Ferguson officials charge inflated fees for access to public documents

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Journalism, Local Government, Local News, Missouri, Open Records, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Press organizations investigating the Michael Brown incident are being charged incredibly high fees for public records by the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

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Arlington streetcar moves amid rising costs, controversy

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Open Records, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

TRANSIT POLITICS: Though Columbia Pike is served by more than a dozen bus routes daily, Arlington officials want to dedicate a lane of traffic for a streetcar project, most recently priced at $560 million.

An opponent says it’s “a long way from being done,” but a controversial streetcar project with a ballooning $560 million price tag got another push from the Arlington County Board on Tuesday.

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Appeals court reverses John Doe injunction, but Wisconsin’s secret war far from over

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  National, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Expressing deep concerns and respect for states’ rights, the U.S.Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower-court injunction that had shut down a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservatives groups.

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Alabama state attorney: Photographing public records for free is ‘stealing’

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Alabama, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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In what would appear to be a case of government run amuck, at least two state agencies in Alabama won’t let citizens take pictures of public records, with an attorney for one equating the idea with stealing.

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Official says citizens’ interest in government has ‘gone to the dogs’

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Local Government, Michigan, Open Records, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Despite the internet making government more open, a Harbor Springs city manager is upset that residents only make noise about deer and dog parks.

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NJ Watchdog appeals denial of Christie travel records

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to flout state travel rules will be contested in New Jersey appeals court. The case pits the governor’s power versus transparency in government – a cause Christie once championed.

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