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Nursing Transparency in Former Soviet Republics

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 12:13 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Our work at the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) focuses primarily on citizen access, transparency and open government issues at the state and local level.

But we are frequently drawn by overlap and the interrelationship of concerns into national affairs and matters related...

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The Jindal End Run: 'E' in 'Email' Should Not Stand for 'Evasion'

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 4:51 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Soon after getting the first CNN producer's message asking about my availability for a live, next-morning segment with their anchor, I responded affirmatively -- even before a half-day meeting had concluded.

It was a busy day in a busy week. But the planned segment was about the...

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Is Brown (Act) Out in California? Time May Tell

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 4:27 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. - City councils, public commissions, county and school boards and special district governing bodies in California may continue to hold their meetings in the figurative "sunlight," as well they should.

But in an action that has received little notice except for niche blogs, the 59-year-old "Brown Act," the...

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LA Supervisors, With Governor, Violate Open Meetings Law

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 11:55 AM

It was so ho-hummed and matter-of-factly reported that few would sense its importance when reading it.

The district attorney's office found that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had clearly - and rather flagrantly -- violated the state's open meetings law when it met with Democratic Gov. Jerry...

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Reality of Transparency Less Than Its Promise

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 9:33 AM

Kudos are due to AP National Writer Martha Mendoza and the team of reporters and correspondents who helped piece together what may be the most comprehensive report ever on freedom of information laws around the world.

Across the globe, there are more people living in countries where citizens supposedly...

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Public Records Helped Free Texas Man

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 8:25 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Michael Morton walked out of a Texas prison with much to be thankful for:
Great appellate lawyers and the Innocence Project. The probative, scientific certainty of DNA. A justice system which, despite humongous flaws, will own up and admit mistakes, at least when faced with indisputable...

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Heidi's Bar: A Metaphorical Tale Worth Sharing

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 2:10 PM

I do not know who wrote the contemporary fable about "Heidi's Bar," being spread through email blasts and Facebook postings. It wasn't me. I am neither clever enough, nor well enough versed in matters of market shenanigans and international finance to have created the wonderful, illustrative tale.

A friend in...

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Once Public, Now Private?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 5:12 PM

It is well under the radar, but another important open government case may be making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

If the justices of the Court decide to take it, the case will center on whether records that were indisputably public during court proceedings can be withheld...

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Sunshine Week: The Forecast is Mostly Cloudy

(5) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 9:35 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Heading into "Sunshine Week," many open government advocates across the country feel they have much more to bemoan than they have to celebrate.
Even if no court or attorney general ever chastises Wisconsin's Republican legislators for violating open meetings law notice requirements, the convoluted web of...

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Remembering Barbara Jordan

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 2:02 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The way political gossip had it at the time, former President Lyndon Johnson pulled strings, twisted arms or called in favors to have Barbara Jordan, the new Congresswoman from Texas, seated on the House Judiciary Committee.

Whatever the truth of that rumor or the juice LBJ had...

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