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  • Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states (CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, and VA)

    09/07/2012 5:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | September 7, 2012 | Gregory Wallace
    Less than an hour after President Barack Obama had stepped off of the Democratic National Convention stage, Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign announced 15 new, state-specific television advertisements which the campaign says will run in 8 battlegrounds. A week ago, Romney was officially made the Republican Party's presidential nominee, granting him access to a substantial war chest set aside for the general election. His campaign largely stayed off of television during the Democratic National Convention, which concluded after Obama's speech on Thursday. --snip-- Now that Romney has officially been named the GOP nominee his campaign will get its hands on...
  • Reid Statement On August Jobs Report

    09/07/2012 5:59:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 9/7/2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on the August employment report:“The unemployment rate is falling as we saw the thirtieth straight month of private sector job growth, with the economy adding nearly one hundred thousand new jobs. While our recovery is still moving too slowly for many Americans, job growth would likely have been even stronger if Republicans had not blocked Democratic efforts to hire more teachers, firefighters and police officers.“At the end of the day, too many people in Nevada and across America are still struggling to get by. The best way to speed...
  • Reno Air Racing Prep - 2012

    09/03/2012 5:06:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | September 3, 2012 | Marilyn Dash
    Keeping up with the news surrounding the Reno Air Races this year has been exhausting. Racers and fans alike have so many questions, i.e., are we racing, what changes will we see, who will be there, who won’t, will the fans notice any changes? These are all good questions. I hope that I have, through this column, helped everyone understand what the process has been following the horrific event of September 16, 2011. I have tried to listen to the questions the fans have been asking and answer them here.
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • PPP: Heller hanging on over Berkley (NV Senate: Heller +2)

    09/02/2012 3:12:55 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 8 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 28, 2012 | Dustin Ingalls
    Raleigh, N.C. – Dean Heller has retained a razor-thin lead over his Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley in his fight for a full term in the Senate.  The appointed senator has 47% to Berkley’s 45% with likely voters in this fall’s election, not much different than the 44-43 edge he had in PPP’s last poll of the state in early June. Both candidates have consolidated support from their respective parties and cut down on attrition to the opposite party’s candidate.  Berkley has an 81-11 advantage with Democrats, up from 73-18, while Heller has an 86-11 lock on the GOP (71-16).  Heller...
  • PPP: Obama has small lead in Nevada

    09/02/2012 3:04:08 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 36 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | August 29, 2012 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's newest Nevada poll finds Barack Obama holding on to a small lead in the state over Mitt Romney, 50-47. Obama's advantage has been declining over the course of the year. In late March we found him up 8 points, in early June it was down to 6 points, and now the advantage is at 3. Romney's keeping it close despite Democrats' registration advantage in Nevada because he's ahead 51-41 with independents. Romney is also blowing Obama out with white voters, 57-40. Obama leads anyway largely because he has a 67-28 advantage with Hispanics. Nevadans narrowly disapprove of the job...
  • Regarding Connecticut&New Mexico Leaning Tossup.What Are The Explanations?

    08/20/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT · by Ryan_Rubio_2016 · 35 replies
    Could Connecticut and New Mexico going from "Obama" to "Lean Obama" become a sign of things to come? What has happened in a blue New England state may hopefully be a new trend going into November. Maybe Connecticut turning purple is primarily due to the number of "Wall Street" residents living there and knowing what will happen to their fortunes or incomes if Obama is re-elected. Hopefully the trend will continue in September when New Jersey, Nevada and Minnesota turn purple giving Obama more states to worry about and less money and time to campaign in.
  • Lesbian Loses Baby After Santorum-Linked Hospital Tells Couple Domestic Partnership Invalid

    08/20/2012 11:54:19 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 43 replies
    The New Civil Rights Movement in America ^ | Aug 20 2012 | David Badash
    Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli, a pregnant same-sex couple, went to a Las Vegas hospital where they were told their legal domestic partnership was invalid, as far as the hospital was concerned. Hours later, after being “emotionally upset” over their treatment, Brittney Leon, the pregnant mother, lost their baby. Nevada has banned same-sex marriage, but a 2009 Nevada law makes domestic partnerships equivalent to marriage, yet Spring Valley Hospital’s official policy is that same-sex couples must secure a power of attorney in order to be able to make medical decisions for each other, or even to be notified of the...
  • How the GOP Wins Medicare (Nevada shows the issue can work for Republicans)

    08/20/2012 7:02:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    In early 2011, Republican pollster John McLaughlin was at a meeting of Hill leaders, including Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. Ryan was briefing those present on his soon-to-be-released budget plan. “There was a lot of talk about what they were doing with Medicare,” McLaughlin recounts, “and I remember Paul saying all he was doing was taking the savings from the cuts that Obama had made and was restoring basically the cuts to the seniors for those 55 and older, and then he was changing it where you were going to have premium support for those under 55.” For McLaughlin, that...
  • How Did Harry Reid Get Rich?

