Krolicki Patron Drawing His Own GOP Primary Challenge

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views

Former Ariz. congressman plans run against McCain

This week, Nevada Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki announced that Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had recruited him to enter the United States Senate race in Nevada this year. The Associated Press reports tonight:

“Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he’s planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat. Hayworth told The Associated Press late Friday that he stepped down as host of his radio program on KFYI-AM, a conservative radio talk show in Phoenix. He says he wouldn’t have been able to remain host of the program while running against McCain.”

“Hayworth says he’s not formally announcing a run for the Senate seat, but that ‘we’re moving forward to challenge John McCain.’ He added that he’s had a wonderful time at KFYI, but ‘it’s time to enter public life again.'”

THAT ought to make Hayworth’s appearance at the Washoe County Lincoln Day Dinner next month a LOT more interesting.


Links To Visit – 01/23/10

Examiner.com – Tea Party leader Michael Johns on Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts: a victory ‘for the country’

Bob McCarty Writes – New Color-Coded Threat Level on Capitol Hill

Bob McCarty Writes – Barbara Boxer Says Climate Change Legislation Might Not Happen for Six or Eight or Ten Years

Bob McCarty Writes – Michael Behenna’s Parents Send Message Following Army Clemency Board Decision

American Thinker – Climategate: CRU Was But the Tip of the Iceberg (Hat Tip: Friends of Mark Fuhrman)

The Radio Patriot – Palin/McCain: Politics as usual.

The Radio Patriot – Pulling the Mask off the Monster

The Radio Patriot – Birth of an Obama – Redux

Aol Autos – Why You Won’t Smile For Your Future Driver’s License (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Brutally Honest – Are the folks at NOAA and NASA global warming co-conspirators?

WorldNetDaily – Senator’s call to profile angers ‘Muslim Mafia’ (Hat Tip: Carolyn Cooke)

The Anchoress – What Does Obama Like About America?

Bob McCarty Writes – Anti-Socialism Rallies Continue in Missouri

The Spokesman-Review – Water planners look ahead (Hat Tip: Friends of Mark Fuhrman)

Brutally Honest – February….was more than a month and Jim Brooks is more than a man

Gateway Pundit – For the First Time Ever Most Union Members Now Work for the US Government

Gateway Pundit – Halleluiah! Obama Endorses Task Force to Look at Cutting Deficit After Tripling It His First Year

Gateway Pundit – Figures. Joe Biden Tells Iraqi Officials He Wants Blackwater Contractors Retried

Gateway Pundit – State Officials Block Sgt. Crowley From Speaking to Police Cadet Graduates

Gateway Pundit – Obama Attacks Corporate Campaign Donations In Weekly Address… Americans Disagree

Gateway Pundit – Global Stocks Tumble on Obama’s Bank Reform Plans

Gateway Pundit – NY Times Mag on LGF: It Now Reads Like a Blog Version of “Animal Farm”

Gateway Pundit – 61% of US Voters Want Congress to Drop Health Care But Obama Vows to Fight On (Video)

Michelle Malkin – Conservatives: Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome

Michelle Malkin – McCain-backed GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina hearts Jesse Jackson — and radical gender politics

Times Online – Britain’s terror threat level raised to ‘severe’

Times Online – Glacier alarm ‘regrettable error’: UN climate head

The Guardian – UK police plan to use military-style spy drones

Earth Times – Bolivia and Costa Rica struck by strong earthquakes

Fox News – Tens of Thousands of Venezuelans Protest Chavez

Fox News – ACORN Employee Sues Undercover Filmmakers


Chuck Muth’s News & Views – January 22, 2010

By: Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach


“Freedom has had its best week in many years. On Tuesday, Massachusetts put a Senate check on a reckless Congress, and yesterday the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision supporting free political speech by overturning some of Congress’s more intrusive limits on election spending. In a season of marauding government, the Constitution rides to the rescue one more time.”

Wall Street Journal editorial, 1/22/10


“The Supreme Court’s sweeping decision invalidating parts of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law will also invalidate the laws of some 22 states that restrict political expenditures of corporations and unions.”

