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OPEN RECORDS: Senate Denies Carroll’s Request

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An open records request made by the head of the Iowa Republican Party into confidential settlements to former state employees has been denied.

Danny Carroll made the request to the Government Oversight Committee and Monday Secretary of the Senate Michael Marshall replied with a denial.

Marshall said the Iowa General Assembly has the power to determine its own rules of proceedings and that “overrides any conflicting provisions of the open records statute.”

In Carroll’s formal request, he asked for emails to and from state senators Janet Peterson, Jack Hatch, and Matt McCoy that include the words “hush money,” “settlements,” and “campaign” among others.

Carrol says, “If these legislators have nothing to hide, I suggest they begin compiling the requested documents and immediately release them for the public to see.  Let’s level this playing field and have a full examination of the facts on all sides.”

In Marshall’s denial letter, he says the documents Carroll requested are not normally considered public documents and their release would have a detrimental effect on citizens’ willingness to petition their lawmakers.


  • John

    Since these three have nothing to hide and they are using our government for their personal politcal game lets show the records. Janet Peterson, Jack Hatch, and Matt McCoy are trying their best to make somthing out of this and make it stick to Terry. but they cannot. Dem are just as bad and as guilty. If the computers the legislators are sending these communcations back on forth on are issued by the state then what is the difference between a lawmaker and a sexting school offical current sueing the state for the same type of informational releases. Seems as those there are 2 standards here.

    • Kamandak

      2 standards? Hardly. As you pointed out the DSM school district had a request and honored it. The Senate received a very similar request and denied it. Only the school district is getting sued.

  • William Denison

    WHO failed “once again ” to mention that Danny Carroll will be starring in the role of Seymour in the Broadway play ” Little Shop of Horrors”. The plant will be played by one of Dannys pumpkins.

    • William Denison

      I’m very sorry to say but the person playing the role of the house plant called in sick. So tonites house plant will be played by LT Gov. Kim Reynolds. Shes really really good.

  • Jebediah Deznuts

    I don’t take kindly to all you city folk liein all the time..Now you get off my farm and leave my pigs alone.

  • Mike Cee

    Imagine that. The democrats are all for transparency in government, except where they are concerned. Then all of a sudden the rules don’t apply to them.

    What a bunch of pathetic hypocrites.

  • John

    Carrol says, “If these legislators have nothing to hide, I suggest they begin compiling the requested documents and immediately release them for the public to see.

    Really?!? Since March Branstad and his cronies have orchestrated a three ring Chinese fire drill to obfuscate facts: secret meetings, delayed response (vacation, preparation, availability), blustering support for Mike Carroll’s actions and integrity, firing MK because hes a blatant liar. Branstad is like a parrot repeating the phrase “I didn’t know anything about that”.

    Instead of answering questions honestly and producing factual documents the republican buffoons are blaming it all on Hatch like two year olds caught eating their boogers- Tommy and Chester ate theirs so it’s their fault Terry eats his boogers!

    This isn’t about anything but Branstad’s dirty dozen agency secret hush money, which in the end is misappropriated public money (theft for us civilians). Blaming others for your actions doesn’t work for children and it shouldn’t for politicians either.

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