New Orleans has many nicknames: The Crescent City, The Birthplace of Jazz, and The Big Easy. It’s also my hometown but Hurricane Katrina cast me out. In 2005, I was an investigator for the New Orleans district attorney’s office who was invested in making a great city even better. Along with hundreds of thousands of others,… Read more »
My colleague Evlondo Cooper and I just returned from a six-day fact-finding visit to Nevada, where we met with reporters and editors, civic leaders, and others. Our trip to Carson City, Reno, and Las Vegas was designed to give us a better understanding of the dynamic between the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the… Read more »
Evlondo Cooper Checks and Balances Project 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 510 Arlington, VA 22209 VIA EMAIL AND HAND-DELIVERY August 25, 2015 Peter Kostes Public Information Officer State of Nevada Public Utilities Commission 1150 E. William Street Carson City, NV 89701 Dear Mr. Kostes: I am a Senior Fellow… Read more »
Excerpt from KJZZ (8/24/15): “Utility Regulator’s Business Ties Called Into Question” : Bitter Smith, a Republican, is a registered lobbyist for Cox Communications, a status she’s held long before her 2012 election to the commission. Cox is regulated for cable by the Federal Communications Commission and local municipalities. But because it also offers telephone services, Cox… Read more »
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (8/17/15): “Our View: Can commissioners be bought? Here’s a test” The moment of truth — consideration of a fee increase for rooftop-solar customers of Arizona Public Service — is upon Arizona’s all-Republican Corporation Commission. The moment is an uncomfortable one. Two of the sitting commissioners are widely believed to have… Read more »
Excerpt from The Sierra Vista Herald (8/13/15): “Utility regulator wants change in public records law” State utility regulator Bob Burns wants lawmakers to tighten up the state’s Public Records Law, possibly setting up a “gatekeeper” who would have to approve — and could deny — requests. Burns, a former state Senate president, said his concerns… Read more »
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (8/13/15): “How utterly fitting. Corporation Commissioner wants to limit public’s access to public’s business” For months, the Checks and Balances Project has been trying to get a look at Commissioner Bob Stump’s text messages sent on his commission-supplied phone during the 2014 campaign season. Specifically, it’s interested in what Stump was… Read more »
ANN ARBOR, MI — A 20-megawatt solar farm covering dozens of acres just outside Ann Arbor was supposed to be up and running this year, but the project is still on hold as the city seeks grant funds to cover increased costs.
Representative George Santos has spent his campaign money in plenty of conspicuous ways, from lavish hotel stays in Las Vegas and Palm Beach, Fla., to an unusual slew of payments for exactly $199.99 — two cents below the threshold where receipts would be required. But deep within Mr.
In a new twist to one of the most bizarre American political scandals in decades, the New York Republican congressman George Santos appeared to admit on Tuesday that more than $600,000 in loans to his campaign did not come from personal funds, as was originally claimed.
In the latest twist in the surreal saga of George Santos, this mystery man congressman has been named to seats on the House committees for small business and for science. As a former chairman of a House committee, I can envision the scene. Seating location is determined by seniority.