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GOP Dominance Likely to Continue at the State Level

Political attention this year will largely be focused on the presidential race, but at the start of a redistricting cycle both parties are pledging to spend record amounts on state elections.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 17, 2020
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Hiring Initiative to Try to Rectify Tech’s Gender Imbalance

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has passed a Women in Technology Hiring Initiative aimed at connecting at-risk and disconnected youth ages 14-24 with career mentors and training them to bolster its entry-level IT candidates.

By Patrick Groves, Government Technology  |  January 17, 2020
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The Secret Origins of Presidential Polling

It is off to the caucuses for the remaining Democratic presidential candidates after running a gauntlet of debates, fundraising and public opinion polls. But how did we get here? For answers, you have to look back 85 years.

By Edwin Amenta, University of California, Irvine  |  January 16, 2020
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Chief Data Officers in Place in Over Half of U.S. States

The relatively new role of the state chief data officer is catching on, with a designated professional support network, growing public pressure for data-based policies, and more than half of U.S. states now staffing.

By Andrew Westrope, Government Technology  |  January 15, 2020
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CES 2020: Trending Technologies and Issues

A quick look at tech trends and issues public leaders may face in 2020 coming out of last week’s Consumer Electronics Show.

By Dustin Haisler, Futures and Innovation Editor  |  January 14, 2020
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CIO Uses Courage, Persistence to Uplift Detroit Through Tech

Caring, passionate, and having always pushed back against the status quo, Beth Niblock has used her role as Detroit Chief Information Officer to revitalize the city with technology after a tough period of bankruptcy.

$1 trillion

Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, became the fourth U.S. company to hit the amount in market value last Thursday. Alphabet, Apple,, and Microsoft are the only U.S. companies to reach this amount.

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