John Fund, 1/22/10


“Air America Media is closing its doors, with the company set to file for Chapter 7 soon and wind down its business. The last live programming was set to air Thursday afternoon. In a memo that went to to Air America Media staff on Thursday, company Chair Charlie Kireker…said the company’s ‘painstaking search for new investors has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success.’

“…Air America launched in 2004 with now-Senator Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo among its headlining personalities and during its eventful history saw frequent financial troubles and a previous Chapter 11 filing, in 2006.”

Radio Ink Magazine, 1/21/10


“Bad news for liberals appears to come in threes this week. First the political earthquake in Massachusetts. Then yesterday’s news that the Supreme Court was eviscerating portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, an icon of liberal statism. Finally, word arrived that Air America, the uber-liberal talk radio network set up in 2005 by sympathetic investors, was going into Chapter 7 bankruptcy.”

John Fund, Political Diary, 1/22/10


“Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, a Democratic strategist and founder of the left-wing blog ‘The Daily Kos,’ told reporters Thursday that ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ legislation providing a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for illegal aliens has a good shot at passage this year. But Moulitsas said ‘teabaggers’ and Republicans who ‘hate brown people’ would try to push back against it, and he said the issue would expose a rift within the Republican Party.”

CNS News, 1/22/10


“President Obama carried Massachusetts by 26 points on Nov. 4, 2008. Fifteen months later, on Jan. 19, 2010, the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, his party’s candidate lost Massachusetts by five points. That’s a 31-point shift. Mr. Obama won Virginia by six points in 2008. A year later, on Nov. 2, 2009, his party’s candidate for governor lost by 18 points—a 25 point shift. Mr. Obama won New Jersey in 2008 by 16 points. In 2009 his party’s incumbent governor lost re-election by four points—a 20-point shift.”

Columnist Peggy Noonan


“If you were a normal human sitting at home having a beer and watching national politics peripherally, as normal people do until they focus on an election, chances are pretty good you came to see the two major parties not as the Dems versus the Reps, or the blue versus the bed, but as the Nuts versus the Creeps. The Nuts were for high spending and taxing and the expansion of government no matter what. The Creeps were hypocrites who talked one thing and did another, who went along on the spending spree while lecturing on fiscal solvency.”

Columnist Peggy Noonan


“Earlier this month, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan wrote a damning memo on the government’s failure to ‘connect the dots’ in the days before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Christmas day flight to Detroit. On Wednesday, Dennis Blair delivered an equally damning verdict on the government’s handling of the terrorist after he was apprehended.

“The Director of National Intelligence told the Senate that by immediately handing Abdulmutallab to the civilian justice system, the government all but slammed the door on its ability to interrogate him thoroughly. Specifically, the feds failed to avail themselves of a unit called the High-Value Interrogation Group, or HIG, which Mr. Blair says was created ‘to make a decision on whether a certain person who’s detained should be treated as a case for federal prosecution or for some of the other means.’

“’We did not invoke the HIG in this case; we should have,’ Mr. Blair said. ‘Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people and, duh, you know, we didn’t put it [in action] here.’

“That’s our emphasis, and we put it there to underscore the scale of the intelligence blunder that was committed when Abdulmutallab was remanded to FBI custody, where he reportedly talked to investigators until advised by counsel not to. Now the government’s only hope for Abdulmutallab to say a bit more is via a plea bargain, by which time his intelligence leads will likely have run cold.”

Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 1/22/10


“Democrats, generally, have never launched and run a small business in today’s smothering regulatory environment. Most of them don’t even know, for example, that the withholding tax is twice what you see on your paycheck stub — your employer could otherwise by paying YOU the tax known as the ‘employer match.’ What is the justification for this penalty, imposed on anyone who dares create a job, right down to the smallest pizza shop?

“If Democrats want to launch a ‘jobs program,’ why not just repeal the ‘employer payroll withholding match’? In fact, what is the justification for forcing any employer to serve as an unpaid tax collector? Why not just repeal any and all ‘payroll withholding’ obligations, instead requiring each worker to simply mail in a check for his or her $10,000 — or whatever — each April 15?”

