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  • AP INTERVIEW: Reid Wants Congress to Delay Iran Legislation (Here we go again!)

    03/04/2015 12:53:47 PM PST · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 4, 2015, 2:43 PM ET | ERICA WERNER
    Key Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Harry Reid announced their opposition Wednesday to fast action on a bill giving Congress final say on any nuclear deal with Iran. The development appeared likely to upend GOP plans to move swiftly on the bill following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday speech to Congress in which he railed against the emerging agreement. "I think we are better off on things relating to the Iran deal to wait until we see if there can be something negotiated," Reid said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And if there is something negotiated...
  • Vegas couple tell lawmakers they want to carry, be foster parents too

    03/04/2015 1:16:38 PM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 03/04/15 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Brian and Valerie Wilson asked the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow them to carry their loaded weapons and still serve as foster parents. In testimony to the committee in support of Assembly Bill 167, Wilson said the couple’s attempts to get a variance from a state regulation prohibiting the carrying of loaded weapons with foster children was denied. “I am really heartbroken that the Department of Child and Family Services gave us this denial letter,” Valerie Wilson said. “I really want a family.” Wilson said the Las Vegas couple always...
  • Bloomberg’s Amazingly Inaccurate Ad to Keep Areas Gun-Free Zones

    03/03/2015 9:32:58 PM PST · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Bloomberg's argument here is that the bill to allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry on school property is really an attempt to let criminals carry guns around schools. The fact that people will need a permit that requires a criminal background check is never mentioned. So what is the rate that permit holders cause problems? It is very, very rare. . . .
  • Woman who threw shoe at Hillary Clinton to stay in Arizona

    03/03/2015 8:19:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2015 7:06 PM EST | Ken Ritter
    A woman who threw a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech the former secretary of state made in Las Vegas last April has been sentenced to one year of federal supervision in her home state of Arizona, her defense attorney said Tuesday. Alison Michelle Ernst, 37, of Phoenix, also was sentenced Monday to undergo mental health treatment at the discretion of probation officials, said William Carrico, the deputy federal public defender who handled her case. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. told Ernst to have no contact with Clinton or anyone protected by the Secret Service....
  • Warren Buffett criticizes Keystone XL delay, says U.S. 'thumbing nose' at Canada

    03/02/2015 6:50:21 PM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 03.01.2015 | ALEXANDER PANETTA
    The Keystone XL pipeline got an emphatic endorsement Monday from a powerful backer of President Barack Obama who questioned the handling of the file. To billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the delay is a thumbing of the nose at Canada. "I would have passed Keystone," Buffett said in an interview with CNBC. "I think that we have an enormous interest in working with Canada, as they have in working with us. That oil is going to get sold. If we make it more difficult for them, who knows how they'll feel about making things more difficult for us someday." Because Buffett...
  • Obstruction Leader Harry Reid to Attempt Historic Filibuster on Override of Keystone Veto

    03/02/2015 5:08:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Daniel Bassali
    Harry Reid is taking unprecedented steps to block Senate Republicans, even though his actions will result in nothing but procedural delay. In another example of Democrats playing the role of obstructionists, Harry Reid will force the Senate to go through procedural hurdles to delay Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from bringing up the president’s Keystone XL veto for an override vote. Last week, President Obama vetoed the popular bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline bill passed by the Senate. This week, the Senate is planning a vote to override the president’s veto. Democrats, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, are set to revoke...
  • BLM Officer Mistaken for Man Impersonating Police Officer ( Arizona )

    03/02/2015 5:06:09 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Tombstone News ^ | Feb 06, 2015 | Meredith Stahler
    According to findings from The Tombstone Marshal’s Office (TMO), a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officer was mistaken for a man impersonating an officer.. On January 28th, while traveling east on Charleston Road, a sixteen year old driver reported to the Tombstone Marshal’s Office that she observed a male driver in a white truck look at her as he passed and then turned around and begin travelling eastbound behind her before pulling her over with emergency lights flashing on the dashboard. The female advised that she pulled to the side road and the male exited his vehicle and approached her...
  • Highway Patrol Error Results In Hellish Roadside Experience For Classic Car Owner [VIDEO]

