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  • CIA Report Release Delayed . . . Again

    The FOIA blog
    scott hodes
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    The Hill has this article on the DOJ's request for another delay in the CIA report of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Early delays were caused by inter government arguments on how much to release, with the Executive branch allegedly arguing for more redactions and the Legislative branch arguing for more transparency.
  • ACLU, EFF target Tennesse school district rules on tech and social media

    FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION » News & Opinion
    donal brown
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Freedom Foundation have asked a Tennessee school district to change its policies governing computers and smartphones and use of social media on and off campus. The policies require students engaged in student activities and those who wish to use school computers to sign off on the policies […]
  • Ad Spending Tops $1 Billion; Dark Money Groups Buy Significant Share

    OpenSecrets Blog
    RMaguire
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Overall ad spending has broken $1 billion in federal elections and state governors’ races, with the total number of ads exceeding 2.2 million. According to a new report by the Wesleyan Media Project in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics, the total number of ads run in House, Senate and gubernatorial races has dropped slightly from 2.4 million at this point in 2010. But from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23, where data is available, ad buys in Senate races have increased over those in the last midterm elections, with pro-Democratic groups jumping 37 percent over the same period in…
  • Joint fundraisers ballooning after McCutcheon decision

    Sunlight Foundation Blog
    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Seven months after the Supreme Court struck down a provision of campaign finance law that limited the total amount that individuals could contribute to campaigns, parties and political action committees, big donors have a host of new options to more conveniently spread their political influence around. There are 213 new joint fundraising committees this year, a type of committee that allows contributors to write a single big check to be split among multiple candidates. Before the McCutcheon decision, the maximum number of recipients that could be included in a joint fundraiser stood at seven.
  • The 90s and Now: FBI and its Inability to Cope with Encryption

    Deeplinks
    Amul Kalia
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Recently, FBI Director James B. Comey, along with several government officials, have issued many public statements regarding their inability to catch criminals due to Apple and Google offering default encryption to their consumers.We at EFF have been around long enough to see these nearly identical statements being made in the past, and have simultaneously witnessed law enforcement agencies not rendered obsolete. In fact, we’ve seen the exact opposite. The tools available to the law enforcement today are expansive and are much scarier, and require close scrutiny to ensure that civil…
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    The FOIA blog

  • CIA Report Release Delayed . . . Again

    scott hodes
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    The Hill has this article on the DOJ's request for another delay in the CIA report of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Early delays were caused by inter government arguments on how much to release, with the Executive branch allegedly arguing for more redactions and the Legislative branch arguing for more transparency.
  • Groups Urge President to Sign FOIA Bill

    scott hodes
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Over 50 groups have sent a letter to the President urging him to sign the FOIA reform bill that is currently in Congress.  More on the letter in the Hill. Of course, if Congress never acts on the bill, the President won't have to worry about whether to sign it. The House passed its version of the bill but the Senate version hasn't yet reached the Senate floor.
  • 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…
 
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    FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION » News & Opinion

  • ACLU, EFF target Tennesse school district rules on tech and social media

    donal brown
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Freedom Foundation have asked a Tennessee school district to change its policies governing computers and smartphones and use of social media on and off campus. The policies require students engaged in student activities and those who wish to use school computers to sign off on the policies […]
  • Initiative launched to shore up press freedom after repeated violations during Ferguson protests

    donal brown
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    With a report in hand of 52 charges of violations of freedom of press during the Ferguson protests,  an association of writers is asking for the federal government to investigate. PEN America Center is asking the Justice Department to create new guidelines for local police departments in treating the press during public demonstrations. (The New […]
  • New Pennsylvania law passed to silence convicts

    donal brown
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    To response to graduation speeches by controversial convict Mumia Abu-Jamal, now serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania for murdering a Philadelphia policeman, the state legislature passed a law allowing victims of a crime to sue a convict for conduct causing “mental anguish.” The law attempts to evade the First Amendment by targeting conduct rather than […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Ad Spending Tops $1 Billion; Dark Money Groups Buy Significant Share

