Emails regarding public’s business open to scrutiny

The controversy over leaked legislative emails might be a tempest in a teapot to some, but it goes to the heart of open government and reflects some legislators' disdain for dealing openly with the issues before them.

State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mount Juliet, said she was "shocked, shocked" — as Claude Rains' character said in "Casablanca" — that an email discussion among legislators was leaked and that the email discussion about the leaks also was leaked. She said the leaks were a betrayal of the state Republican Party.  Continue…