Cindy Walsh for Mayor of Baltimore
- Mayoral Election violations
Questionnaires from Community
- Education Questionnaire
- Baltimore Housing Questionnaire
- Emerging Youth Questionnaire
- Health Care policy for Baltimore
- Environmental Questionnaires
- Livable Baltimore questionnaire
- Labor Questionnnaire
- Ending Food Deserts Questionnaire
- Maryland Out of School Time Network
- LBGTQ Questionnaire
- Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts & Culture Questionnaire
- Baltimore Transit Choices Questionnaire
- Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE)
- Downtown Partnership Questionnaire
- The Northeast Baltimore Communities Of BelAir Edison Community Association (BECCA )and Frankford Improvement Association, Inc. (FIA)
- Streets and Transportation/Neighbood Questionnaire
- African American Tourism and business questionnaire
- Baltimore Sun Questionnaire
- City Paper Mayoral Questionnaire
- Baltimore Technology Com Questionnaire
- Baltimore Biker's Questionnair
- Homewood Friends Meeting Questionnaire
- Baltimore Historical Collaboration---Anthem Project
- Tubman City News Mayoral Questionnaire
- Maryland Public Policy Institute Questionnaire
- AFRO questionnaire
- WBAL Candidate's Survey
- Trans Pacific Pact (TPP)
- Progressive vs. Third Way Corporate Democrats
Financial Reform/Wall Street Fraud
- Federal Healthcare Reform
- Social Security and Entitlement Reform
- Federal Education Reform
- Government Schedules
State and Local Government
- Maryland Committee Actions
- Maryland and Baltimore Development Organizations
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Baltimore City School Board
Building Strong Media
Media with a Progressive Agenda (I'm still checking on that!)
- "Talk About It" Radio - WFBR 1590AM Baltimore
- Promethius Radio Project
- Clearing the Fog
- Democracy Now
- Black Agenda Radio
- World Truth. TV Your Alternative News Network.
- Daily Censured
- Bill Moyers Journal
- Center for Public Integrity
- Public Radio International
- Baltimore Brew
- Free Press
- Far Left/Socialist Media
- Media with a Third Way Agenda >
- Media with a Progressive Agenda (I'm still checking on that!) >
- Progressive Actions
- Maryland/Baltimore Voting Districts - your politicians and their votes
- Petitions, Complaints, and Freedom of Information Requests
- State of the Democratic Party
- Misc 2
- Misc 3
- Misc 4
- Standard of Review
WALSH FOR GOVERNOR - CANDIDATE INFORMATION AND PLATFORM
- Campaign Finance/Campaign donations
- Speaking Events
- Why Heather Mizeur is NOT a progressive
- Campaign responses to Community Organization Questionnaires
Cindy Walsh vs Maryland Board of Elections
- Leniency from court for self-representing plaintiffs
- Amended Complaint
- Plaintiff request for expedited trial date
- Response to Motion to Dismiss--Brown, Gansler, Mackie, and Lamone
- Injunction and Mandamus
DECISION/APPEAL TO SPECIAL COURT OF APPEALS---Baltimore City Circuit Court response to Cindy Walsh complaint
Brief for Maryland Court of Special Appeals
- Cover Page ---yellow
- Table of Contents
- Table of Authorities
- Leniency for Pro Se Representation
- Statement of Case
- Questions Presented
- Statement of Facts
- Conclusion/Font and Type Size
- Record Extract
- Motion for Reconsideration
- Response to Defendants Motion to Dismiss
- Motion to Reconsider Dismissal
- Brief for Maryland Court of Special Appeals >
- General Election fraud and recount complaints
Cindy Walsh goes to Federal Court for Maryland election violations
- Complaints filed with the FCC, the IRS, and the FBI
- Zapple Doctrine---Media Time for Major Party candidates
- Complaint filed with the US Justice Department for election fraud and court irregularities.
- US Attorney General, Maryland Attorney General, and Maryland Board of Elections are charged with enforcing election law
- Private media has a responsibility to allow access to all candidates in an election race. >
- Polling should not determine a candidate's viability especially if the polling is arbitrary
- Viability of a candidate
- Public media violates election law regarding do no damage to candidate's campaign
- 501c3 Organizations violate election law in doing no damage to a candidate in a race >
- Voter apathy increases when elections are not free and fair
- Maryland Board of Elections certifies election on July 10, 2014
- Maryland Elections ---2016
Access to Government Records
Under the Maryland Public Information Act
What is the Public Information Act?