Columnist Vin Suprynowicz


  • Citizens United v. FEC – Opportunities for Participation Grow (Benjamin L. Ginsberg) – American campaigns and elections will change dramatically as a result of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The opinion provides new opportunities for many players in the process, but includes some large pitfalls for candidates and the political parties.
  • The Lessons of Massachusetts (Newt Gingrich) – Scott Brown had the courage to serve for years in a small minority in the Massachusetts legislature. He had the courage to serve for 20 years and become a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army Reserve. He had the courage to run for the Senate seat which no Republican has won since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in 1946.
  • Unions Support Obama’s War Against Banks (Warner Todd Huston) – According to The Hill, “several union officials” plan to make Obama’s newest attack on America’s banking industry part of their criteria for determining which candidates to support for 2010. So, the unions want to use support for this economy killing tax as a criteria for supporting a candidate.
  • Conservatives: Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome (Michelle Malkin) – Pay attention: In the afterglow of the Massachusetts Miracle, there are flickers of peril for the right. Conservatives have worked hard to rebuild after Big Government Republican John McCain’s defeat. But after a career spent bashing the right flank of the party, McCain is now clinging to its coattails to save his incumbent hide.


“I believe there is a limit beyond which free speech cannot go, but it’s a limit that’s very seldom mentioned. It’s the point where free speech begins to collide with the right to privacy. I don’t think there are any other conditions to free speech. I’ve got a right to say and believe anything I please, but I haven’t got a right to press it on anybody else … Nobody’s got a right to be a nuisance to his neighbors.”

H.L. Mencken


Financial News Update – 01/23/10

Obama endorse deficit task force — to start after November!

Senate Conservatives Fund (Hat Tip: Carolyn Cooke)

Insult to Injury: Why We Must Oppose the WHO Global Tax Proposals (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Obama tells Senate not to ‘jam’ through healthcare plan (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Scott Brown Supports National Healthcare (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Republican Scott Brown Wants National Health Care! (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The Executive Compensation Double Standard (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Unemployment rose in 43 states last month (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Tax and Spend: U.N.’s Rx for New World Medical Order (Hat Tip: Carolyn Cooke)

Obama May Seek ‘Discretionary-Spending Freeze’

PAPER: President’s fortunes set to deteriorate further

Bernanke under pressure; Faltering support for Fed chief

Dow Suffers Worst Week Since Last March

Obama seen as anti-business by 77% of investors

Public Agrees With Court: Campaign Money Is ‘Free Speech’

Banks shut in FL, MO, NM, OR, WA

US car industry drives itself into the ground

Bernanke Boasts Strong Supporters, but Can They Save His Job?

White House Deploys Top Guns to Lobby for Bernanke

Obama Endorses Budget Deficit Task Force Plan

Obama Vows to Fight Campaign Finance Ruling


Banks shut in Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

China: the world’s next great economic crash

World Bank Sees Risk of Recovery Losing Steam

UK: Markets Panicked About Inflationary Spiral

UK: Families Face Years of Pain, Says Bank

Empty Office Spaces Soar in Downtown Seattle

Bank of America Loses $5.2 Billion in Fourth Quarter of 2009

FHA Raises Fees, Tightens Loan Standards

2009 US Airline Revenue: Worst Plunge on Record

Gold is “fairly expensive” could fall to $800 if Fed moves Midas fund manager says.

BofE “Nerves” to be Tested as Inflation Jumps to Most on Record

Rise in Jobless Claims Signals Bump in Recovery

Rates on 30-Year Home Loans Fall to 4.99%

Target to Renovate Older Stores, Open Fewer in 2010

How Can Localities Cope if the Dollar Crashes?

