Tag:sunshine week

  • A cloudy state of transparency  

    “Chapel Hill professors question group’s public records requests.” “Governor and NC media settle dispute over McCrory’s records.”   “Public records lawsuit filed against state Rep. Beverly Boswell.”   All real headlines. All spanning North Carolina’s news cycles…

  • Let the sun shine on government — all year long

    Journalists are criticized today for any number of things. They’re biased and even evil. They invent stories and propagate fake news, an allegation, by the way, that’s as dangerous as it is wrongheaded and ridiculous. That’s not what good journalists do. Period. Good journalists are vital…

  • Transparent doesn’t mean invisible

    It seems like all public officials celebrate transparency, until it applies to them. Case in point: Gov. Roy Cooper, who (years ago as attorney general) wrote the introduction to the North Carolina Guide to Open Government and Public Records for the N.C. Press Association. “The spirit with which public…

  • House Rule Could Prevent Last-Minute Committee Surprises

    RALEIGH — The new rule says that updated versions of legislation to be considered in committee — in legislative jargon known as a proposed committee substitute, or PCS — must be transmitted to committee members and to the bill’s sponsor by 9 p.m. the night before a committee meeting. House Rules…