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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Darth Vader" to Chair Sunshine Committee--Editorials

    The first wave of editorials came out today:

    • The Spokesman-Review: "In her announcement on Monday, Gregoire urged the committee to 'keep in mind the purpose of our state's original public disclosure laws.' Good advice. Had she heeded it herself, she would have chosen a different chairman. ... Carr has been no champion of public disclosure. "

    • The Tacoma News-Tribune: "Gov. Chris Gregoire’s recent decision to appoint Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr as the committee’s chairman is questionable. Carr is chiefly known in open government circles for arguing against disclosure. In the Hangartner case, for example, he succeeded in stretching an exemption for attorney-client privilege to cover tax information relating to the ill-fated Monorail project in Seattle." (Most of the editorial is about the Sunshine Committee, not Tom Carr.)

    Stay tuned.