Nevada News & Views – December 23, 2009

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By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views

TODAY’S NN&V HEADLINES

  • Reid’s “Screw Nevada II” Bill Criticized by Other Governors (Office of the Nevada Governor) – Governor Jim Gibbons is not the only governor highly critical of the “bribery-like and extortion-like” actions of Senator Harry Reid as Reid makes backroom deals to rush his health care fiasco through the Senate.
  • Nevada GOP chair Chris Comfort an interesting guy (Jim Clark) – Dr. Chris Comfort, who maintains dental practices in Elko and Las Vegas, actually campaigned for the thankless volunteer job and was overwhelmingly elected to the post on November 15 at the Nevada Republican Central Committee meeting in Hawthorne.
  • Anderson Out: No More Carson City Weekends at Bernie’s (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Long time state Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, said today he has decided against running for the open Senate 2 seat in Washoe County.
  • Christmas Miracle: I-15 Project To Be Completed Early (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The Nevada Department of Transportation is delivering an early Christmas present to Las Vegas motorists on Thursday with substantial completion of the Interstate 15 design-build north project.
  • Cornyn Calls President’s Bluff, Takes the Obama Challenge (NN&V Staff) – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued on Tuesday the following statement in response to President Obama’s challenge to critics of his handling of Health Care reform in the wake of campaign promises made before his election:

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SURVEY SAYS!

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MUTHS TRUTHS

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Wiley (R-Pluto) seems to be (a) having trouble understanding plain English, and (b) keeping track of all of the drivel he writes.

Yesterday, I wrote: “Mike Wiley sent out an email this week indicating he might not run for the United States Senate in the Nevada GOP primary after all.”

The operative word in that sentence is “might.”

Mike Wiley responded yesterday afternoon: “Please send a copy of the e-mail you say I sent out saying I was going to resign.”

The main point being, of course, that I never wrote that he “was” going to resign, only that he “might.”

And of course I’m not going to send him a copy of the email so that he can find out who shared it with me. However, I will quote directly from it and let readers decide whether or not Wiley indicated he “might” quit the race:

“I for one will drop out of this race in a few months if the people I know who may want to support me, can’t support me.”

I mean, pretty much plain as day, right?

And since the people most likely to support Mike Wiley live on other planets and aren’t allowed to vote for or contribute to his campaign, dropping out in a few months would seem to be, based on his own words, a foregone conclusion.

Thanks for writing, Mike. It’s always fun making fun of you….though it is a bit like shooting fishsticks in the freezer.

OTHER NEWS & VIEWS

  • Those killjoys over on the right-wing editorial page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal dare to call Harry Reid’s “Cash for Cloture” bribes what they really are….um, bribes. Read more HERE
  • Jim Gibbons’ divorce lawyer says first lady Dawn Gibbons “plans to use next week’s divorce trial as a forum to sabotage” the Republican governor’s re-election prospects, but Gibbons campaign chief says “he does not believe the trial will hurt the governor’s campaign.” The Reno Gazette-Journal has the full story HERE
  • Our own Republican Sen. John Ensign made a Top Ten list…of scandals in 2009. Lovely. The Nevada Appeal has the details HERE
  • Can you outrun Tiger Woods’ golf club-wielding wife? Give it try HERE

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“I know that hundreds of thousands of Nevada families sit around their dinner table at night with their checkbook in one hand and their bills in the other. Nevada families are forced to make ends meet. Nevada government must do the same thing. As your Governor, I will make state government live within its means, just like you’re doing at home.”

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons in a new podcast released yesterday

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