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The Hartford CourantDannel P. Malloy came into office as governor two years ago saying he's committed to "open and transparent" government, but recent events have put that assertion in question. "Transparent" and "transparency" are the words that leaders use these days...
The Hartford CourantEvery year the lights go out a little more on the public's right to know about its government, and they're growing dimmer again in 2013. Legislation pending in the Connecticut General Assembly could further erode the state's Freedom of Information Law...
It's been five years since Pennsylvania government stepped out of the shadows by rewriting its open records law to give citizens much more access to how governments operate and spend public money. Many people, including me, believe the new Right-to-...
If you were ever shot down asking a pretty girl for her phone number, you're not alone. Trust me, they don't spill their digits to everyone who asks. I bet few people would confuse state bureaucrats for beauty queens, but it's not easy getting their...
The Hartford CourantPlease allow me to take a moment to begin this column with a few words of appreciation for sharp-eyed readers who add to my knowledge of a subject after I've written a column about it. Thank you also for helping to shine a light on some of the murkier...
The Hartford CourantConnecticut legislators say a key provision that sets their tough new gun-control law apart from other states' measures is its first-in-the-nation "dangerous weapon offender registry" — which will list the names and addresses of those convicted of...
The Hartford CourantPrepare for weeks of talk about the state's deteriorating finances as Gov. Dannel begins another unhappy chapter of the tale of declining fortunes. The problem is that state government spends more than is produced by the array of taxes it imposes. The...
The ability of Californians to scrutinize their government may rest on the outcome of a little-known case unfolding in a tiny Northern California town. It began routinely enough. Tim Crews, the pugnacious, 69-year-old editor and publisher of the...
Lehigh County is more determined than ever before to prevent property owners from getting their hands on documents showing how their properties were reassessed, after a state agency ordered it to provide some records to a Bethlehem homeowner. The state...
Central Florida Political Pulse - Orlando SentinelTALLAHASSEE — Good morning and happy Thursday. Here are the top stories we're reading this morning. * The Sun Sentinel looks at the overhaul proposed for Citizens. * The Orlando Sentinel writes that lawmakers are hopeful that the state will...
Capitol Ideas with John L. MicekGood Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Another weekend is upon us. And if you live here in the Seat of Government, it's shaping up to be a rainy one. So batten down the hatches, bust out some board games and get......
Watchdog with Paul MuschickToday's Watchdog column highlights yet another battle for information between a citizen and her government. In this case, the citizen won, sort of, by using the state Right-to-Know Law. Here's how to use it to your advantage. Marguerite Fredericks of........
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Oct 15, 2012 |Column| Los Angeles Times
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