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The fat cats of Kansas and Minnesota are holding dog registration data ransom

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. After waiting a month for Wichita, Kansas and 11 days for Minneapolis, Minnesota we expected to find purr-fectly aligned rows and columns filled with dog names - instead, the cat overlords struck again, and we were met with a combined fee of over $100. You cat to be kitten me.

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Florida’s cat overlords deny access to dog registration data

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. The response from Jacksonville, Florida will have you wondering whether or not the state statutes are really protecting their citizen’s privacy, or - the more logical conclusion - serving the whims of their cat overlords.

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How to host your own FOIA Karaoke

FOIA and public records are vital to holding our government accountable - but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the results, too. Here’s how you can host your own FOIA Karaoke - and if you do, let us know how it goes!

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Learn to staple smarter - the CIA way

Pop quiz, hotshot. There’s a stack of paper you need to keep together temporarily, and a hole punch just won’t cut it. Where do you apply the staple and at what angle? What angle? Oh, look, while you were hesitating, a breeze just blew the whole thing to the floor. Time to brush up on your CIA guide to stapling, rookie.

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You can FOIA selfies … so long as they’re of Paul Krugman

Back in 2014, journalist J.K. Trotter received in response to a FOIL request correspondence between City University of New York and economist/New York Times columnist/cat aficionado Paul Krugman, regarding an upcoming gig at their Income Inequality Institute. While Krugman’s $225,000 salary drew significant attention, there was one email in particular that stood out for the hardcore Krugman wonks - the one about the selfies. In response, Trotter filed for said selfies, and the rest is #OpenGov history.

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