One time a social services agency sent me a child's entire file, and the person had redacted it using a blue pen she'd just scribbled out black ink with. Then she scanned it in full color and sent it to me. Was I just supposed to ignore that the text was completely visible?
Another time a state sent me a CD containing the full social security numbers of every single social worker in the state (I sent it back). Another time someone accidentally CC'ed me on a report they were sending to someone else so they could redact that report and send it to me.
This "data expert" did this completely insane hack where he sorted by birthdates in excel or maybe he did a really cool pivot table.
The voter roll in it's current state in Florida was created in 2006. It is a common problem that people who registered before that year don't have any birthdate at all, and so a placeholder is put in. Also, these birthdays are inputted *by hand* and typos happen.
Once when I was a teacher I was so stressed by a stack of 115 essays that I convinced myself it was necessary that I create an intricately detailed timeline spanning from the Stone Age to the renaissance. It took 12 hours and the students didn’t notice.
I’ve seen no serious reporter suggest that she is trustworthy, nor have I seen them suggest she is some kind of Oracle. I have seen them suggest that she’s always been unreliable, which is a bit different than what the GOP stance on her has been.
Pretend shock that a woman E! once named reality TV’s number one bad girl might not have been the most loyal WHITE HOUSE STAFFER is just flatly insane.
Kobach, who has spent his career ranting about voter fraud and election integrity, initially refused to recuse himself from his own recount, has a spox that serves both his office and his campaign, and his opponent sets up an "election integrity hotline" over his office's antics.
*AHEM* A story, in multiple parts, about @WestElm. Last year, I ordered an Adult Couch. It arrived broken. It took them two months to give me a new one, which was fine, bc it was good enough and I wanted an Adult Chair, which could be delivered at the same time as the new couch.
The very last day in the delivery window comes and goes. No word from West Elm. I call multiple times. Finally, delivery scheduled. Delivery day comes. I stay home from work. No furniture arrives. I call. They have forgotten to put it on the truck.
I am given some money back. The Adult Couch and Adult Chair arrive several days later. They are fine. I have $20 or so in store credit left over after this debacle. Several months before, I had purchased some nice mugs at West Elm. I decide to order two more. This was in February
All of this is stunning. Kobach gets to oversee the recount for a race *he is in,* and if his opponent in that race wants to pay for a hand recount, Kobach gets to set the price. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
Three wealthy Mar-a-Lago members (who are *not government employees*) are issuing guidance at the VA, which VA workers treat like commands. Stunning, insane piece from @iarnsdorf. propublica.org/article/ike-pe…
THIS STORY KEEPS GETTING CRAZIER. THEY RECOMMENDED AND MET WITH SHULKIN.
Guys you have to read this story it just keeps getting more insane
The director of the commission, over two months, slowly filled in a pre-outlined report. By November, the section labeled “Evidence of Election Integrity and Voter Fraud Issues" was still completely blank. The commission was dissolved just over a month later.
2/ That’s a lot of bylines, but that’s bc this was a ton of work. We traveled to 2 of the towns, sent more than 30 records requests, did dozens of interviews - all to answer a lot of qs. How much did Kobach make? How much did the towns spend? What impact did his work have?
3/ We answered them. We know Kobach made at least $800,000 on his immigration work. It’s almost certainly an undercount, & we'll never know exactly how much he did make. He doesn’t release his tax returns, and, as you’ll read in our story, his financial disclosures are incomplete
Fellow Journos! Help me brainstorm. Leading an investigative journalism project at a high school in the fall. What records requests (city level) should I file in advance that high schoolers would find fascinating?
So far I've filed for inspection reports with the local housing authority, tenant complaints for bed bugs with the local housing authority, mentions of the school's name/nicknames by the mayor, school inspection reports by the school district, and leases for charter schools.