Montana Politics

An Open Records Request for Dee Brown

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Charles Johnson reported yesterday that Representative Dee Brown, who has not even listened to the September 12 meeting of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board, is considering asking its members to turn over their text and e-mails because she is worried about “shenanigans going on at this meeting that aren’t open to the public purview.”

Depending on what she learns, Brown said she may formally request the emails and texts and would do so on her own, not on behalf of the committee.

“I may make a request,” Brown said. “I’m hoping that they would just voluntarily give it to me. I’m not going to go at great personal expense to do it.”

I, too, share Ms. Brown’s concern about shenanigans occurring at public meetings and policymaking groups, and I agree that it would be best for those involved to “voluntarily” turn over their personal texts and e-mails from those meetings. To that end, and because as a taxpayer, I pay for Ms. Brown’s laptop during the session, I would like to request all e-mails and text messaged she received during the 2013 Legislative session. Since there may be a lot of them, I’d prefer that she start with all communication from lobbyists and her fellow Republican legislators.

Please forward every e-mail and text to dpogreba@gmail.com. It’s the only way to prevent the spread of shenanigans.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-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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