May 3, 2012

State Dems slightly outpace state GOP in April voter registrations

Secretary of State Ross Miller has released April's party registration numbers and it shows state Democrats registered 1,638 more voters than state Republicans during the month.

At the end of April, there were 428,774 active Democrats (up 3,915 from March) and 392,050 active Republicans (up 2,277 from March). Non-partisans grew to 168,225 active voters (up 2,485 from March).

Statewide, active voters now total 1,049,004 — an increase of 9,464 from March.

Nevada Journal relaunches with new look and more multimedia capabilities

As you've probably noticed, things have been a little quiet here on the blog these past few weeks. Well, I just wanted to take this time to direct to your attention to the reason:

A complete redesign of Nevada Journal, TransparentNevada's sister-site in NPRI's drive for governmental transparency and accountability!

From the announcement:

NPRI and TransparentNevada are proud to announce a new-and-improved Nevada Journal, relaunching with a fresh look yet as dedicated as ever to "in-depth reporting in the public interest."

The Nevada Policy Research Institute today announced a complete redesign of its Nevada Journal news site, on the Web at NevadaJournal.com.

Already featuring detailed investigations into the impact of state, local and federal government agencies on the lives of Nevadans, the publication now adds a significant new multi-media capability.

“Ever since Nevada Journal was founded some 15 years ago, its mission has been to offer in-depth reporting in the public interest. Now we’re expanding our ability to provide that in as engaging a way as possible,” said Steven Miller, managing editor.

“That’s the reason for the redesign: We want to bring readers more multi-media stories, improved functionality, a robust commenting system, an easier site navigation system and a more open and visually appealing style.

“In the past few years, Nevada Journal investigations have documented significant misfeasance at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, double dipping during many legislative sessions by outgoing Assembly Speaker and North Las Vegas firefighter John Oceguera and — over many years — prescient, high-quality reporting on the continuing Las Vegas Monorail soap opera. This new website will enhance the presentation of such investigative journalism efforts.”

Nevada Journal reporting recently made its way onto the Drudge Report, Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh show, and has been picked up frequently by major media outlets throughout Nevada.

Feel free to take a look at the site and please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.

April 20, 2012

Reid takes $1,500 from BP two years after oil spill disaster

Great catch by Ralston, and even better headline:

Back in 2010, no one was stronger about BP’s behavior after the Gulf oil spill than Harry Reid: "Their greed led to 11 horrific and unnecessary deaths. It has harmed an enormous tourism industry, threatened business at countless fisheries and disrupted life for many along the Gulf Coast. As the pollution grows worse, those consequences will only compound." Here is the video, courtesy of Real Clear Politics. ...

Friends For Harry Reid, with the amusing notation of “2016 primary,” received $1,500 on March 5 from BP’s PAC, FEC records show. (The donation was first reported by Bloomberg's Greg Giroux.) That the donation came at a renewables event hardly vitiates the hypocrisy.

Mega-donors find open doors at White House

The New York Times digs into White House visitor logs and donation records and finds a clear link between the two:

Although Mr. Obama has made a point of not accepting contributions from registered lobbyists, a review of campaign donations and White House visitor logs shows that special interests have had little trouble making themselves heard. Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits.

More broadly, the review showed that those who donated the most to Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party since he started running for president were far more likely to visit the White House than others. Among donors who gave $30,000 or less, about 20 percent visited the White House, according to a New York Times analysis that matched names in the visitor logs with donor records. But among those who donated $100,000 or more, the figure rises to about 75 percent. Approximately two-thirds of the president’s top fund-raisers in the 2008 campaign visited the White House at least once, some of them numerous times.

Heller, Berkley neck-and-neck in first quarter fundraising

Hotline on Call has the numbers.

Rep. Berkley raised $1.36 million in the first quarter of 2012 and has a little over $4.4 million cash on hand.

Sen. Heller raised $1.07 million during the same period and has a little over $4.2 million in the bank.

April 13, 2012

Election numbers

Jon Ralston takes a look at some key numbers from the past few weeks and what they could mean for the 2012 election:

Some highlights:
  • State Democrats saw their active voter registration edge slip to 35,000 against the GOP as thousands of voters were flagged as "inactive." Inactive voters can still vote come November, but a good chunk of them likely moved out of state. State Democrats have seen their edge over the state GOP shrink from 8 points in 2008 to 3 points today.
  • Danny Tarkanian raised $344,000 in the first quarter of 2012 in his bid for Nevada's 4th congressional district while the Democratic challenger, state Sen. Steven Horsford, raised $260,000. Horsford still enjoys a sizable cash-on-hand lead and a 9 point Democratic registration advantage, but if Tarkanian or whoever the GOP nominee is can keep putting up these kind of fundraising numbers I wouldn't be surprised if the national GOP decided to make a serious play for it.
  • State Assembly Speaker John Oceguera raised $373,000 this past quarter in his bid to unseat Rep. Joe Heck in CD-3. Heck hasn't released his first quarter numbers yet but has $900,000+ on hand.
As Ralston says, numbers aren't destiny but they do provide some key insights into how the election is shaping up.

April 12, 2012

New benefits information added to TransparentNevada

While our launch last week couldn't have gone much better, we're always working to bring you the latest and most up-to-date information on public-employee salaries in Nevada.  As such, we're very proud to announce some exciting updates to the site this week.

Benefits data for RenoHendersonClark County School District and the Washoe County School District is now available on TransparentNevada!

Following our launch last week, those agencies each began sending us updated spreadsheets that included benefits data. It's great that these agencies are no longer violating Nevada's open records law and that TransparentNevada has more data than ever before.

In the coming weeks, we'll be contacting the remaining agencies that didn't fully responded to our records requests.  Keep an eye on @TransparentNV for notices of when new data is added.

Thanks for all your support!