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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners open union contract negotiations to the public

The move means members of the public and media will be able to witness the collective bargaining process in real time, even though state law allows that process to take …


Did Seattle violate open-meetings law before head-tax repeal vote?

Open-government advocates raised concerns Tuesday about Seattle officials’ abruptly scheduled special meeting to consider repealing the


Transparency shouldn’t be gamed for political gain

Transparency and open government are important principles. If broadly and fairly applied, they should be supported. If not, it’s the cynical thrust and parry of politics.


Six complaints lodged against Spokane Valley City Council

The state auditor’s office confirmed it has received six complaints about how the Spokane Valley City Council handled the firing of former city manager Mike Jackson and other City Council …


Opinions from past bring perspective

Editorials covered open meetings, kindergarten classes, recycling and a U.S. haven for Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos


Shawn Vestal: Expediency can keep the public out of the public’s business in Olympia

The members of the House Appropriations Committee were gathered, in one of those Capitol hearing rooms in Olympia, ostensibly for the purpose of gathering public testimony on legislative proposals. It …


Editorial: Bill making mug shots public should be adopted

By an encouragingly comfortable 77-19 margin, the Washington House of Representatives has passed legislation to restore a measure of access to public records that the Washington state Supreme Court closed …


Editorial: Court ruling preserves transparency in government

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a big victory for open government when it ruled that political petition signers do not have a broad First Amendment guarantee to hide their names …


Editorial: Welcome bills push online public information

The good thing about the federal Freedom of Information Act is that it declares the kind of clarity about government operations that citizens require if they’re going to make a …


Idaho watching R-71 signature case

BOISE – Idaho has much at stake in Washington’s big U.S. Supreme Court case over whether referendum petition signatures should be public. “Our initiative and referendum statute is very similar …


Idaho has stake in Washington signatures case

Idaho has much at stake in Washington’s big U.S. Supreme Court case over whether referendum petition signatures should be public or not. “Our initiative and referendum statute is very similar …


Editorial: Sunshine panel must stay; much work ahead

For the second straight year, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has recommended eclipsing the Sunshine Committee as part of an overall effort to close the budget gap. The committee was formed …


Editorial: Petition signers help to create legislation

It looks as if the fate of Referendum 71 will be decided long before a final decision is made on whether to release the names of the more than 120,000 …


Editorial: Pair lead struggle for more-open government

Back in the 1970s it was citizens of Washington state who took the initiative – literally – to force government to do its business in the open. Government officials in …


Idaho site offers nitty-gritty on spending

BOISE – A nonprofit group on Tuesday launched a “government transparency” Web site that offers details about state and local government spending in Idaho, from a mayor’s salary to an …


Our View: Directive on open government a promising start

It’s never certain whether political leaders mean it when they pledge allegiance to open government, so it is wise to wait before drawing conclusions. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama’s recent executive …


Washington gets high scores on ‘integrity index’

BOISE – A new national survey ranks Washington fourth in the nation for governmental integrity, openness and accountability – and Idaho 44th. The survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Better Government …