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Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-Dazed and Confused,ADV12 Headline: Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections Summary: One of the lessons of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is that many Americans could not distinguish between actual news stories and fabrications,

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Shadow Government

By Cape Coral Breeze Daily Editorial This editorial was originally posted to the Cape Coral Breeze Daily website and has been re-published here with their permission. When a Friends of Wildlife T-shirt-wearing resident made another plea to City Council for

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Let The Sun Shine In!

By Jim Condos Vermont Secretary of State An open government makes for a better government. This is Sunshine Week and it is being celebrated all across the nation.  In reality, it should be celebrated every week – not just this

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Public Notices Play Key Role in Open Government

By Brian J. Hunhoff Yankton County Observer Something good happened last month in the South Dakota Legislature. House Bill 1167 was killed. HB 1167 would have allowed municipalities with more than 5,000 population to post legal notices on internet websites

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Help The Sun Shine Locally This Year

By Christian Trejbal Founder Opinion in a Pinch Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of government transparency, kicks off on Sunday. This year, opinion journalists might be tempted to turn critical eyes toward Washington, D.C. The recently departed Obama administration never

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SW Cartoons 2017

Every year, editorial cartoonists donate work to be used openly during Sunshine Week. Below are this year’s submissions, available for free republication during Sunshine Week 2017 (March 12-18). If you have any artwork of your own to share, email us

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Democracy Dies Behind Closed Doors

by Brian J. Hunhoff Yankton County Observer Democracies die behind closed doors. Those were the words of federal judge Damon Keith about secret deportation hearings after the 9/11 attacks. Judge’s Keith’s eloquent phrase could also be applied to thousands of

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Is “Weaponizing” Disclosure a Bad Thing?

by Edwin Bender Executive Director, National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org) The public’s right to know who is involved in this country’s election and public policy processes is a bedrock ideal of our democracy. Yet, some folks just

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Free public records data by MuckRock

FOIA and public records tool MuckRock has compiled public records metrics and guides for every state, including average response times, success rates, average fees and more. Check out data on your state and what documents people have requested. For federal data, click

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It’s Your Right, It’s Your Business

By Jim Zachary CNHI Regional Editor Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times Every action of government is your business. Every document held in government halls is your piece of paper. Every penny spent by government is your money. From the courthouse

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