Monthly Archives: April 2011

Here’s Obama’s long-form birth certificate

The White House released this today in response to questions about whether he was really born in the U.S., The Associated Press reports. White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama felt the debate over his birthplace had become a “sideshow” … Continue reading

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PennFuture goes after documents related to Marcellus Shale driller laws

PennFuture, whose website says it works to “protect the environment and safeguard public health,” says it has filed right-to-know requests to try to figure out who is enforcing laws on Marcellus Shale drillers and how those laws are being enforced. … Continue reading

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Website puts teacher contracts online

The Education Action Group, which describes itself as “a national education reform organization focused on reforming public school spending and holding vested interests accountable,” is posting teacher contracts online. The site has 10 York County school districts. The six missing … Continue reading

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Court: Pa. troopers have to disclose moonlighting

The state Commonwealth Court has told state police it has to release records showing work its employees do while off duty, writes Marc Levy of The Associated Press.  The court’s recent ruling sided with the state’s Office of Open Records, … Continue reading

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Pa. Office of Open Records Annual Report: Change is coming, and needed

The state’s open records office released its 2010 annual report (see link below for both the 2009 and 2010 reports). In the 2010 report, executive director Terry Mutchler notes that some agencies have refused to provide documents even after the … Continue reading

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Budget cuts threaten Data.gov, other transparency sites

Reports are that data.gov, a federal website designed to increase the public’s access to information about agencies, will shut down along with several other similar transparency websites. The Sunlight Foundation is running an online petition drive to send a message … Continue reading

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Congressman says Homeland Security plays politics with FOIA requests

 @SunshineReview asked in its #foiachat today if anyone had any thoughts on Rep. Darrell Issa’s charge that the Department of Homeland Security was running some Freedom of Information Act requests through political appointees. The California Republican invoked another California Republican when … Continue reading

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