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• Steve Sebelius calls for a full-time, professional legislature to help reduce potential conflicts of interest between legislators and industries in the state.
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Attorney David Roger
• Jon Ralston laments the sorry state of Nevada's campaign finance laws and wonders if incumbents will ever accede to more transparent state elections. And to highlight just how important campaign finance transparency is, here is his follow-up to last month's story on former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid creating nearly 100 shell PACs to circumvent campaign donation limits.
• The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections narrowly approved a major campaign finance bill last week sought by Secretary of State Ross Miller. The bill would move filing deadlines up and make contribution-and-expense reports electronic. A provision instituting a two-year cooling-off period for former lawmakers before they could lobby the Legislature drew some criticism from Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, D-Las Vegas, because it might deter qualified people from running for office.
• James Huffman makes the case (click the first link) in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that campaign finance laws requiring donor disclosure actually work to harm challengers and protect incumbents. Huffman, the Republican nominee in Oregon's U.S. Senate race last November, says that donors often wished to support him but worried about the repercussions once their donations would become public knowledge. The Sunlight Foundation offers a rebuttal and notes the public is the best judge of how political contributions affect our politics.
• The Center for Public Integrity isn't impressed with the White House visitor logs. A review of the logs finds the "event" description blank for over 200,000 visits; names included of people cleared by the Secret Service who never actually showed up; and hundreds of thousands of names included as part of guided White House tours.