Nice column from The Capital Times in Madison, Wis., with sample questions to ask election candidates:
Openness in government is critical to democracy. Wisconsin state law makes that clear in this high-minded preamble to the Wisconsin open meetings law:
"In recognition of the fact that a representative government of the American type is dependent upon an informed electorate, it is declared to be the policy of this state that the public is entitled to the fullest and most complete information regarding the affairs of government as it compatible with the conduct of governmental business."
How are we doing in real life? Not always so good.
That's why it's important, in an election year, to ask the candidates questions that help reveal their commitment to openness in government.