December 30, 2011

The Year in Review

With the year winding down, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the 10 most popular blog posts from the past year:
  1. Released emails burn county firefighters - Obtained emails show local firefighters working with their supervisors to game the sick-leave system.
  2. Brothels aren't the only things Harry Reid wants abolished - In an address before the state legislature, Sen. Harry Reid calls for an end to term limits in Nevada.
  3. Officers refuse to participate under new inquest system - Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Chris Collins tells his officers not to participate in the revamped coroner's inquest process. The department would suffer a series of black eyes later in the year following a Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative series on officer-involved shootings and the death of Stanley Gibson shortly thereafter.
  4. Gov. Sandoval releases office's salary information - An encouraging first step from the newly sworn-in governor.
  5. Nevada ethics case heads to Supreme Court - An early post on Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan, an ethics case involving Sparks city Councilman Michael Carrigan. The case would eventually be decided by the Supreme Court in favor of the Commission; it held that the act of voting by a public official is not a form of free speech.
  6. Transparency award given in secret - Sounds like an article from The Onion, but isn't.
  7. Reid finally sees the light on earmarks - Sen. Harry Reid "reluctantly" comes out in support of a one-year earmark moratorium.
  8. Berkley's husband's healthcare influence questioned - A New York Times front-page piece on how Rep. Shelley Berkley's husband benefited from her efforts to save the kidney care department at University Medical Center.
  9. Judge "wishes" reporter wouldn't cover story - Judge Allan Earl is apparently a unclear on the whole "freedom of the press" thing.
  10. Public officials easing into top-flight lobbying jobs following departures - Politico has the scoop on Obama administration officials leaving for top jobs on Wall Street, K Street and major PR firms.
It's been a great year for TransparentNevada and NPRI and 2012 should be even better. We have some great projects on the horizon and hope to bring you even more transparency stories as the election gears up. So stay tuned and thanks for reading. Happy New Year!