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WI Senate’s “budget repair bill” now available on OpenGovernment

Over the past few days, national news has focused on events in the Wisconsin state legislature, where 14 senate Democrats are protesting a controversial new budget bill introduced by Republican Governor Scott Walker and supported by 19 senate GOPers. Because … Continue reading

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CloudFront custom origin server with Rails, Jammit, and Apache

This is the first in a series of more in-depth technical posts about OpenGovernment. Our project is open source, so feel free to check us out over at github. Here’s what you want to be able to do: Serve your … Continue reading

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OpenGovernment named a Finalist at SxSW Interactive – Accelerator

We’re very excited to announce that OpenGovernment was selected to be one of 8 finalists in the News category at South by Southwest Interactive’s Accelerator contest, March 14-16th in the gem-of-a-town Austin, TX. Looking forward to meeting & trading ideas … Continue reading

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OpenGovernment on NCSL’s “The Thicket” and more

Hi everyone, plenty more press mentions & positive buzz to report. To start off, we’re pleased that OpenGovernment was featured on The Thicket, the blog of the National Council of State Legislature (NCSL), the indispensable umbrella group for state-level legislatures across the country. We think highly of the Thicket & the work that they do, and they’re listed on all state homepages on OG, towards the bottom, under helpful resources about how state government works. Continue reading

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Launch Day Round-Up

Today’s launch received a nice wave of reactions on the leading micro-blogging service. To highlight a few: Alex Howard of O’Reilly Media (@digiphile); Nick Judd of TechPresident; plus the blog post announcement from Ellen Miller, the Executive Director of our remarkable partners, the Sunlight Foundation; and another by Tom Lee, the Director of Sunlight Labs. Continue reading

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OpenGovernment (beta) launches today!

We’re very excited to announce today’s launch of the beta version of our next major project: OpenGovernment.org.

Free & open-source, OpenGovernment is a non-partisan public resource for transparency at any level of government: state, city, local, international, and more. It’s based on OpenCongress.org, the most-visited not-for-profit website in the country for tracking the U.S. Congress, with over a million visits per month and many millions of requests for data served every day. Finally, a version of OpenCongress for state legislatures. Continue reading

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Towards 50 states and beyond

OpenCongress.org, which since its launch in 2007 has grown to be the most-visited website for tracking the U.S. Congress, offers an open-source and non-profit model for user-friendly government transparency. Our code base and free API have always been 100% open, but now we have an even better answer to the question, “How do I make an OpenCongress for my (state, city, town, or country)?” OpenGovernment.org is the new solution. We’ve started with five state legislatures — California, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, and Wisconsin — and we seek further support to roll out OpenGovernment to all 50 U.S. states, major cities, neighborhoods, other countries, and beyond. Continue reading

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