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Saving penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.... Read more»

Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.... Read more»

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Curious about the biggest trade deal in history? Sorry, it’s classified

Governments and big corporations can read the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not you. Here are 6 ways it could change the world.... Read more»

China, Russia outrank U.S. when it comes to corporate transparency

New report ranks each country on the quality of access to information on companies. ... Read more»

Medicare records provide new details of doctor payments

Medicare records are revealing tantalizing new details of payments to doctors, but physicians and database experts caution that the information can be easily misconstrued or misunderstood. ... Read more»

Advocacy group gives Az a B at providing spending transparency

Arizona has improved its transparency on government spending but has a lot of work to do when it comes to providing information on tax credits for businesses, an advocacy group says. Arizona ranked 19th among states in the report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group. ... Read more»

Who controls the Kochs' political network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Video: Reinvigorating freedom of information for the digital age

Among the journalism experts testifying before the U.S. Senate last week was David Cuillier, head of the UA journalism school and president of the Society of Professional Journalists, who spoke about the importance of open government and freedom of information in advance of Sunshine Week. (with video and full statement)... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Cuillier: Gov't officials should end spin-control culture

Agencies at all levels, through aggressive and manipulative tactics, are increasingly controlling what information the public receives, threatening the very foundation of democracy. This is more than just about Easter eggs and inconveniences for journalists. Growing message management by the government is something that concerns anyone who cares about holding elected officials accountable.... Read more»

Arizona earns 'F' for judicial financial disclosure

Forty-two states — including Arizona — received a failing grade in an evaluation of disclosure requirements for high court judges. While judges must report their income sources and those of their family members, they are not required to report dollar amounts, even in ranges. Arizona’s score suffered because of poor disclosure rules about gifts.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Tiny Somerton, Ariz. leads way in transparency

With a population of 14,500 and a location south of Yuma, until recently I had never even heard of Somerton, Arizona. Yet, this tiny town serves as one of the best examples of what financial transparency by the government ought to look like. ... Read more»

'Stealth governing': Transparency missing in Az Legislature

Arizona’s legislative session this year was as hard to track as a Stealth bomber, even for many Capitol regulars. Technology is in theory giving Arizonans unprecedented access to the Legislature, but lawmakers are short-circuiting the public process.... Read more»

Broadcasters sue to block transparency

The National Association of Broadcasters is suing to block a rule passed by the FCC last month requiring TV stations to post political ad data on the Internet.... Read more»

Big media lobbies against transparency

Many of the country’s biggest media companies are fighting against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.... Read more»

Guest opinion: Sunshine Week

Sunshine is the best disinfectant - even on campus

As national Sunshine Week comes to a close, some legislators are trying to close out the sunshine. A new proposal would expand a current exemption to Arizona's public records laws and limit public information at universities.... Read more»

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