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A few items selected from many of interest that we might not have drawn attention to earlier: Obama administration makes some transparency gains; challenges remain Citizens for Responsibility and...

From Open Channel on MSNBC: It appears it was legal for Mitt Romney's aides, on their way out of the governor's office in Massachusetts in 2006, to write personal checks for $65 each to buy the hard...

From The Baltimore Sun: An effort to open Maryland state government to greater scrutiny, while making the General Assembly more "transparent," got off the ground Wednesday as a panel set up for that...

Opinion from The Times Leader: [...] The key: Strip away the secrecy of those involved, and their bad behavior ends. That same notion applies on a much larger and more consequential level in...

From The Wichita Eagle: WICHITA — Go Wichita, the convention and visitors’ bureau, will receive its annual budget of more than $2 million in public funds amid concerns that it does not comply with...

From The Sun Journal: PORTLAND — Six Maine counties are hoping the state's highest court will overturn a lower court decision that sided with a company seeking registry of deeds documents at a lower...

From Computerworld: The FBI has denied a request for the release of information regarding its use of Carrier IQ's software, saying that releasing the information could interfere with ongoing law...

From The Republic: OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court scrapped a plan Monday that would have allowed birth dates and home addresses to be excluded from public court documents. The new rule...

From OMB Watch: Heading into the holiday season, many Americans think not just of gifts and snowdrifts, but also of another winter tradition: football. As it happens, gridiron analogies are a good way...

From The Republic: BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A push to dilute Tennessee's open meetings law is based on a misunderstanding of restrictions now on the books, an open government advocate said. [...] Frank...

From Wired: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said Friday he would demand answers from the Department of Homeland Security about its domain seizure program known as Operation in Our Sites after it was...

From delmarvanow.com: ACCOMAC, Va. -- A General District judge set a noon hearing Jan. 11 to consider motions in a case in which Onancock resident Charles Landis claims the town violated the Freedom...

From American Civil Liberties Union: In June 2011, the ACLU filed suit against the State Department to enforce a FOIA request seeking 23 embassy cables previously disclosed by WikiLeaks. The agency...

From Bangor Daily News: AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the state’s right-to-know advisory committee on Thursday approved a proposal from the governor’s office that would exempt all of his “working papers...

A few items selected from many of interest that we might not have drawn attention to earlier: Hackathon aims to produce open government apps Open government should get a boost from an event being held...