    02/28/2015 1:38:46 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/15 | Chuck Ross
    A string of errors on the part of troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol resulted in a humiliating and frightening experience last year for a couple from Washington who were pulled over while cruising down the highway in their classic 1962 Chevy Impala. Now, the couple, Robin and Beverly Bruins, has filed suit against the troopers and the Nevada Highway Patrol. Trouble started for the Bruins when they were pulled over by a trooper after he initiated a “routine records check” on the car. When the check did not return a match, the trooper pulled the couple over, Las Vegas’...
  • A lawmaker who believes saltwater and baking soda can cure cancer

    02/28/2015 11:15:16 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Abby Ohlheiser
    Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said recently that she will propose a "Right to Try" bill in her state. But it's not the bill itself that gained national attention. Instead, it was Fiore's statement that she believes cancer is "a fungus" that can be cured by "flushing, let’s say, saltwater, sodium carbonate" through the body.
  • Nevada assemblyman arrested on DUI charge

    CARSON CITY — A Nevada assemblyman was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Carson City deputy found him asleep in a car outside a bar with a gun in his pocket, authorities said.
  • Winters in Tahoe ain't getting warmer

    02/27/2015 9:39:31 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/27/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    The winter of 2014-2015 may be a very warm one, but it is not part of a significant trend during the past several decades. It is hard to link a single warm winter to climate change when the recent trends are toward cooling.
  • Nevada gun law reforms in the Legislative bullseye

    02/26/2015 7:48:09 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/25/2015 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A controversial Second Amendment bill that would expand the justifiable homicide defense to incidents in which individuals are attacked in their vehicles generated a contentious debate during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, said the provision in his Senate Bill 175 is intended only to clarify the already existing “Castle Doctrine” in Nevada law that permits individuals to use force to defend themselves in their homes also covers people in vehicles. It would also extend civil immunity provisions to such incidents. Roberson said the proposed expansion has nothing to do with...
  • Nevada lawmakers hear testimony on concealed weapon law changes

    CARSON CITY — State lawmakers took up the first of three 2nd Amendment bills Wednesday, with the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing testimony on a bill that would require Nevada to recognize concealed carry weapon permits issued to individuals from all other states. Assembly Bill 139, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, would establish the universal reciprocity requirement. Permit-holders from other states would have to follow Nevada’s concealed carry rules, and Nevadans would still be required to obtain a Nevada concealed carry permit. The committee took no immediate action on the bill. Nevada now has reciprocity with only 14 other states...
  • Don’t shoot! Instead, take a breath, Nevada!

    02/25/2015 7:40:24 AM PST · by redreno · 18 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/25/2015 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    Nevada’s own Dirty Harriet, Las Vegas Republican Asemblywoman Michele Fiore, recently regaled the Chronicle of Higher Education with an oldie-but-goodie among gun lovers. “I don’t know who the quote was said by, but I’ve heard it several times and I believe it wholeheartedly, that an armed society … is a polite society,” Fiore said. Ah, yes, who could forget the recent exchange of pleasantries in Las Vegas between Tammy Myers and 19-year-old Erich Nowsch that ended with Myers dead and Nowsch facing a long prison term, at best? And that’s but the tip of the iceberg of Second Amendment moments...
  • McConnell ready to move ‘clean’ bill to avert Homeland Security shutdown

    02/24/2015 11:58:59 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    By Alexander Bolton - 02/24/15 02:34 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the Senate may vote “very quickly” on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill.Days before a shutdown of the critical agency, McConnell said he would “be happy" to pass a clean DHS funding bill before the Senate considers a narrow measure overturning President Obama’s most recent executive actions on immigration. ADVERTISEMENT His plan, if accepted by Senate Democrats and House Republicans, would prevent Homeland Security from shutting down on Saturday.McConnell noted the Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on legislation he introduced this...
  • Teamsters seen as upping effort to be Clark County Schools union

    02/24/2015 9:54:07 AM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 2/23/2015 | By FRANCIS McCABE
    It’s beginning to look like an all-out offensive by the Teamsters against the two largest education unions in Clark County. Teamsters Local 14 has filed a public records request for the names, job classification and work location for members of the Clark County Education Association, the union representing the School District’s 17,000 teachers. Teamsters Local 14 secretary-treasurer Larry Griffith confirmed the request was made but he wouldn’t say anything more. The move could be viewed as an organizing effort by the Teamsters to represent the district’s teachers, labor law experts said. The Teamsters are in the midst of a fight...
  • 2015 could be year of the gun at Nevada Legislature

