December 15, 2011

Transparency Review (12/12-12/16)

  • Newly appointed Henderson City Attorney Josh Reid will earn $190,000 in his new position, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Reid's appointment was met with controversy after it was discovered that his father, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, lobbied city council members on behalf of his son.
  • The Las Vegas Sun's Anjeanette Damon speculates about Secretary of State Ross Miller's mid-cycle fundraisers. Miller's term doesn't end until 2014, and Damon speculates he may be preparing to run for attorney general.
  • On Wednesday, the Reno City Council approved new voting wards for the city. The Council supported their own, city-backed map as opposed to an alternative, NAACP-backed map that would've kept Reno's "ethnically-diverse" northeast neighborhoods in a single large ward as opposed to dividing it amongst three wards.
  • Politico reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee erased over $19 million in debt months ahead of schedule. The DCCC wasn't predicted to clear their debt until early 2012, but had a large 2011 fundraising cycle led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi raising $25 million.