The Watchdog: Open government in Texas is getting more open thanks to new state laws

Don’t fall off your chair when you hear this, but the Texas Legislature has enacted major changes in how Texans can monitor their local, county and state governments. These changes are for the better for both officials and the public. Texas is the first state in the nation to create a new way to monitor […]

Watchdog Tip of the Day: Getting government records

What do you do when you have a hard time getting government records. Here are some ideas on open records, public information, sunshine laws from The Dallas Morning News Watchdog desk administrator Marina Trahan Martinez. In our Watchdog Video Tip of the Day, we try to solve problems in under a minute. – – – […]

Fort Worth City Hall lawyer loses job over open records failure

A City Hall lawyer who failed to adequately fulfill an open records request by Watchdog Nation founder Dave Lieber gets “separated” from his job four days apologizing.

Fort Worth is No. 1 in thefts from blue outdoor postal collection boxes

Fort Worth has a reputation for rodeos, art and friendly people. Today, sadly, Watchdog Nation gives Fort Worth another title. And it hurts because Watchdog Nation is headquartered there. Cowtown is the No. 1 city in America for thefts from blue outdoor postal collection boxes. Texas is the top state for such thefts. That news […]

Texas Opens Meetings Law challenge could go to U.S. Supreme Court

Texas government officials are challenging the state’s open meetings law, saying they feel repressed in their free speech. They could go to jail, they fret. But nobody ever has. It’s topsy-turvy. It’s one more attack on open government. It’s Texas.

How to protect yourself from mailbox theft

Do mailbox break-ins occur at your local post office? You might never know. The crimes are largely unreported. It takes a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request to learn what is going on. Here’s how to do it.