The moral of the story is this: Chafee did the right thing for Rhode Island and transparency by releasing the report. Sometimes it takes the media, citizens and open-government advocates paying attention to the issues and what is going on beneath the surface to encourage our elected officials to do the right thing. Next time, I hope we will see transparency in the first instance so we have less grist for talk radio, perhaps, but more of a trusting partnership between the government and its people. After all, “trust Chafee” is our governor’s motto. Perhaps we should add to that “trust the people; we can handle the truth.”
NEFAC sponsors “sunshine” sessions March 19 and 27 in R.I. and Conn. on mining information from the public record
The New England First Amendment Coalition joins with other advocacy groups in sponsoring a pair of how-to sessions on March 19 and 27 during which investigative journalists will help you navigate freedom of information laws to find what you need.
By Rosanna Cavanagh, executive director, NEFAC Suffolk Law School’s NEFAC chapter hosted a panel discussion as part of NEFAC’s observance of Sunshine Week entitled, The Donation Heard Around the World: Citizens United and Its Effects on the 2012 Presidential Election. The panelists included Jeff Clements, author of “Corporations Are Not People,” Pam Wilmot, executive director of [...]
Start marking your 2013 calendar at Jan. 7, the deadline for entries in the New England First Amendment Coalition’s first Citizen Right to Know Award and the FOI Award. “These are the first in a lineup of activities in the new year to raise the profile of First Amendment and freedom of information issues,” said Rosanna Cavanagh, [...]