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  • 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...
  • Harry Reid Begins Bid for 6th Term With Fundraising Blitz

    01/12/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan. 12, 2015 | James Morrison
    Battered and bruised physically as well as politically, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, 75, is still planning to run for re-election next year, even as Republicans target him as the "most vulnerable" senator "right now." Despite serious injuries from an exercise accident, Reid is working with allies to launch a fundraising blitz with a big campaign event this month and three in February, Politico reports. The Nevada Democrat told Las Vegas radio station KNPR he is planning to run for a sixth term in 2016 and is confident that he can lead the Democratic minority through the next two years....
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • Nevadans Fights Back Against Democrat Attack On Gun Rights

    01/11/2015 8:57:40 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 1/10/2015 | RRangel
    At Gun Rights Examiner, a Nevada state gun rights group is asking gun owners to set the record straight, by contacting media outlets that are using Bloomberg complicit gun control talking points. Using skewed data, and emotional arguments, to push a “universal background check” initiative in Nevada.
  • Harry Reid Might Lose Eyesight After Exercise Injury

    01/09/2015 3:38:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 136 replies
    mediaite ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    In an interview with KNPR that aired this morning, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) revealed that an exercise injury he suffered on New Year’s Day may leave him blind in one eye. “I had a serious injury in my eye, there’s blood accumulation there, and we’re hoping that resolves itself,” he said. “As long as the blood is in the eye, it’s hard to see.” The 75-year-old Reid was exercising in his own home with resistance bands when one snapped, flying into his eye and knocking him backwards, breaking three ribs and suffering a concussion. Reid added that he...
  • Picture of Harry Reid after getting his ass beat by a treadmill

    01/06/2015 7:51:02 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 52 replies
    Harry Reid used to be a tomato can boxer. So he’s used to getting his ass beat. Harry Reid couldn’t make it to the start of the 114th Congress, so he decided to release a pity me video message instead. Harry Reid not only looks like the senile old coot he is, but also he’s starting to resemble a pirate.
  • Deadline passes for public land handover demanded by Utah

    01/05/2015 6:04:49 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Herald Journal ^ | January 3, 2015
    Utah passed a law in 2012 demanding the federal government give up about 31 million acres, about 50 percent of the state, by Dec. 31, 2014. ... Ivory and other supporters of the land transfer say the state’s legal claim lies in the Utah Enabling Act, which led to Utah’s statehood in 1896. .. If Utah pursues a lawsuit, the state attorney general’s office has warned lawmakers they need to avoid flawed theories or inconsistent arguments used by western states in the 1970s and 1980s during a similar push known as the Sagebrush Rebellion. ... Montana, Wyoming and Nevada have...
  • Nevada Assembly speaker rebukes Fiore for power move

    01/05/2015 7:27:18 AM PST · by redreno
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | Updated January 3, 2015 - 6:39pm | By LAURA MYERS
    Moving to quash a conservative GOP insurrection, Assembly Speaker-designee John Hambrick on Saturday harshly rebuked Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore, telling her to stop playing “childish games” and undermining him by insisting she’s still Republican majority leader. Hambrick said in an email to Fiore that he had full authority as the elected leader of the Assembly Republican Caucus to remove her as majority leader and as chair of the Assembly Taxation Committee. He said he removed her last month for insubordination and for how she’s handling a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over unpaid payroll taxes for her home health care...
  • Reid suffers broken ribs, bones in accident

    01/02/2015 8:01:29 PM PST · by Mozilla · 116 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2, 2015 | By CHARLES BABINGTON
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid broke several ribs and facial bones when a piece of exercise equipment snapped at his Nevada home Thursday, causing the lawmaker to fall. In a statement issued Friday, Reid's office said the 75-year-old senator was hospitalized overnight at University Medical Center in Las Vegas as a precaution and was released on Friday.
  • Harry Reid Breaks 'Number of Ribs and Bones in His Face' While Exercising

    01/02/2015 10:46:24 AM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 2, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Harry Reid had an accident while exercising, the Senate Democratic leader's office tells reporters. Here's the full statement: “On Thursday, Senator Reid received treatment at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for injuries sustained in an accident he suffered while exercising at home in Henderson. “A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face. “Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and be in the office Tuesday as the Senate prepares to reconvene. His doctors expect a full recovery. “Senator Reid was...
  • Harry Reid Breaks ‘A Number of Ribs and Bones in His Face’ in Exercise Accident

    01/02/2015 7:34:44 AM PST · by maddog55 · 186 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01/02/2015 | Fred Lucas
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fell and broke “a number of ribs and bones in his face” after an exercise accident in his home on Thursday, his office said. “On Thursday, Senator Reid received treatment at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for injuries sustained in an accident he suffered while exercising at home in Henderson,” his office said in a statement Friday morning. “A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face.” “Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and...
  • Reid Suffers Broken Ribs, Bones in Accident