Railroads Signal a Tepid US Economic Recovery

China’s Economic Rebound Sparks Price Worries For Country’s Food Shoppers

GM to Cut 2,500 Jobs in Germany

Citigroup Cuts Compensation By 20% as Losses Fall


Nevada News & Views – January 22, 2010

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views


  • Supreme Court Hands Free Speech Huge Victory (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Like it or not, the 2010 campaign season is likely to dominate the airwaves more than ever nationally and in Nevada following a decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court repealing a limitation on political spending by corporations.
  • Saving Senator Ensign (Chuck Muth) – I hate to admit it, but the folks over at the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raise a legitimate point about Republican U.S. Senate candidates Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian when it comes to defending scandal-ridden Sen. John Ensign. They put this out yesterday:
  • Some Questions for Brian Krolicki (Bill Parson) – On Thursday morning, our Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian K. Krolicki almost announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Alan Stock’s radio program, but he continues to drag it out as he and his family make a final decision.
  • Dina Titus Cares…About Dina Titus (Dr. Joe Heck) – On Wednesday, as the political winds of change were becoming clear that Americans were fed up with tax and spend, big government ideas like the Titus//Pelosi healthcare debacle, Dina Titus quickly shifted her position on healthcare to protect her own self-interest.
  • Berkley Runs For The Hills (Craig Lake) – In the wake of the election of Senator-elect Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) has shifted course on healthcare in order to protect her job in an article dated Wednesday in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
  • Citizens United v. FEC – Opportunities for Participation Grow (Benjamin L. Ginsberg) – American campaigns and elections will change dramatically as a result of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The opinion provides new opportunities for many players in the process, but includes some large pitfalls for candidates and the political parties.
  • The Lessons of Massachusetts (Newt Gingrich) – Scott Brown had the courage to serve for years in a small minority in the Massachusetts legislature. He had the courage to serve for 20 years and become a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army Reserve. He had the courage to run for the Senate seat which no Republican has won since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in 1946.
  • No Surprises Tuesday Night (Michael Zahara) – Every traditional Democrat I know saw it coming; every progressive extremist I know, thought it was impossible. We lost a seat we held for 57 years—Teddy Kennedy’s no less!—and there are still some Dems in DC who insist on pushing forward.

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  • The Supreme Court slapped a defibrillator on free speech yesterday, allowing corporations which are constantly under attack by politicians and government to participate in our electoral system. Let’s hope the Court someday soon takes this ruling to the logical next step and removes all caps on political contributions as well.
  • According to figures released this morning, Nevada’s unemployment rate shot up to 13 percent in December. Yeah, that Harry Reid “stimulus” program sure is working like a charm, ain’t it?
  • The Las Vegas Review-Journal also reports that Nevada’s private sector employers had to cut another 12,500 jobs in December due to the recession, and have shed over 75,000 jobs from 2008 through 2009. I wonder how many government workers have lost their jobs in that same period? If only there was a news bureau somewhere in the state which could research and provide those figures.
  • Massachusetts Republican National Committeeman Ron Kaufman explains how Scott Brown won Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race there to Washington Post columnist David Broder: “We had a really good candidate. A military veteran, a family guy, a fiscal conservative, moderate on social issues, a pro-choice Catholic.”
  • Hmm. Here in Nevada we have a candidate who wasn’t in the military but was part of Bob Hope’s USO tours in Vietnam in the 1970s, is a family woman, a fiscal conservative, moderate on social issues and a Catholic. Alas, she’s not pro-choice, but pro-life. Drats! Back to the drawing board.
  • Last fall, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian said he would welcome having Sen. John Ensign campaign with him. On Thursday, however, Tarkanian said “I do not expect to be campaigning with Senator Ensign this fall.” Flip-flop? Or is Tark signaling doubt about whether or not he’ll be the GOP nominee after the June primary?
  • What if Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki jumps into the U.S. Senate race; who would step up to run for lieutenant governor on the GOP side? Likely soon-to-be term-limited state Sen. Randolph Townsend and/or M Resort president Anthony Marnell III, who was already looking at the race last fall when Krolicki’s fate at the hands of Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Ahab-Masto was still unknown.
  • Republican Nevada state Sen. Mark Amodei, now running for the U.S. Senate, turned in an impressive performance on Face-to-Face yesterday, leaving me to wonder where THAT Mark Amodei has been the last 15 years or so. If THAT Mark Amodei had been a regular face of the Republican Party with the media before, during and after all the legislative sessions in which he’s served, maybe the GOP wouldn’t have been so screwed up today. Such unrealized leadership potential.
  • Gov. Jim Gibbons and the Nevada Legislature continue to make preparations for a special session to repeal a law pushed by the teachers union in 2003 which protects teachers from being evaluated on a silly thing like whether or not their students are, you know, learning and stuff. That prohibition disqualifies Nevada from competing for federal Race to the Top funds.
  • Meanwhile, Political Diary reports that Texas Republican “Gov. Rick Perry has announced that Texas will be the first state to drop out of the federal ‘Race to the Top’ education program,” saying the strings attached would only exacerbate the state’s budget woes in the long run and force Texas to “commit to adopt national curriculum standards and tests and to incur ongoing costs.”
  • Perry says other conservative Republican governors such as Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi might also drop out of the program. Wonder if Nevada’s Gov. Jim Gibbons will soon join them?
  • Speaking of Gov. Gibbons, his office issued a press release yesterday blaming Democrats for the tax hikes passed in last year’s legislative session which certainly haven’t helped efforts to pull Nevada out of the recession. But as the ever insightful Jon Ralston pointed out in Flash yesterday, those tax hikes were only passed because Republicans in the state Senate voted with the Democrat (or is it Democratic?) majority, giving them the 2/3 super-majority needed to pass the tax hikes AND override the governor’s veto.
  • Ah, what a different political landscape it would be right now if only those Republicans had stuck together and stuck to their fiscally conservative guns instead of sticking us with those tax hikes. Voters in Nevada would then have as clear a choice at the polls in November that voters in Massachusetts had this week.
  • Who will be the first gubernatorial candidate or state legislator to propose eliminating the state’s anti-job employee head tax, or at least slap a 2-year moratorium on it, during the upcoming special session?
  • Nevada state Assembly Republicans appear to be as screwed up politically as they’ve ever been. Not only do they have no known list of credible candidates vying for those nine “open” seats currently held by term-limited Democrats (or is it Democratics?), but they raised just a fraction of what Assembly Democrats raised last year going into this year’s campaigns.
  • But actually, it’s even worse than that.
  • The Democrat Assembly caucus raised over a quarter million dollars while Assembly Republicans report raising just $68,500. And even that’s not the worst of it. The Democrats report having spent none of their booty yet, while the Republicans report spending, get this, $100,000. As Jon Ralston wryly notes, “And these deficit-spenders are the fiscal conservatives?” Yeah, no kidding. And some still wonder why Republicans are in the super-minority in the lowe house?