    08/15/2012 6:47:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    NRO ^ | 15 aug 2012
    Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of his career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate. But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to When Harry Reid entered...
  • Did Obama push Canada into China's arms by rejecting the Keystone Pipeline? (Duh.)

    07/25/2012 6:02:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/25/12
    Did Obama push Canada into China's arms by rejecting the Keystone Pipeline?By The Week's Editorial Staff | The Week – 10 hrs ago China is in the process of acquiring a stake in Canada's valuable Alberta oil sands, months after Obama suspended a plan to invest in the region Has China swooped in to claim a prize the U.S. forfeited? This week, China's state-run energy giant CNOOC announced that it was buying Canadian oil producer Nexen for $15 billion, the largest-ever acquisition by a Chinese company. The deal would give China control over Nexen's oil sands operations in the Canadian...
  • Schumer, Who Opposed Keystone XL, Calls for More Saudi Oil Production

    07/29/2012 9:29:15 AM PDT · by MCF · 5 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 02/27/2012 | Lachlan Markay
    "his (Schumer's) state director informed constituents on Feb. 14 that the senator “will be voting against the proposed amendment that includes Keystone XL and is working with Majority Leader Reid to defeat the amendment.”
  • Dear Harry Reid: You May Shut Up and Slink Away Now (and Take That Hag Pelosi With You).

    08/07/2012 11:41:09 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 16 replies
    Hey Harry. Here's the info you say he will never produce.
  • Ethics probe could deal losing hand to Nevada Democrat

    08/07/2012 9:07:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2012 | Patricia Zengerle
    Harry Reid's future as U.S. Senate majority leader may hinge on whether fellow Nevada Democrat Shelley Berkley can survive an ethics probe involving her kidney doctor husband's businesses. The House of Representatives Ethics Committee announced in July it was investigating Berkley, a seven-term congresswoman, over whether some of her actions as a legislator were meant to benefit her husband financially. The news comes at a bad time for Berkley, who is locked in one of the country's closest Senate races against Dean Heller, even before news of the ethics probe. Polls since have shown her trailing the Republican ahead of...
  • RNC Chair to Reid: Dirty Liar

    08/05/2012 2:11:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies ^ | August 5, 2012 | Elisabeth Meinecke
    Looks like the GOP isn't standing for Sen. Harry Reid's bullying tactics. Reid recently suggested--without a shred of evidence he can share, apparently--that Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes for quite awhile. Reports the AP:   Top Republicans on Sunday accused Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of lying by passing along an anonymous claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for 10 years. Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus called Reid a "dirty liar." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, "I think he's lying about his statement of knowing something about Romney" and he contended Reid was "making things up...
  • GOP to Reid: You're next

    08/05/2012 11:00:22 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 124 replies ^ | 5 Aug 12 | By CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    The Sunday news shows featured a rare spectacle that at once revealed the decline of civility in Washington and the depth of GOP outrage over Harry Reid’s unproven claim that Mitt Romney didn’t pay income taxes for an entire decade: two of the nation’s top GOP officials flat out called the Senate majority leader a liar. That’s no ordinary criticism in official Washington. There are plenty of other ways that pols use to call out their partisan rivals on their statements. Reid’s GOP counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for one, has already said Reid’s charge is “beneath the dignity” of...
  • In Nevada, the Name to Know is Reid (2003)

    08/05/2012 11:32:50 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 23, 2003 | Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper
    WASHINGTON — It was the kind of legislation that slips under the radar here. The name alone made the eyes glaze over: "The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002." In a welter of technical jargon, it dealt with boundary shifts, land trades and other arcane matters -- all in Nevada. What Reid did not explain was that the bill provides a cavalcade of benefits to real estate developers, corporations and local institutions that were paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to his sons' and son-in-laws'firms, federal lobbyist reports show. . .
  • Bob Schieffer Compares Harry Reid to Joe McCarthy

    08/05/2012 12:59:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | August 5, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    It's becoming fairly clear that even some of the Obama-loving media think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) went too far last week with unsubstantiated and unattributed allegations concerning presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's taxes. On CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, host Bob Schieffer asked, "Isn't this kind of like Joe McCarthy back in the era when he said, 'I have here in my hand the names of 400 people in the state department who are communist?'" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Bob Schieffer Compares Harry Reid to Joe McCarthy BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: Let me go to you,...
  • Reid Land Deal Under Scrutiny (story from 2006 - is Reid, rather than Romney, the tax cheat?)

