Tag Archives: Government Transparency

Editorial: Department of Justice orders release of records related to Oregon’s super-secret gas tax

DOJ rejected claim that transparency would hamper credit market. For an organization devoted to clear air and clean water, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is remarkably tolerant of potentially toxic secrecy. The same cannot be said, fortunately, for the state Department of Justice, which ordered DEQ this week to come clean with public records […]
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Our View: Transparency messy, but necessary

Public outraged at school rankings debacle. A few words about government transparency: It makes democracy messy for government officials; it makes democracy inconvenient for those who hold power; it makes democracy work. The Kate Brown administration got a quick comeuppance last week and a partial lesson in transparency. Source: Our View: Transparency messy, but necessary […]
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Editorial: Department of Justice should force Oregon’s super-secret gas tax into the sunshine

Agency weighs arguments for transparency against demands of road-fuel industries. Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Quality refused to release information that would shed light on Oregon’s complex and secretive Clean Fuels Program, which imposes a de facto tax on gas and diesel fuel in order to subsidize the alternative-fuel industry. We appealed the […]
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Buehler, Brown bash each other after judge rules state must release bill proposals

Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, and her opponent in the upcoming election, state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, are bashing each other over a recent judge’s ruling. It says Brown’s administration must release around 250 proposals outlining what could become bills next year, as first reported by the Oregonian. Brown’s administration plans to appeal the judge’s order. […]
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Editorial: Brown puts politics before trust

How times have changed. “We must restore the public trust,” Gov. Kate Brown told Oregonians in February 2015, when she became Oregon’s governor. “We also must strengthen laws to ensure timely release of public documents.” Fast forward to fall 2018. Source: Editorial: Brown puts politics before trust;

Editorial: Campaign finance should be transparent;

Big piles of hidden cash are a cancer in the Oregon governor’s race. A group called Priority Oregon is running ads attacking Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat. A group called Defend Oregon’s Values has run ads attacking the Republican candidate, Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend. Who is paying for the ads? Shouldn’t Oregonians be able […]
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Editorial: A step toward campaign transparency

With the unfolding drama surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, it was easy to overlook a decision regarding campaign finance that the court handed down this week. But it’s worth a moment to consider — and to celebrate — this decision, in which the high court declined to block a […]
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Court strikes blow for transparency 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday correctly struck a blow for transparency in campaign finance, refusing to block a trial court judge’s ruling requiring some nonprofit groups to disclose donors’ names. The court’s order, issued without comment and without listing any dissenting votes, overturned a stay issued Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts. The ruling […]
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Editorial: Lawsuit seeks access to bill requests 

It’s another disappointment from a governor who pledged when she assumed office that transparency in state government would be a priority. Transparency was, Kate Brown said, an essential ingredient in her efforts to restore trust in state government. Brown’s record on transparency since then, however, has been spotty. Although it’s true that she has been […]
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Editorial: Transparency takes another hit with state’s unwarranted secrecy

It seems self-evident that the entire process of making new laws should be open to the public. Legislating is inherently of public interest – actions by government to tax, mandate, restrict or otherwise exert control over its constituents should be something that those constituents can weigh in on from the very start. But for reasons […]
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