Open Meeting laws

Who to vote for: Dayton Public School Board- and why

This post is late. Mostly because I’ve been trying to get a crazy dangerous lawyer locked up before he shoots someone- and because I have to respond to a Federal Court motion trying to pretend that the FBI and the DOJ aren’t two parts of the same doughnut. More on those- and the outrageous miscarriage Read More

Ohio’s Sunshine Laws need to turn from fiction to non-fiction

There is a 250 page guide to the Ohio Sunshine Laws, it’s free. It’s entirely fiction. As a citizen, you are expected to pay filing fees, attorney fees and hope to win pennies on the dollar if that- to make our public officials and quasi-governmental agencies abide by the law. It’s a thankless job. And Read More

RIP citizen comments- victim of COVID or just too damn inconvenient?

Ohio has “Sunshine Laws” that are supposed to help provide transparency in government. Yet, for those of us who try to collaborate or suggest ideas to elected leaders, the place to do it was during “citizen comments” during public meetings. While the sunshine laws are toothless in Ohio- and force citizens to expend copious effort Read More

Ain’t no sunshine in Ohio

Ohio recently had “Sunshine Week“- where the Ohio AG and newspapers around the state revel in the idea that this State believes in open meetings, government transparency and public records requests being filled promptly and legally. After 25+ years of finding just the opposite, I submitted this op-ed piece to the Dayton Daily newsless- where Read More

A mistake in the NY Times! Apparently NY is just as backassward as Ohio in appointing people to Board of Elections jobs.

Despite the Presidents constant complaints about the “Fake News” and biased media- especially the NY Times, I usually find it accurate and honest. Until this morning when I saw this: New York is the only state in the country with local election boards whose staffers are chosen almost entirely by Democratic and Republican Party bosses, Read More

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