Maryland’s Public Information Act (“PIA”) gives the public the right to access government
records without unnecessary cost and delay.
The PIA applies to all three branches of Maryland state government as well as local
government entities. The PIA is found in the State Government Article (“SG”), §§10-611
through 10-630, Annotated Code of Maryland.
It is similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act which applies to federal executive
branch agencies and independent federal regulatory agencies.
The PIA grants you the right to review the available records that are disclosable and to obtain
copies of those records. It does not require an agency to answer informational questions or
to create a record to satisfy your request.
What is a public record?
A public record is defined as the original or copy of any documentary material in any form
created or received by an agency in connection with the transaction of public business.
Included in this definition are written materials, books, photographs, photocopies, firms,
microfilms, records, tapes, computerized records, maps, drawings and other materials.
Who can submit a PIA request?
Are all government records available?
No. The PIA attempts to balance the public’s right to access government records with other
policies that respect the privacy or confidentiality of certain information.
For example, some public records are confidential under federal or state statutes, under
court rules, or under various common law privileges such as attorney-client privilege and
executive privilege. SG §10-615. The PIA itself also protects certain records from disclosure
(for example, adoption records, personnel records, certain personal information in Motor
Vehicle Administration records). In addition, some information contained in public records
must remain confidential (for example, an individual’s medical information, confidential
commercial information and trade secrets). SG §§10-616, 10-617. In some cases, these
protections may be waived.
Other records may be withheld if the agency decides that disclosure of those records would
be “contrary to the public interest.” Examples of records subject to discretionary disclosure
include investigatory records, information related to academic, licensing, and employment
examinations, and documents of a pre-decisional and deliberative nature. SG §10-618.
Do I have a right to obtain a record about me even if it is otherwise
confidential under the PIA?
In some cases, yes. The PIA grants a “person in interest” a right to access some records that
are otherwise not available to the public under the PIA. A person in interest is usually the
person who is the subject of the record.
Who do I contact to get access to a record under the PIA?
There is no central agency that is responsible for PIA requests. You should contact the
agency that has the record you are seeking. If you are uncertain about what agency would
have the record, you might review the “Maryland Manual” (available online at
www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/html/mmtoc.html), check agency web sites,
or contact your local library where the reference staff might be able to help identify the
agency that has the particular record.
Is there a particular form that I must use?
No, although some agencies have created request forms to help the agency respond to PIA
In some cases, a telephone call to the appropriate person in a government agency may satisfy
your request for a document. In other cases, you will need to submit your request in writing.
Address your request to the individual in the agency who is responsible for the particular
record. If you do not know who that is, address your request to the agency’s public
information officer or to the head of the agency.
It is important that you specifically describe the records you seek so that the agency can
research your request. Sometimes discussions with agency personnel will clarify your request
and help the agency find the records you are seeking.
How long will it take for an agency to respond to my request?
In many instances, an agency will be able to respond to your request immediately. In fact, for
some frequently requested records, an agency may already have records available on its web site.
(For example, the State Department of Assessments and Taxation makes property assessment
information publicly available through its web site). Otherwise, an agency is normally expected to
comply with a PIA request within 30 days, but there may be instances where an agency needs
additional time to locate and review the requested records.
Is there a charge for obtaining records under the PIA?
The PIA allows an agency to charge a “reasonable fee” for copies of public records.
An agency may also charge a reasonable fee for searching for a public record – a charge that may
include the time required for locating and reviewing the record. The first two hours of search
time are free, but an extensive search may prove time-consuming and therefore expensive. Thus,
it is in both your interest and the agency’s interest to ensure that a PIA request clearly and
accurately describes the records sought.
Actual fee schedules may be found in agency regulations. Agencies may chose to waive fees in
What happens if my request for records is denied?
If an agency denies all or part of your request, it must provide you with a written explanation that
includes the reason for the denial, the legal authority justifying the denial, and your appeal rights.
Depending on the agency, you may have a right to administrative review of the decision.
