In an age where major public policies are announced and debated through platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the courts are increasingly barring public officials from limiting people’s access to social media. In late July, a Virginia judge ruled that public officials do not have the right to block people who disagree with their views from […]
Your Right to Know: Bill would make it harder to follow the money
It might be about to get tougher—a lot tougher—to follow the money in Wisconsin politics.
Your Right to Know: Back open government? Prove it!
On July 9, the members of the Wisconsin state Assembly collectively affirmed their support for open government. They passed a resolution stating that the Assembly “remains committed to our state’s open record and open government laws and policies, and will take all necessary steps to ensure that these laws and policies are preserved without modification or degradation.” They vowed to “continue to work to uphold these principles and protections.”
Your Right to Know: Democracy demands open government
Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel noted the danger of tinkering with transparency at the summit he convened July 29 on open government. “Messing with open government laws is like touching the third rail,” Schimel said. “I think that lesson has been learned recently.”
Seeking Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award nominations
Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award, presented annually to recognize an individual’s extraordinary contributions to open government or investigative journalism in Wisconsin.
Records law author Lynn Adelman to receive WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award
U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, the chief author of Wisconsin’s Open Records Law and a strong advocate of the Open Meetings Law, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award.
Prominent investigative journalist Lea Thompson headlines Wisconsin Watchdog Awards
Award-winning investigative journalist and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Lea Thompson will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Wisconsin Watchdog Awards on April 24.
Center seeking Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award nominations
Nominations are being sought for the Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award, presented annually to recognize an individual’s extraordinary contributions to open government or investigative journalism in Wisconsin.
Journalist Dick Wheeler chosen for Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award
Dick Wheeler, the late founder of the Wheeler Report, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished WisconsinWatch.orgdog Award in recognition of his four decades of tirelessly opening Wisconsin state government to public scrutiny.
The award is part of the second annual WisconsinWatch.orgdog Awards reception and dinner, presented jointly on Wednesday, April 25, by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and the Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Pulitzer winner Bogdanich to speak at WisconsinWatch.orgdog Awards
Walt Bogdanich, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, will deliver the keynote address at the second annual WisconsinWatch.orgdog Awards on April 25.
Zweifel to be honored at first-ever WisconsinWatch.org Awards; public is invited
Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of The Capital Times, will be honored April 20 at the first WisconsinWatch.orgdog Awards reception and dinner, presented jointly by the nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
Your Right to Know: Open up complaints against lawyers
The Ken Kratz case is exhibit number one why secrecy in government harms the public’s interest.