    02/23/2015 7:21:15 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    reviewjournal.com ^ | 2/22/2015 | SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A flurry of firearm and Second Amendment related bills introduced in the Legislature have already generated plenty of controversy even though none of the major proposals have even had hearings yet. First there was a dust-up between Senate Democrats and Republicans over a GOP gun measure that includes domestic violence provisions that Democrats said fell short of what is needed.
  • Everytown for Gun Safety: Guns Don’t Stop Rape

    02/22/2015 8:13:37 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 2/20/2015 | Robert Farago
    I’ve scheduled a post tomorrow on how to frame the argument that gun control advocates can’t win: guns stop rape. Ahead of that piece, I’d like to point out that the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex is up in arms about today’s quote of the day from Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. Ms. Fiore said “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them.” Bilious billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s mob, Everytown for Gun Safety, sent out an email blast today claiming, “This grotesque display of opportunism is beyond the pale.” Irony:...
  • Bill allowing undocumented immigrants to teach passes first test

    02/19/2015 4:29:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | February 19, 2015
    CARSON CITY, NEV. – A bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license has passed its first legislative hurdle. The bill could affect students who have work permits also known as DACA recipients or DREAMers. Existing law allows the state superintendent to give a teaching license to someone who is not a citizen but has a work permit only if there's a teacher shortage for a subject the person can teach. Otherwise, applicants must be a citizen or legal resident. The bill would allow those immigrants to get a teaching...
  • New Gun Bill Introduced In Nevada Senate

    02/19/2015 8:26:23 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 2/19/2015 | RRangel
    Senate Bill 175 was introduced by Senator Michael Roberson, which creates reciprocity with other state concealed carry permits, and would repeal the handgun registration requirements of Clark County. It also strengthens state preemption, of gun laws, by allowing those “adversely affected” by local ordinances to file suit. There’s a provision making it illegal, for anyone convicted of domestic violence, from possessing a firearm.
  • LOOK FOR TROUBLE AND YOU’LL FIND IT: The Preventable Death of Tammy Myers.

    02/18/2015 8:16:08 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 2/18/2015 | Bob Owens
    A Las Vegas mother of four would still be alive today if she had simply returned home, gone inside, and called the police after a road rage incident last week. Instead, after an encounter with an angry driver, Tammy Meyers got her adult son—and his handgun—and went hunting for the driver of a vehicle who had left his car to yell at her. The man had stopped his car in the road ahead of Meyers and yelled at her because Meyers’ teen-aged daughter had reached over and honked the horn at the man because she didn’t like how he was...
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • Judge: Police takeover of Henderson homes not covered by Third Amendment

    02/17/2015 7:19:30 AM PST · by redreno · 15 replies
    https://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | February 16, 2015 - 1:37pm | By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    Members of a Henderson family may proceed with their civil rights case against police officers who took over their homes without warrants in 2011, but a federal judge has thrown out the family’s unusual Third Amendment claim. Michael and Linda Mitchell and their adult son, Anthony, filed the lawsuit in 2013 against Henderson and North Las Vegas police. The case included a seldom-raised claim that police violated the Third Amendment, which places restrictions on the quartering of soldiers in private homes. “While we are sorry that we will not be able to have a jury decide whether the Mitchell family’s...
  • First round of Bush donations go to early state candidates

    02/13/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    NBC 2 ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    If Republican Jeb Bush's political contributions offer any signs, there's little doubt that the former Florida governor plans to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. More than half of the $122,800 Bush contributed Friday is going to candidates and state Republican Party organizations in the four states scheduled to begin the presidential voting next year. The candidates include Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young of Iowa, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada.
  • Foreclosures skyrocket, jump 100 percent in Phoenix, Arizona

    02/12/2015 9:12:47 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Mike Sunnucks
    There were more than 2,300 homes and condos in the foreclosure process last month. That is up 104 percent from December. Statewide that increase is 109 percent from January 2014. The jump in foreclosures comes as the Phoenix housing market tries to shake off a slow 2014 where low demand for homes and tough mortgage qualifications stymied sales. Foreclosure activity was also up in states such as Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and California and metropolitan areas such as St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The worst cities for foreclosures include Atlantic City, Las Vegas and eight Florida markets including...
  • Legislators have no plans to consider marijuana, gun control initiatives

