Resolution greases skids for Burlington charter changes, upsets gun groups

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

UNDER FIRE: Gun rights groups say a resolution sitting in the House Rules Committee would grease the skids for fast approval of Burlington's controversial gun control charter changes.

A state resolution that lets municipal charter changes bypass committee and go straight to the House floor has gun rights groups on high alert about charter changes passed in Burlington.

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Mainstream media displays selective principles on open records

By   /  January 13, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, First Amendment, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Where are the screams of injustice for “screamingly unconstitutional” gag orders that demand silence from harassed and intimidated citizens on penalty of imprisonment?

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City attorney’s office makes claims costly to review

By   /  November 20, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Claims against the city can often tip the public to problems or trends, but it is now more difficult to view them.

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University silent on 9/11 exhibit after students snub moment of silence

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Education, Minnesota, Transparency  /  No Comments

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“We are deeply disturbed by this development,” said John Hodge, Tunnel to Towers Foundation chief of operations in a November 16 letter to UOM President Eric Kaler. “The rejection of that resolution engenders a real question: Is the legacy of 9/11 retribution, hatred, and fear? Because the people who were actually there live a different legacy.”

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Legislators put rogue education agency on the spot at hearing

By   /  November 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Minnesota, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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”It is absolutely deplorable that nobody can tell my clients, after 10 years of applying for licensure, what are the requirements for licensure,” said Rhyddid Watkins, an attorney representing 20 out-of-state teachers. “What do I need to do to get licensed in Minnesota? Apparently, there’s not a single person able to tell them that.”

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Vermont nearly flunks government integrity test

By   /  November 12, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A national watchdog group that rates states on public accountability says Vermont is doing a bad job when it comes to good government.

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