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Mississippi Justice Institute files complaint over Amazon deal denial

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Justice Institute filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission after its records request for terms of deal between the state and Amazon was denied.

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Bills target secret contracts, government partnerships

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Untold millions of Texas tax dollars are being spent in bureaucratic darkness after two Supreme Court rulings blew holes in the state’s public-records law.

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An open letter to the Wisconsin Supreme Court from a John Doe victim

By   /  January 23, 2017  /  Commentary, Free Speech, Judiciary, Open Records, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“Some of you may know me as Unnamed Petitioner Number 7”

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Vermont ethics commission bill on way to Senate

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont ranks among the bottom handful of states when it comes to government integrity laws, but this year lawmakers will once again attempt to enact real ethics reform.

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High court hears arguments on whether UT can bury investigation

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Accountability, Education, Judiciary, News, Open Records, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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There was no “you can’t handle the truth” moment, but there should have been, as UT’s case comes down to a similar premise: surely somebody gets to decide Hall can’t handle the truth.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force working out final details on reform

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is waiting for the reform recommendations from the Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force, which were due on his desk by December 1.

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