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Familiar Democratic name Kennedy fights GOP on health care – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Monday, March 13, 2017

A familiar name from Massachusetts, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, is carrying his family legacy into a new era, battling Republicans who want to undo Barack Obama’s health care law. Kennedy, the 36-year-old grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and great-nephew of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy, has been a low-key presence in the House since he was first elected in his Boston-area district…

Celebrating 1916 — ‘A Democratic Newspaper’ – Glens Falls Post-Star (blog)

Monday, March 13, 2017

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FOIA and OMA: What you might want to know – The Southern

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Newspaper with a Heart came to the aid of a veteran – The Ledger – The Ledger

Sunday, March 12, 2017

In April, Williams, a single mother of two grown boys, went on family medical leave from her position in purchasing and project management. Eric Pera @ciapastryboy WINTER HAVEN — South Korea seemed a million miles away from Janet Williams’ world in New York. It was 1996. She was 25. She’d just received her first deployment as a new Army recruit. Korea was considered a “hardship…

Colleges aiding in less-open FOIA bid – Arkansas Online

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are helping state Rep. Bob Ballinger write an amendment to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act that legal experts say isn’t needed and would cripple citizens’ access to public records. Emails obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette show attorneys and other officials for the universities last week wrote and sent proposed language for Senate Bill 373. The bill already would exempt attorney-client…

The Ken wants to fix business journalism in India with a subscription model – TechCrunch

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Four former reporters and entrepreneurs are attempting to fix India’s “broken” business media landscape and simultaneously prove that there’s an audience — and business — for paying for quality journalism in the country. Subscription-based media is thriving in the West. The New York Times has seen its digital subscription base swell following the election of President Trump. In tech, The Information, founded by a former Wall Street Journal editor, has thrived…

Newspaper with a Heart came to the aid of a veteran – The Ledger

Sunday, March 12, 2017

In April, Williams, a single mother of two grown boys, went on family medical leave from her position in purchasing and project management. Eric Pera @ciapastryboy WINTER HAVEN — South Korea seemed a million miles away from Janet Williams’ world in New York. It was 1996. She was 25. She’d just received her first deployment as a new Army recruit. Korea was considered a “hardship…

Newspapers remain tried and trusted despite social media revolution – Telegraph.co.uk

Saturday, March 11, 2017

“A newspaper should have no friends,” wrote Joseph Pulitzer, articulating the spirit of editorial independence that won him the admiration of his readers and an indictment from the US government. While any one newspaper should indeed have no friends, the press as a whole needs as many as it can get. The decline in newspaper sales is matched by falling commercial revenues as advertisers look to digital channels for greater…

Sunshine Week: How FOIA has brought light to key issues in South Carolina – Charleston Post Courier

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What do a crackdown on beer festivals and officials’ spending habits have in common? Public records helped uncover both of them. The Post and Courier routinely uses the S.C. Freedom of Information Act to unearth crucial documentation for the benefit of all sorts of South Carolinians. The law is a principal method for holding the powerful accountable and shining a light on happenings that would otherwise…

College newspaper rethinks name over KKK mixup – New York Post

Saturday, March 11, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Jesuit college newspaper in Massachusetts is rethinking its name because it’s the same as a Ku Klux Klan publication. Getty Images Student editors at The Crusader newspaper at the College of the Holy Cross say they received letters promoting white supremacist ideas. They’re concerned that people think they hold the same views as the KKK’s official newspaper, also called The Crusader.. More than 40 professors at…

Pruitt Reveals Views on Climate Change: NRDC Files FOIA – Natural Resources Defense Council

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What in the world could have prompted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to say this week that carbon dioxide—which has exceeded an atmospheric concentration of 400 parts per million, the highest in three million years—is not a major contributor to climate change? NRDC wants to know. Asked on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program about his views on whether carbon dioxide contributes to global warming, Pruitt responded: “I think that measuring with precision…

Veterans faced health referral delays nearly half the time – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Montana military veterans who were referred to health specialists in 2015 faced delays in getting appointments or receiving needed medical services nearly half the time, and those delays may have harmed four patients, according to a report released Friday. The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office inspected the VA Montana Healthcare System at Fort Harrison in Helena at the request of U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines. The…

The Crusader, Holy Cross newspaper, weighs name change to distance itself from KKK publication – Washington Times

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Crusader, a weekly newspaper published by the students of a small Jesuit college in Worcester, Massachusetts, is considering a name change for the first time in decades amid concerns raised by an identically named publication affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. Calls to rename the College of the Holy Cross newspaper first surfaced late last year after a KKK publication with the same name touted President Trump’s White House…

South Dakota governor signs religious adoption protections – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Saturday, March 11, 2017

South Dakota joined three other states Friday that have enacted laws giving broad legal protections to faith-based organizations that refuse based on their religious beliefs to place children in certain households. Before signing the bill, Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard said he was concerned private child-placement agencies acting in the best interest of a child could be subject to a lawsuit when denying placement to someone in a “protected class,” such…

Montana considers keeping coal-fired plant afloat with loans – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Montana lawmakers are considering propping up a troubled coal-fired power plant by offering low-interest loans of up to $10 million a year from the state’s $1 billion coal tax trust fund to one of the plant’s owners. Talen Energy, which owns 50 percent of the two Colstrip power plant units slated for closure by July 2022, has warned that the shutdown could come sooner if it does not receive tax…

Bill may ban foam to-go food containers in Maryland – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Saturday, March 11, 2017

All expanded polystyrene products used for packaging food products, including foam carriers, could be banned from all Maryland food businesses if pending legislation is passed in the General Assembly this session. The legislation, sponsored in the House by Delegate Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, will prohibit a person or business from selling or providing food in an expanded polystyrene food service product beginning Jan. 1, according to a Department of Legislative Services…

Michigan Legislature considers expanding and limiting FOIA | The … – The Michigan Daily

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Michigan Legislature is currently addressing expansions and limitations to the Freedom of Information Act in Michigan through two bills: Senate Bill 0069 and House Bill 4149. FOIA, a federal law that took effect in 1967, allows individuals in Michigan to submit requests to access public information. Michigan has ranked poorly in issues of transparency, in part because of weak or absent state laws about public records and disclosures. HB 4149 would expand FOIA requests to include…

How transactional politics will affect journalism – Aljazeera.com

Friday, March 10, 2017

The concept of transactional politics has regained popularity after the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. It basically refers to a political practice where governments reciprocate each other’s actions in an equal measure, in other words establish a certain type of give-and-take politics. The term may also refer to a businesslike attitude of governments when it comes to national spending. The idea is that a…