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  • DHS FOIA Backlog Up 18%

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    scott hodes
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Hill reports on DHS's announcement that its FOIA backlog increased 18% in 2013 to over 50,000.  The agency puts most of the blame on the backlog on immigration related requests.  Trying to put a positive spin, the agency reports that its easier to file requests and touted its use of social media.  I think the way to reduce the backlog is to have all top executives at the agency acknowledge that they have a problem, become personally involved and devote extensive agency resources to the problem.  Until that happens, the reporting of the backlog will be,…
  • Free speech fight focuses on parody of trademark

    FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION » News & Opinion
    donal brown
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A Virginia federal court recently ruled that a trademark would prevent a parody of the NAACP in naming the group “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.” The Radiance Foundation was objecting to the liberal stances of the group that excluded any significant pro-life activities, but was told by the court that its parody […]
  • Ebola Lobbying Goes Viral

    OpenSecrets Blog
    Lalita Clozel
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    The Ebola scare has reached K Street. (Flickr/European Commission DG ECHO) If you’re seeking reassurance on the Ebola threat, don’t look at the latest lobbying filings. In the third quarter spanning July through September, 17 organizations specifically referred to the hemorrhagic fever — which has already caused more than 4,500 deaths in West Africa and one in the United States — in their lobbying filings. This includes health professionals’ associations, research institutions and many pharmaceutical companies. With the growing scare, many of these…
  • Reflections from Buntwani: Strengthening civic engagement through tech

    Sunlight Foundation Blog
    Amy Ngai
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Moments from Buntwani! What is the difference between opengov and opendata? Are there tech tools that can help with civic engagement? How can we open up PDFs? Why don’t NGOs and academia also open up their data? These were the questions we contemplated two weeks ago — not in San Francisco or Washington, D.C., but in Nairobi, Kenya — for the inaugural Buntwani conference hosted by the Open Institute. I had the pleasure of joining over a hundred participants for the two-day conference aimed at strengthening citizen engagement through the use of technology. The invitation-only event…
  • Students Re-Launch Open Access Button App to Find Free Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research

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    Maira Sutton
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Millions of people use research everyday. From students, medical professionals, to curious hobbyists, we all benefit from being able to access, read, and cite reliable, tested information. But getting the research we need can be hard and costly when it's locked up behind expensive paywalls. Two university students, David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, were finally fed up with being denied access to online journals and articles that were necessary to continue their studies—so they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result was Open Access Button, a browser-based tool that records…
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    The FOIA blog

  • DHS FOIA Backlog Up 18%

    scott hodes
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Hill reports on DHS's announcement that its FOIA backlog increased 18% in 2013 to over 50,000.  The agency puts most of the blame on the backlog on immigration related requests.  Trying to put a positive spin, the agency reports that its easier to file requests and touted its use of social media.  I think the way to reduce the backlog is to have all top executives at the agency acknowledge that they have a problem, become personally involved and devote extensive agency resources to the problem.  Until that happens, the reporting of the backlog will be,…
  • OGIS At Five Event - 10/31/14

    scott hodes
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    The Office of Government Information Services is five years old and to mark the occasion there will be an event at the Newseum on October 31, 2014 hosted by OGIS, the Newseum and Openthegovernment.org.  I hope to see some of you there. For more information and to rsvp, go here.
  • Some Basic FOIA Facts

    scott hodes
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Many long time readers of this blog will know this, but I write the below material for those who are coming across the FOIA for the first time and have no real understanding of it. The Freedom of Information Act covers material maintained by the federal government's Executive Branch, including independent agencies (i.e. FCC, SEC etc.).  The Judicial and Congressional Branches are not covered by the FOIA. States are not covered by the federal FOIA either.  However, each state has its own access law.  Some of them are called a FOIA, but many have a different name (open…
  • Audit of IRS FOIA Released

    scott hodes
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has released its audit report of the IRS FOIA operations.  The report fails to address the real issues that I have found with the IRS FOIA Office,  namely a decentralized system with a managers ill versed in FOIA law as well as a FOIA appeals system that is among the worst in the FOIA system.  I hope TIGTA looks at these procedural issues in its 2014 audit of the IRS FOIA operations.
  • DOJ Handed Loss in Secrecy Case

    scott hodes
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    A magistrate judge has handed the ACLU a victory in a case brought against the Department of Justice in the United States District Court in Northern California.  Firedog lake reports that the court ruled against the government, and most importantly, took great issue with many of the standard arguments that the DOJ made to protect the information.  The court issued two opinions, one of which ordered additional searches to be made, the other ordering the release of certain documents.
 
