Opinion: Open government is a state of mind

That's easy for him to say — easy for House Republicans to hear — because they were in the room.

The other 19 million people of Florida were locked out. It's their money, their lives, their environment and their schools that are affected by what the Legislature does. It's just none of their business.

Trust is automatic in the lockstep ranks of Republican legislators, who hardly needed reassurance. But public trust is something you'd think politicians would want to cultivate. Public officials privately discussing public business at public expense in public buildings on public time is not a way to make the public trust them. Continue>>>