A Tesla crashes in Minnesota

By Mike Kaszuba One day after a Tesla automobile crashed in rural Minnesota last summer, Tesla’s director of field performance engineering contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office about the accident.  In an e-mail, he wrote that federal regulators were asking the car company about the crash. Kandiyohi County officials had sent out a press release […]

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Public Record Media files suit against Justice Department; seeks procedures, legal opinions about media investigations

On May 3rd, Minnesota-based open government organization Public Record Media (PRM) filed suit in federal court, seeking access to U.S. Justice Department (DOJ)  records requested under a 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. PRM’s FOIA request seeks a variety of records about legal tools and techniques used to obtain information from members of the […]

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Marv Davidov, the FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover

By Mike Kaszuba In the late 1960s, Twin Cities peace activist Marv Davidov was on the radar of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who told the Secret Service that Davidov may have tendencies indicating a “propensity for violence and antipathy toward good order and government.” Hoover would later update his assessment of Davidov, and […]

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Records show how Greater MSP took control of state’s Amazon bid

By Mike Kaszuba State officials allowed Greater MSP – a business development non-profit with ties to Minnesota’s top companies – to assume a uniquely dominant role in the unsuccessful bid to land Amazon’s second corporate headquarters, according to new documents reviewed by Public Record Media (PRM). Records released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and […]

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In Saint Paul, a transparency change

By Mike Kaszuba Due to concerns raised by women’s advocates, the St. Paul City Council is no longer requiring people who testify at public hearings to verbally give their home address. City Council President Amy Brendmoen said she made the decision after she and other City Council members were approached by “a group of advocates […]

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