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Protect the public, not polluters

By Corey Friedman [Note: the following editorial was written for the June 26 edition of the Richmond County Daily Journal. It was read aloud on the N.C. Senate floor by Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, the following day.] Any farmer knows … Continue reading

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Don’t play politics with the people’s records

By Corey Friedman It’s not an choice between right or left, but a simple matter of right and wrong. A showdown between Attorney General Roy Cooper — a likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2016 — and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory … Continue reading

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Too many in the dark on sunshine laws

By Corey Friedman Leaders don’t always need legislative victories to sweep aside inconvenient laws. Sometimes, a misinformed majority is all it takes. From the governor’s mansion to a town hall in our own backyard, elected executives have decided they can … Continue reading

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Court clerk makes commitment to openness

By Corey Friedman Jumbo shrimp, civil war and deafening silence are a few of our favorites. Clerk of Superior Court Andrew Whitley stepped in before “secret exhibit” became Wilson County’s unfortunate contribution to the English language’s long list of oxymorons. … Continue reading

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Town should strive for open government

By Corey Friedman As prominent voices join the chorus of concerned residents, it must be getting mighty difficult for Middlesex commissioners to keep plugging their ears.  Officials have thus far refused to seek Attorney General Roy Cooper’s opinion on whether … Continue reading

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To spray or not to spray for mosquitoes?

By Corey Friedman A few minutes down the road from Wilson County — the home of this year’s first confirmed West Nile virus case in North Carolina — there’s a town with something of a mosquito problem. Robert Johnson, an … Continue reading

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Private college police reports should be public record

By Corey Friedman When a law is so hazy and imprecise that the state’s highest court can’t decide how to interpret it, all that’s left is for lawmakers to go back to the drawing board. Less than a month after … Continue reading

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N.C. town to charge extra for public records

By Corey Friedman North Carolina law tells us that the records state and local government keeps — from city budgets to meeting minutes to business permits —are the public’s property. “The public records and public information compiled by the agencies … Continue reading

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Keeping carry permits open record could be a good thing

By Corey Friedman Some North Carolina lawmakers think the names of concealed handgun permit and gun purchase permit holders should be a state secret. State Sen. Buck Newton is sponsoring a bill to exclude gun permits from the North Carolina … Continue reading

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Private police records should be public

By Corey Friedman North Carolina residents can legally be kept in the dark when it comes to the actions of sworn police officers enforcing state laws on private college campuses. In a wrongheaded and poorly reasoned June 5 ruling, the … Continue reading

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End state employee secrecy

By Ryan Graczkowski Seems like there are more and more perks to working for the state. The News and Observer ran an article Monday describing the secrecy laws concerning state personnel. The policy in question shields from public view all … Continue reading

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‘Personal’ e-mails are public records

By Corey Friedman Changing the return address on your sweepstakes form doesn’t make you any more (or less) likely to become an instant millionaire. Likewise, a government official writing about work can’t duck open records laws by sending messages from … Continue reading

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