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Florida Legislature Votes to Gut Sunshine Law; Bill Would End Open Records Access Advocacy

Grant Stern | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Grant Stern

Florida's famous Sunshine Law is under attack in the state legislature today as a state House Committee has already voted to eliminate the provision...

"Transparent" Politicians? We Can See Right Through It!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When the Capitol Dome becomes the Cone of Silence...

Igor Bobic

Scott Walker Tried To Quietly Gut Wisconsin's Sunshine Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) office was involved in an effort to quietly gut his state's open records law, a move that was put on h...

Hillary's Right to Privacy: Another Needed Debate About Clinton's Backchannel Emails

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With the 2016 presidential race off and running, the growing controversy over Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's prohibited use of a private email account and server to conduct her official business as Secretary of State is certainly not going away soon.

Sunshine... There's an App for That

Peg Perl | Posted 05.14.2013 | Denver
Peg Perl

It's national Sunshine Week -- a time to promote awareness and discussion about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

No Sunshine For Public Salaries?

Posted 12.03.2012 | Miami

Miami-Dade commissioner Barbara Jordan has a problem with the public knowing how much she makes -- and if she has her way, you won't. As first repo...

Privatization Threatens Open Government

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The explosion in the use of government contractors at every level of government -- from local trash services to security contractors in Iraq -- has exposed weaknesses in sunshine and open record laws.

Time for Sunshine in Sacramento

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Would you believe that, after the recent scandals in California around illegal compensation and government secrecy, the California legislature is keeping the budgets of legislators and legislative committees secret?

Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.

Outsourcing War and Peace: Part 4

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fourth of five excerpts from law professor Laura Dickinson's book, Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Priva...

Let the Sun Shine In on Final Health Care Debate

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Menin

So far neither President Obama nor the Democratic leadership have indicated if they would allow C-SPAN in and open up the hearings to the traditional conference committee process.

Keep Ethics Commission Business in the Sunshine

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Why is the Ethics Commission so concerned about having to operate in the public eye that it is considering going to the legislature to ask for a special exemption from the sunshine laws?

Sarah Palin's Inbox Reveals Possible Troopergate Smoking Guns

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Why the secrecy? Why try so hard to cover up your e-mail trail? What exactly is Gov. Palin trying to hide?