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The St. Petersburg Times: The prince of darkness

BY TIM NICKENS “GIVE AN INCH…” That was the sarcastic tweet last weekend by Brian Burgess, the communications director for Gov. Rick Scott. He complained about a Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau article describing how Scott’s selective release of information about large public pensions advances his political agenda. Burgess’ point: The poor governor gets criticized for not…
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Open government contacts by agency

Open government contacts by agency can be found at flgov.com/open-government-contacts-by-agency. Agencies include the Executive Office of the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Office of Financial Regulation, the Agency for enterprise Information Technology, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the…
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The Art of Access: Freedom of information blog

The Art of Access: Strategies for Accessing Public Records is a blog by David Cuillier and Charles Davis that serves as a companion to the textbook of the same name, published by CQ Press. The authors have categorized the posts into access tips and different kinds of useful public documents, sorted by beat. They hope that over time…
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First Amendment Foundation’s Session Report

Attached is the First Amendment Foundation’s Session Report. This report is also available at floridafaf.org. If you have any questions, contact: Katie Norris First Amendment Foundation 336 E. College Ave., Suite 101 Tallahassee, FL 32301

Open Government Pledge by The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information created an Open Government Pledge last fall and has been inviting government officials from around the state to sign it. The pledge is designed for individual public officials. By signing the pledge, they publicly commit to open government, to abide by the spirit and the letter of Florida’s Public Records and…
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Sunshine Week issues model open-government proclamation

RESTON, Va. – The organization responsible for administering Sunshine Week today issued a  model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to  fight for greater transparency in government. The “Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation,” can be adapted for local, state and  federal use by open-government activists, who can use language in…
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Register for The Florida Bar’s 2011 Media Law Conference

The Florida Bar’s 2011 Media Law Conference is set for Friday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Stetson University College of Law-Tampa Law Center. Sponsored by the Media and Communications Law Committee of The Florida Bar and Stetson University College of Law, the conference will take an in-depth look at: Strategic…
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Proclamation by the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners

The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners will be passing this proclamation next Tuesday, March 15: WHEREAS, James Madison, the father of our federal Constitution, wrote that “consent of the governed” requires that the people be able to “arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives,” and WHEREAS, every citizen in our participatory democracy has…
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2011 Sunshine Sunday Contributions

2011 Sunshine Sunday contributions are being posted as they are received. Click here to view the official page. Stories National Freedom of Information Day by Zack Baddorf, Free Speech Radio News Florida Gov. Rick Scott Launches Public Records Website by Michael C. Bender, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Gov. Rick Scott’s Team Struggles to Put Social Media…
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