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Editorial: City and county should press for transparent union negotiations

The city of Spokane and Spokane County now require transparency in public-sector union negotiations. They should push hard to enforce those laws, even as lawyers fight over them.

Who made the new drapes? It’s among high court’s mysteries

The Supreme Court’s role in a bitterly divided Washington and nation may be more important than ever, yet basic details about how the court operates remain obscured.

Erin Shannon: Allowing the public more access to their government is never a bad thing

Open government is the great equalizer, removing the barriers to access that perpetuate an imbalance of influence tilted in favor of special interests with deep pockets. Being a policy insider …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse met with organizers of a Vatican prevention summit Wednesday and demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and for religious superiors to be held accountable when …

Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

Wednesday’s weather provided a suitable backdrop for state lawmakers intent on passing a secrecy bill. Clouds hung low over Olympia, obscuring any sunshine, and snow statewide prevented people from attending …

Peter Starzynski: Spokane County commissioners anti-labor resolution waste of taxpayers dollars

The entire process of pushing through the new union negotiation resolution in Spokane County has been marred by mysterious insider lobbying and deceptive propaganda, while also wasting time and taxpayer …

Monitor urges more openness at Volkswagen in wake of scandal

The official overseeing Volkswagen’s court settlements in its diesel scandal says he is pushing back against the company’s practice of withholding some information on the grounds of confidentiality protections.

Lawsuit claims Yakima City Council broke transparency rules

An Olympia man who describes himself as an open-government activist is suing the city of Yakima for an alleged violation of the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.

UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018

Spokane police chief opposed to posting full internal investigations, body camera video online

Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl said Monday he’s opposed to an ordinance that would allow the city to post some internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigations online, citing concern about …

Sens. Andy Billig and Joe Fain: Voters deserve more information on campaign backers

Voters have the right to know who’s paying for a politician’s campaign. This is why we’ve sponsored the Washington DISCLOSE Act, which stands for “Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting a …

UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018

Editorial: Gov. Inslee gives open government a chance


Editorial: Veto the Legislature’s secrecy bill

Last week, the Washington Legislature hurriedly approved a bill to create a special public records law just for them. It’s far weaker than the Public Records Act that applies to …

Eye on Boise: Idaho secretary of state seeks budget boost to upgrade software, transparency

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is asking for a budget increase next year of more than 70 percent, with most of the increase coming in a major upgrade to …

Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

Trump voting commission criticized for lack of transparency

President Donald Trump’s advisory commission on election integrity has integrity questions of its own – with some of its own members raising concerns about its openness.

Aaron Blake: Seeing through Trumps’ transparency claims

Saying Trump Jr. has been transparent is a little like saying someone who forfeited their wallet while being mugged was being generous.

Idaho adds more oversight to $2B in special districts

Idaho officials are praising a new system designed to add accountability and transparency involving the more than $2 billion that flows through hundreds of the state’s special districts, but they …

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.

In a fact-challenged era, will public access to federal data be the next casualty?

Since taking office, the Trump administration has made a series of moves that have alarmed groups with a stake in public access to information: historians, librarians, journalists, climate scientists and …

Lincoln County leads way on government transparency

The right way to answer this wave of suspicion is to open up government by making more decisions in public and making information more readily available.

Shawn Vestal: Mayor tried to hide police issue – the opposite of transparency

Faced with a credible accusation of sexual harassment against the police chief he hired to restore credibility to the department, Mayor David Condon attempted to hide it – to pay …

Editorial: Washington Supreme Court should reject proposal that would allow sealing of more records

The Washington Supreme Court should reject proposed rules that would allow more court records to be sealed, possibly for eternity. The changes would violate or compromise the presumption in the …

Spin Control: Fast-and-furious memos do no good

Transparency in government is a great ideal, but like so many things it can be somewhat less than ideal in practice. Take, for example, the edict of Initiative 960 that …

Idaho unveils transparency site

BOISE – Idaho’s governor and state controller unveiled a new state government transparency website Thursday, with extensive data about the state’s finances and workforce that’s automatically updated every night. “We’ve …

Spin Control: And please take your tired turns of phrase with you

OLYMPIA – Now that the Legislature has wandered, bleary-eyed, out of town, would it be too much to hope they took some of their overworked phrases with them and didn’t …

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 …

Group ranks sites that let folks track stimulus spending

Let’s say you want to know how much federal economic stimulus money has shown up in your county. On Washington’s economic recovery Web site, a couple of clicks on an …

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 …

Government transparency site launched in Idaho

A nonprofit group on Tuesday launched a new “government transparency” Web site designed to give anyone who’s interested details about state and local government spending in Idaho, from a mayor’s …