Thu, 17 April 2014
We had an extended conversation with long-time Netroots denizen Mark Brooks today. He's actually got some experience working for the Bureau of Land Management that's interesting background for the current Bundy Ranch Cowachella loopy-ness. But the main part of our discussion was about his efforts to stay on top of issues of local governance in his rural Virginia county, and fight his way through the many (and familiar) obstacles that still hinder effective use of the Freedom of Information Act. Local? Yes. Unsexy? Maybe. But it's an issue with enormous impact on your everyday life. Come hear what he's got to say about it, and learn where you can turn if you're fighting a similar uphill battle. And the story I snuck in under the wire: U.S. appeals court finds conflict-minerals rule violates free speech.