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    FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION » News & Opinion

  • Free speech fight focuses on parody of trademark

    donal brown
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A Virginia federal court recently ruled that a trademark would prevent a parody of the NAACP in naming the group “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.” The Radiance Foundation was objecting to the liberal stances of the group that excluded any significant pro-life activities, but was told by the court that its parody […]
  • California town council shuts down meeting over messge on hat

    donal brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Santa Ana City Council sparked a free speech debate over a hat with anti-police lyrics. After a man refused to take off the hat which read “—- the police,” the mayor cancelled a city council meeting. A local law professor cited a U.S. Supreme Court case, Cohen v. California, in arguing that the man […]
  • Obama favors net neutrality, against fast lanes

    donal brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    President Barack Obama again expressed his opposition to preferential treatment for certain websites who could pay providers for faster lanes. He wants the Federal Communications Commission to treat broadband as  a public utility. (GigaOm, October 10, 2014, by Jeff John Roberts) Obama was careful to say that the FCC was an independent agency not subject […]
  • Virginia volunteer fire fighters lose free speech case in federal court

    donal brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Two Virginia volunteer firefighters lost in federal court when a jury ruled that their department did not violate their free speech rights in suspending one and firing the other. The two firefighters accused the department of acting to quell their criticism of decisions on equipment and funding. The jury could not find that criticism was […]
  • Transparency: Twitter takes federal government to court over surveillance data

    donal brown
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Twitter is challenging the federal government in court over federal efforts to curb their ability to release the details of requests for surveillance. The company has been trying to negotiate a more liberal policy on the issue but failing that is suing the government on First Amendment grounds. (Wired, October 7, 2014, by Kim Zetter) […]
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  • Ebola Lobbying Goes Viral

    Lalita Clozel
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    The Ebola scare has reached K Street. (Flickr/European Commission DG ECHO) If you’re seeking reassurance on the Ebola threat, don’t look at the latest lobbying filings. In the third quarter spanning July through September, 17 organizations specifically referred to the hemorrhagic fever — which has already caused more than 4,500 deaths in West Africa and one in the United States — in their lobbying filings. This includes health professionals’ associations, research institutions and many pharmaceutical companies. With the growing scare, many of these…
  • Election to Cost Nearly $4 Billion, CRP Projects, Topping Previous Midterms

    crp_comm
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Almost $4 billion will be spent for this year’s midterm election, the Center for Responsive Politics is projecting. That figure makes this year’s election by far the most expensive midterm ever. The candidates and parties alone will combine to spend about $2.7 billion, while outside groups will likely spend close to $900 million on their own — a figure that veers close to the $1.3 billion spent by outside groups in 2012, when the hyper-expensive presidential race was fueling the fire. By the end of the battle, when totals for every category are added together, Team Red…
  • Many Men Back Women Speak Out

    Lalita Clozel
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Anti-abortion super PAC Women Speak Out is making its voice heard in several tight Senate races this cycle. But given its most recent donors, that voice might be a few octaves lower than you might expect. Women Speak Out was founded as an offshoot of the Susan B. Anthony List in 2012, joining the election season fray with an ad narrated by an “abortion survivor.” The super PAC is “aimed at amplifying the voices of women opposed to abortion extremists in Congress,” according to its website. But almost every individual donor assisting that amplification in the…
  • “Grassroots” Groups Flooded with Big Donor Cash in Third Quarter

    Lalita Clozel
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Big-dollar donations to outside spending groups in the third quarter appeared to be falling like manna from heaven. Take, for instance, the largess of Bob McNair, owner of the Houston Texans. He doled out at least $3.5 million to seven different super PACs in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, pumping up their reserves weeks ahead of Election Day. The common theme uniting them: Their strategic work in the battle over Senate control — and, in all but one case, names that make them sound indigenous, even if most of their funding, like the donations from McNair, comes from…
  • North Carolina Senate Race Now No. 1 All-Time in Outside Spending

