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John Celock

'Out Of Touch' Republican Blamed For Election Night Confusion

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) faces calls for his resignation led by a group that contends his out-of-state work on immigration legislatio...

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Richard Boylan, Star Kids Project President, Declines California School Board Seat After Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

A man who has argued that aliens are interacting with human's reproductive systems in order to produce advanced children has declined to take a seat h...

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GOP Official Explains Election Night Absence

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has ordered a probe into how votes were counted in the state's largest city, while facing questions about how he...

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Afghanistan Vet Beats Back Voter ID Advocate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

A last-minute infusion of $525,000 from a Washington, D.C., Republican group did not propel a Republican voter identification advocate into the Missou...

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Dems Celebrate Statehouse Gains Over Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

Democrats are celebrating gains in state legislatures around the country -- including capturing control of eight chambers -- two years after a Republi...

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Colorado Dems Hope To Reverse 2010 Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

As the battle for Colorado goes to the voters Tuesday, both turnout and the presidential race are major factors in both parties' playbooks. Republ...

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Dems Criticize 'Politically Timed' Tax Mail

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

Kansas Democrats are criticizing the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback (R) for sending out a brochure touting the state's new tax cuts days before ...

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Christie On Obama: 'I Appreciate That Type Of Leadership'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) continued his praise of President Barack Obama's work responding to Hurricane Sandy, using a press briefing Monday ...

Chris Christie Praises Obama For Hurricane Sandy Prep

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) put aside his campaigning for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday to praise President Barack Obam...

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Another State's Legislators Asked To Ban 'Home Abortion Kits'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

A national anti-abortion group's questionnaire to Kansas legislative candidates asking them to ban "home abortion kits" has been sent to state legisla...

'Not Very Neighborly' Nazi Images Used In Election

Hoboken Patch | Claire Moses | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

A Nazi flag suspended over a urinal by a fishhook is one of the images in a rolling, anonymous, multimedia political attack ad that's shown up at Hobo...

Bachmann Donor's Super PAC Drops Illegal Ad

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

A Republican super PAC in Vermont with ties to a Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann donor has pulled two ads using the state seal that a Vermont official ...

Nikki Haley's Surprise Move

St. Andrews Patch | Shawn Drury | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

After reimbursing the State Aeronautics Commission nearly $10,000 for costs related to her use of the state's two airplanes, Gov. Nikki Haley suggeste...

Candidates Asked To Ban 'Home Abortion Kits'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

A national anti-abortion group is asking Kansas state legislative candidates if they favor a ban on "home abortion kits" and mandatory ultrasounds bef...

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Frat Boy Candidate Vows Correction

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A Republican state legislative candidate in North Dakota, who is also a college fraternity member, blamed a miscommunication with a graphi...

Nikki Haley Critic In Hot Water

West Ashley Patch | Shawn Drury | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics

South Carolina Speaker of the House and District 114 Representative Bobby Harrell reimbursed himself in excess of $325,000 for expenses according to a...

Voters Worry About Heckling, Shootings

Annapolis Patch | Anna Staver | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

On Sunday night, two men were shot near the community center, and in June, Orlando Sherman McDaniel, 29, of Annapolis died as a result of gunshots wo...

Why I'm Leaving The Religious Lifestyle

Emily Timbol | Posted 11.04.2012 | Religion
Emily Timbol

Fighting back the hot, angry tears threatening to spill from my own eyes, I looked into the eyes of the people who were celebrating my pain. There was no sympathy, no concern, no remorse in the face of the sorrow they were witnessing.

GOP Candidate's Use Of Deadly Force

Bedford Patch | Ryan O'Connor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

In the face of criticism from both New Hampshire Democrats and high-ranking members of his own party, Republican candidate for Hillsborough County She...

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Dem Lawmakers Want To Stop 'Embarrassing', 'Abysmal' Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

A pair of Democratic lawmakers in North Dakota are pushing to establish ethics safeguards -- again -- following a March report that gave the state a f...

Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail

Joe Merante | Posted 10.17.2012 | Technology
Joe Merante

Developers in and outside of government are beginning to contribute to prevention and recovery efforts. Code for America Austin released Prepared.ly, a web app to help homeowners manage their risk of wildfire.

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Campaigning Candidate At 'Right Place, Right Time'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

A Missouri Democrat's unplanned stop at a house while campaigning led him to help save the life of a 2-year-old Wednesday afternoon. Rod Hoffman, ...

'Disgusted' Senior Plans Appeal Of 'Disgraceful' Law

Doylestown Patch | Sarah Larson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

A Doylestown great-grandmother involved in the lawsuit against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law said she is not giving up, despite a state court's ruling W...

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Gun Control 'Little Support' Following Aurora

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Several Democrats from more conservative states say they don't see a rise in demand for new gun control laws following the deadly shootings...

Redesigning the Interface to Municipal Government

Burt Lum | Posted 10.08.2012 | Impact
Burt Lum

In Honolulu, the City's website has been a continuous point of friction between City Hall and city dwellers. This year the City and County of Honolulu working with Code for America fellows have breathed innovation and new interfaces into City Hall.