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    Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming the emails were made while they were on the clock)

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    I say yes.What they do with tax payer funded property while on the clock working for the tax payer is the business of the tax payer.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Yes, but ALL politicians, not just a choice few who garner negative publicity.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming the emails were made while they were on the clock)

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    I say yes.What they do with tax payer funded property while on the clock working for the tax payer is the business of the tax payer.
    I would say within a certain time frame. Politicians should have a window where their correspondences are not public, but at some point, withing a few years of leaving office, they should be made public.

    Private email addresses should be private and stay private.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    I really dont know.
    On one hand they are working for the public and the people but on the other hand they also have a right to privacy. But i do belive in a transparent government. So im leaning 80% yes they should and 20% no they shouldnt. Im in a 3/4 pickle so to say.


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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Their job related emails should be discoverable via FOI. That's a little different than"making them public. But only a little.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I really dont know.
    On one hand they are working for the public and the people but on the other hand they also have a right to privacy. But i do belive in a transparent government. So im leaning 80% yes they should and 20% no they shouldnt. Im in a 3/4 pickle so to say.
    A public servant in a public office doesn't get to have privacy at work. For most everyone who has a job where they can send emails from a company computer, the emails belong to the company you're working for.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    I can tell you from having help public office that everything I did as a Councilman was open to the public with one exception. When we were in executive session nothing that took place could be make public and to this day a few years later I cannot talk about any of it other than than subjects discussed.

    So all emails in office are fair game.

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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    I wouldn't have a problem with them being made public, with one exception.

    I don't know if government employees are supposed to send email discussing classified information or not, and if they are, then those obviously, should not be made public.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Within reason, kinda like what Simon said, emails sent while on government computers, that are job related, should be available under freedom of information.
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    Re: Should the emails of politicians be made public?(assuming they were on the clock)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Yes, but ALL politicians, not just a choice few who garner negative publicity.
    Yes, and I'd prefer the media not invest all their time in the E-mails that are controversial. I am equally interested in the good things the politicians did while in office.

    I couldn't help but laugh about the whole "lame stream media", while MSNBC apparently couldn't find a single good thing Palin did while governor...

    Hell, the same thing could be said about the Wikileaks document releases. The only media attention was given to the controversial stories.

    This is one area I'm agreeing with Palin on.
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