WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters' notebook

Tuesday's primary election didn't set a record for low turnout, but it came pretty close. The stream of voters was so light that poll workers got a little bored - including Nevada's top election official, Secretary of State Ross Miller.

To pass the time, Miller filled his often-entertaining Twitter feed with turnout-related quips. Here are the highlights:

■ If turnout doesn't improve I'm worried my constituents might banish me to Fresno & I have a family to feed ... please vote

■ #electionturnoutissolow the "voice of the people" is being drowned out by crickets

■ #electionturnoutissolow there were more people in line at the Henderson Home Depot today waiting to buy space heaters

■ #electionturnoutissolow that we're thinking about offering free root canals to attract more people

■ (In response to a claim that emphasizing low turnout leads to low turnout) I need to sugarcoat the voter apathy? every time I tell the truth about our low turnout, a fairy loses its wings ;)

■ (To a Reno TV reporter who joked that Miller's tweets failed to move voters) incorrect ... if not for my get-out-the-vote twitter campaign the turnout would've only been about 13 percent ;)


Nevada's Democratic congressional candidates held their primary election night party in a small, hot office in a Henderson strip mall. It was so hot inside that nearly everyone, including U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, was perspiring.

That led to an offhand comment about one of her policy subjects.

"Renewable energy," she said as a staffer handed her a bottled water. "We can reduce the cost to get air in here."


In Las Vegas, we always like it when people find new ways to describe the hot weather.

Take, for instance, the comment uttered Wednesday by a man walking down Las Vegas Boulevard with the afternoon sun at his back: "I feel like someone just ironed the back of my shirt while I was still wearing it," he said as he passed by the federal courthouse.