ

The Star honored by Pulitzer Prizes as finalist in public service
The Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's most prestigious awards, honored The Kansas City Star on Monday, naming its series Why So Secret, Kansas? as a finalist in the prize's most coveted category. In an epic news year that included stories about Russian meddling into U.
Apr 16 8:12PM kansascity

Eric Garcetti, presidential long shot, journeys to Iowa, the land of dreams
Iowa grows corn, raises hogs and nurtures presidential dreams. The state launched two exceeding long shots, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, to the White House, giving each a look and listen when sophisticates elsewhere treated their campaigns as the stuff of cockeyed fantasy.
Apr 15 12:36PM latimes.com

#Flint: Michigan Cuts Off Bottled-Water Distribution, Claiming Water Quality Is Restored
One thousand, four hundred and forty-six days. As of Monday, the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Apr 14 9:00PM The Root

Paul Ryan Tried to Sell Fiscal Austerity as a Moral Crusade. Then Donald Trump Came Along.
A century or so in political time has passed since 2014's Conservative Political Action Conference, but there were two speeches given over the course of that weekend that are perhaps worth remembering today. One was an immigrant-bashing midday address delivered by Donald J.
Apr 13 11:12PM Slate Magazine

Does Congress Really Care About Your Privacy?
(This article was first published on R - rud.is, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) I apologize up-front for using bad words in this post.
Apr 13 10:20PM R-bloggers

5 Guidelines for Structuring Board Oversight of Corporate Culture
A few weeks ago, we began to dig into Board Oversight of Culture, a risk area for today's boards that's proving to be difficult to define, much less oversee. We recently met with a group of Next Gen Board Leaders, public-company directors in their 30s and 40s, to discuss recent corporate crises ranging from Uber (i.
Apr 13 9:51PM Boardroom Resources

Does Congress Really Care About Your Privacy?
I apologize up-front for using bad words in this post. Said bad words include Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and many referrals to entities within the U.
Apr 13 7:55PM rud.is

Today in OpenGov: Pardon Me?
In today's edition, Bethlehem, PA wrote its open data policy with a little help from our "wizard," President Trump considers a pardon, more Facebook fallout in Washington, an open data refresh in the UK, and more. Also today, Sunlight's Deputy Director Alex Howard will be participating in an event sponsored by Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University.
Apr 13 4:08PM Sunlight Foundation

Oklahoma teacher strike called off after 9 days, as teachers' demands not met
After nearly two weeks of strikes, Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest called for an end to the walkout. Although lawmakers passed some bills teachers lobbied for last week, lawmakers still refused to meet all of teacher's demands.
Apr 13 2:05PM thinkprogress.org

Arizona governor proposes 20 percent teacher pay raise by 2020 amid walkout threat
PHOENIX -- After weeks of protests by teachers, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey rolled out a proposal Thursday promising a net 20 percent raise by 2020.
Apr 13 12:00PM cbsnews.com

Democrats' Chances Of Winning The Senate Are Looking Stronger
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. For some time, the conventional wisdom (and I largely agree with it) around the upcoming midterms has been that Democrats are modest favorites to win the House, while Republicans are likely to hold the Senate.
Apr 13 9:47AM FiveThirtyEight