    02/12/2015 8:03:27 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 2/11/2015 | Cy Ryan
    Carson City — The Nevada Legislature apparently won’t consider initiative petitions to allow the sale of recreational marijuana and to require background checks for some gun sales. Initiative backers gathered the necessary number of signatures to qualify the plans, but under the state constitution, they first must be presented to the Legislature for approval in the first 40 days of the session. If not, they go on the 2016 election ballot.
  • Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham lead in new S.C. presidential poll

    02/11/2015 4:44:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | 2/10/15 | Schuylyer Kropf
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the front-runner in a new 2016 Republican presidential preference poll in South Carolina, while U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is close enough to make it a statistical tie here. But the news is less favorable for Graham in three other early voting states - Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada - where his level of support registers at negligible among GOP voters, totalling at 1 percent and below. The poll, by the conservative Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, put Walker is out front in South Carolina but statistically tied with Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and...
  • ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in America-Marking territory

    02/10/2015 5:27:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | Dawn Perlmutter
    ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in AmericaPosted By Dawn Perlmutter On February 10, 2015 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments On February 4, 2015 the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Michael Steinbach said that the FBI has seen children as young as 15 recruited by the Islamic State aka ISIS, ISIL. Two days later FBI Director James Comey said there are open cases looking into individuals who may be connected to ISIS in every state in the Union except Alaska. Evidence of the Islamic State’s successful recruiting efforts in America is literally written on...
  • Longtime Seattle manufacturer moving 100 jobs to Nevada (Min. Wage)

    02/07/2015 7:35:22 AM PST · by llevrok · 39 replies
    KOMO News (TV) Seattle ^ | February 6, 2015 | Elisa Jaffe
    SEATTLE -- If you own outdoor recreational gear, there's a good chance you have something made at Cascade Designs. The company manufactures MSR camping stoves, Platypus hydration packs, SeaLine dry bags, and Therma-A-Rest sleeping pads -- hundreds of products made by workers in Seattle. Those workers had a bombshell dropped on them Thursday. The company based in Seattle's SODO district along 1st Avenue South is moving 100 jobs later this year to a new plant it's leasing near Reno, Nevada. That's 20 percent of the work force. Some employees have been offered positions, but others will have to reapply. "We...
  • Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

    02/05/2015 8:08:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 4 Feb 2015 at 02:36 | theregister.co.uk
    A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant – but must tell the courts about it when they do. The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an illegal betting syndicate from a luxury Las Vegas villa during last year's FIFA World Cup. The duo hired the house in the grounds of Caesars Palace casino on the famous Strip, and asked for large-screen monitors, laptops,...
  • Harry Reid’s brother accused of DUI, battery on an officer

    02/04/2015 4:35:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 7:01 PM EST
    The 73-year-old brother of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was arrested Monday after he was found in a parked vehicle in the dirt median of a state highway in southern Nevada. A Nevada Highway Patrol officer, believing a car had broken down, found Larry Reid sitting inside the Lexus SUV shortly after noon Monday. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said Larry Reid was arrested and released after spending a night at the Clark County jail. He faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and battery on an officer, for driving across a median and not wearing a seatbelt,...
  • Report: Harry Reid’s Brother, Larry Reid, Arrested for DUI and Assaulting Officer, Had Gun on Him

    02/04/2015 7:02:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 82 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 4, 2015
    Sen. Harry Reid’s brother, Larry Reid, ... has been arrested for drunk driving, battery of a police officer, and possession of a gun while under the influence.
  • Delta Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit [5 days ago]

    02/03/2015 2:17:58 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    ABC News - GMA ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michasel Kreisel and Paul H.B. Shin
    A Delta Air Lines flight heading from Minneapolis to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing today after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit, airport officials said. The call about Flight 1651 came in around 12:10 p.m. and the plane landed safely at McCarran International Airport around 12:25 p.m., officials told ABC affiliate KTNV. The cockpit door malfunctioned, locking the pilot out of the cockpit, airport officials told KTNV, noting that the first officer made the landing.
  • ABC-TV REPORT: Harry Reid Fast-Tracked Visas to Chinese 'Investors' (sub rosa system exposed)

