Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA RIGHTS AND WRONGS:  Copyright MN House of Representatives. Photo by Paul Battaglia.

To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials at Open Secrets MN.

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Court sides with ‘The Elephant Man’ in public meetings dispute

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Education, Featured, Local Government, New Mexico, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

"ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM": Ched MacQuigg wearing an elephant mask that he refused to remove while attending a 2008 Albuquerque Public Schools meeting. Photo courtesy of Mark Bralley.

He’s been called a gadfly, he may annoy the heck out of the Albuquerque Public School’s Board of Education, and he even attended one public meeting wearing an elephant mask.

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Report lauds Vermont for leap forward in online transparency

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Accountability, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Attorney general in Iowa faces conflict of interest over dueling roles.

A new report from a national federation of consumer advocacy groups ranks Vermont among the nation’s best in providing online transparency for spending. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group on Tuesday released its fifth annual report comparing spending transparency online across all 50 states.

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Glitchy: KS senators question staff competency with online video

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Kansas, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

CLEAR PROGRESS: Transparency legislation to implement online video in the Kansas Capitol passed through the Senate with unanimous support, but lawmakers question whether state IT staff can handle the challenge.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Over the weekend, Kansas lawmakers threw the full faith and influence of the state Senate behind legislation enacting an online video pilot program.

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Mississippi still spending, despite GOP control

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Budget, law enforcement, Medicaid, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

Mississippi’s state budget grew for the third straight year for fiscal year 2015. The state will spend $6 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1, an increase of 18 percent from last year’s budget.

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