  • The growing feud between GOP senate hopefuls Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian has been noticed by Washington, DC’s, daily conservative newspaper of record. Read all about it HERE
  • “Unionized Clark County employees packed Tuesday’s commission meeting to show solidarity against an advisory report that calls for cuts to their ever-growing wages,” notes the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an editorial today. “Then George Stevens, the county’s finance chief, told commissioners that next year’s budget will need to be slashed by as much as $200 million — $74 million more than had been previously predicted.” Read more HERE


Tray Abney from the Reno Chamber of Commerce and Lee Rowand from ACLU go Face to Face with Jon Ralston tonight to discuss yesterday’s stunning Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance laws. The program airs at 4:00 pm Monday through Friday on KVBC Channel 3 in Las Vegas, as well as NBC affiliates in Reno and Elko. http://www.lasvegassun.com/videos/face-face/


  • “For years, it has been accepted that a Democrat in Nevada is different than a Democrat in Massachusetts. But we now know of at least one similarity: Both seem like endangered species.” – Columnist Jon Ralston
  • “I can think of no atmospherics here that help the Democrats – except one. The best thing the Democrats have going here is the Republican Party. The GOP has no money, quirky (charitable description alert) leadership and internecine warfare.” – Columnist Jon Ralston
  • “The more campaign finance laws we have had enacted, the fewer successes challengers and non-incumbents have had. Anything we can do to restore free speech is very important.” – Janine Hansen, executive director of the Independent American Party of Nevada, Nevada News Bureau, 1/21/10
  • “How would Floridians appreciate it if, say, Senator John Ensign tried to orchestrate a primary win for Charlie Crist? Every Nevadan should feel insulted over the fact that Washington insiders would try to tell us who should or shouldn’t be a candidate.” – Blogger Mark Anderson on reports that Sen. John McCain of ARIZONA is recruiting Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki for the U.S. Senate race here in NEVADA
  • “Nothing (Doug) Hampton has alleged (about the scandal surrounding John Ensign’s affair with Hampton’s wife) has yet been disproved.” – Columnist Jon Ralston