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Court rules against city in open meetings law appeal

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Despite negligible penalties, two appeals have been filed for the first time in cases of violations of Mississippi’s open meetings law.

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AARP state director downplays U.N. partnership for age-friendly cities, roads

By   /  May 26, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

PEDAL AHEAD: AARP and the World Health Organization want fewer cars and more bicycles on roads, but local program facilitators prefer not to share too many details about the partnership.

As more drivers find themselves sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians, the international partnership behind the change remains largely unknown to taxpayers and local residents — and program facilitators appear to like it that way.

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AARP and WHO bringing globalization to Vermont streets

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont is known for its homegrown, keep-it-local attitude, but increasingly many aspects of the Green Mountain State are being shaped by international interests — even down to its local roads.

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Google could face record antitrust fine in Europe after skating by in U.S.

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Accountability, National, News, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The company is accused of promoting its shopping service in internet searches on its website over rival services.

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Visitor logs show Google’s unrivaled White House access

By   /  May 16, 2016  /  Accountability, National, News, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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“You don’t know what the meetings are about, but the fact that someone has that level of access at the White House is revealing,” she said. “It certainly suggests a level of influence.”

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Gun rights group calls for veto of animal cruelty investigation board bill

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A gun rights group wants Gov. Peter Shumlin to veto a bill that creates an animal cruelty investigation board potentially staffed with members from anti-hunting organizations.

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