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North Dakota Department Of Health “Environmental Incident” Database Goes Live Online

North Dakota Department Of Health “Environmental Incident” Database Goes Live Online

Shortly after a massive oil spill from a Tesoro pipeline near Tioga hit the news, raising questions about transparency in the way oil companies and the state government reports spills to the public, the Department of Health announced that they would be creating an online database of all such spills. Today that website launched. You

Lone legislator says friendly political culture keeps others from calling out governor

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau PETERSEN: so far the only state lawmaker calling for Gov. Bob McDonnell to come clean or quit over gift disclosures. ALEXANDRIA—State Sen. Chap Petersen ignited a firestorm over the Fourth of July holiday by urging Gov. Bob McDonnell in a letter to come clean over his gift-filled relationship


North Dakota Needs An Office Of Transparency

From one perspective, North Dakota’s open records laws couldn’t be much better. They are broadly written, and apply to almost everything. The public’s right to know is firmly embedded in our state’s laws. But from another perspective, our open records laws aren’t good enough. There are a myriad of ways to sandbag good-faith requests, and

500 days and $1 billion later, zero accountability in PA universities

By Gary Joseph Wilson | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Jerry Sandusky was indicted for molesting children more than 500 days ago. Since then the Pennsylvania General Assembly has voted to contribute $1.06 billion dollars in largely non-publicly accountable taxpayer money to state-related universities, including Penn State, where Sandusky was the longtime assistant coach for the football

Prepare the books: Politicos order review of Portland transit agency

AUDIT: Oregon lawmakers call for audit of Portland’s transit agency By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog The Oregon Senate on Tuesday voted without opposition to require a performance audit of TriMet, the regional government agency for public transit in the Portland metro area. TriMet has been embroiled in controversy, from fights with the transit union, to


Forum Editor: Legislator Emails Should Be Open Records

Fargo Forum editor Matt Von Pinnon, last seen wishing crappy cell phone coverage on western North Dakota, continues the paper’s proud tradition of being total homers for all things NDSU with an editorial calling legislators hypocrites because open records laws don’t apply to their emails. “When a North Dakota legislator wants to dig into a


On TV: NDSU President Not Doing Himself Any Favors With Arrogant Tone

I was on NBC affiliate Valley News Live’s 6:30 Point of View show last night with Chris Berg talking about the email controversy at North Dakota State University. One interesting point Berg made in his opening monologue, and which he asked me about during my segment, was the tone of a letter President Dean Bresciani


NDSU President Accuses North Dakota University System Of Hacking His Email Account

NDSU President Dean Bresciani is facing allegations that he deleted over 45,000 emails the same day he received a records request for emails from the state legislature, a breech of public record laws that could be as serious as a felony. Yesterday, a spokeswoman told the Fargo Forum that those emails weren’t deleted by Bresciani


Legislature Questions Whether NDSU President Broke The Law When Destroying Records

If you thought the drama in higher education was over after the hurried-up departure of Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, think again. The North Dakota University System, and North Dakota State University in particular, have an atrocious track record when it comes to transparency. And it appears as though the hostility toward transparency which permeates the system