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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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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UA prof to Congress: ‘Tipping point’ for freedom of information

July 12, 2016 – Tuscon Sentinel “We have reached a tipping point – a crisis situation – when it comes to freedom of information in this country. We are frogs in the kettle of slowly heating water,” the head of
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Defense Department Blocks Records Related to Jacksonville Company, Citing ‘Investigation’ – Politico Florida

May 9, 2016 – Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE — The Department of Defense says records related to a Jacksonville-based aviation manufacturer are somehow tied to an “active law enforcemen t investigation,” but the company says it has no knowledge of any
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