    Andrew Mayersohn
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Thursday evening, the Koch-affiliated Freedom Partners Action Fund reported making a seven-figure ad buy attacking Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). With that buy, the North Carolina race passed 2012′s Virginia Senate election to claim the dubious honor of attracting the most-ever outside spending. The $55.7 million spent on the showdown between Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is even more remarkable in context. By this date in 2012, the Virginia race between now-Sen. Tim Kaine and former Sen. George Allen had seen just $30.4 million of its eventual $52.4 million in outside spending. If the…
 
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    Sunlight Foundation Blog

  • Reflections from Buntwani: Strengthening civic engagement through tech

    Amy Ngai
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Moments from Buntwani! What is the difference between opengov and opendata? Are there tech tools that can help with civic engagement? How can we open up PDFs? Why don’t NGOs and academia also open up their data? These were the questions we contemplated two weeks ago — not in San Francisco or Washington, D.C., but in Nairobi, Kenya — for the inaugural Buntwani conference hosted by the Open Institute. I had the pleasure of joining over a hundred participants for the two-day conference aimed at strengthening citizen engagement through the use of technology. The invitation-only event…
  • Today in #OpenGov 10/22/2014

    Matt Rumsey
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Today in #OpenGov is going email! Click here to sign up now. We're taking "Today in #OpenGov" to the next level: Your inbox. Beginning in mid-November, your favorite roundup of all-things-opengov will transition fully to an email newsletter, delivered each morning during the week. Ready to take the next step? Sign up for the newsletter here! National News A subcommittee of the Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council is launching a project to survey the current state of FOIA oversight across the Federal government. (Fierce Government) Despite the midterm elections keeping members of…
  • Eyes on leadership: Members raising more than they need

    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Paul Ryan's leadership PAC spent heavily on consultants and contributions to other members last quarter; Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr In the months leading up the Nov. 4 elections, members of congress are furiously raising money for their own re-election contests, on top of their full-time gigs as legislator. So why would Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan go the extra yard of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for other members? While partisan camaraderie and goodwill may play, it's likely that Ryan's play for the Ways and Means Committee's chairmanship has something to do with it. In…
  • Getting serious about protecting access to public email

    Emily Shaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Photo Credit: Flickr User Mixy Lorenzo Our legally-protected access to public email records — the most voluminous source of official written records — is failing. Broward County, Fla. charging journalists $132,348 to provide emails associated with foreclosure cases. Ferguson, Mo. officials determining that emails related to officer Darren Wilson’s case didn’t serve the “public interest” and therefore would be available only at prohibitive cost. Dallas police destroying email records related to officer misconduct after only a couple of months. Emails documenting controversial…
  • Tom Steyer's flood of campaign money hits $55 million to NextGen

    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Tom Steyer, the 55 million dollar man; Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Environmentally-minded billionaire Tom Steyer gave another $15 million to his NextGen Climate Action in September, his outside spending group whose $20 million in campaign spending last month made it September's No. 1 spender. The donation also brings Steyer's super PAC contributions for the 2014 cycle to an eye-popping $55.9 million. An analysis of the latest campaign filings using Sunlight's Real-Time Federal Campaign Finance tracker provides a revealing view of how the spenders we know about are positioned in the final…
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  • Students Re-Launch Open Access Button App to Find Free Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research

    Maira Sutton
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Millions of people use research everyday. From students, medical professionals, to curious hobbyists, we all benefit from being able to access, read, and cite reliable, tested information. But getting the research we need can be hard and costly when it's locked up behind expensive paywalls. Two university students, David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, were finally fed up with being denied access to online journals and articles that were necessary to continue their studies—so they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result was Open Access Button, a browser-based tool that records…
  • International Copyright Policy Laundering and the Ongoing War on Access to Knowledge

