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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



Daniel’s Law is bad for N.J. journalists — and everyone who wants government accountability

Terrence T. McDonald | New Jersey Monitor

Gov. Phil Murphy signing Daniel's Law in Trenton on Nov. 20, 2020.​​​​​​​(Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office).

Gov. Phil Murphy signing Daniel's Law in Trenton on Nov. 20, 2020.
(Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office).

The recent dustup between the editor of New Brunswick Today and that city’s police director exposes what a disaster Daniel’s Law is for public accountability, and what a mistake it would be to continue expanding the law.

Named for the slain son of a federal judge, Daniel’s Law was intended to keep judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers safe by allowing them to prevent the public from knowing where they live. But in the New Brunswick case, the law is being used —predictably — to halt legitimate debate about a public official’s residency.

Even worse, the same anti-transparency push that is allowing New Brunswick Police Director Tony Caputo to threaten journalist Charlie Kratovil with criminal charges for reporting that Caputo lives in Cape May will soon allow mayors, council people, zoning officials, and other local government officials to keep their home addresses a secret, too. State lawmakers already did that for themselves in February.


Louisiana AG’s fights against exonerees’ compensation are pointless, costly to taxpayers

Greg LaRose | Louisiana Illuminator


Alabama politicians want you to live in a political ad

Brian Lyman | Alabama Reflector


The wild desperation of the lobbyists and politicians attacking voters and the Ohio Constitution

David DeWitt | Ohio Capital Journal


Can Arkansans trust GOP attorneys general to act in good faith?

Sonny Albarado | Arkansas Advocate


We need to stand up to bullies targeting vulnerable people in Wisconsin and across the country

Ruth Conniff | Wisconsin Examiner


So, is everybody still up for a state government giveaway to the film industry?

Hugh Jackson | Nevada Current


Dancing backwards in high heels

Holly McCall | Tennessee Lookout


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