    01/02/2015 7:23:46 AM PST · by don-o · 44 replies
    AP via abc ^ | January 2, 2015
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was hospitalized after suffering an injury while exercising in his Nevada home. His office says Reid broke a number of ribs and bones in his face. The injury occurred when a piece of equipment Reid was using to exercise broke, causing the senator to fall.
  • Harry Reid Breaks 'Number of Ribs and Bones in His Face' While Exercising

    Harry Reid had an accident while exercising, the Senate Democratic leader's office tells reporters. Here's the full statement: “On Thursday, Senator Reid received treatment at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for injuries sustained in an accident he suffered while exercising at home in Henderson. “A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face. “Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and be in the office Tuesday as the Senate prepares to reconvene. His doctors expect a full recovery. “Senator Reid was...
  • Reno wins Supreme Court ruling in firefighter layoffs

    01/01/2015 12:18:37 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 31, 2014 - 4:15pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a victory to the city of Reno in its decision in May to lay off 32 firefighters after federal funding that supported their positions ran out. The court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice James Hardesty, found that a Reno District Court did not have the authority to grant a preliminary injunction in the labor dispute because the underlying grievance was not arbitrable under the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. A District Court judge in Reno issued the preliminary injunction in June preventing Reno from completing scheduled layoffs. The order...
  • 10 senators who could lose in 2016

    12/29/2014 4:26:06 PM PST · by george76 · 75 replies
    the hill ^ | December 28, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Senate Republicans will have to work hard to retain their recently won majority as they face a tough 2016 electoral map. They have 24 seats up compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states resident Obama carried twice. Democrats won't have any red-state senators facing reelection and could be buoyed by a favorable presidential-year electorate. ... 1. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) 3. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) 7. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) 10. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • IRS mistakenly penalizes Christine O’Donnell a second time, placed levy on bank accounts

    12/25/2014 7:35:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/25/14 | John Solomon
    Adding to the long-running saga of IRS dealings with conservatives, former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell says the tax agency punished her mistakenly for the second time in five years by imposing an erroneous levy on her bank accounts. Ms. O’Donnell told The Washington Times she only discovered the levy when she couldn’t access her checking account as she was preparing to visit relatives over Thanksgiving. “The day before I was heading out of town for the Thanksgiving weekend, my bank told me the IRS had frozen my accounts. They didn’t give me reason why, just a phone number to call.’”
  • Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

    12/28/2014 6:39:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Withrow
    The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point. As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple...
  • Reid Announces New Electricity Allocations From Hoover Dam

    12/20/2014 11:07:05 AM PST · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | December 18, 2014 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today Nevada will receive new electricity allocations from Hoover Dam as a result of the Hoover Power Allocation Act. Senator Reid first introduced this legislation in 2009 and reintroduced it in 2011, the year it was passed and signed into law.  This law ensures that clean, renewable electricity from Hoover Dam will continue to power Nevada through 2067. “This news means that Nevada’s oldest renewable energy project will deliver a new round of benefits to the Silver State,” Reid said. “The benefits from this announcement are the result of years of...
  • Politics of personalities may have done in Fiore

    12/20/2014 9:58:06 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    In the end, making a political issue personal might have done in Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. The Las Vegas Republican was coming off a tumultuous week — she’d been deposed and then quickly restored as majority leader-designate and chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee by Speaker-designate John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas — when she doubled down on allegations that certain Republican forces were targeting her and other conservatives. Speaking on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN-AM 720 on Tuesday, Fiore not only repeated her rhetoric about a “war on women,” but blamed some of the alleged infantrymen in that conflict: Republican...
  • Hambrick removes Fiore from Assembly leadership positions — again

    12/19/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 18, 2014 - 6:51pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s tax liens and problems with the IRS were cited in her second removal from Assembly leadership positions Thursday. Fiore’s removal could clear the way for moderate Republicans to control the Assembly in the 2015 session and eliminate any talk of a GOP-Democratic partnership challenge to the leadership. It could also smooth the way for Gov. Brian Sandoval to win more funding for public education. Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick reversed course on Fiore for a second time in recent weeks and removed the controversial lawmaker as majority leader. She has also been...
  • Cringe-worthy Obama nominee withdraws [For Ambassador to Norway]