    Maira Sutton
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    How is it possible that someone could face years in prison for sharing an academic paper online? How did we arrive at such extreme criminal punishments for accessing knowledge and information? Well, this has been long in the making. We got here because Big Content interests have dominated secretive, back-room copyright negotiations over several decades, resulting in laws that are increasingly restricting our speech, and our ability to comment, control, re-use, and access knowledge, culture, and the devices that we own. This is especially relevant for Open Access Week, which is all about…
  • EFF, Internet Archive, and reddit Oppose New York’s BitLicense Proposal

    Dave Maass
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Privacy, Economic and Free Speech Flaws in Proposed Bitcoin Regulatory SchemeSan Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with reddit and the Internet Archive, today filed formal comments with the New York State Department of Financial Services opposing the state's proposed regulations for digital currencies such as Bitcoin. In the letter, EFF argues that on top of damaging privacy and harming innovation, New York's "BitLicense" regulatory scheme also risks infringing on First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and association. The State of New York is currently…
  • Open Letter from Diego Gomez: "Access to Knowledge Is a Global Right"

    Maira Sutton
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    The progress of knowledge is fueled by people who dedicate their lives to a field—to read, examine, and absorb everything they can out of passionate intellectual curiosity. Diego Gomez is one of these individuals, and is dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Unfortunately, like so many scholars around the world, Diego’s work has been frustrated by a lack of access to research trapped by expensive paywalls. So he did what many researchers and academics do today when they see a barrier to knowledge: he shared the research with his colleagues. Due to excessive criminal…
  • The Troubling Arguments from the Government in Smith v. Obama

    Nadia Kayyali
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    We’ve filed our reply brief in the appeal of Smith v. Obama, our case challenging the NSA’s mass telephone records collection on behalf of Idaho nurse Anna Smith. The case will be argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal on December 8, 2014 in Seattle, and the public is welcome to attend. Another case challenging the telephone records program, Klayman v. Obama, will be argued on November 4 in Washington DC before the DC Circuit and EFF will be participating as an amicus. The Smith v. Obama case records are all here: but we thought we’d highlight three of the more outrageous…
 
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  • End of the "Double Irish" Scheme Could Take a Bite Out of Apple's Tax Avoidance

    jschieder
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Last May, many were shocked to hear that one of their favorite companies, Apple, was acting less than patriotically. The corporation was stashing profits out of the reach of the U.S. Treasury. Apple has been using the “holy grail of tax avoidance,” as Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) described the accounting tricks, to generate profits that cannot be taxed by any country. The company is one of several that have taken advantage of this scheme. Google used the "Double Irish" accounting maneuver, as it is known, to avoid paying an estimated $2.5 billion in U.S. taxes last year.
  • New Study Finds Big Government Makes People Happy, "Free Markets" Don't

    guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Originally released by the Campaign for America's Future on Oct. 15, 2014 Interview with Patrick Flavin, principal author of the study “Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being,” conducted by host of “The Zero Hour” Richard Eskow Forget about feeling “like a room without a roof,” or whatever that “happy” song says. If you want to know “what happiness is to you,” try living in a social democracy. A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in…
  • The Need for Speed: $15 Billion Cost of Foodborne Illness Underscores Urgent FDA Action

    rwhite
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Preventable foodborne diseases cause thousands of illnesses and deaths in the United States every year. Coupled with this pain and suffering, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently estimated that foodborne illnesses cost the American public more than $15 billion annually. To develop this estimate, the USDA analyzed specific disease outcomes from 15 major pathogens found in food in the United States, which account for over 95 percent of the illnesses and deaths from foodborne disease. It also examined health care costs, lost wages from these illnesses, and other costs. We can…
  • Cleaning Up CAFOs with the Civil Rights Act

    afrank
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    For decades, minority communities in North Carolina have suffered with the odors and pollution of industrial pig farms. They may finally get a reprieve thanks to a complaint submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Civil Rights. The complaint, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of several groups, argues that North Carolina’s permitting process for pig farms negatively and disproportionally affects minority communities and violates the Civil Rights Act. CAFOs Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, also known as “CAFOs,” are highly…
  • Report: Anonymous Companies Threaten American Interests

    jschieder
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    It is easier to form a corporation in the United States than it is to get a library card or driver’s license. Current law allows people or existing corporations to create new companies without requiring any information about the human owners of the businesses. A powerful new report by Global Witness details the threats these anonymous companies pose. “The Great Rip Off”  provides 22 detailed case studies to highlight the threats to American interests posed by anonymous company ownership. These include: jeopardizing national security, exploiting taxpayers, conning the…
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  • Recent PRA Litigation Missteps: Abandoned Claims, False Starts

