The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Censorship, National, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Part 10 of 9 in the series Sunshine Week

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
This may be Sunshine Week for anyone seeking transparency in government, but for the feds — especially the intelligence agencies — it’s anything but.
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama made it official that his office is exempt from information disclosure. And former Secretary […]

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Lawmakers move to guarantee New Mexicans right to comment at public meetings

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Brigette Russell

Citizens have the right to attend and listen at public meetings in New Mexico, but not to speak. Rep. Jim Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, are trying to change that, guaranteeing New Mexicans the right to speak their mind before any public body in the state.

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College investigating instructor who threatened boycott over GOP signs

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Labor, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Milwaukee Area Technical College is investigating a nursing instructor who threatened financial harm against Quality Healthcare Options owner Sally Sprenger because she displayed GOP campaign signs at her business.

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National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Censorship, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, Regulations, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

Photo by Marjorie Haun

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

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Keep politicians away from ethics commission, law expert says

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Censorship, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Richard Kelsey, an assistant dean at George Mason University School of Law, wasn’t caught off guard when he read the Washington Post report that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff offered a job for then-state Sen. Phil Puckett’s daughter if the lawmaker stayed in office to keep Democratic control of the Senate.

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Camera ban, Take 2: League of Women Voters calls on the cops

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Local Government, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Tim Jones.

The League of Women Voters called police Tuesday to stop video trackers from filming a candidates’ forum at Minnetonka City Hall.

Just minutes into the program, attention for the second time this week turned from candidates to a controversial recording ban, which, critics contend, conflicts with the democratic values espoused by the good government group.

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