Ohioans can be grateful for public records law

By   /  November 26, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments


Hey Ohio – your state government just got a D+ grade in openness and transparency. Too bad that failing grade doesn’t reflect just how good Ohio’s public records law Ohio really is and why the state can be grateful for its provisions.

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Will newly passed laws raise Oregon’s flunking grade in integrity?

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Time will tell if new laws passed in response to Oregon’s infamous scandal forcing the resignation of Gov. Kitzhaber improve the state’s “F” in integrity.

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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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Gone baby gone: Heineman emails nowhere to be found in Capitol

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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If you’re looking for public documents or emails about former Gov. Dave Heineman, don’t go looking for the state capitol. You won’t find them there.

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State officials wander around spousal disclosure rules with little direction

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments


For years, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar failed to list his wife on his annual personal financial disclosure, during which time he served in both chambers of the statehouse. He told Texas Watchdog in 2009 that “anything that I have control over, which is what the requirements are, that’s what’s reported.” In February 2014, he had a change of heart.

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Travels with Pete: Nebraska governor racks up frequent flier miles

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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During his first seven-and-a-half months in office, Gov. Pete Ricketts has been out of state eight times — more than a month — for a mix of personal and official business ranging from a Chicago Cubs board meeting to a European trade mission.

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