States of darkness

Source: Lyndsey Wajert, The News Media & The Law, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 2011

Governors’ transparency pledges prove to be mostly empty.

Accountability. Transparency. Sunshine.

These words were tossed around frequently during the 2010 gubernatorial elections. As candidates, many of the 26 newly elected governors promised an increase in government transparency. They made open government and accountability key tenets of their platforms, pledging that they would set new standards of openness once in office….However, months after taking office, these governors, and many other executives, seem to be reneging on those promises.

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