We’re celebrating Independence Day early by highlighting the independent-minded bloggers who are using their right as citizens to find out what’s goin’ on in government. As the new saying goes, “No taxation without information”.
Featured blog post of the week:
When Mike Easley, the Gov. of North Carolina sent his wife Mary on trips to France and Russa in the last fourteen months, no expense was spared. And when I say “no expense was spared”, I mean that $27,000 was spent in one trip on 24-hour-limousine service. The dark corners of government need light is how the Talk Politics blog in NC brings this issue to our attention.
Miffed? I would be, too. $101,584 is a lot to charge for public records.
Some innovative thinking about what to ask for is featured in this blog post at Atlanta Urban Spice; a young man stopped for a traffic violation asks for the police vehicle’s dashboard camera’s video recording.
Only Taxpayer Money notes with concern a recent episode of a school board wanting to dim the lights by requiring that those who ask for records would have to explain how releasing the records would benefit the community.
Meanwhile, a Texas blog, the Ellis County Observer, makes it easy for readers to file a Texas Public Information Act request.
Happy reading, and thanks again to Maverick, for helping find these great links.