    12/16/2014 1:37:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    I confess that I halfway looked forward to George Tsunis being confirmed as ambassador to Norway.  He could have made for a highly amusing storyline on Season 3 of Lilyhammer, the hilarious Netflix Original series that satirizes political correctness in Norway and the clash of cultures between American Mafiosi and Scandinavian self-righteous niceness.  But when Harry Reid failed to shove him through Senate confirmation in the back-door deal last weekend, the handwriting was on the wall for the spectacularly unqualified nominee.  No way would a GOP majority next year confirm such an ignorant putz. David Matosko of the U.K....
  • Fiore claims compliance with IRS over tax liens (Nevada)

    12/16/2014 11:29:31 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Republican lawmaker Michele Fiore, a lightning rod in an ongoing Assembly GOP power struggle, said Tuesday she is fully in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service over more than $1 million in tax liens against her home health care businesses. In her first comments on the controversy, Fiore appeared on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN in Las Vegas, saying her actual active liens total less than $200,000. Liens dating back to 2003 had previously been resolved, she said. Fiore said her lien problems stemmed from a dishonest bookkeeper, who she said is facing...
  • Cruz center of Senate meltdown

    12/13/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/14 08:44 AM EST | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadership’s plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obama’s nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders for trying to pass the 1,600-page spending bill after only a few hours of debate and questioned the resolve of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fight Obama’s executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation.“Even though millions of voters rose up just one month ago to protest how...
  • Three Obama nominees who may now be confirmed, thanks to Ted Cruz (Harry Reid using nuclear option)

    12/15/2014 6:01:36 AM PST · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 15, 2014, 5:31 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    On Friday evening, the Senate's leaders, Mitch McConnell and and Harry Reid thought they had an agreement from their members to let the clock run over the weekend without actually being in session, and vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to keep the government up and running. But Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah objected to the spending bill. This meant their colleagues in the Senate would have to hold a rare Saturday session to keep the spending bill moving. It also had the unintended benefit of helping the Democrats move forward with...
  • Who Harry Reid Caved to in His Final Major Act as Majority Leader Will Blow Your Mind

    12/14/2014 9:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 14, 2014 | Mike Miller
    Other than the Koch brothers, there is arguably no one outgoing-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid disdains more than the Tea Party. And no one represents the Tea Party in the Senate more than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Yet, after hours of tedious wrangling, Reid on Friday agreed to allow a vote on a measure from Cruz questioning the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive order on Deferred Action, which does, in effect, grant de facto amnesty to upwards of 5 million illegal aliens. Cruz told Breitbart News that a Senate vote on Obama’s executive action was important for two reasons: “First,...
  • Blame Reid's 'nuclear option' for unqualified ambassadors

    12/05/2014 7:56:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-4-14 | Editorial
    If you're looking for a good laugh this week, you probably can't do better than Tuesday's White House press conference. Reporters asked spokesman Josh Earnest about the confirmation of two Obama-appointed ambassadors whose confirmation was only possible because Democrats manipulated Senate rules earlier this year to make it easier to approve executive-branch nominees. By the narrowest of margins, two people completely unqualified to represent U.S. interests abroad were confirmed to serve in relatively important countries they know nothing about. Colleen Bell, the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary, is a former soap opera producer who couldn't name a single strategic interest...
  • Senate Averts Shutdown Fears [until Wednesday]; Fights Over Nominees

    12/13/2014 2:03:46 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2014 | AP
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. Lawmakers took a break in their intrigue long enough to send Obama legislation that provides funds for the government to remain open until Wednesday at midnight, easing concerns of a shutdown. A separate, $1.1 trillion long-term funding bill remained in limbo. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016....
  • Senate pushes to Monday vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

    12/12/2014 9:29:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-12-2014 | Ted Barrett and Faith Karimi
    After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into the weekend. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion package, which has already passed the House, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Barbara Mikulski said late Friday. Members from both parties in the Senate are trying to make last-minute changes to the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a procedural move Friday that would set up a vote on final passage in the Senate no later than Monday. In a surprise development, the...
  • CRUZ, LEE WIN WAR WITH HARRY REID, FORCE VOTE AGAINST EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    12/13/2014 1:16:21 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 144 replies
    Breitart ^ | 12/13/2014 | Mathew Boyle
    enate Majority Leader Harry Reid is keeping senators in Washington for a rare Saturday session—and risking a government shutdown—after he went to extraordinary lengths to block Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) from forcing a vote to block President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.
  • Senate Hopes For Quick Wrap-Up Dashed {Omnibus could be rejected by liberals?)

