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Opinion: Put the screws to politicians who don’t care about FOI

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

Aside from the fact that the state woke up and decided not to put in the governor’s mansion an erratic financier who wouldn’t tell us what he’d do if elected, voters who rose Wednesday morning had something else to be grateful for: Comptroller Kevin Lembo was re-elected.

In addition to exhibiting refreshing candor and independence on fiscal matters, Lembo is a strong advocate of open government. And as of Oct. 29, he was the only one of the state’s six constitutional officers to sign a pledge to support Connecticut’s landmark Freedom of Information laws.

Earlier this month, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information sent letters to 360 candidates for state office, asking them to oppose weakening the state’s public information disclosure laws and to require public hearings for any attempts to change those laws. Only 37 candidates did so.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

 

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