HOT Government refers to Honest, Open and Transparent Government.

General Statement:

Hot government is a collective based movement acting on the behalf of citizen and community interest.  We are motivated volunteers actively encouraging and promoting local governments to operate in transparency and open to public scrutiny.

Thanks for your interest to support honest, open and transparent government.

To restore and keep the public's confidence in the integrity of their government, state government and its officials must be open, honest and transparent. - John Lynch Former Governor of New Hampshire 


BILL MARIMOW was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Baltimore Sun

BILL MARIMOW was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Baltimore Sun and served as managing editor and vice president of news at National Public Radio.

A graduate of Trinity College, he studied the First Amendment at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.

Over nearly four decades in the industry, he twice received the Pulitzer Prize. While Marimow was a top editor at The Baltimore Sun, the newspaper won Pulitzer Prizes for feature writing, investigative reporting and beat reporting.

Marimow has also received two Robert F. Kennedy Foundation awards, two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association and public service awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

He has served as a member of the Poynter Institute's national advisory board and the advisory board of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He also is a founding member of the board of Fair Warning, a California website that produces investigative reporting about occupational safety and health.

Bill Lueders is a veteran Wisconsin newspaper editor and reporter who came the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism after 25 years at Isthmus, a Madison weekly. He is also the elected president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a statewide group that works to protect public access to meetings and records. He has received national awards for editorial writing and reporting on animal issues and state awards for investigative, legal, interpretative and business reporting.

Bad judgment in Racine: City attorney and judge kept routine public records secret

President John F. Kennedy Speaking to the American Newspapers Publishers Association on April 27th 1961

JFK had only been in office for three months when he gave one of the most important speeches of his shortened presidency. The night was intended to be light and casual — just another forgettable political and social event — but Kennedy seized the opportunity to warn the country about a “grave danger” facing the country that had only been previously discussed in whispers. Speaking to the American Newspapers Publishers Association on April 27th 1961, John Kennedy shined a light on the inherent dangers with the concepts of secrecy, concealment and censorship, going so far as to call them “repugnant.”

Martha Mendoza talks about the importance of open government and about using Freedom of Information laws around the globe to ensure transparency.

Martha Mendoza is an Associated Press Writer whose reports have won numerous awards and prompted Congressional hearings, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting as part of a team that revealed, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri bridge. Mendoza is the recipient of numerous other state, regional, national and international journalism awards, including the Overseas Press Club's Madeline Dane Ross Award, the National Science Writers Association Award, California First Amendment Coalition Beacon Award for Freedom of Information, and repeated AP Managing Editors honors. She has reported for the AP since 1997, in Albuquerque, N.M., New York and Mexico City. She was a 2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Ferris Professor for Humanities at Princeton University. She lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. with her husband and four children.