August 17, 2007
Public (Records) Enemy #1
Mrs. Gregoire has named Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr to chair the new "Sunshine" committee, tasked with reviewing exemptions to the state Public Records Act.
In the world of public records, Carr is perhaps best known for the notorious Hangartner v. City of Seattle case, in which the state Supreme Court sided with Carr and invented two new loopholes not found in statute that enabled governments to conceal public records from the public: permission to reject "overly broad" requests, and unwarranted expansion of the attorney-client privilege.
This appointment suggests that Gregoire is more interested in protecting government agencies from inconvenient citizens than in protecting the citizens' right to know what their government is doing.
UPDATE: Oops. It looks like I erred in understating the objections to Tom Carr. Greg Overstreet writes that this appointment would be like appointing Mike Lowry to head a sexual harrassment committee and says that newspaper lobbyist Bill Will is calling Carr "Darth Vader". Ouch.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 17, 2007
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Isn't this guy an ambulance-chasing lawyer? The one that's alwys doing those cheesy commercials?
Nice appointment there, Chrissie!!
What an absolutely horrible decision by Gregoire.
Hangartner is one of the worst anti-open government decisions EVER.
The good news is that the MSM ought to be outraged by this appointment.
After all, they were outraged about Hangartner.
It's like appointed a convicted brutal double-murderer to head up the homicide squad!!
Will be interesting the see how the MSM avoids the Hangartner discussion. My guess is they will simply say Carr was doing his job and it's the Supreme Court's fault.
But oops....they supported Owens & Alexander....didn't they!
So who's fault is it???
Stefan ought to contact all the newspapers who are paper of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and ask them to comment.
Knowing the Queen as we do, she will send all of the state documents to the Clinton library, where all the healthcare documents that Hillary is so proud of are locked up for no one to see.
Gotta love these libs!
4. Oh dear. This is not good.
Dino for governor!
5. Actually, this sounds like fodder for a damaging political ad (against Gregoire, that is).
6. Carr is the perfect person to protect the decision makers from any checks and balances.
Tom Carr looked redicules in the medical marijuana records fiasco.
He was the wrong choice for open government,and the right choice for covering tracks.
Exactly why the Queen chose him. They will need alot of track cleaning when she comes up for reelection.
Run Dino Run!
8. Why is Gregoire ignoring McKenna, the state attorney general. Part of the AG's job is to analyze and evaluate existing laws and remedial proposals for the executive branch of state government.