    08/05/2012 12:14:44 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    washpost ^ | orig 2006 | Birnbaum
    Harry M. Reid of Nevada, the Senate's top Democrat, said yesterday that he was in discussions with the chamber's ethics committee to determine whether he should amend his financial disclosure forms to include details of a real estate transaction that allowed him to collect $1.1 million. The Associated Press reported that Reid gained a windfall from that sale of land in 2004 even though he had not personally owned the property for the previous three years. Reid also did not divulge the 2001 transfer of the land to a company he co-owned with a friend, a transaction that would normally...
  • Megyn Kelly: Harry Reid Beats His Wife, Steals From Lemonade Stand, Defunds Cancer to Fund Abortion

    08/03/2012 8:17:06 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 33 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-3-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The word is out. The Harry Reid list of indecencies is long and sordid. He stole lemonade stand money raised by a little boy for his dying father, after already defunding cancer to pay for abortions here and abroad. He also beats his wife - has done it for 10 years and continues to do so as she endures treatment for breast cancer! Now do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain. But the burden of proof is on him to prove me wrong. The Megyn Kelly interview ( see video here ) discusses the wife beating issue....
  • Reid relishes role of attack dog

    08/04/2012 3:46:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/4/2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) bashing of Mitt Romney has sparked a debate over whether he has gone too far, but Democrats are happy to cheer him on. Reid has adopted the role of attack dog with relish, repeatedly bashing Romney for his wealth and record as CEO of Bain Capital. It’s an unusual brawl from the standpoint that congressional leaders usually moderate their rhetoric and also because he and Romney are two of the highest profile Mormons in national politics. Some political veterans cannot imagine House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) dishing similar shots at Romney. “I do...
  • Harry Reid a pedophile AND a pedophile-rapist? We haven’t heard him prove us wrong...

    08/03/2012 4:31:39 PM PDT · by yoe · 33 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | August 3, 2012 | GB
    Harry Reid made a wild claim with no evidence and accused Mitt Romney of being a felon. His evidence? A call he got at the office. That’s it. And then he doubles down and says ‘the word is out there - Mitt has to prove he paid taxes’. It’s such a pathetic and false attack it’s a wonder how Harry Reid lives with himself. Glenn gives Reid a taste of his own medicine on radio today as lots of ‘calls’ came into the ‘office’ with disturbing rumors about Harry Reid - (watch video) Here is Reid’s statement on Romney’s taxes:...
  • Mr. Cleanface’s Dirty Laundry: Harry Reid’s Mob Money

    01/20/2006 9:09:35 AM PST · by Fedora · 77 replies · 14,574+ views
    Original FReeper research | 01/20/2006 | Fedora
    Mr. Cleanface’s Dirty Laundry: Harry Reid’s Mob MoneyBy Fedora “I’ve gotta Cleanface in my pocket,” boasted Kansas City Mafia representative Joe Agosto, unaware the FBI was monitoring his conversation (reproduced loosely in the movie Casino). FBI surveillance of Mafia gambling operations in Las Vegas in the late 1970s picked up Agosto making references to an individual he codenamed “Mr. Cleanface” and “Mr. Gillette”. Agosto’s conversations mentioned Mr. Cleanface was close to Nevada Governor-Elect Robert List. After turning state’s evidence, Agosto claimed that Mr. Cleanface was Harry Reid, then chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and sporting a cleanshaven, boyish look....
  • Reid: Romney is guilty of tax evasion until he proves he’s innocent

    08/02/2012 6:05:37 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 79 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that the burden of proof is on Mitt Romney to prove that he hasn’t evaded paying his taxes, despite the legal principle that a person accused of a crime is “innocent until proven guilty.” Reid accused Romney of what amounts to tax fraud, but he doesn’t think he to provide evidence for the charge. “I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid told reporters on a conference call, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes....
  • Two reports find Las Vegas to be worst city in the nation for education

