Monthly Archives: May 2010

New docs available on 2 big stories: Snyder v. Phelps, political corruption probe

Online now: The grand jury’s report on the state legislature, which calls for an overhaul in how a wasteful, bloated Legislature does its business; and legal briefs filed to the U.S. Supreme Court by lawyers for Albert Snyder, who says … Continue reading

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FBI releases files on former Pa. congressman Murtha

A Pittsburgh-area TV station is reporting that FBI documents on former Rep. John Murtha detail threats against him, as well as documents related to a corruption investigation that involved Murtha, who died earlier this year. The files include a 43-page … Continue reading

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Pa. online: Lots of data, but it’s hard to get to

Pennsylvania recently got high marks for online access to spending data, and some of its departments — environmental protection and agriculture, to name two — make a ton of information, including inspection data, available online. But a story in today’s … Continue reading

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Live chat tonight on Pennsylvania primary

Join me on a live chat starting after the polls close at 8 p.m. I’ll post results, reaction and news from the state and elsewhere, plus try to answer any questions you might have. You can post your thoughts on … Continue reading

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Pa. open records office eyes more training for agency lawyers

Noteworthy from yesterday’s open records panel at a Pennsylvania Newspaper Association seminar in Harrisburg: I think everyone on the panel, including me, noted that agency lawyers seem to view the new law as an invitation to limit public access. Terry … Continue reading

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Score one for public access in Lower Windsor Twp.

 Lower Windsor Township reversed a policy that had limited the public’s access to information that supervisors received before their meetings.  A resident, Frank Harvey, had complained that getting information was harder now than it was before the new right-to-know law … Continue reading

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The good and bad of Pa.’s new right-to-know law

I’m on a panel Saturday in Harrisburg about what has worked and what hasn’t with Pennsylvania’s new right-to-know law since it went into effect about a year and a half ago. Terry Mutchler, director of the state open records office, … Continue reading

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NJ Supreme Court backs public records in overturning libel ruling

This is notable, particularly for the judges’ comments on use of public records: New Jersey Supreme Court overturns The Record libel ruling The state Supreme Court, citing the right of citizens to public information, ruled Tuesday that the media are … Continue reading

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Number-crunching: Feds spent $4.6M for your clunker cars last year

 And York County area dealerships made $23. 7 million in new-car sales. But those are just the big numbers. If you want to see what was traded in and what was bought, the mileage, miles per gallon and all that other good … Continue reading

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Can you handle live-mapping of open gov’t tweets?

This will either seem really cool or it will drive you crazy. It’s a site that brings in Twitter posts from people tweeting about open government and transparency and using hashtags like #gov20 and #opendata — and it maps those … Continue reading

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