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Democrat Jay Gonzalez Vows to Make Governor Subject to Public Records Law

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez has pledged to make the governor subject to public records law. That sound you hear is the frantic din of […]

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Massachusetts Could Become the Only State Whose Governor’s Records Aren’t Open

Massachusetts leads the nation in all manner of things, from the best universities to the most cutting-edge hospitals. But there’s one area where the Bay […]

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The MBTA Doesn’t Want You to Know Anything About Absenteeism

It appears the MBTA is struggling just as hard to keep drivers in trains, trains on tracks, and the Red and Orange Lines from catching fire as it is […]

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Conservative Group Questions Walsh’s Role in HuffPo Hit Piece on Federal Prosecutor

A national Republican group has filed a public records request with Mayor Marty Walsh’s office to determine the extent of City Hall’s involvement, if any, in […]

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MuckRock’s Approach Is Working, One FOIA at a Time

Massachusetts is the birthplace of the American Revolution. But lately, the “We the People” spirit has been conspicuously lacking when it comes to government transparency. […]

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Mayor Marty Walsh: Transparency Can Sometimes Make It Hard to Do My Job

A spokesperson for then-mayoral candidate Marty Walsh said in 2013 that he had made transparency “a centerpiece of his campaign and of every policy plan he has put […]

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Secretary Bill Galvin Nominated for Golden Padlock Award

For the second year in a row, Massachusetts is in the running for a Golden Padlock Award. Like a Razzie, this is the kind of award you don’t […]

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Pittsfield Police Lost Public Records, and Nobody’s Talking

Pittsfield Police have potentially lost a ton of public records. There’s no way to be sure how many are gone or when they went missing. […]

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Three Crowdfunding FOIA Requests That Need Your Help

March 13-19 is Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative spotlighting the importance of open government and public records to a thriving democracy. Public records ought to […]

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Massachusetts Receives an ‘F’ for Public Records Access

The Washington D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity handed out grades for, well, public integrity Monday, with the Bay State ranked among the worst states in the U.S. […]

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Proposed Bill Would Hide Internal Police Investigations from Public

Update: Tuesday, 3:53 p.m. State Rep. Nick Collins said in a statement to Boston magazine: This bill is a starting point for a much-needed conversation about […]

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University Police Departments in Massachusetts Still Shrouded in Secrecy

To dismiss university police as merely stern-faced Allston party-busters is to grossly underestimate both their size and the scope of their powers. Harvard University, for example, […]

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Potential 2016 Ballot Questions Find Out Their Fate

Some of the prospective 2016 ballot questions that passed the constitutional scrutiny of Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday are your typical initiative petition fare involving […]

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Another Public Records Headache for Boston City Hall

The forward thinking administration of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has gone out of its way to distance itself from its predecessor and prove it is on […]

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State Finds Problems with City Hall’s Handling of Boston 2024 Records

In June, Boston magazine asked, “Does Boston City Hall Have a Public Records Problem?” Last week, the state appears to have offered an answer: “Yup.” […]