Nevada News & Views – December 17, 2009

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By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views

TODAY’S NN&V HEADLINES

  • Is Danny Tarkanian a Closet Gun-Grabber? (Chuck Muth) – A huge brouhaha has erupted in the Nevada GOP U.S. senate primary race over the discovery by Washington Times blogger Amanda Carpenter of this automated phone call which was delivered to Nevada voters back in 2006….
  • Assembly Republicans Follow Goedhart’s Lead, Will Take Pay Cuts (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Republican members of the state Assembly said today they are following through on a commitment made in January to take salary reductions equal to the pay cuts imposed on state employees as a result of the 2009 legislative session.
  • Heller Objects to Debt Limit Increase, Bill Narrowly Passes (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Congressman Dean Heller today led the opposition on increasing the national statutory debt limit by nearly $300 billion (H.R. 4314).
  • Embattled Lt. Gov. Krolicki Will Seek Reelection in 2010 (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, cleared earlier this month on charges that he mismanaged a college savings program while serving as state treasurer, said today he plans to run for reelection as lieutenant governor next year.
  • Cops Insist on Getting Paid for Dressing Themselves (Warner Todd Huston) – Here is another reason why unions need to be destroyed.

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MUTHS TRUTHS

  • The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that “Las Vegas police are ordering tougher standards for driving, including restricting officers from driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit except for vehicle pursuits.” Wait. What? Does this mean we ALL get to drive 20 mph over the speed limit? Or are some people more equal than others when it comes to non-vehicle pursuit traffic laws?
  • A self-described volunteer for the American Heart Association is sending an email around to legislators calling on them “to support a tobacco tax increase during a special session as an alternative to cuts in tobacco prevention and cessation programs.” Why do these smoke-Nazis think the government, rather than the individual smoker, should be responsible for the smoking behavior of the individual smoker. If a smoker wants a “cessation program,” let that individual smoker pay for it. Why should other smokers who don’t want to quit pay for those who do?
  • Yet another Executive Committee member of the Clark County Republican Party has quit. Jim Jonas said in his resignation letter that he was checking out after members at last week’s “Black Thursday” emergency meeting chose someone for the Audit Committee who was neither a member of the Executive Board or even the Central Committee itself. I think the current count of board members to resign since last week now stands at ten. How many could even be left?
  • California Rep. Tom Campbell “may be rethinking his decision to run for governor,” Political Diary reports, thanks to anemic poll numbers in a competitive GOP primary there. Campbell is also very pro-choice on abortion. What’s that have to do with Nevada? Well, his campaign guru is one James Fisfis – the same guy running Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian’s campaign and who is attacking pro-life Republican candidate Sue Lowden. Anything for a buck, Jamie?

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

  • “There is a new name for a moderate Republican, it’s called a Democrat.” – Nye County conservative activist Pat Kerby
  • “What (Republican U.S. senate candidate Danny Tarkanian) has going for him is name recognition. Let’s face it; if this guy’s name was Danny Smith, he wouldn’t be in this race.” – David Damore, associate professor of political science at UNLV, Tarkanian’s alma mater
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