Open records links; Tuesday round-up

It’s time for an open records blog round-up.

This is always fun because we get to read bloggers who are touching on open records because of how it impacts their regular concerns.

The Coast Guard Blog is disappointed but not surprised at how a recent request turned out.

Here in Madison, Brenda Konkel is a famous watchdog. I don’t know whether she comforts the afflicted, but she definitely afflicts the comfortable. Here, she wonders why anyone thinks that text messages shouldn’t be public.

Down in The Bayou, we have Nagin’s Lamest Excuse Yet.

Typos and Tribulations wonders whether anyone really cares. GOP Gov. Rounds in South Dakota says, really, no one does.

Secrecy in Mississippi, Day 8. Ouch.

At Hoboken 411 a key sentence is “I found it hard to create an article that didn’t properly convey my thoughts without getting vulgar.”

Do you ever wonder why it matters that the public have access to police records? J.D. Tuccille does not think a case could be made for secrecy.

Dave Ralis wants to know who pays the cost for hiding public records? You do, it turns out.

One of our old FOIA friends, Chet Zarko, takes a recent news story as the occasion to point out a troubling trend, government agencies entering into confidentiality agreements with certain contractors.

If New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine puts together an entity to fund with state money to build a new rollroad, the records of that group should be public. So says Politicker NJ and I wish them well with that.

The Texas Observer observes that an open records e-mail saga turns on rarely used clause.

It’s about time for transparency, argues the Pine Belt Progressive.

Finally, in a very interesting case we started covering last December, Hoodathunk in Virginia covers that latest chapter in the saga of judges trying to figure out which emails are public and which aren’t.

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