Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran rolled out a series of bills to require that more “dark money” be disclosed under the state’s campaign finance laws, calling it a necessary step to ensure that out-of-state interests can’t “drown out the voice of our people.”
While SB 40 is not a perfect bill, we remain hopeful that the legislative process will preserve its original intent and fix some problematic amendments. The Senate deliberations are the first step.
Sunshine is good for democracy. At least that’s what we journalists think, and the Founding Fathers seemed to agree, judging by the First Amendment.
As a water data collection specialist, I have spent years behind a keyboard, researching public data and how it’s accessed throughout the web. In my experience, there are three myths when it comes to finding and using public or government data: 1) it’s easy to find, 2) free, and 3) available in a useable format.
Every year, reporters observe Sunshine Week by celebrating the efforts of those in our industry who shed light on the dark corners of government, and by pushing for greater transparency. In that spirit, the Independent spoke with Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, about the state of Colorado’s two public records laws.
An audit of the community agency that manages benefit money for people with disabilities in Arapahoe and Douglas counties could not isolate expenses paid with county tax dollars because those funds are mingled with state and federal funding, says the report released this week.
After objections from the public, Montezuma County commissioners decided to hold candidates interviews for a planning-and-zoning board position in open session instead of in private.
Policies are in place to monitor what information is conveyed to the public by local law enforcement agencies, but a deluge of leaks is leaving rules and regulations awash.
The fact is, this is part of the media’s role: to expose anything from a public official’s incurious ignorance to his malicious misrepresentations to his polarizing polemics to his flat-out lies.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has opened an investigation into an allegation the Denver Police Department violated Colorado’s open records law by withholding a letter that criticized the department.