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WE’VE MOVED to Civsourceonline.com!! April 15, 2009

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Above the Fold 04.10.09 April 10, 2009

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Stimulus booty comes home…Texas TIERS dries up…Washington State wants steroids to compete…Stimulus opinions abound online…Minn. has hacking target on its back…Govs. get a dose of reality… (more…)

Contracting and workforce issues surface in Nevada April 9, 2009

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Three hundred consultants who have held government contracts in Nevada are now state workers, according to Nevada Controller Kim Wallin. Eight, or more, of them with current contracts totaling roughly $600,000, are also getting regular state paychecks. (more…)

Morning News Update 04.09.09 April 9, 2009

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Foreign terrorists watchers of Fox’s 24 ?…Unemployment computers get a raise…States have renewed interest in renewables…Next Gen DMV system doesn’t pass driving test…Kentucky thinks Christmas will come in July…N.H. plays stash with duty-free customer info…Trans-gender bill passes N.H. house (more…)

Hawaii moves towards energy efficiency April 8, 2009

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efficiency_light_bulbEnergy efficiency and smart grid technology will be a growing business in the not-too-distant future. Under the Recovery Act, green initiatives under the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) will account for about $3.2 billion for states across the country.

The state of Hawaii wants to be more energy efficient while improving energy security.The state’s Public Utilities Commission has signed a deal with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for $38 million dollars to help Hawaii residents and businesses become more energy efficient. (more…)

Guns, butter and morality April 8, 2009

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Pamela Prah at Stateline.org has written a great article about social issues competing for attention during these dire economic times. Given the actions of Iowa and Vermont in the last seven days, gay marriage is an obvious example. But issues like medical marijuana (a guise for legalized drugs and mandatory minimums), capital punishment, abortions and right to die have been competing for agenda face-time in many state capitals around the country. “It’s very surprising that we’re seeing all this activity, when legislators were professing the need to focus on issues around budgets and the economy,” said Elizabeth Nash, a public policy associate for the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights research group.

To see Statline.org’s interactive map, outlining state policies according to social issue, click here.

Morning News Update 04.08.09 April 8, 2009

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Municipal bonds blow up…Ultra shovel ready contractors want stimulus scratch…Nation’s largest county health system in pain… Jobless seek ‘green’ edification…Politically driven donations up in down economy…Rock, paper, scissors for Minn. Senate seat?…Okla. wants IT…Plague (of errors) hits state school safety data… (more…)

Largest U.S. counties gather to discuss health care reform April 7, 2009

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The National Association of Counties has announced the location of the NACo Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Annual Meeting. Sacramento County, California will host the annual event, focused on innovative solutions to common challenges facing metro areas. This year’s theme is centered around national health system reform. (more…)

Morning News Update 04.07.09 April 7, 2009

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Need help with that stimulus request?…Wally-world EHRs, isle four…Govs sojourn to Silicon Valley…Court looks other way on E-Verify ‘inaccuracies’…States’ revenue threatened by stimulus…More trouble on the Bayou (more…)

Morning News Update 04.06.09 April 6, 2009

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Governors fighting “fiscal child abuse”….Trouble brewin’ on the bayou…A watchdog named Chick…Iowa goes over the Rainbow…Michigan’s Hurricane Katrina…NY’s $2 billion Humpty Dumpty… Armageddon strikes Atlanta….World War 3 will start in Minnesota…L.A.’s crime map mess up… (more…)