    12/12/2014 4:32:20 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY SARAH MIMMS AND RACHEL ROUBEIN
    Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. But that feeling of optimism was quickly squashed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been negotiating with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday afternoon to bring up a vote on the omnibus bill later in the evening, keeping the government's doors open and allowing senators to take the weekend off. Many members on both sides of the aisle were hopeful that...
  • BREAKING: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions Pushing for Defund Amnesty Vote

    12/12/2014 11:19:15 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/12/2014 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON – Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Jeff Sessions are pushing for a vote to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty in the “Cromnibus” spending bill Friday night, The Daily Caller has learned. The trio of conservative senators is hoping to get the defund vote onto the Senate floor as a “point of order,” which would force a procedural vote on the issue without Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having to introduce it. The senators are pushing hard on Capitol Hill for the measure as of early Friday afternoon. If successful, the vote would take place late Friday...
  • Chaos Caucus has a short time to show it can lead (Nevada)

    12/12/2014 1:05:38 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/12/2014 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    Things are pretty volatile in the Chaos Caucus. Every since Republicans took over the Assembly, things have been anything but smooth. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise. After all, even the GOP itself didn’t expect to be in charge of the lower house, and the last time the party was in charge, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and the pinnacle of technology was the Apple IIe desktop computer. You already know about the disastrous election of Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, as speaker. He was undone by ugly sentiments penned in a Sparks newspaper over a long career as...
  • Gov. Scott Walker to meet with mega-donor Sheldon Adelson

    12/12/2014 9:45:12 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 22 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Jason Stein
    Gov. Scott Walker is meeting with Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson Tuesday as he pursues a potential presidential run. Adelson has been a key financial backer for Walker in his last two runs for governor and, if persuaded, could be a source of even greater funds for a White House bid. In the last presidential contest, Adelson, the president of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., and his wife put $30 million into groups backing failed GOP candidate Mitt Romney in the general election and, before that, $20 million into a super PAC that propped up Newt Gingrich's unsuccessful Republican...
  • GOP Members Release New Anti-Amnesty Amendment

    12/10/2014 6:13:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:08 PM 12/09/2014 | Neil Munro
    GOP members have released their draft amendment to defund President Barack Obama’s national amnesty. “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the [amnesty] policies,” says the short amendment. The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated the GOP’s pro-amnesty majority...
  • Nevadans for State Gun Rights Statement On Background Check Initiative Certification

    12/10/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 12/10/2014 | unknown
    “In disregard of a formal complaint documenting violations of Nevada state laws and administrative codes in the “universal background check” initiative, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller released a “notice of sufficiency of petition” on December 8, 2014.
  • GOP Should Revive Yucca Mountain And Nuclear Energy

    12/09/2014 2:07:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Waste: While Keystone XL remains a focus, the long-stalled repository for spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nev., deemed safe in a recent report, is also good for the environment and for our energy future. The ghosts of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima continue to haunt and hinder the nuclear energy industry. Yet a report released Oct. 16 may revive both the spent fuel repository and the nuclear energy industry with it. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report, mostly finished in 2010 but delayed by Yucca Mountain foes such as the Obama administration and soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader...
  • Nevada certifies 2016 gun, marijuana ballot items

    12/09/2014 8:54:31 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    8newsnow.com ^ | 12/8/2014 | unknown
    Nevada's top election official is giving the go-ahead to two initiatives for the 2016 ballot: One to allow recreational marijuana use, and the other to tighten background checks for anyone buying guns from private sellers and gun show exhibitors.
  • Nevada Gun Control Initiative Challenged

    12/07/2014 8:06:42 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 12/6/2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Nevada faces an initiative that would virtually ban all private sales of firearms and would require federal record-keeping of all sales and transfers. The initiative is being promoted by a Michael Bloomberg funded group. The group was required to turn in 101,667 valid signature by November 12 of this year, distributed among various counties. The group claimed that they turned in 247,000
  • These Las Vegas businesswomen take their (gun)shots seriously

    12/06/2014 6:00:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    VegasINC ^ | 06 dec 2014 | Ashley Ońoz-Wright
    Karissa Neff and Sara Shertz drive away from the hustle and bustle, down a lonely stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South until they reach their turn-off, a road where asphalt meets gravel. It’s late afternoon and their truck is loaded with about a dozen semi-automatic handguns, revolvers, and bolt action and high-powered rifles. A utopia for gun enthusiasts seeking outdoor target practice, the location near Sloan is barren isolation with a touch of lawlessness. Pockmarked by divots and peppered debris, the off-road stretch is lined with pickup trucks and empty ammunition shells. For the women of Gun Play Vegas, it’s...
  • Newly Designated Nevada GOP Majority Leader: We're Here to 'Get our Gun Rights Back

    12/05/2014 10:53:59 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/4/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Newly designated Assembly Majority Leader Michele Fiore (R-Las Vegas) says Republicans were elected to the majority to defeat liberalism and that includes doing what has to be done to recover gun rights in Nevada. Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on December 3, Fiore said: "We're getting our gun rights back this session, period."