If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck. That's my crude translation of an appeals court decision that is a major victory for open records and transparent government. If a local government sets up an agency, funds it with tax dollars and it performs a government function, then it's subject to the open records law.
When House Speaker Ned McWherter ran for governor, he touted his long experience in state government by saying, if elected, he would just need to have a cup of coffee and two vanilla wafers and then he would go to work. It was pure McWherter. He came up with the phrase. It wasn't an ad rep and it wasn't focus grouped. One of his advisers did challenge him on having only two vanilla wafers as not being credible. So by the time of the inauguration it was a cup of coffee and four vanilla wafers.
When your family has held a public office for more than 50 years, over two generations, I guess it's only natural to consider it yours. It has been the family business for decades. And when it's been decades since you had a credible opponent, and special interest groups want to give you hundreds of thousands of dollars for your non-existent campaigns, well what do you do with the money?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".