Monthly Archives: July 2010

State reps propose commission to go after political corruption

Tired of Pennsylvania government scandals? A couple of state representatives thinks there ought to be a commission in charge of rooting that stuff out. Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-West Manchester Township), Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester County), Rep John Yudichack (D-Luzerne County) … Continue reading

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Report says political appointees vetted some FOIA requests

The federal Department of Homeland Security ran some Freedom of Information Act requests by political appointees for scrutiny and “awareness purposes,” the Associated Press is reporting. The AP says the homeland security department stopped doing that when it became aware … Continue reading

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NRC wants you to assess its transparency

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has adopted a new web survey model to help measure and assess the public’s perception of the agency’s transparency, the YDR’s Sean Adkins reports today.     The survey, from ForeSee Results, will pop up at … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania: Top among states in lobbying federal gov’t

Political-money tracking site is reporting that in 2009, the state of Pennsylvania spent the most money of any state lobbying the federal government. And in the first three months of this year, that hasn’t changed. Pennsylvania, which is about … Continue reading

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RTK as a political strategy

Remember all the news coverage about whether Bill Clinton offered Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak a White House job if he’d stay out of the U.S. Senate race? I thought this (reported by was an interesting use of the right-to-know … Continue reading

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Phelps, Westboro church file briefs to Supreme Court

The Rev. Fred Phelps and family, or Westboro Baptist Church, filed its briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps. The document is here. The Phelpses defend their protest at the funeral of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew … Continue reading

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Mattresses? Appliances? See what’s at an illegal dump near you

I’m no fan of 39-page news releases, but the one put out by Pennsylvania CleanWays and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful on Friday about illegal dumping in York County is different because it contains a bunch of useful maps and charts. In … Continue reading

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The “It’s not our tape recorder” reason for denying a public record

In Deerfield Township, a supervisor records township meetings. Resident Daniel Ralston asked to hear copies of the recordings. The township said no. Deanne Champagne, the township’s open records officer, wrote Ralston that she couldn’t give him the recordings “as I … Continue reading

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