Truth in journalism and in the media, a much-discussed topic during and since the presidential election last November, will be addressed next Monday (Oct. 9) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout by a law and ethics expert from the University of Minnesota. Jane Kirtley will discuss “The Search for Truth: A Road Map for Journalists and […]
By Bill Lueders, president, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council The nonprofit group I belong to is called the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. Our mission is to protect and expand access to public records. Usually this entails pushing state and local government officials to be as open as possible. But lately, a number of developments […]
The Wisconsin Constitution states that “the doors of each house” of the state Legislature “shall be kept open,” except on rare occasions. But even with the doors open, the public may not know what’s going on.
A growing trend threatens transparency — and good government — in Wisconsin. Some legislative committees are using “mail ballots” to vote, instead of voting during public meetings. It’s a practice that goes back over a decade, and one that has been used by both parties.
By April Barker, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council
In March, for the second year in a row, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a very welcome executive order regarding the state’s open records law.
It notes that “the American republic and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the basis of broad accountability of government to the people.” And it declares that ”the free flow of information from the government to the people instills trust and confidence in our democracy and ensures that our government is accessible, accountable, and open.”
By David Gordon, associate editor Strong bi-partisan support for transparency and open government was on display Tuesday night on the UW-Eau Claire campus, mixed with sporadic but clear political and ideological differences on topics ranging from anonymous political speech to Gov. Scott Walker. It was all part of a “Sunshine Week” three-day tour of eight […]
Eau Claire will be one of eight state cities to host an informational tour highlighting the importance of Wisconsin’s open records law in the wake of unprecedented attacks from state lawmakers and others. The three-day “Open Government Traveling Show” will visit Eau Claire on Tuesday, March 15, for a program at 7 p.m. in Room […]