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Freedom Foundation files access suit against Gov. Gregoire

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm with 3 Comments »
October 25, 2011 9:20 am

The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based think tank with a right-of-center agenda, filed suit today against Gov. Chris Gregoire over her office’s use of executive privilege to shield public records from disclosure.

Foundation general counsel Michael Retiz said Gregoire’s office used the privilege to deny release of some 500 documents sought in 46 different records requests since 2007. The suit targets half a dozen instances where Freedom Foundation requests were rejected.

Gregoire’s spokeswoman Karina Shagren said they had not seen the suit.

The cases deal with Gregoire’s decision on a medical-marijuana policy, a briefing document on Columbia River issues, a draft memorandum of understanding as well as a meeting memorandum, both dealing with the tortured Alaskan Way Viaduct project in Seattle.

Here is TFF’s backgrounder on the case. Here is TFF’s log of denied requests.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    The Freedom Foundation does great things for this state. This is why if you care about the future of this state you too should join. These folks at the FF get it.

    Why didn’t the newspapers do this a couple of years ago?

    Could it be that they are too busy carrying the Guv’s water.

  2. Hey truthbusterguy – I thought April fools day had already passed! Your first sentence is hilarious!

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I agree with TBG 100%. Without the FF and the Washington Policy Center no one would call the democrats to the carpet.

    The guv has been doing an end run to not have to show her records. What does she have to hide other than the deals she made with state worker unions and indian tribes. The dem loving media will never call her on this violation of exective power.

    Give her hell FF and WPC

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