    RMaguire
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Overall ad spending has broken $1 billion in federal elections and state governors’ races, with the total number of ads exceeding 2.2 million. According to a new report by the Wesleyan Media Project in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics, the total number of ads run in House, Senate and gubernatorial races has dropped slightly from 2.4 million at this point in 2010. But from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23, where data is available, ad buys in Senate races have increased over those in the last midterm elections, with pro-Democratic groups jumping 37 percent over the same period in…
  • Overall Spending Inches Up in 2014: Megadonors Equip Outside Groups to Capture a Bigger Share of the Pie

    crp_comm
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    This Center for Responsive Politics report is part of #Money14, a series of independent reports exposing the role of money in American politics. Join us for an event around the fifth anniversary of Citizens United to hear more about the participating organizations’ innovative research and work together for a more inclusive, transparent, and participatory democracy. Contact: Viveca Novak, press@crp.org (202-354-0111); Russ Choma, press@crp.org (202-354-0108) The 2014 midterms may well mark the election cycle in which the small donor got left behind. Revised projections by the Center for…
  • State Parties Flooded With National Funds

    Lalita Clozel
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    In the sprint to Nov. 4, both parties are heaping mounds of cash on their state affiliates. With this election cycle shaping up to be the most expensive in history in terms of spending on congressional races, some state parties are now raising unprecedented amounts of money. In fickle Alaska, both national parties are leaving no stone unturned and no dollar unspent. In the first half of October, the Alaska Republican Party received more than $1 million from national party committees. The $400,000 gift from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the nearly $685,000 donation from…
  • LinkedIn Cofounder Reid Hoffman Donates $1 Million to MayDay PAC

    John Sugden
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Hoffman cofounded LinkedIn in 2002.(Flickr/Joi Ito) Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn cofounder and noted Silicon Valley investor, cut a $1 million check to MayDay PAC last week according to pre-general election filings. Hoffman’s contribution brings MayDay’s total receipts to $10.3 million. Billing itself the “super PAC to end all super PACs,” the committee’s goal is to curb the influence of money in politics by funding candidates who support campaign finance reform. MayDay PAC was founded earlier this year by Harvard professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig.
  • $16 Million to NextGen Climate is Pocket Money for Tom Steyer

    Lalita Clozel
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    In just 15 months, NextGen Climate Action has grown into one of the mightiest spenders of the midterm election.  And with the latest round of pocket money from founder Tom Steyer, it now has $19 million to spend within two weeks of the November 4 election. With his latest gift, Steyer’s contribution to NextGen Climate now exceeds the $50 million he had promised to spend at the outset. He gave $16 million on October 14 — the super PAC’s largest contribution received to date — meaning that NextGen has now racked up close to $58 million from the California hedge…
 
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    Sunlight Foundation Blog

  • Joint fundraisers ballooning after McCutcheon decision

    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Seven months after the Supreme Court struck down a provision of campaign finance law that limited the total amount that individuals could contribute to campaigns, parties and political action committees, big donors have a host of new options to more conveniently spread their political influence around. There are 213 new joint fundraising committees this year, a type of committee that allows contributors to write a single big check to be split among multiple candidates. Before the McCutcheon decision, the maximum number of recipients that could be included in a joint fundraiser stood at seven.
  • Welcome to Docket Wrench, SEC and CFTC!

    Nancy Watzman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Sunlight is pleased to announce that we have now integrated regulatory data from both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) into our Docket Wrench tool. Thanks to a generous grant supported by Transparency International, and in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, you can now view both regulatory proposals and comments received by these major federal agencies that oversee the nation's financial markets. These two agencies do not participate in Regulations.gov, the central regulatory hub for the federal government that…
  • Sunlight's review of federal open data catalogs (Hint: It's not so great)

    Sean Vitka
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Photo credit: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. We at Sunlight are conducting a broad audit of agencies' sometimes-faithful attempts to comply with President Obama's open data executive order from 2013. Our findings so far are good, bad and perplexing. It's no secret that finding machine-readable government data can be difficult. At Sunlight, when necessary, we pursue lawsuits and legislation just to get to good data. However, there are some things we just can’t do. While auditing the Department of the Interior's data catalog, we were left scratching our heads. Too often…
  • Today in #OpenGov 10/29/2014

    Matt Rumsey
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 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 The FBI is floating a set of reforms intended to expand protections for whistleblowers at the agency. The proposal includes a number of positive reforms, but isn't perfect. (POGO) Despite turnover in some key technology positions at the…
  • Corporate donors still prefer the shadows

