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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Sealed With A Kiss

People tried to make a big deal about Howard Dean's sealing of some records from his tenure as Governor.  Well, the Vermont Supreme Court agreed with his actions.

Now, let me note that there's a big difference in my mind between this and Cheney's refusal to share any information about his Energy Task Force.  In the wake of the Enron debacle, California price gouging and an energy policy that's clearly been influenced by administration coziness with the industry people who benefit most from it all, it's wholly inappropriate to withhold documents.  That's a very narrow issue and the people do have a right to know what went into formulating a rather critical policy that is having great impact on their lives right now. 

Quite a contrast to the "hey, we want to know what's in Dean's documents so we can dig up dirt on him" fishing expedition/manufactured issue during the primaries, particularly when you consider that it's a long-standing precedent in Vermont to seal records.

ntodd

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