Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Emails reveal lobbyist pushing legislation to help expelled son

Summer Ballentine, correspondent, Jefferson City, Missouri, for using an open records request to reveal behind-the-scenes maneuvering by a Missouri lobbyist who promoted a measure that would help college students – like his son – who have been disciplined for sex-discrimination complaints. Emails obtained by Ballentine showed the lobbyist strategizing how to make the ruling cover his son’s case, and pushing the idea that the real problem on campuses is not rape but women regretting casual sex.

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