    07/29/2012 10:18:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Paul Takahashi (contact)
    Despite some gains in student achievement, Las Vegas has been named the worst city in the nation for education, according to two rankings released this week. Parenting Magazine came out with a list of the top 10 worst cities for education in America in 2012. Topping that list is Las Vegas, which was dinged for its schools’ high pupil-to-teacher ratio and a lower-than-average per-pupil funding. The magazine, which has a circulation of more than 2 million readers, cited the recession as a cause for Las Vegas’ low education ranking. The Clark County School District was recently downgraded by two Wall...
  • Reid Announces Nearly $15 Million For RTC Of Southern Nevada

    07/26/2012 6:08:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | July 26, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Funds Will Allow RTC To Purchase 24 New Compressed Natural Gas Buses July 26, 2012 Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced $14,750,000 in grants for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada. The first two grants are for $8,000,000 dollars and $5,000,000 respectively, and they will go to purchase 24 new CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses which demonstrate a positive environmental impact on air quality, and will replace vehicles that significantly exceeded their useful life. The second grant for $1,750,000 will help fund critical maintenance projects at the RTC's 36-acre Integrated Bus Maintenance Facility (IBMF), one of two...
  • Reid Pledges to Block Votes on Obamacare Repeal, Tax Cuts

    07/19/2012 7:49:29 PM PDT · by Bigun · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12:25 PM, Jul 19, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    This morning on the Senate floor, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, pledged to block Republican efforts to vote on the repeal of Obamacare and tax cuts:
  • Adelson fights US Democrats over “prostitution money” donation to Republicans

    07/19/2012 2:01:57 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    Macau Daily Times ^ | 07/19/2012 | unknown
    Las Vegas Sands’ boss Sheldon Adelson is threatening to file a libel lawsuit against the U.S. Democratic Party’s allegation that the billionaire is using the money gained from prostitution business in his Macau resorts to finance the Republican’s election campaign, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The report says Adelson is preparing to fight the Democrats in the courtroom as well as on the campaign trail, as a lawyer representing Adelson threatened to file a libel suit against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), after it posted blogs alleging the Las Vegas casino magnate was funding Republican...
  • Vegas chimp caretaker: Wild animals aren't pets (chimps gone wild)

    07/14/2012 6:33:27 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Associated press ^ | 7-13-12 | KEN RITTER
    On Thursday, after three straight days of stifling 110-degree days, the chimps burst through one door of their outdoor pen, opened a secondary door with two dead bolt latches, and escaped. For 30 minutes they rumbled through yards and climbed into and out of at least one unoccupied vehicle. The male, Buddy, dented fenders and jumped atop a police car before veering toward a gathering crowd of people. A Las Vegas police officer killed him with three shotgun blasts.
  • Reid:Taxes must be raised to avoid cuts

    07/13/2012 6:06:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    The Columbia Daily Tribune. ^ | July 13, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's Democratic leader insisted yesterday that if House Republicans desperately want to avert automatic cuts to the military, they have to compromise and make tax increases part of any solution. In a biting letter to the GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would like to come up with an alternative "sooner rather than later" to the $1.2 trillion across-the-board cuts in domestic and military programs that kick in Jan. 2. But Reid argued that it will only happen if the GOP relents on closing tax loopholes to...
  • Sen. Reid Refuses to Call Vote on Obama's Plan to Extend Tax Cuts; Will Media Report?

    07/11/2012 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 11, 2012 | Ken Shepherd
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday rejected a Republican request to vote on President Obama’s income tax plan amid defections within his caucus on tax policy," Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper reported just before 10:30 a.m. today. "Reid appeared exasperated by the Republican request to vote on extending the Bush-era tax rates when Democrats would prefer to focus this week on a small-business tax package estimated to create 1 million jobs," Bolton added. You may recall that on Monday, President Obama renewed his call to extend the Bush tax cuts for every income bracket except that covering...
  • New Republican governors rapidly bringing down unemployment in their states

    07/08/2012 2:36:08 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 6th, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Every single one of [the 17 states that elected a tea party-supported governor in 2010] has seen its unemployment rate decline since January 2011. Three of them have had unemployment drop by more than 2% (Michigan, Florida, and Nevada). The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%. For a comparison, in January 2011 the U.S. national unemployment rate stood at 9.1%. It is currently 8.2%, meaning that the national unemployment rate has declined by just 0.9% since then. Based on these percentages, it can be said that the job market in states with new Republican governors...
  • Righthaven founder fights to stay on as CEO

