Holding partisan mayoral elections ensures low voter turnout and disenfranchises vast numbers of voters. So does voting in odd-numbered years. We need to re-think how we approach these important elections.
Government leaders across the country are stewards of extraordinary amounts of data. While the open data movement is sweeping through city halls and statehouses, making the data useful to citizens, developers, reporters and researchers will be what differentiates agencies seeking genuine transparency and citizen engagement.