    Jacob Fenton
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Business groups still prefer to make their political giving in private, a Sunlight examination of donations to super PACs recorded through Oct. 15 suggests. Prior to 2010, corporations and unions couldn't give directly to political action committees, though their employees and members were free to donate their own money to sponsored PACs. Individual donations to these PACs, however, were capped at $5,000 a year. After a series of court decisions known collectively as "Citizens United," however, businesses were free to spend as much as they wanted from their corporate treasury on federal…
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    Deeplinks

  • The 90s and Now: FBI and its Inability to Cope with Encryption

    Amul Kalia
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Recently, FBI Director James B. Comey, along with several government officials, have issued many public statements regarding their inability to catch criminals due to Apple and Google offering default encryption to their consumers.We at EFF have been around long enough to see these nearly identical statements being made in the past, and have simultaneously witnessed law enforcement agencies not rendered obsolete. In fact, we’ve seen the exact opposite. The tools available to the law enforcement today are expansive and are much scarier, and require close scrutiny to ensure that civil…
  • Three Spooky Ways You're Being Spied on This Halloween

    Nadia Kayyali
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    It’s that time of year when people don sinister masks, spray themselves with fake blood, and generally go all out for a good fright. But here at EFF, we think there are plenty of real-world ghouls to last all year-round. Fortunately, we won’t let them hide under your bed. Sometimes our work sounds like science fiction, but the surveillance techniques and technology we fight are all too real. Here are some of the beasts hiding in your backyard that we’ve been fighting to expose: Automated License Plate Readers Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) are cameras that can either be mounted…
  • The 7 Privacy Tools Essential to Making Snowden Documentary CITIZENFOUR

    Parker Higgins
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    What needs to be in your tool belt if you plan to report on a massively funded and ultra-secret organization like the NSA? In the credits of her newly released CITIZENFOUR, director Laura Poitras gives thanks to a list of important security resources that are all free software. We've previously written about CITIZENFOUR and Edward Snowden's discussion of his motivation to release closely guarded information about the NSA. Here's a closer look at the seven tools she names as helping to enable her to communicate with Snowden and her collaborators in making the film. Tor Tor is a collection of…
  • Updated, Victory! Cost of Defending Against A Troll Is More Than Just A Bridge Toll

    Vera Ranieri
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Update (Oct. 29, 2014) Yesterday, the Court granted [PDF] Capstone's Motion for Judgment on the pleadings, finding that all claims were invalid for claiming unpatentable subject matter, applying Alice v. CLS Bank. We're glad Capstone fought against these patents and achieved a total victory, despite the significant costs associated with doing so. We're also happy that the court decided this issue early, sparing the parties and the Court additional needless time and expense. We hope this decision motivates others to challenge stupid patents early. (Original Post, Aug. 21, 2014) We recently…
  • Open Access Week 2014 Wrap Up: Posts, Pictures, and Parties

    Adi Kamdar
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    EFF proudly participated in the eighth annual Open Access Week last week, a celebration of making scholarly research immediately and freely available for people around the world to read, cite, and re-use. We published multiple blog posts each day, including a post from our friends at Wikimedia and a letter from Colombian scientist, Diego Gomez, who is facing up to eight years in jail for sharing a scholarly article online. One theme that seemed to run across all blog posts was that open access doesn't exist in a vacuum: there are laws, policies, and happenings in the world that immensely…
 
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • New Interactive Maps Show Chemical Risks in Legislative Districts

    afrank
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    As we near the midterm elections, voters are considering many important issues, from the economy to fair wages to health care. But have you considered whether children in your legislative district are safe from chemical disasters? New interactive maps released by the Center for Effective Government show the percentage of schoolchildren at risk of chemical catastrophes in congressional districts and state legislative districts. The results are alarming. Each map shows that these chemical risks to schoolchildren are spread widely across the country, but the greatest risks are often concentrated…
  • Women's Environmental Group Asks Proctor & Gamble to "Detox the (Always) Box"

    afrank
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Independent test results released this month found a slew of cancer-causing and neurotoxic chemicals in Always® brand maxi pads. Consumers want to know when everyday items like these contain toxic substances, but current federal standards do not require disclosure of chemicals used in these products. This lack of information is leaving many women in the dark about potential toxic exposures and the health risks they bring. Testing for Toxins Women’s Voices of the Earth, a national environmental health organization that focuses on toxic chemicals, funded the testing. The group…
  • 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…
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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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  • Joint fundraisers ballooning after McCutcheon decision

