We shouldn't have to sue to get a response from the governor
Thanks for this column. An important victory. We the people have a right to information about the working of our own government.
The ruling restored my faith in the current Iowa SUPCO. I didn’t know about the Brenna piece. Thanks for taking deeper and pointing that out! Makes this victory, even sweeter!
Great analysis. Bob Woodward recently spoke at Drake and reminded the audience that President Nixon expressed the view that the press is the enemy. Woodward noted that this view is maintained by former President Trump and many Republicans. I expect the Iowa legislature to revise the law to exempt the governor from its application.
Great column. Many years ago, when I was working the police beat In Clinton on a holiday weekend a surly police desk sergeant refused to give me some arrest records and launched into a tirade about how much he hated the news media. Didn’t know me from Adam. I said, “I’m the public too, and I expect the same courtesy as anyone who comes up to this counter or calls on that telephone.” It was at a joint city-county law center, and a sheriff’s lieutenant (who happened to be running for sheriff) was much more accommodating. Intentionally or not, he must have made an impression on the police desk sergeant, who grabbed the arrest sheets and tossed them across the counter to me.
Public servants need to understand the media is the public’s eyes and ears. If they don’t get that, well, there’s the old saying you catch more flies with sugar. Play nice, kids.
Nicely done. We'll see if she complies in the future. What are the consequences of non-compliance? A fine? She'll laugh that off and pay no consequences, I fear.
Correction: An earlier version of this column mistakenly referred to Governor Branstad in a quote by Bleeding Heartland's Laura Belin. That's my error. The reference should be to Governor Reynolds. I've corrected it here.
Wow. Your second to last paragraph was a mic drop, Dave. Rich irony there....
How ironic that Brenna Bird wrote those words.
Thanks Dave Busiek! Your comments on this Iowa Supreme Court ruling add to the
compassion of Iowans who demand a FREE and OPEN PRESS, being a vital concept to our democracy in Iowa.
The ignorance revealed from Gov. Reynolds and the Republican legislature is bad enough. You mean there's more that they don't want us to see?
Thanks again for your analysis. We're left with a couple questions. 1) like others, will the Gov now use unreasonably high fees to thwart compliance? 2) for what reason did the Gov try so hard to keep secrets? It wasn't covid or staff issues. Will we see some embarrassing info from her handling of the head of DHS & the Iowa Vets Home, etc?
Finally, it's a shame there are no consequences because, essentially she was breaking Iowa law.