    Foster Pepper
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    By Milt Rowland and Lee Marchisio Abandoned Claims.  In West v. Gregoire, Division II of the Court of Appeals held that a PRA requestor who moves for a show cause order under RCW 42.56.550(1) abandons any claims he or she does not either (1) address in briefing, (2) mention in oral argument, or (3) otherwise specifically preserve for judicial review.  Arthur West submitted a public records request to Governor Gregoire’s office.  After providing West an initial five‑day letter, the Governor’s office did not further communicate for several…
  • Case Law Update: "fullest assistance," redactions for effective law enforcement, disclosure of non-agency phone logs

    Lee Marchisio
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Washington Court of Appeals issued three notable Public Records Act decisions in the past few days.  In Andrews v. Washington State Patrol, Division III held that an agency that fails to comply with self‑imposed disclosure deadlines does not violate the PRA if the agency acts diligently to produce the requested records.  The specific records request was complex, seeking audio recordings of third‑party telephone conversations protected by attorney‑client privilege.  In order to preserve confidentiality, the State Patrol developed a method to identify responsive…
  • Recommended Reading: Ethics and the Public Disclosure Act

    Foster Pepper
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Foster Pepper's Regulatory & Government Affairs practice recommends reading, "Does Media Coverage of School Shootings Lead to More School Shootings?" to stay up-to-date on conversation related to the Public Disclosure Act. The Stranger originally published the article on August 11, 2014.
  • Court Of Appeals Holds Records Subject To Protective Order As Unduly Burdensome Not Exempt Under The Public Records Act

    Adrian Urquhart Winder
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In Washington State Department of Transportation v. Mendoza de Sugiyama (Division II), a former employee brought an employment action against the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and requested certain records in pretrial discovery.  When the trial court granted DOT’s motion for a CR 26(c) protective order on the grounds that the request was unduly burdensome, the former employee submitted a public records request to DOT for the same records.  DOT brought a separate action for declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that the records were exempt under…
  • Recommended Reading: Open Public Meetings Law

    Foster Pepper
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Foster Pepper’s Regulatory & Government Affairs practice recommends staying updated on state open public meetings law and reading the most recent development as reported by Justin Runquist of The Columbian. Washougal mayor: Council may have violated public meetings law. 
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    Sunlight Foundation Blog

  • Reflections from Buntwani: Strengthening civic engagement through tech

    Amy Ngai
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Moments from Buntwani! What is the difference between opengov and opendata? Are there tech tools that can help with civic engagement? How can we open up PDFs? Why don’t NGOs and academia also open up their data? These were the questions we contemplated two weeks ago — not in San Francisco or Washington, D.C., but in Nairobi, Kenya — for the inaugural Buntwani conference hosted by the Open Institute. I had the pleasure of joining over a hundred participants for the two-day conference aimed at strengthening citizen engagement through the use of technology. The invitation-only event…
  • Today in #OpenGov 10/22/2014

    Matt Rumsey
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Today in #OpenGov is going email! Click here to sign up now. We're taking "Today in #OpenGov" to the next level: Your inbox. Beginning in mid-November, your favorite roundup of all-things-opengov will transition fully to an email newsletter, delivered each morning during the week. Ready to take the next step? Sign up for the newsletter here! National News A subcommittee of the Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council is launching a project to survey the current state of FOIA oversight across the Federal government. (Fierce Government) Despite the midterm elections keeping members of…
  • Eyes on leadership: Members raising more than they need

    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Paul Ryan's leadership PAC spent heavily on consultants and contributions to other members last quarter; Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr In the months leading up the Nov. 4 elections, members of congress are furiously raising money for their own re-election contests, on top of their full-time gigs as legislator. So why would Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan go the extra yard of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for other members? While partisan camaraderie and goodwill may play, it's likely that Ryan's play for the Ways and Means Committee's chairmanship has something to do with it. In…
  • Getting serious about protecting access to public email

