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Key Award Winner Gloria Howell

Gloria Howell of Stevenson used public records requests to examine expenses of her county auditor and her investigation lead to criminal charges against and the resignation of then-auditor, Michael Garvison, in Skamania County. It takes courage and tenacity to be a watchdog of government.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government honored Gloria Howell with a Key Award for her efforts to keep government open in Skamania County. WCOG is here to ensure you have access to government records and meetings. But we need your help.
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Transparency and public participation are building blocks of good government.

The Coalition was formed to act as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated promoting and defending the People's right to know in matters of public interest and in the conduct of the public's business. The Coalition's driving vision is to help foster open government processes, supervised by an informed and engaged citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy.

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Public Records Requests: How Big Is Too Big?

KUOW: February 13, 2015
By: Ross Reynolds & Kate O’Connell

Ross Reynolds speaks with Toby Nixon, president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, about the possible impact of a large public records request from local computer programmer Tim Cleman, who asked the email communication from every state agency. Read More>> READ MORE >

Lawmakers look to divert public-records awards

The Olympian: February 12, 2015
By: Lavendrick Smith

Arthur West has spent much of the last 20 years in battles with agencies that have fumbled or denied his requests for public records. The Olympia man’s latest win was a $187,000 settlement from the Port of Olympia to, in part, drop a pair of public-records lawsuits.... READ MORE >

Can Open Government Be Too Open?

Government Technology: February 9, 2015
By: Colin Wood

The mass records requester from Washington state has struck again. Computer programmer Tim Clemans is making new headlines in the state after asking every state agency to publicly release all emails that don’t require redaction. Clemans first gained attention in November when he anonymously made mass video requests... READ MORE >

Washington Policy Center Annual Legislative Briefing

TVW: February 2, 2015

WPC 2015 Annual Legislative Briefing/Lunch — discussion on issues include small business, environment, health care, state budget/government reform, transportation, education, WAVotes. Read More>> READ MORE >

Top open government award going to Sen. Fain

The Olympian: January 26, 2015
By: Walter Neary

State Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn will be honored Monday evening with the highest legislative award the Washington Coalition for Open Government can bestow. The award celebrates your right to know what government is doing or thinking of doing. Every year WashCOG selects a state lawmaker dedicated... READ MORE >

Guest: Government needs to follow the law declaring government records to be public

The Seattle Times: January 22, 2015
By: Michele Earl-Hubbard

THIS month, after eight years, a Public Records Act lawsuit — one of the longest of its kind in state history — will finally come to an end. While I am proud to have represented Beth and Doug O’Neill as their attorney in the case, O’Neill... READ MORE >

Remote testimony option progressing in Spokane and Tri-Cities

Washington Policy Center: January 14, 2015
By: Jason Mercier

You know it’s getting real when a job posting for a Senate Remote Testimony Clerk in Spokane goes out and the President of Columbia Basin College in the Tri-Cities volunteers the school to be a remote testimony location. As reported by KNDU Tri-Cities last night: “It... READ MORE >

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