Here is Wednesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • Representatives Katpur and DeFazio call for thoughtful consideration of the causes behind massive Democratic losses before holding House leadership elections. (Politico)
  • Outgoing Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. George Miller, disagrees, saying it is more important to get leadership established as soon as possible. (The Hill)
  • A growing list of Democrats oppose Nancy Pelosi running for Minority Leader. (New York Times)
  • Democratic strategists are questioning the DCCC’s election funding strategy for the midterms. (The Hill)
  • Republican leadership’s proposed ban on earmarks will mean long-term restructuring of how K Street does business. (The Hill)
  • Lobbyists are vying for favored status with Republican legislators. (The Hill)
  • The Campaign Finance Institute finds that despite record spending, third party funding had little effect on the outcome of the midterm elections. (ABC News)
  • Conservative outside groups aired more than 144,000 ads during themidtermelections. (National Journal)($)
  • The pharmaceutical industry spent over $25 million in the election, with groups like PhRMA spending heavily to protect Senate allies like Harry Reid and Patty Murray. (Politico)
  • Moderate Democrats in the Senate may give Republicans a “functional majority” of sorts. (Wall Street Journal)($)
  • There is disagreement within the Republican Party over Senator DeMint’s proposal to end earmarks in the 112th Congress. (Politico) (Roll Call)($)
  • The Department of Interior’s Inspector General says White House rewrote an Interior Department report to falsely indicate that independent scientists and engineers supported temporary bans on offshore oil drilling. (Politico) (The Hill)
  • Citing unnecessary burden, a federal appellate court ruledyesterdaythat requiring small groups who promote ballot initiatives to file campaign finance reports is unconstitutional. (Associated Press)
  • Nevada’s legislature plans to introduce a state open government plan. (GovMonitor)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/10:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 11/10:

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