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New report highlights shortcomings of Colorado electronic records retention

New report highlights shortcomings of Colorado electronic records retention

Technology has created new problems - and solutions - for government accountability. In Colorado, a transparency group hopes to develop and adopt best practices for its state.

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This Week’s FOIA Round-Up: The long-awaited story behind Washington’s "sky penis"

This Week’s FOIA Round-Up: The long-awaited story behind Washington’s “sky penis”

In this week’s FOIA roundup, the Navy Times investigates the jet that drew a giant penis over Washington state, text messages indicate that Michigan Representative Larry Inman sought campaign contributions in exchange for his vote, and records reveal that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has been largely absent from his legislative responsibilities.

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Officials’ Facebook posts remain a public records grey area

Officials’ Facebook posts remain a public records grey area

With the option to air grievances and conduct discussions via direct messages and private posts, some cities are able to sidestep public records laws. Is yours among them?

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Seattle responded to request for text messages by photocopying a phone

Seattle responded to request for text messages by photocopying a phone

Last year, Seattle-based activist Phil Mocek requested text messages sent by mayor Ed Murray to his staff. Unsurprisingly, the mayor’s press team responded fairly quickly - albeit in a fairly surprisingly way.

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