Otherwise, you will need to go to court if you wish to challenge the agency’s decision. (Even if
administrative remedies are available, you have the right to go to court without first pursuing any
administrative review.) The PIA authorizes a court to award attorney fees and litigation costs to
an applicant who “substantially prevails.“
How can I learn more about the PIA?
The Office of the Attorney General publishes a detailed legal analysis of the PIA in the Maryland
Public Information Act Manual. The Manual also includes the text of the PIA and a sample request
letter to help you make a PIA request. The Manual is available for purchase for $10 by sending a
check to the Office of Attorney General, Opinions and Advice Division, 200 St. Paul Place,
Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The manual is also available without charge on the Attorney
General’s website, http://www.oag.state.md.us/Opengov/pia.htm.
Non-profit organizations and access to public information
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(December 2010) When government agencies outsource basic services to third-party non-profit contractors, one consequence is that the public may lose its access to information about the service that the public would have retained, had a government agency carried out the service directly.
A concern that previously public information will become privatized and inaccessible to the public when a government agency moves to contract out services to third-party vendors arises whether the third-party vendor is a non-profit organization or a for-profit organization. However, a number of key court cases in this area have arisen when non-profits have rebuffed requests for information under a state's right-to-know laws.
Key court cases
Friends of Piedmont Park v. The Piedmont Park Conservancy The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a private non-profit that oversees and manages Piedmont Park. In 2007, when the organization moved forward with a plan to install a controversial parking structure, a group opposed to the plan—Friends of Piedmont Park—filed an open record request under Georgia's open records legislation for records of the Conservancy. The request was declined, and the Friends group sued. On September 12, 2007, a Georgia judge ruled that the records must be made public.
 The Times of Trenton v. Lafayette Yard Community Development Corp. In this case, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2005 that Lafayette Yard CDC, a private non-profit, was subject to the provisions of New Jersey's open records (OPRA) legislation because it issued city-backed bonds and the majority of its board was appointed by the city council of Trenton. The litigation arose because the board of Lafayette Yard CDC kicked a reporter for the Trenton newspaper out of a meeting on the grounds that, as a private non-profit, they were not subject to open records or open meetings laws.
 Gannon and Nichols v. the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa In this 2005 case, the Iowa Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that outsourcing a public function to a private board does not privatize the records of the private board. The court wrote, "In this appeal, we are asked to decide whether a government body may outsource one of its core functions to a private corporation, making that part of its operation nongovernmental and not subject to public scrutiny. We hold the Iowa State University Foundation, a recipient of such outsourcing, is performing a government function, and therefore its records are subject to disclosure."
 Kimberly Kay Allen v. John Day Fourteen cheerleaders sued Powers Management, a private company that ran a public stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, on the grounds that their privacy had been violated by two employees of Powers Management. Powers Management reached an out-of-court settlement with the cheerleaders. The Tennessean asked for a copy of the settlement from Powers, on the grounds that Powers was functionally a government agency. In 2006, a Tennessee appeals court agreed with The Tennessean, ordering Powers to turn over a copy of the settlement to the newspaper.
 Current controversies  Downtown Vision in Jacksonville, Florida Downtown Vision agreed in September 2007 that it falls under Florida's open records law. Previously, the organization had stated that it was exempt because it is a private not-for-profit corporation.
 Charleston Area Alliance The non-profit Charleston Area Alliance in West Virginia receives $100,000 annually from the Kanawha County Commission to provide economic development services to the county. However, the Charleston Area Alliance has refused to provide information about the salaries its officers receive, on the grounds that it is a private organization.
 Medicaid service non-profits in Connecticut In Connecticut, the state Department of Social Services contracted with three for-profit companies and one non-profit company for Medicaid services. Each organization refused to respond to Connecticut open records requests for information about how much they were paying doctors under the plans. The Connecticut Attorney General and Connecticut Freedom of Information Coalition ruled that the documents must be made public.
 New Mexico State University Foundation In New Mexico, the non-profit New Mexico State University Foundation is claiming that because it is private, it doesn't have to release the names of donors, even though the donors are partially funding the salaries of employees at New Mexico State University. Basketball coach Reggie Theus is one recipient of a salary partially funded by undisclosed private donors. Since Theus has spoken at a public governmental hearing in favor of a private real-estate development, questions have arisen about whether he is receiving part of his salary from those real estate developers.