Nevada News & Views – December 8, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views

PRIVATE LUNCH WITH JOHN CHACHAS
Tomorrow – Only Four Seats Left!

John Chachas is a native Nevadan (Ely) who made it big on Wall Street. He’s now a Republican candidate for the United States in Nevada who has put up a million dollars of his own money and raised another $300,000 for the race. He’s also hired one of the top GOP political consultants in the state to run his campaign, Ryan Erwin.

So although not well known yet in political circles, Mr. Chachas is definitely a potential force to be reckoned with in the Republican Party primary race for the nomination to run against Harry Reid next November and will be our special guest at a very small, private lunch on Wednesday at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Las Vegas at noon.

Here’s your chance to meet the candidate, hear his views and grill him on the issues at a private, exclusive event. Only $25 per person! Please RSVP to Karri Bragg at (702) 481-0674 or [email protected]

TODAY’S NN&V HEADLINES

  • First Friday Ushers in the Christmas Season with Politicos, Plush Toys & Tax Pledges! (Karri Bragg) – More than three hundred guests bundled up and headed to Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Bar this past Friday evening to gather for the First Friday Christmas Party, hosted by Citizen Outreach Foundation.
  • Lake Inks Pledge, Joins Ranks of Taxpayer Champions (Lake for Congress Campaign) – Craig Lake, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 1 of Nevada in 2010, signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge at the Citizen Outreach’s monthly First Friday event at Stoney’s last Friday.
  • Do Government Bureaucrats Think We’re Stupid? (Mark Noonan) – When the news came out that “only” 11,000 jobs were lost nationwide in November and the national unemployment rate went down to 10% from 10.2%, you could hear the sighs of relief from the people who (a) missed the crisis as it approached and (b) prescribed the wrong policies to fix it.
  • Angle Urges Reid to Deny Terrorists Access to U.S. Civilian Courts (Angle for Senate Campaign) – Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R-NV), a candidate running to unseat U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) in 2010, took time during Pearl Harbor Day to hand deliver a letter of request to Reid’s office at the Lloyd D. George Building in Las Vegas.
  • Sanson Jr. to Run for State Senate (Sanson for Senate Campaign) – The line of candidates who wish to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Senator Warren Harding just got longer. Republican and conservative candidate Steve W. Sanson Jr. has declared his candidacy for Nevada Senate District 12.
  • AG Mulls Options After Judge Squashes Krolicki Prosecution (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said today she is reviewing the decision and considering her options in light of a ruling by a Clark County judge dismissing criminal charges against Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki.
  • Unemployment Insurance Fees to Remain Same for Businesses (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The average tax rate most Nevada employers will pay to provide unemployment insurance coverage to their workers will remain at 1.33 percent for the coming year following a public hearing today.

Click here to read these stories at the Nevada News & Views site!

SURVEY SAYS!

Does Harry Reid owe Republicans an apology for comparing their opposition to ObamaCare to opposition to ending slavery?

  • Yes
  • No

To cast your vote in today’s online survey, click here!

MUTHS TRUTHS

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Glenn Cook reported on Sunday that it costs the government $6,284 dollars a month to maintain the grounds and landscaping at a mid-sized local park in Clark County. And the government-hired groundskeepers aren’t exactly doing a fantastic good job.

So Cook called a private landscaper and requested an estimate on doing the same work with the understanding that the identity of the “well-qualified maintenance company” would remain anonymous. The private sector bid to do the same job (only better): $3,200 a month. Hello?

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OTHER NEWS & VIEWS

“Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has long been viewed as a rising star in the Nevada Democratic Party,” note the Las Vegas Sun this morning. But she “suffered a significant blow” Monday “when District Judge Valerie Adair dismissed her high-profile prosecution of Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki.”

“With the dismissal,” the Sun reports, “Cortez Masto has opened herself to charges of politicizing her office and prosecutorial misconduct, dealing her a career first – exposure to attack and the potential of facing a tough opponent after none had been forthcoming. As one Democratic consultant put it, ‘It’s clearly not good for her. It’s a question of how bad it’s going to be.’”

Republicans now being actively talked about as possible challengers to Cortez-Masto, where before there were none, include former U.S. Attorney Greg Brower, former university Regent Bret Whipple, state Sen. Mark Amodei and Regent Michael Wixom.

Cortez Masto, daughter of longtime Clark County Commissioner Manny Cortez, “comes from Nevada royalty” and was being fast-tracked for a future gubernatorial run by some in Nevada’s powerful political establishment.

“But the prosecution of Krolicki posed legal and political risks which appear to have backfired on Cortez Masto,” the Sun reports. “After she failed to prosecute Robert Loux, former director of the Agency for Nuclear Projects who gave himself and his five staff members pay raises above those authorized by the Legislature, the Republican outrage over the attempt to prosecute Krolicki only grew.

“Cortez Masto’s husband, Paul, then planned to host a fundraiser for a potential Democratic challenger to Krolicki. Suddenly, Cortez Masto, once viewed as a bipartisan conciliator, appeared to be hyperpartisan.”

In addition, the hunter could now become prey if an investigation is sought against the AG for prosecutorial misconduct. And unlike the paper-thin case against Krolicki, that one would be open-and-shut.

Also, the Las Vegas Review-Journal weighs in on Adair decision in an editorial HERE

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

  • “Even for a politician with a long history of making intemperate, ill-advised and overly partisan attacks, Harry Reid hit a new low today. By comparing opponents of his government-run health care plan to defenders of slavery, Harry Reid insulted the majority of his constituents at home, as a poll released just yesterday indicated more than half of Nevada voters oppose his effort.” – Brian Walsh, NRSC Communications Director
  • “Harry Reid’s comments comparing opponents of his health reforms to defenders of slavery are a disgrace to the institution of the Senate and an embarrassment to Nevada. If there is any dignity left in this man, he will apologize on the Senate Floor.” – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian
  • “It seems that with the more power and prestige Senator Reid gains in Washington, the more insulting he gets towards those of us back home. Senator Reid has told us that tourists smell bad when they visit him in the Capitol. He called Nevadans attending town hall meetings ‘evil mongers’. Now, he compares the majority of Nevadans opposing his government-run health care scheme proponents of slavery.” – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden
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