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Transparency: Actions speak louder than words


September 18, 2019

By Daniel Bevarly

Open, accessible and accountable government, with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies – or elected officials, is essential to our democratic republic.

But that fundamental value may be at stake in Oregon, where the newly appointed Office of the Public Records Advocate under the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council, Ginger McCall, resigned under duress last week, claiming pressure and interference from Governor Kate Brown’s senior staff.

What is happening in Oregon is particularly alarming.

A handful of states have offices of “...

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