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Idaho 40th For Open Government

A new report by a watchdog group ranks Idaho among the lowest states when it comes to operating a government that is transparent, accountable and has viable protections against corruption in place. The 50-state report was issued Monday by the Center for Public Integrity. Using a report card grading scale, the authors gave Idaho a D-minus and ranked the state 40th overall. No state received an A and just five states earned B grades The study considered strength of laws and policies designed to encourage open government and deter corruption. It also considered access to information, campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure and ethics enforcement/AP. More here.

Also: Bonner County celebrates National Sunshine Week by hiding public records/KEA Blog

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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