freedom of information request en The week in review <p>This week and review Michigan Radio’s Weekend Edition host Rina Miller and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss proposed bills to end lame duck sessions and make it easier to file freedom of information act requests. They also chat about the controversial right to work Pure Michigan ad that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 10723 at The week in review 'Freedom of Information' vs 'Academic Freedom' <p><a href=";t=4">University of Michigan professors</a> are asking university officials to deny a &lsquo;Freedom of Information Request&rsquo; in the cause of &lsquo;Academic Freedom&rsquo;.&nbsp; The issue concerns email.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2141 at 'Freedom of Information' vs 'Academic Freedom' Mackinac Center explains FOIA requests <p>The <a href="">Mackinac Center for Public Policy</a> says their<a href=""> Freedom of Information Act requests</a> for information regarding labor studies at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan is part of its &ldquo;regular&rdquo; activity.</p><p>Ken Braun is the man behind the FOIA requests and the Senior Managing Editor of <a href="">Michigan Capitol Confidential</a>, the Mackinac Center&rsquo;s newsletter. In <a href="">a posting on the Center&rsquo;s website</a>, Braun said the requests were made because:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We were interested in determining whether the LSC and the labor faculty at Michigan&rsquo;s other two large public universities had actively employed university resources to enter the political debates. At a minimum, we thought a FOIA investigating professors&rsquo; emails on these subjects might demonstrate whether state officials should ask questions about this use of tax dollars for public universities. In the worst-case scenario, we knew these emails might suggest that the faculty had acted illegally, because certain political uses of university resources are prohibited by Michigan law. &rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Kate Davidson</a>, of Michigan Radio&rsquo;s <a href="">Changing Gears</a> project, has been taking a look at the controversy and, in a<a href=""> story posted today</a>, explains:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Michigan academics aren&rsquo;t the only ones under scrutiny.&nbsp; Last month, the Republican Party of Wisconsin requested emails from William Cronon, a historian critical of Governor Scott Walker&rsquo;s push to weaken public sector unions.&nbsp;</p><p>In both states, the lines got drawn fast.&nbsp; On one side: an apparent concern about the use of public resources for political advocacy.&nbsp; On the other: fear of academic intimidation and reprisal in a politically charged climate.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>You can read Davidson&rsquo;s full story on the state and national implications of various FOIA requests, and hear directly from the Mackinac Center&#39;s Ken Braun, on the Changing Gears&rsquo; <a href="">website</a>. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:31:31 +0000 Zoe Clark 1920 at