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Good Government

Defending Real Democracy, Starting in New York

Letitia James | Posted 10.31.2014 | New York
Letitia James

For all the manufactured "Republican versus Democrat" drama that dominates today's cable news and political rhetoric, the most striking feature of our present-day democracy is not partisan divide -- it's a corrupt system that protects incumbents from the consequences that real democracy brings.

Gotcha, Government!

Terry Newell | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Why couldn't the CDC save lives instead of putting them at risk? Why couldn't the VA help patients instead of delaying their care? Then maybe we would have a little more trust in the feds.

It's Time for Youth and Governments to Fall in Love

Ravi Kumar | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

Throughout history, young people have used protests to hold governments accountable. Now, their roles in governments are front and center.

Good Government: Time for More Credit and Less Blame

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The governmental shutdown had a number of unexpected consequences. One of the more important, in our opinion, is that it elevated the visibility and importance of what the government does or does not do in the mind of the American public.

The GOP's Problem of Selective Transparency

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Detroit
Sen. Bert Johnson

This year, in an unprecedented shift away from transparency, the General Government budget legislation allots two bulk sums of money, totaling nearly $240 million, to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. I believe this is bad governance.

Government Works

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

From groaning truckloads of freight to families on vacation, easy mobility across the nation is assured by the collective governmental effort that was the interstate highway system.

The Bottom Line: U.S. Fisheries and Us

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

NOAA should withdraw this flawed proposal and work to create one that will improve public access to fisheries information so that our oceans can be managed effectively.

Demand Campaign Reform: Key to Good Government and Recovery

Harry L. Langer | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

Campaign reform is essential to avoid government by and for special interests and ensure that public officials focus and act in the public and nationa...

Thanks to Kelly Thomas, Fullerton's Future Is Now

John Mirisch | Posted 09.24.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Don't tell the good people of Fullerton, California that "you can't fight City Hall." Not only did they fight City Hall, they changed it.

Idling Government Employees Need to Wake Up

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With the economy so bad now, these blatant public displays of waste and excess in taxpayer-subsidized vehicles highlight a careless disregard for public funds and how they are spent.

Occupy the Maine Woods!

Cynthia Dill | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

Angry anti-government guys calling the gift of private property for the purpose of creating a public park a "government takeover," is not going to solve Marine's welfare problem, or any other problem.

Can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Enable Open Government by Design?

Alexander Howard | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

2011-07-21-heatmap.jpg The consumer bureau, a federal agency launching today, is open to new ideas about how help borrowers make informed decisions.

What's in a Name? Open Gov and Good Gov

Beth Simone Noveck | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Beth Simone Noveck

Putting the cabinet secretary's schedule up online does little to produce greater accountability or better government. At least there's no empirical evidence to suggest that it does.

Obama Opens the Oval Office to Good Government Groups

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

When we met with him yesterday, President Obama did something remarkable: He said the issue of transparency in government is incredibly difficult, and he asked us to work with his office to improve the status quo.

What's Wrong With 311 in Los Angeles

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Olmsted

Citizens who take the time to keep their neighborhoods clean should not have to jump through hoops. The operator should just send the information where it belongs.

Reforming California Measure by Measure

Edward Headington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The least Californians can do is commit ourselves to fix a broken system through open primaries, redistricting reform and term limits modification.

O'Connor's Voice of Conscience

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Sandra Day O'Connor, who marked her 80th birthday last month, has emerged as the most cogent -- and for conservatives, the most vexing -- foe of the court majority.

The Payday Lending Exemption Should Make Us Sick

Ben Mangan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Mangan

Today's news that the Senate will remove the teeth from consumer protection legislation by giving a pass to payday lenders should make you sick.

Putting Civilian Review Back Into the CCRB

Dan Garodnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Garodnick

The "bad old days" of crime are simply a memory, except in one respect: we are moving back to a time when the NYPD had the sole authority to police its own officers accused of misconduct.

A Public Option is Good Government!

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

With a public option, government does not "run" health care--government makes sure that everyone gets health care.

We the People: the Nuclear Option

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernie Bulkin

While in the US we have been regulating and making decisions about electricity mostly on a state level, things are becoming more interconnected.

Religous Leaders Call For Morality In Government

Chicago Public Radio | Lynette Kalsnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Religious professors and clergy from across the nation just finished meeting in Chicago to take on the ethics of public officials. The Christian and ...

John McCain as a Hood Ornament

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The New York Times has William Kristol on its opinion page, and the Wall Street Journal now has Thomas Frank. What Kristol writes could be called scho...