    02/03/2015 6:47:25 AM PST · by Liz · 37 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/3/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    ABC-TV reports on suspicious visas being fast-tracked -- and the role top Democrat, Harry Reid, played. Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted DHS concerns that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News. “It is shocking,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa...
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Yucca Mountain Safe to Store Nuclear Waste

    01/30/2015 1:37:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 30, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Yucca Mountain, located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nev. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) (CNSNews.com) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released the final two volumes of a five-volume safety report that concludes that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain meets all of its technical and safety requirements for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. “With reasonable assurance, subject to proposed conditions, DOE’s [Department of Energy] application meets the NRC’s regulatory requirements” for the disposal of “high-level nuclear waste,” the regulatory agency announced Thursday. However, “completion of the safety evaluation report does not represent an agency decision on whether to...
  • Son of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy arrested in Utah

    01/29/2015 8:04:54 AM PST · by redreno · 39 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 01/28/2015 | By WESLEY JUHL
    Ryan Bundy, son of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, was arrested Tuesday in Cedar City, Utah. Iron County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Nik Johnson said in a release that Bundy was served with an arrest warrant while at the county courthouse on a separate case. Bundy, 42, verbally and physically resisted the deputies’ attempts to take him into custody, but deputies overpowered and arrested him, Johnson said. Bundy was booked on charges of interfering with an officer, from the arrest warrant, and an additional charge of resisting arrest.
  • Union leaders say they’re braced for ‘war’ on public employees

    01/28/2015 7:36:19 AM PST · by redreno · 19 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 01/27/2015 | By LAURA MYERS
    The head of the Nevada AFL-CIO proclaimed Tuesday that “working families are under attack” by Republican lawmakers who want to weaken collective bargaining laws and pensions now that they control the Legislature.Danny Thompson, executive-secretary treasurer of the organization, told supporters at the Teamsters Local 14 union hall that the designated GOP Assembly speaker, John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, had sent a letter to local governments soliciting ideas for changes in public employee collective bargaining — the workers’ right to negotiate pay and benefits.Thompson, a former assemblyman, said he’s been watching the Legislature for some 35 years and he had never seen...
  • Felony Conviction of Reid Contributor Upheld By Ninth Circuit

    01/27/2015 8:53:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/27/15 | Hans von Spakovsky /
    In the midst of his recovery from a serious accident at his home in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has gotten some more bad news: the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the felony conviction of Harvey Whittemore, a big financial supporter of the senator. According to the Ninth Circuit’s opinion, which was released on Jan. 26, Whittemore is “a prominent attorney, developer and lobbyist who has long been active in Nevada politics and political fundraising.” In 2007, he was the chairman of “a holding company with significant interests in golf courses, land development, oil and gas properties, and...
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • Conviction upheld over contributions to Sen. Harry Reid

    01/26/2015 1:43:29 PM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid's 2010 reelection campaign. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict him. Prosecutors say Whittemore promised to raise money for Reid in 2007 and distributed $145,000 to 17 relatives and employees, each of whom then made the maximum contribution of $4,600 to Reid's campaign and kept $400.
  • PERS points out weaknesses in Nevada think tank’s retirement study

    01/23/2015 7:27:54 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | January 22, 2015 - 4:21pmUpdated | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A retirement system official said Thursday a report showing that some public employees who retire collect more in pension benefits than they did while working was based on less than 2 percent of beneficiaries. The analysis also does not reflect changes to the retirement plan made in 1985 that reduced pension payouts, said Tina Leiss, executive officer of the system. The conclusions in the report issued by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank based in Las Vegas, do not account for the vast majority of the members and retirees of the Public Employees’ Retirement...
  • Reid Says He's 'Doing Fine,' But Has 'Not Been Able to Read'

    01/22/2015 6:32:47 PM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 22, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    In a press conference with reporters today on Capitol Hill, Harry Reid described what he's been up to since injuring his face and ribs in an exercising accident: "As some of you know, I'm an avid reader. Read lots and lots of books, even some good ones during the break. So because -- I have not been able to read. They have told me if you have an eye that's healing and you try to overwork your good eye, it puts too much pressure on it. So I haven't been reading. I'm now on rehab so last night for example...
  • EDITORIAL: State must end pension-boosting service credit option