    Emily Shaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Photo Credit: Flickr User Mixy Lorenzo Our legally-protected access to public email records — the most voluminous source of official written records — is failing. Broward County, Fla. charging journalists $132,348 to provide emails associated with foreclosure cases. Ferguson, Mo. officials determining that emails related to officer Darren Wilson’s case didn’t serve the “public interest” and therefore would be available only at prohibitive cost. Dallas police destroying email records related to officer misconduct after only a couple of months. Emails documenting controversial…
  • Tom Steyer's flood of campaign money hits $55 million to NextGen

    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Tom Steyer, the 55 million dollar man; Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Environmentally-minded billionaire Tom Steyer gave another $15 million to his NextGen Climate Action in September, his outside spending group whose $20 million in campaign spending last month made it September's No. 1 spender. The donation also brings Steyer's super PAC contributions for the 2014 cycle to an eye-popping $55.9 million. An analysis of the latest campaign filings using Sunlight's Real-Time Federal Campaign Finance tracker provides a revealing view of how the spenders we know about are positioned in the final…
 
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  • KAREN DEGGES, COUNTY MANAGER, MAKES EXCUSES AT OPEN GOVERNMENT FORUM

    taxdogs
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    October 21, 2014 Watchdogs, newspaper reporters, and a few county officials attended the Open Government Forum in Macon last Friday. This forum was sponsored by the Transparency Project of Georgia and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation. Jim Zachary (long time newspaper editor and fierce open government advocate) representing the TPOG, and Hollie Manheimer representing the GFAF were the main speakers. Thank you to Charles Forsythe for attending and recording the forum so we could have these videos. Jim Zachary did not mince words and neither did those in attendance about the problems…
  • The government bill which will allow public forests to be handed over to private developers

    Tom Pride
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    (not satire – it’s the UK today) Well this is a bit worrying. An innocuous sounding bit of legislation called the Infrastructure Bill is making its way through parliament with hardly a peep of protest from …. well, just about anyone really. Which is strange because the bill is about to give Government agencies carte blanche to hand over any public land – including countryside and forests – to private developers. You can read more about this pernicious legislation here: Parliaments New Chainsaw – The Infrastructure Bill There’s still time for a…
  • Lettuce Know

    Barkinghandbag
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    New Zealand. Land of milk, manuka honey, kiwifruit, giant fleeced marinos, football playing rams, happy bulls producing record amounts of semen and very unhappy consumers whose 5+ a day programme has been hamstrung by an outbreak of painful food poisoning allegedly from contaminated lettuces – or perhaps carrots. Shrek, Big Ben and Samson – no shaggy sheep tales with these fellas I can’t tell you more in case I name a supplier, a producer, a brand or a retailer who may not be associated with said contaminated veges and I can neither confirm nor deny if carrots and/or lettuces are…
  • UK government shuts down free speech with threats of jail (tabloid newspapers exempted)

    Tom Pride
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    (not satire – it’s the UK today!) When government ministers or members of the establishment talk about free speech, they don’t mean free speech for plebs like you and me. As an illustration of this, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has just announced 2 year jail sentences for anyone found to have been dishing out abuse on social media. But the law will not apply to tabloid newspapers, who dish out abuse on a regular basis – sometimes with tragic consequences. If the government thinks dishing out abuse online should result in jail, fair enough. But the laws must also…
  • On the Road: Open Government Part 4

    CGE Blog
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Click here for Part 3 of 4 Click here for Part 2 of 4 Click here for Part 1 of 4 The Open Government Tour 2014 is officially in the books. I rode my motorcycle about 18,500kms all in an effort to bring attention to the Open Government and Open Data Movements. One of my goals was to put into practice the theories of Open Government. In a weird way, I (kinda) wanted to put myself in the shoes of government/public servants and have a better understanding of their perspective in executing a project that truly embraced the Open Government values. Now that the #OGT14 is over, I’d like to share my…
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