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NEWS: April 6, 2011

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser
David Prosser
Elections | Wisconsin
Closely Watched Court Race
Is Too Close to Call

With 99 percent of the vote counted and fewer than 600 votes separating the candidates in a state Supreme Court race widely portrayed as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker's union agenda, the contest between Justice David Prosser and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg was too close to call.
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Longtime Madison Mayor Wins His Job Back
Former Madison, Wis., Mayor Paul Soglin stunned two-term incumbent Mayor Dave Cieslewicz to recapture the office Soglin has held longer than anyone in the city's history.
>> The Capital Times of Madison
Philanthropist Wins Race for Milwaukee County Exec
Chris Abele, a 44-year-old philanthropist and political neophyte, handily defeated state Rep. Jeff Stone to become the next Milwaukee County executive.
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lawmaker Wins Dane County Exec's Job
In the race for Dane County, Wis., executive, state Rep. Joe Parisi defeated county Superviser Eileen Bruskewitz by some 70,000 votes, 70 percent of the total.
>> The Capital Times of Madison
St. Louis, Kansas City Voters Keep Earnings Tax
Voters in St. Louis and Kansas City overwhelmingly agreed to retain their 1 percent earnings taxes, keeping a revenue source that provides a huge chunk of the budget in both of Missouri's big cities.
>> AP/Kansas City Star
Las Vegas Mayor's Race Heads for Runoff
In the Las Vegas mayoral race, Carolyn Goodman, wife of incumbent Mayor Oscar Goodman, and Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani will face off in June.
>> Las Vegas Sun
Voters Remake Chicago City Council
After runoff elections in 14 wards, Chicago will have a city council churned by turnover of more than a third of its 50 members.
>> Chicago Tribune

Governmental Operations | The Nation
Broad Impact Seen from Federal Shutdown
With negotiations over the fiscal 2011 budget collapsing, officials warned that the impact of a federal-government shutdown would stretch from the Internal Revenue Service to the Smithsonian Institution to battlefields abroad. Most federal employees still don't know whether they would have to work during a shutdown.
>> Washington Post
Federal-Employee Union Sues over Shutdown Info
The largest federal employees' union is suing the government for failing to provide its leadership with specific details on how a shutdown would affect the federal workforce.
>> Government Executive

Public Workforce | The Nation
Feds May Borrow Billions from Retirement Funds
The federal government could temporarily tap tens of billions of dollars from two federal-employee retirement programs if Congress fails to raise the federal debt ceiling next month, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told congressional lawmakers.
>> Federal Times

Destruction from California's 1994 earthquake
Destruction from the 1994
California earthquake
Emergency Management | California
60-Second Quake Warnings
Likely in Five Years

An $80 million earthquake early-warning system like the one that saved lives last month in Japan could be operating in California within five years, giving residents a full 60 seconds to prepare for a Big One, leading seismic researchers said.
>> San Francisco Chronicle
Statewide Aerial Photos to Aid
N.C. Emergency Responders

North Carolina is using a $12.3 million grant from the state's 911 board to fund a statewide aerial photography project that will give emergency responders a common operating picture.
>> Government Technology

Public Services | Detroit
Shrinking City May See Service Shutdowns
Mayor Dave Bing's staff is weighing eliminating city roads, shutting down water lines and reducing garbage pickup in depopulating neighborhoods as part of his Detroit Works Project to reshape a city whose population has declined 25 percent since 2000. Also up for discussion: turning off street lights in some areas.
>> Detroit News

Education | Cleveland
Board Lays Off 643 Teachers, Closes 7 Schools
Aiming to stabilze the school district financially with nearly $73 million in cuts and slight revenue increases, the Cleveland school board laid off 643 teachers--some for the third time in the last seven years--while closing seven of the district's 94 schools.
>> Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Scott Walker
Public Officials | Wisconsin
Governor Demotes Son
of Campaign Contributor

Gov. Scott Walker demoted Brian Deschane, the 27-year-old son of a prominent lobbyist and Walker campaign contributor, following a public uproar over Deschane's appointment to a cushy $81,500-a-year job in Walker's administration.
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wildlife Management | Montana
Deal Will Let Yellowstone Buffalo Roam
Bison from Yellowstone National Park will roam freely across 75,000 acres in southern Montana under a breakthrough agreement--involving five state and federal agencies and several American Indian tribes--that is expected to be adopted this week.
>> AP/Billings Gazette

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Urban Policy | Neal Pierce
The Bigness of Smallness
"Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful." Think about the emergencies roiling worldwide, and the words of the late economist E.F. Schumacher ring truer than ever. Energy to water, climate to food--no one has easy answers to this century's pressing challenges. But one Schumacher prescription--decentralization, "smallness within bigness"--seems wiser than ever. And it fits best in the places where most of the world lives: cities and their metropolitan regions.
>> Washington Post Writers Group

New York City schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black
Approval rating among New York City adults of Cathleen P. Black, the former publishing executive who became the city's schools chancellor earlier this year, with 23 percent saying they're not sure about her or have never heard of her, according to a new poll
>> New York Times

Plato, Mo., city limits sign
It's something social-data nerds do for fun.
Alex Zakrewsky, principal planner for the Middlesex County, N.J., government, who beat the U.S. Census Bureau by anticipating through calculations done in his spare time that tiny Plato, Mo., would be declared the nation's new mean population midpoint, or "centroid," as a result of the 2010 population count
>> St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Governing magazine
Online forum on the Keys to a Successful Efficiency Commission
Today, 2 p.m. ET

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Leadership in Crises: Preparation and Performance
April 10-15 | Cambridge, Mass.

National Association of Attorneys General
Presidential Initiative Summit
April 11-12 | Charlotte, N.C.

Center for American Progress
Discussion of the Consequences of Heated Rhetoric
April 12, noon-1:30 p.m. ET | Washington, D.C.

Governing magazine
Webinar on Smart, Sustainable, Livable Communities
April 12, 2 p.m. ET

National Conference of State Legislatures
Spring Forum
April 14-16 | Washington, D.C.

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Mastering Negotiation: Building Agreements Across Boundaries
April 17-22 | Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Senior Executive Fellows program
April 18-May 13 | Cambridge, Mass.

Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials
Mid-Year Meeting
April 20-21 | Denver

Governing magazine
Leadership Forum
April 27 | Raleigh, N.C.

Government Executive magazine
Excellence in Government Conference
April 27 | Washington, D.C.

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