By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views
TODAY’S NN&V HEADLINES
- Happy Bill of Rights Day from the Libertarian Party! (Wes Benedict) – Today is Bill of Rights Day. I don’t know how much we’ll hear about it in the media, but you and I know how important the Bill of Rights is. The Founders recognized that it was important to be specific about what government must not do.
- Danny Tarkanian Has Some ‘Splainin’ to Do (Chuck Muth) – In a Channel 3 interview with television station mogul and former university system chancellor Jim Rogers, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian had this to say:
- Taking Over a Political Operation is No Tea Party (Chuck Muth) – Swadeep Nigam, now former Treasurer of the Clark County Republican Party (CCRP), confirmed for us yesterday what had been predicted and widely suspected since Tea Party activists took effective control of the CCRP during last June’s elections.
- Your Highly Trained Government Workers in Action (Chuck Muth) – OK, Nevada News & Views reader Robert Smith didn’t actually go to Carson City, but he did send a rather simple question to the Secretary of State’s office, currently being mismanaged by Democrat SoS Ross Miller, in the state capital. Here’s the question Mr. Smith submitted via the SoS website:
- Reid Dishes Out $100 Million Worth of Earmarks (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced he has secured nearly $100 million for projects in Nevada through the passage of the Transportation Omnibus Appropriations Act.
Could Gay Marriage Help Save Nevada’s Economy?
The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law released a new study this week which “estimates that extending marriage to same-sex couples would boost the New Jersey economy by almost $200 million during the next three years, creating approximately 1,400 jobs and generating over $15 million in revenues for the state budget.”
Can you just imagine what it would do for Nevada? I mean, what gay couple in their right mind wouldn’t rather to go to Las Vegas than New Jersey? And talk about economic diversification – all without raising taxes!! Vunderbar!
If wonder if, when Sen. Bill Raggio says “everything is on the table” to address Nevada’s budget crisis, he means this? Maybe I’ll ask him the next time we have lunch together – which, if he has his way, will be the day after hell freezes over.
OTHER NEWS & VIEWS
- Nothing left to cut, huh? Even the Las Vegas Sun editorial page, no friend of limited-government conservatives, is outraged by THIS ginormous waste of taxpayer dollars.
- Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) didn’t let the opportunity to taunt Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford (D-Las Vegas) over Horsford’s brush with a public relations black eye for parking in a handicapped spot. Read all about it HERE
Sam Shad’s guest today on the Nevada Newsmakers program: Bob Crowell, Mayor of Carson City, Nevada. The program airs on KRNV-TV Channel 4 at 12:30 pm in Reno and on Cox Cable Channel 123 at 4:30 pm and 11:35 pm in Las Vegas. http://www.nevadanewsmakers.com/
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
- “Sharron Angle has a 3-point plan to begin restoring America’s economy and renew consumer and business confidence in America’ future: Shut down and return all of the remaining TARP funds for national debt reduction. Shut down the failed stimulus program and use all remaining funds to reduce the national debt. Freeze the 2010 federal budget at the 2009 level, not including the $787 billion failed stimulus.” – From fundraising appeal distributed by NewsMax.com for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle
- “(Jon) Ralston says he’d be astounded if (Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sue) Lowden can reach the $1 million mark in her first campaign report, but if she can show she’s raised $500,000 or so, which would be close to twice what (fellow GOP candidate Danny) Tarkanian first reported, it might send a signal to GOP honchos and rank-and-file that she is the candidate to beat in the crowded Republican primary.” – George Knapp, CityLife, 12/10/09