October 27, 2011

Transparency Review (10/24-10/28)



  • First District Court Judge James Russell on Thursday approved Nevada's new congressional and state legislative maps drawn by the special masters. Attorneys for the Republicans and Democratic parties didn't voice any objections to the maps during the Thursday hearing in Carson City, but did say they'd "review the changes" to the maps before deciding on an appeal to the state Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has already scheduled a Nov. 15 hearing to hear several arguments pertaining to redistricting.


  • President Obama held a $1,000-a-plate fundraising lunch at the Bellagio during his visit to Las Vegas on Monday, Oct. 24. The President followed up his Las Vegas fundraiser with a $5,000-a-plate dinner fundraiser in Hollywood, Calif.


  • The New York Times published an op-ed piece defending the deficit reduction super committee's closed-door meetings. The Times compared the super committee meetings to other closed-door meetings, such as the 9/11 Commission, and said transparent meetings lead to "political posturing."


  • The Nevada News Bureau reports that a panel of lawmakers reviewed the Legislative Counsel Bureau's public-records-request policy. The current policy requires individuals requesting records to explain why they need the record and why their need is more important than keeping the record confidential. No action was taken at the meeting, but the panel chairman, Assemblyman Ira Hanson, R-Sparks, said the lawmakers would consider further action at the next meeting.