Phil McGrane IDOG

Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane speaks on the importance of government transparency at an IDOG open government seminar at the Ada County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

During his opening welcome at tonight's IDOG open government seminar at the Ada County Courthouse tonight, county Clerk Phil McGrane talked of "just how important transparency is when it comes to government." He shared a quote from Mother Teresa: "Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway." And then he added to laughter, "You really can't go wrong quoting Mother Teresa."

More than 100 people have turned out for tonight's session, a collaborative effort of IDOG, which stands for Idahoans for Openness in Government, and the Idaho Attorney General's office, with co-sponsors Ada County, the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press, and Boise State Public Radio. Presenters include Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Deputy Attorney Brian Kane, and myself as president of IDOG.

There's another session on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Nampa City Hall; there's more info online here. All sessions are free and open to the public, including refreshments, but participants are asked to RSVP in advance.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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