RedState Interview: Gov. Nikki Haley (R, SC).
We talked this afternoon on South Carolina’s Spending Accountability Act (which was formally signed into law today). To refresh people’s memories: Governor Haley had campaigned in part on a platform of transparency, with a specific focus on the South Carolinian legislature’s ability to vote on funding issues without their votes actually going on the record. The Governor has long been a proponent of reversing this, | Read More »
President Obama secretly accepts transparency award.
No, really. President Obama met with the transparency award givers in private; the award ceremony did not appear on his schedule, and had no press presence whatsoever. There wasn’t even a staff photographer there, much to the surprise of the transparency/open government people, who are all of them kind of confused that they had to give this award under the rose and in an undisclosed | Read More »
The Change that they were waiting for: Gibbs and the WH Press Pool.
Contra Hot Air and Instapundit, this isn’t really funny: …it’s sad. The White House press pool is being given the mushroom treatment; and they know that they’re being given the mushroom treatment. But they don’t want to respond appropriately – which is to say, stop letting Robert Gibbs define what are or are not appropriate questions to ask. Until that happens – and the press | Read More »
Hey, did you vote last November to end business as usual?
You know, new broom sweeping clean, cleaning out the Augean stables, generally showing those people in Washington who was who and what was what – and how there was going to be a new boss, with new rules and expectations on behavior. Well, meet the new boss: During his first nine months in office, President Obama has quietly rewarded scores of top Democratic donors with | Read More »
Sen. Tom Coburn continues in his vocation…
…to wit, providing fully justified grief to people who really deserve it. In this particular case he’s making the clock run out on a bill that had some disclosure provisions stripped from it; as has been noted before, there are many ways that an individual Senator can shut things down in the Senate, and Coburn is happy to explore them in the cause of transparency. | Read More »
Brian Faughnan on MSNBC.
The subject: This administration’s lack of transparency! The spokesperson for the Left: Jane Hamsher, of FireDogLake! The battle: …called on account of mutual agreement, more or less.
Geez, the new Whitehouse.gov site is just plain *bad*.
It was Mary Katherine Ham’s article that tipped me to the problem: Barack Obama’s administration may be promising the “greatest ethical standard ever administered to an executive branch,” and increased transparency over his predecessor, but it seems to be forgoing at least one transparency practice that was routine in the Bush White House— transcripts of the daily press briefing. It’s been four days since Press | Read More »
RNC Unveils new searchable database.
It’s still pretty simple, but it’s also pretty straightforward. From the press release: The Republican National Committee (RNC) today launched a new Web site, “RNCDonors.com.” Through a searchable database, un-itemized RNC donors – those who contributed less than $200 to the RNC from the time Sen. John McCain became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee – will be made public. “Sen. Obama talks a lot about | Read More »