    07/03/2012 9:28:13 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 2 July 2012 9:30 p.m. | By Steve Green (contact)
    Righthaven LLC founder Steven Gibson insisted Monday he remains in charge of the Las Vegas company and asked a judge to block efforts to fire him as CEO. Gibson filed papers in federal court in Las Vegas challenging recent actions by Lara Pearson, a Lake Tahoe-area attorney appointed by the court last year to take control of Righthaven assets and to sell them for the benefit of creditors.
  • Email blast to teachers infuriates union, sparking threat of lawsuit

    07/03/2012 8:34:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Paul Takahashi (contact)
    A local libertarian think tank’s recent email blast to 12,000 teachers encouraging them to drop their union membership has further inflamed tense relations between the Clark County School District and the local teachers union.
  • Financially-strapped Nevada city (North Las Vegas) declared disaster (area)

    06/24/2012 2:46:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/22/12 | CRISTINA SILVA
    Financially-strapped Nevada city declared disasterBy CRISTINA SILVA June 22, 2012 1:31 PM ET NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - There are no signs of rioters, wind-damaged homes or flooding. The brand new City Hall features gleaming marble floors and the public recreation centers offer Zumba, karate and Pilates classes. Despite all of its suburban trimmings, North Las Vegas is officially a disaster area. After five years of declining property taxes, massive layoffs and questionable spending, leaders of the blue-collar, family-oriented city outside Las Vegas declared a state of emergency, invoking a rarely used state law crafted for unforeseen disasters. No...
  • North Las Vegas to pay $6.8 million to house inmates at Las Vegas jail

    06/21/2012 8:08:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 11:53 a.m. | By Dave Toplikar (contact)
    The Las Vegas City Council today approved an agreement to start housing jail inmates from North Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Detention Center. Tim Hacker, city manager for North Las Vegas, said the change will help his city save about $11.5 million this year and about $16 million annually in future years. Financially strapped North Las Vegas is facing a $33 million budget shortfall.
  • Harry Reid Shuts Down Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question Bro’

    06/19/2012 8:38:51 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Politicker ^ | 6/19/12 3:20pm | Hunter Walker
    “I don’t want to answer that question. That’s a clown question bro,” Mr. Reid said eliciting laughs.
  • Feds approve larger crowd for Burning Man

    06/16/2012 8:07:28 AM PDT · by redreno · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 10 a.m. | The Associated Press
    Ten thousand more people are expected to be on hand in the Nevada desert for this year's Burning Man festival after federal officials increased the event's attendance cap. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a special recreation permit to the nonprofit behind Burning Man, San Francisco-based Black Rock City LLC, that allows 60,900 people to attend the arts festival, up from 50,000 last year. Officials announced the increase on Tuesday.
  • Public unions have become too strong

    06/14/2012 6:12:01 PM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 2:02 a.m. | Harold Wasserman, North Las Vegas
    I’ve been a strong union advocate all my life. For many decades, union support has been able to accomplish many wonderful things for working people, including a living wage. But times have changed; in many cases, unions have not, particularly with public service unions.
  • Firefighters, county face PR battle to win renewal of tax up for vote in 2014

    06/14/2012 6:07:05 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 06/14/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A federal lawsuit by battalion chiefs of the Clark County Fire Department against the county disappeared Tuesday with little fanfare. Fearful that county officials might decertify their union, the “batt-chiefs” sued the county after the county refused to guarantee it would not make a decertification attempt. The matter was quickly ended in court, though, when the county agreed not to seek decertification — for now.
  • City Council to consider $155,000 study of fire operations

    06/14/2012 5:57:07 PM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 06/14/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A proposal to pay $155,000 to consultants to study how Las Vegas firefighters do their job already is angering the firefighter union. The City Council will consider a proposal to hire the consultants at its meeting Wednesday.
  • Obama's Stunning Loss Of African-American Support Has Extended To Nevada

    06/14/2012 9:09:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 13, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    A day after a poll in North Carolina showed a stunning loss of support for President Barack Obama among African-American voters, a new poll from the same firm finds the same thing is happening in Nevada. The survey, from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, gives Obama 69 percent of the African-American vote. Republican nominee Mitt Romney gets 28 percent. If these numbers are accurate, than this is astounding. In the North Carolina poll released Tuesday, Obama got 76 percent of the African-American vote, to Romney's 20 percent. Much like North Carolina, Obama garnered the vast majority of African-American support in Nevada...
  • Reid:Republicans Put Defeating Obama Ahead Of Working With Democrats To Create Jobs(Tea Party)

