The fight to keep records closed

In evolutionary biology, the concept of an arm’s race is used to explain why over time, one species never gets the complete upper hand over the species it competes with. When a species evolves a competitive advantage–say, a hawk gaining keener eyesight with which to spot mice scurrying about far below–mice will evolve a tendency to hide when they spot a hawk shadow. (Or they’ll all be eaten up, which is another story.)

I was reminded of this recently when considering some of the Texas transparency headlines. People who are advocating for open records do this, that and the other to advance their cause. At the same time, people who want fewer records opent o the public are not standing idly by.


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