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Key Award Winner Carl Hu

Bellevue resident Carl Hu used his tenacity and Washington state’s public-records laws to shine a light on an Everett nonprofit’s questionable business practices. The Internal Revenue Service later stripped the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund of its tax-exempt status, and the charity filed for bankruptcy.

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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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Federal judge in Tacoma blocks release of strip club dancers’ licenses

The News Tribune: October 23, 2014

A federal judge in Tacoma on Thursday blocked the release of business licenses for dancers and managers at a Parkland strip club, saying the workers would “likely suffer irreparable harm” if the information is disclosed. Read More>> READ MORE >

Updated Legislative Tax Survey Results

Washington Policy Center: October 23, 2014
By: Jason Mercier

Earlier this month we published the results of our legislative tax survey that asked legislators and candidates the following question: “Survey question to lawmakers and candidates: Would you vote to allow the people of Washington to have the opportunity to vote on a state constitution amendment to require a... READ MORE >

Loaded with Lead

The Seattle Times: October 17, 2014
By Christine Willmsen, Lewis Kamb and Justin Mayo

A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed. A conservation volunteer in Iowa lost feeling in his hands and feet. A 5-year-old girl in South King County doubled over in pain and vomited. The cause of their suffering: lead poisoning. The... READ MORE >

City Stands by Closed Door Meeting

Seattle Met: October 10, 2014
By: Afternoon Jolt

City Attorney Pete Holmes’ office stood by a recent city council decision today to hold a closed-door session. Last month, when  council member Tom Rasmussen asked planning committee chair Mike O’Brien if O’Brien’s “linkage fee” proposal to charge developers a flat fee per square foot on most new... READ MORE >

Editorial: Public officials give up some privacy on personal cellphones

The Seattle Times: October 1, 2014
By: Brian Sonntag and Rob McKenna

CITIZENS expect, demand and deserve public officials who put the public first. One way we put the public first is by promoting open government and protecting the people’s right to know. An official cannot choose to use personal technology like a cellphone or... READ MORE >

Access to government meetings varies

The Woodinville Weekly: August 12, 2014
By: Briana Gerderman

Smile for the camera — at Woodinville City Council meetings, signs warn citizens and politicians that audio and video is being recorded. State law only requires written minutes as access to public meetings, not video or audio recordings, said Toby Nixon, president of the Washington Coalition... READ MORE >

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