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Charles Johnson Finally Calls for Open Schedules

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Sure, it’s nine months late, but Charles Johnson is calling for Montana’s politicians to make their daily schedules open to the public:

In June, Rep. Denny Rehberg started putting his daily schedules in the Internet. Finally, earlier this month, Sen. Max Baucus followed suit. Rehberg and Baucus’ decisions came after lots of pressure from some Montana bloggers, who deserve credit for holding the delegations’ feet to the fire.

Montana has the nation’s first congressional delegation in which all members post their schedules. The Sunlight Foundation, a Washington, D.C., group pressing others members of Congress to do the same, praised the Montana delegation, saying in a blog on its Web site: “Congratulations, this is a great day for Montana — and for transparency.”

Amen.

The three members of Congress post their schedules for the previous day, not the same day. That’s fine. At least they’re doing it, and any Montanan with an Internet connection can check them out.

You know, I always give the Lee Papers credit when I reference them. Just sayin’. 🙂

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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