    06/13/2012 5:00:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 6/13/12 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding Republican extremism. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Last week, in a moment of candor, House Republicans admitted they’ve given up on legislating until after the election.Although there’s plenty more work to be done – especially building on 27 straight months of private-sector job growth – Republicans are lurching from one recess to another.Last week’s unscripted moment was a window into today’s Republican Party – a party that cares more about winning elections than creating jobs.Then this week we got another frank assessment of the...
  • Thanks to collective bargaining, it's impossible to stay fired in Clark County

    06/11/2012 4:29:35 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 2 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | June 11, 2012 | Victor Joecks
    (***Not applicable in Clark County***) It's possible to get fired, but after you're fired an arbitrator will reinstate you — with back pay — even while finding you manipulated the system for personal gain. Behold the wonders of binding arbitration and collective bargaining. Another Clark County firefighter fired last year over alleged sick leave abuse will get her job back. An arbitrator ruled Friday that former Battalion Chief Renee Dillingham, who was fired after emails appeared to show her creating a special roster for sick leave, is to be reinstated with full back pay. Arbitrator Frank Silver wrote, "Her...
  • President Obama Still Isn’t Working For Nevada’s Job Creators

    06/11/2012 1:23:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    “For more than three years, President Obama’s rhetoric and record have left Nevada’s job creators in a bind. Instead of pushing pro-growth policies that will help improve our economy, President Obama has repeatedly made it harder for businesses to grow, thrive, and create new jobs. As president, Mitt Romney will get to work on day one to give job creators the confidence they need to put Americans back to work.” –Andrea Saul, Romney Campaign Spokesperson During His Time In Office, President Obama Has Attacked Las Vegas’ Tourism Industry...
  • Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks

    06/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership. Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation this week to raise the federal minimum wage immediately from $7.25 to $10 per hour, the first such increase in three years. The lawmakers think they’ve found a winning issue in an election cycle that’s featured the rise of the Occupy movement, criticism of Mitt Romney’s path to wealth and a class-centered fight over the Bush-era tax rates. But no Democratic leaders have endorsed the measure, and...
  • Teachers union: Business tax would target those not paying their fair share

    06/06/2012 5:56:19 PM PDT · by redreno · 27 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 12:44 p.m. | By David McGrath Schwartz (contact)
    The Nevada teachers union filed a business tax initiative today that would raise $800 million a year — an outgrowth of the frustration with the failure of the legislative process to increase funding for state government and schools. If successful, the petition would create the state’s first tax on business income. “The Education Initiative,” which is supported by the Nevada State Education Association and AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor umbrella group, would tax businesses generating more than $1 million in annual revenue.
  • City Council of North Las Vegas Unanimously Suspends Collectively Bargaining...

    06/04/2012 10:35:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | June 4, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The city council of North Las Vegas, the 4th largest city in Nevada (population 216,961) voted unanimously to suspend collective bargaining agreements made with public unions. In spite of having the highest property tax rates in the county, the city's budget is in a mess, wrecked by the busting of the housing bubble. According to Wikipedia the city's budget deficit was $8.6 million. A budget balanced through personnel layoffs was passed last May, but judges reversed some of those pink slips, creating a financial emergency that could require the state to take over North Las Vegas' finances. In response, the...
  • DOJ sues Las Vegas casino for screening non-citizen workers

    06/02/2012 3:33:02 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 55 replies ^ | 06/01/2012 | Jim Kouri
    While proponents of immigration enforcement have been told that the federal government monitors the hiring of illegal aliens by the private sector, including adherence to the federal employment verification (I-9) program, Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department appears to have made a decision to penalize organizations that zealously comply. For example, on Thursday the Justice Department announced that it filed a civil lawsuit against the Tuscany Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, accusing the company of engaging in "a pattern or practice of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification and re-verification process."
  • North Las Vegas officials say forced concessions were only option left

    06/02/2012 7:33:29 AM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, June 2, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Brian Nordli (contact)
    The unprecedented decision for North Las Vegas surprised no one at the special city council meeting Friday. City council members voted unanimously to grant special authority to City Manager Tim Hacker to force unions to agree to concessions to balance the $30.9 million budget gap. Union leaders in attendance met the decision with a resigned silence, predicting the outcome days before the meeting, while city officials remained stoic. No one claimed to want this course of action, but city council members and Mayor Shari Buck deemed it necessary after nearly six months of failed negotiations. “We hoped that the council...