R.I. open-government advocates press issue with governor’s chief of staff

For Sheila Mullowney, executive editor of the Newport Daily News, a recent conversation with one of her newspaper's reporters crystallized "the systemic problem" that brought her — and other open-government advocates — to the State House on Tuesday to talk with top aides to Gov. Gina Raimondo about recent difficulties getting even the most basic government records.

"If you asked me — are state agencies as responsive today as they were two years ago — I'd say no," the reporter told her. "I just think that's important for her to know," said Mullowney, of Raimondo, who took office in January. Mullowney was representing the Rhode Island Press Association and the Newport newspaper. Continue…