August 3, 2011

Transparency Review (8/1-8/5)

  • Transparent Nevada added salary data for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and White Pine County. Keep checking or follow Transparent Nevada on Twitter @TransparentNevada for the latest releases of public employee salary information.

  • Three "special masters" were appointed to redraw Nevada's state and congressional districts. The "masters" are Alan Glover, Carson City clerk-recorder, Thomas Sheets, a Las Vegas attorney, and Robert Erickson, a retired research director at the Legislative Counsel Bureau. Ninth District Court Judge James Russell scheduled a September 19 hearing to settle the Voting Rights Act debate over a majority-minority congressional district, and the panel masters will begin drawing maps after the ruling.

  • Speaking of Judge Russell, he and Republican congressional candidate Mark Amodei were late on property tax payments for a mining claim they co-own in Storey County. The bigger question is whether it was a conflict-of-interest for Russell to hear the "ballot royale" case for the CD-2 special election since Amodei is A) a candidate for CD-2, and B) was head of the Nevada GOP, one of the plaintiffs in the case, and Russell ultimately ruled in their favor.

  • There's not a lot of sunshine when it comes to transparency in Florida, reports the Sunshine Review. According to their report, Miami-Dade County, Florida's largest county, demanded Sunshine Review pay $22,000 for a public records request they filed for employee salaries. The average price for similar requests in other states, according to the report, was only $17.