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Tag Archives: Public Records

Read the guest essay defending City Attorney Pete Holmes that The Seattle Times refused to publish before the August Top Two election

Excerpt: With self-absorption and self-praise, The Seattle Times has made a big deal of its dogged pursuit of public records and commitment to open government. The newspaper should display an equal commitment to public comment.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Media & Culture, Open Government
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Tim Eyman concedes that judge’s sentence won’t keep him out of Washington politics

Excerpt: Eyman's convenient pivot away from **Help me -- Attorney General Bob Ferguson is trying to ban me from politics for life!** to **Full steam ahead -- nothing's gonna stop me** was entirely predictable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bob Ferguson has done it again! Judge blocks plot to sell National Archives’ Seattle campus

Excerpt: “Today’s legal victory blocks the federal government’s unlawful plan to sell the Archives and scatter the DNA of our region thousands of miles away,” Washington's Attorney General said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Inside Tim Eyman’s profit machine: A cartoon guide to his many moneymaking schemes

Excerpt: To help people who are interested in Eyman's history understand it better, we've created a cartoon guide that explains the many different schemes Eyman has cooked up to rake in the Benjamins.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman claims he sold the family home to pay legal bills, but there’s no record of a sale

Excerpt: Rather than accepting responsibility for his wrongdoing, Eyman is asking the people he already duped to bail him out... with a fresh fabrication as a lure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Analysis: U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule soon on trio of pivotal Trump tax cases

Excerpt: The Supreme Court is due to release rulings in three cases demanding access to Donald Trump's financial records. Here's what could happen.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson: Decision to close National Archives in Seattle is “illegal”

Excerpt: Washington State's chief law enforcement officer is threatening a lawsuit if federal officials do not rescind their plans to shutter NARA's Seattle facility on Sand Point Way.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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OMB’s decision to close the National Archives’ Seattle branch must be fought and overturned

Excerpt: The federal Office of Management and Budget plans to relocate records that document the history of the Pacific Northwest to California or Missouri.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Supreme Court: Public Records Act applies to legislators

Excerpt: The ruling means that legislators may not withhold emails and documents from journalists, activists, or any other member of the public.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee vetoes ESB 6617; media and legislators agree to public records ceasefire

Excerpt: In a victory for sense and sensibility, Governor Jay Inslee tonight vetoed an extremely unpopular bill passed by the Legislature last week that would have permanently shielded lawmakers from having to comply with Washington State's public records laws until after July 1st, 2018.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden vote to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership in Senate Finance

Excerpt: Deeply dis­ap­point­ing news to share tonight: So-called “fast-track” leg­is­la­tion that would pre­vent Con­gress from con­sid­er­ing amend­ments to pri­or to a future vote on rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship is mov­ing for­ward after the U.S. Sen­ate’s Finance Com­mit­tee vot­ed twen­ty to six to advance it. Among the twen­ty sen­a­tors who vot­ed in favor were Wash­ing­ton’s Maria […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Alaska begins releasing Sarah Palin emails

Excerpt: Today, many emails from Sarah Palin’s par­tial­ly-com­plet­ed term as Alas­ka gov­er­nor were released.  So far, noth­ing too embar­rass­ing has come out, though the State of Alas­ka is still hold­ing back many documents. Accord­ing to The Guardian, approx­i­mate­ly 2,358 pages are being with­held out of the 26,553 pages of emails that were iden­ti­fied in Decem­ber.  The […]
Written by:Wes Murry
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