Kent Flanagan 
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Re: “The City Paper Wins Judgment in TSSAA Open Records Suit

This is a great decision for open government and transparency in government, because TSSAA is a "state actor" in its basic function as a statewide athletic association for public and private schools. While the decision is positive for City Paper and open government advocates, it was a long time coming, especially in light of the previous decisions regarding private organizations acting in place of state agencies. Hopefully, this latest decision will strengthen the legal issue(s) underpinning this decision.

Congratulations, City Paper!

Kent Flanagan
Executive Director
Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

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Posted by Kent Flanagan on 12/07/2012 at 7:45 PM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread Asks: Do You Care About GMOs in Your Food?

There is a huge difference between Monsanto modifying plant genetics in a laboratory and the modifications that occur in nature. Making crops insect resistant has a huge impact on nature and nature reacts to such changes as it always has. In a similar fashion, we're seeing increasingly dangerous drug-resistant biologic infections as a result of overuse of antibiotics in livestock and in human medical use. It seems that the more we tinker with such things, the more unintended consequences we cause.

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Posted by Kent Flanagan on 09/28/2012 at 9:04 AM

Re: “In Stinging Rebuke, Newspaper Likens Haslam to 'Petty Balkan Dictator'

It should be noted that the Chattanooga Times Free Post has opposing editorial pages for the former Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Free Press. The editorial referenced here is for the more liberal Times. The dueling opinion pages were set up when the two newspapers were purchased and combined by the owner of the Little Rock, Ark., newspaper, which also has two editorial pages.

Posted by Kent Flanagan on 11/04/2011 at 6:26 AM

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