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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Missouri Governor To Turn Over Emails

The Kansas City Star reports that after months of legal fighting and political bruising, the Governor of Missouri will turn over emails.

This is good news and bad news. The good news is that the emails are getting out. The bad news is that it took litigation by several large newspapers with lots of expensive lawyers--and the little fact that the Republican Governor was facing a re-election challenge from the Democratic Attorney General, who also sought the emails--to get this done. It shouldn't take hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and a gubernatorial election to get public records.