Center for Public Integrity Gives New Mexico a D-

UPDATED: Listen to the KUNM call-in show with Gwyneth Doland analyzing New Mexico’s scorecard. A new scorecard released by The Center for Public Integrity today gave New Mexico an overall ‘D-‘ for transparency and accountability in state government. Most troubling, our state received an ‘F’ for Public Access to Information. The study illustrates the need for Read More …

Thank you for making our Dixon Lunch a tremendous success!

Our 25th anniversary year First Amendment Dixon Awards Lunch was our best event yet – and it’s all thanks to our wonderful supporters like you!   We hope you enjoyed the FOG 25-year history video.  Thanks to Kent Walz, Rep. Jim Dines, Terri Cole, and Roger Thompson Voiceover for their participation.  Thanks to Charles “Bazz” Read More …

FOG urges Clovis Schools to release report about coach

FOG sent the following letter yesterday urging the Clovis Municipal Schools to release all documents under IPRA regarding possible suspension of its high school football coach: October 1, 2015 Kyle Snider President, Clovis Municipal Schools kyle.snider@clovis-schools-org Jody Balch Superintendent, Clovis Municipal Schools jody.balch@clovis-schools-org Re: Inspection of Public Records Request Dear Messieurs Snider and Balch: I am writing on Read More …

FOG talks with Iraqi visitors about their burgeoning democracy

I had the honor of speaking with a group of leaders from Northern Iraq, who are traveling through America as part of an initiative led by the U.S. State Department and Global Ties ABQ, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges of international awareness and understanding among the people of New Mexico and emerging leaders from Read More …

Duran case demonstrates the importance of transparency

FOG Executive Susan Boe penned an opinion piece that was published in NMPolitics.net: COMMENTARY: The recent allegations about Secretary of State Dianna Duran have pulled back the curtain on campaign finance reports — those pesky forms that candidates, lobbyists and political committees must file with the secretary of state (SOS) periodically to record their contributions and Read More …

FOG Review of Government Websites

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has conducted an extensive review of New Mexico city and county websites.  The review is an opportunity to provide guidance to government bodies by identifying best practices for websites.  FOG is dedicated to ensuring that the public can easily access information from its government. The FOG audit examined Read More …

Congratulations, 2015 Dixon Award Honorees!

Four New Mexicans have been selected by our board of directors for FOG’s top honor – the Dixon First Amendment Award. Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and the state’s sunshine laws. Read More …

UPDATED: Public Comment Bill Moves to House Floor

UPDATE (03/13/15): House Bill 378 to require the opportunity for public comment in public meetings received a “do pass” from the House Judiciary Committee and will advance to the House floor for a vote.  With only a week remaining in the session, amendments to the bill are still pending for debate and time is of Read More …

Giving Tuesday is December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday We have a day for giving thanks, days for scoring deals, and now we have a day dedicated to giving back! This Tuesday, pledge to support nonprofits and charities by coming together with family, friends and coworkers to make a gift that will Read More …