    Peter Olsen-Phillips
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Seven months after the Supreme Court struck down a provision of campaign finance law that limited the total amount that individuals could contribute to campaigns, parties and political action committees, big donors have a host of new options to more conveniently spread their political influence around. There are 213 new joint fundraising committees this year, a type of committee that allows contributors to write a single big check to be split among multiple candidates. Before the McCutcheon decision, the maximum number of recipients that could be included in a joint fundraiser stood at seven.
  • Welcome to Docket Wrench, SEC and CFTC!

    Nancy Watzman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Sunlight is pleased to announce that we have now integrated regulatory data from both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) into our Docket Wrench tool. Thanks to a generous grant supported by Transparency International, and in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, you can now view both regulatory proposals and comments received by these major federal agencies that oversee the nation's financial markets. These two agencies do not participate in Regulations.gov, the central regulatory hub for the federal government that…
  • Sunlight's review of federal open data catalogs (Hint: It's not so great)

    Sean Vitka
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Photo credit: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. We at Sunlight are conducting a broad audit of agencies' sometimes-faithful attempts to comply with President Obama's open data executive order from 2013. Our findings so far are good, bad and perplexing. It's no secret that finding machine-readable government data can be difficult. At Sunlight, when necessary, we pursue lawsuits and legislation just to get to good data. However, there are some things we just can’t do. While auditing the Department of the Interior's data catalog, we were left scratching our heads. Too often…
  • Today in #OpenGov 10/29/2014

    Matt Rumsey
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 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 The FBI is floating a set of reforms intended to expand protections for whistleblowers at the agency. The proposal includes a number of positive reforms, but isn't perfect. (POGO) Despite turnover in some key technology positions at the…
  • Corporate donors still prefer the shadows

    Jacob Fenton
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Business groups still prefer to make their political giving in private, a Sunlight examination of donations to super PACs recorded through Oct. 15 suggests. Prior to 2010, corporations and unions couldn't give directly to political action committees, though their employees and members were free to donate their own money to sponsored PACs. Individual donations to these PACs, however, were capped at $5,000 a year. After a series of court decisions known collectively as "Citizens United," however, businesses were free to spend as much as they wanted from their corporate treasury on federal…
 
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  • Judge Manley Needs to Hang Up the Robe

    Diane Speer
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Judge Manley is a huge disappointment for citizens looking for an honest interpretation of the law.
  • Strategic Planning Session/ACOG Presentation to the Select Board

    townofrollinsford
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Town of Rollinsford Select Board Monday, November 3rd, 2014 6:00 PM At Town Hall The Select Board will be hearing a presentation from the Advisory Committee on Open Government Saturday, November 15th 9:00 AM At Town Hall The Board will be Meeting for a Strategic Planning Session
  • 5 Interesting Stories from the Past Week: October 27

    bas615
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    1.) Not a week goes by without a number of people commenting on the problems of attracting people to their communities. If only it were as easy as most of these plans seem to portray it. This desire to attract people seems to focus on one particular segment of the population, young, creative professionals. Three articles from this past week touched on the complexities of the issue. It is an issue of particular relevance to small towns and rural areas. They seem to be losing their young people with increasing rapidity. Almost every small town is trying desperately to hold onto its talented…
  • Smarten up - politically and fiscally - with State Smart!

    MaryTreacy
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again. Alexander Pope Election season does foster serious data ennui – numbers too astronomical, too fuzzy, too manipulated for mere mortals to get a grip. One does at times seek refuge in ignorance Still, a handy tool for navigating the data tsunami has just been launched by the National Priorities Project. It offers the rudderless voter a way to navigate the flow; it even comes complete with simple – but highly informative…
  • Open Government, how ready is Australia?

    Rory Gregg
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Open Government fundamentally aims to build and maintain a systematic approach to improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens. The shift towards Open Government emerged from the adoption of ‘e-Government’ in the mid-1990s. New technologies and computing platforms have already transformed the way communities, organisations and Governments communicate over the last ten years. It is now clear that Australians seek an outward looking Government that engages with communities when developing and implementing policies and service delivery solutions. Agencies therefore…
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