Monthly Archives: June 2009

A look inside Veon’s filing on Stetler

Sunday’s paper features a story about former Rep. Mike Veon, who has been charged in the legislative bonus scandal, using a “selective prosecution” defense that claims other lawmakers — including former York Rep. Steve Stetler — also did campaign work … Continue reading

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Regarding that Pa. “transparency database” …

I wrote a couple days ago that state Rep. Jim Christiana was having a news conference about a bill calling for an ‘online transparency database’ and that I’d try to get more info about what it was. Well, here you … Continue reading

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Draft budgets are public records

In a final determination issued June 22, the state Office of Open Records granted access to details of proposed budgets for school districts. According to the final determination: Pat Barget, of the South Eastern Tax Reform Coalition, requested a “copy … Continue reading

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Group: Gaming control board appeals open records office decision

A group called Eastern Pennsylvania Citizens Against Gambling says the state Gaming Control Board is appealing an open records ruling that requires it to release financial information on Valley Forge Partners LLP, which is trying to get a slots license … Continue reading

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News conference this morning re online transparency database

A state representive, Jim Christiana of the 15th district, is holding a news conference this morning at 10 in support of an online transparency database (HB1460). You can watch it live here. I’m not familiar with this bill but will … Continue reading

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Who’s asking for walking around money?

Reporter Marc Levy of The Associated Press wrote a three-part series, which began today and continues Monday and Tuesday in the York Daily Record/Sunday News, that shows grant money requests made by legislators for particular projects or institutions.  We’ve reported … Continue reading

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No director for Sunshine Week?

It’s tough times for everyone in the newspaper business, and now it looks like the annual event highlighting open government might have to go without a full-time coordinator. Check out the full story from the Columbia Journalism Review.

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Favor Factory: Earmarks in defense bill

The folks at the Seattle Times have compiled a database of who received earmarks and who gave them in the 2008 defense bill. The database was among the investigative projects highlighted at this year’s IRE conference in Baltimore. A quick … Continue reading

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Reading federal docs

Here’s a cool graphic from the Associated Press that will help you read all those marks that comes on federal documents.  It’s pretty nifty. All those symbols and numbers mean something, and this helps you decode them. Click on the … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade

I’ve been at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Baltimore since Thursday with coworker Melissa Nann Burke. It has been awesome. We have loads of information to share here with readers. I am in a time crunch, so I … Continue reading

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