Opinion: On open government, Wisconsin citizens were the real winners

What came through loud and clear at the Wisconsin Watchdog Awards dinner last week was that the true winner in last year's fights over open government issues was you.

Well-deserved awards were given, including the 2016 Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award to attorney Robert Dreps, who has spent his career fighting for the public's right to know.

But as Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, noted Thursday night, a sharp and loud and overwhelming public reaction was the critical element in turning back efforts to deny or limit access to public records. Lueders called that "terrific," (he actually held up a sign that said "terrific") and who can disagree? Continue…