November 18, 2011

Transparency Review (11/14-11/18)


  • The Washington Post followed up on a "60 Minutes" special about insider trading among members of Congress. Both "60 Minutes" and the Post reported how lawmakers from both parties, from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) to House Financial Services Ranking Member Spencer Bachus (R, AL) used their knowledge of pending legislation to make lucrative stock market deals. Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen notes how private sector Wall Street traders would face SEC inquiries and possibly federal crimes for insider trading, but members of Congress make these types of trades "on a regular basis."

  • Reno Gazette-Journal political reporter Ray Hager writes that former Assembly Speaker Joe Dini (D, Yerington) is frustrated that the special masters cut Lyon County into two congressional districts. The northern part of the county will be part of CD-2, currently represented by Mark Amodei (R), and the southern part will be in the new CD-4, which stretches across six rural counties and into North Las Vegas. Both State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford (D) and state senator Barbara Cegavske (R) have announced their candidacies for CD-4.

  • Washington Post "Federal Eye" columnist Ed O'Keefe notes the irony of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board holding closed-door meetings. The meetings are closed to the press but minutes are posted on the White House website. O'Keefe stated that closed-door meetings are common in all presidential administrations, but the Obama Administration opened itself to criticism when the president declared his administration would be "the most open and transparent government in modern history."

  • TransparentNevada recently added Board of Education contracts for the month of October. Continue checking http://transparentnevada.com/ and following us on Twitter @TransparentNV for the latest updates.