When the new Governor takes office in January 2011, he or she will have to decide as one of their first decisions is to whether or not to be an open, accountable, and transparent policy office or a secret, closed, and accountable one. Over the last decade many documents, notes, and memos that detail how decisions are made on state policy from the Governor's office have become electronic. Those electronic documents that are so essential for citizens to see who has influenced decisions, what factors were considered and to make sure things are on the up and up can easily disappear forever by a delete button or a short time frame to keep them..
There have been issues with Governor Pawlenty about electronic records pursuant to a story by the Star Tribune, Sunday July 6, 2008 and I contend continues through today. Mr. Pawlenty's perspective is that he is only following an old court decision from several decades ago.
Where do the current candidates for Governor stand on this issue?