Four ways North Dakota could improve its open records laws

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  News, North Dakota, Transparency  /  No Comments

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has formed a task force to improve his state’s open records laws, and Watchdog reporter Rob Port who is serving on it has some ideas.

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Taxpayers oppose city decision to forgo bond referenda

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Minnesota, News, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Officials in Bloomington, Minnesota now have the power to issue up to $100 million in general obligation bonds without a referendum. It’s a move that flies in the face of concerns over short-circuiting the role of residents to curtail spending and maintain the city’s stellar bond rating.

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Tennessee open records may get a little less open

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  News, Tennessee, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Tennessee officials say they may charge people merely to look at public records, raising concerns about public access.

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State Fair of Texas filed SLAPP suit to quash public’s right to query via open records, court rules

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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An action by the Texas State Fair helps assuage concerns over state open records laws.

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New EB-5 visa center to help finance proposed high-speed rail line

By   /  August 14, 2015  /  Immigration, Minnesota, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The developer seeking billions of dollars to privately finance a proposed high speed rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities has received federal approval to launch a new EB-5 immigrant investment center, Liberty Minnesota.

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NJ Watchdog pursuit of public records strikes blow for transparency

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Commentary, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The news media are buzzing about New Jersey Watchdog’s court battles with Chris Christie over public records. The investigative site was awarded access to a directory of press contacts Christie wants to protect for his own political use. But the governor is still allowed to hide $1 million in Amex bills his security team racked up in travel costs.

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