Open data pioneer: ‘I didn’t ask Congress, I just did it’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil

Waldo Jaquith didn’t set out to be a pioneer of government accountability. But after years of experimenting with government data for fun, the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and creator of finds himself at the forefront of a transparency revolution.

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Week in review: Backroom meetings and stalled reform in PA

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

LOOKING BACK: Gov. Tom Corbett is still pushing pension reform, but GOP lawmakers have struggled to push forward a conservative agenda.

Pennsylvania’s Capitol has finally settled down after a rocky budget season that saw Gov. Tom Corbett sign a $29 billion spending plan 10 days late — but not without axing more than $72 million in legislative funding and earmarks.

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Hall impeachment crew is winding down

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Last fall, Ferdinand Frank Fischer, III said Wallace Hall's failure to tolerate accounting fraud is grounds for impeachment.

By William Murchison | Special to
The surprise announcement of Bill Powers’ slow-motion, let’s call it leave-taking, from the University of Texas presidency finally may have broken the Austin heat, like a mid-summer thunderstorm.
Hardly anyone from the university itself, or the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operation, seemed worked up Wednesday over some [...]

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Texas lawmaker: Pay attention to the UT law school favoritism

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments


There was a time when state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione might have been surprised at the way the political establishment and much of the Texas press responded to the discovery of widespread political favoritism at the University of Texas School of Law.

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Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

District offers no answers on leadership changes at Philadelphia elementary school.

Questionable leadership at Bache-Martin elementary school in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia has the community confused.

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KS week in review: RINOs, Netflix and transparency fail

By   /  May 2, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

stop hitting yourself

The Kansas Legislature is wrapping stuff up this week, and so are we. From Obamacare alternatives to a sad end for some promising legislation, the last week is now in the books.

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