Minnesota open records law needs a name equal to its purpose

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act needs a new title. Desperately. The Data Practices Act reflects Minnesota’s admirable belief that we’re all policy wonks at heart. Star Tribune by James Eli Shiffer January 6, 2018 One of the cornerstones of
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Who’s been visiting Trump at Mar-a-Lago? It’s a secret.

Sun Sentinel by Skyler Swisher December 15, 2017 President Trump is expected to head to his Winter White House in Palm Beach for the holidays, but records showing who will be rubbing elbows with the First Family at his Mar-a-Lago
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New York Governor Bolsters Freedom of Information Law

Ballard Spahr December 14, 2017 Champions of government oversight notched a significant win yesterday as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation strengthening that state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The new legislation makes it easier for requesters stonewalled by
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Recent Decisions Reflect Diverging Views on Disclosing Records Held in Government Officials’ Private Email Accounts

Ballard Spahr by Alexander I. Ziccardi and Michael Berry October 19, 2017 In recent years, the battle over government transparency has opened up a new front—private email accounts. The press and transparency advocates have argued that records kept in a
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The White House Says It Doesn’t Keep a List of Mar-a-Lago Visitors. Experts and Visitors Are Skeptical.

Seven members and guests of Mar-a-Lago say the U.S. Secret Service checks names of visitors. ProPublica by Leora Smith and Derek Kravitz October 16, 2017 Last month, the Trump administration said it could not comply with a court order to
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Judge surprised at feds’ slim disclosure on Mar-a-Lago visitors

POLITICO by Josh Gerstein October 11, 2017 A federal judge indicated Wednesday that she was taken aback by how little information the government turned over in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records about President Donald Trump’s visitors at
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U.S. judge cites ‘shameful’ FBI delays in making 9/11 records public

by Florida Bulldog’s Dan Christensen March 1, 2017 A Miami federal judge Tuesday excoriated the FBI for what she called its “shameful” delays in making public certain records about the bureau’s 9/11 Review Commission. “It is distressing to see the
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