    01/22/2015 7:43:22 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | January 19, 2015 - 12:01am | EDITORIAL
    It’s not enough for the Nevada Legislature to change retirement benefits for future public employees. The state’s pension plan provides perks and payouts so absurdly generous that some of them need to be dialed back right away. Taxpayers are on the hook for billions of dollars worth of unfunded pension benefits, when they can barely afford to save for retirement themselves. It’s bad enough that they must subsidize benefits they’ll never have. But it’s outrageous that taxpayers subsidize the cost of providing government workers, who already retire far earlier than their private-sector peers, with even earlier retirements. In Sunday’s Review-Journal,...
  • Study: Many public-sector retirees making more than they did on job

    01/22/2015 7:37:08 AM PST · by redreno · 11 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 01/22/2015 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Most people who make the decision to retire have to figure out how to live on fewer dollars, but that is not always the case with Nevada state and local government employees, a new analysis has found. The analysis by the conservative think tank Nevada Policy Research Institute, using newly available public data provided by the Public Employees Retirement System, shows that many public sector retirees actually receive a raise upon retirement. The analysis, which looked at 10 of Nevada’s largest government agencies, including the state of Nevada, Las Vegas, Clark County and the Clark County School...
  • Nevada Everytown group recruits casino mogul for background check push

    01/16/2015 6:44:43 PM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    guns.com ^ | 1/16/2015 | Jared Morgan
    A Nevada group backed by Everytown for Gun Safety announced Friday that it has added several key players – including billionaire casino mogul Elaine Wynn – to help pass a gun control initiative in the state. Wynn, co-founder of Wynn Reports, will chair the Nevadans for Background Checks advisory board to help pass an expanded background check initiative that qualified for the 2016 ballot last month, the group said.
  • Rusted, 132-year-old Winchester rifle found against tree in Nevada national park

    01/15/2015 12:27:04 PM PST · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 1-15-2015 | Fox News
    The story of how it got there may never be known, but a rusting 132-year-old Winchester rifle -- known in U.S. lore as "the gun that won the West" -- was recently found resting against a juniper tree in a Nevada national park. The gun, its stock split, gray and faded like driftwood, and its steel barrel rusted brown, blended in perfectly against the tree in a remote part of the Great Basin National Park until a National Parks Service employee spotted it. “The rifle, exposed for all those years to sun, wind, snow and rain, was found leaning against...
  • Caesars Largest Unit to File Own Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    01/14/2015 10:10:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2015 | Matt Jarzemsky, Peg Brickley and Kate O’Keeffe
    Caesars Entertainment Corp. ’s largest unit is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection as soon as Thursday, the final gambit of a years long attempt to salvage a soured buyout. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co.’s Chapter 11 filing would launch the final stage of Apollo Global Management LLC’s effort to save some of its $1.7 billion investment in the company, which it took private in 2008 with fellow buyout firm TPG.
  • Cruz: Move America's Embassy to Israel's Capital, Jerusalem

    01/13/2015 8:01:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 13, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Ted Cruz released this statement in favor of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to that nation's capital, Jerusalem: "I am proud to join Senator Dean Heller, R-Nevada, in the introduction of the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015 that recognizes Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel and relocates the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This bill removes the President's waiver authority that has delayed this important action, and requires official government documents to reflect this recognition by identifying Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Almost fifteen years ago Congress passed the...
  • Samantha Power urges GOP Congress not to pursue Iran sanctions (endless appeasement continues)

    01/12/2015 12:52:18 PM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/12/15 10:00 AM EST | Burgess Everett
    The Obama administration is stepping up its push to stave off a bipartisan congressional effort to enact new economic sanctions on Iran as the United States tries to secure a permanent deal to wind down the country’s nuclear program. At a University of Louisville event alongside new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose chamber is expected to pursue new sanctions in the coming weeks, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power argued that new congressional sanctions will upset ongoing negotiations with Iran and turn off a multilateral international coalition that has worked together to isolate Iran politically and...
  • First Senate Race Ratings Revealed

    01/12/2015 1:30:36 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Democratic vulnerabilities appear to be limited to just two states. Former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet’s re-election in Colorado is rated as Leans Democratic. His home-state colleague, Democrat Mark Udall, was defeated in November. And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid can expect a tough race in Nevada if he seeks re-election. His race is also rated Leans Democratic, as Republicans search for a challenger. ... Four of the nine seats Democrats lost in 2014 were listed as Tossups nearly two years before the election. In January 2013, Alaska, Montana and North Carolina were rated as Leans Democratic, and...