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  • Bundy defendants interviewed in undercover FBI operation (DEFENDANT OUTED AS INFORMANT @ COMMENT)

    03/23/2017 4:00:30 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 3/22/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    Undercover FBI agents posed as documentary filmmakers for a production titled "America Reloaded" to draw statements from the men who rushed to support rancher Cliven Bundy in his 2014 stand against the federal government......
  • Nevada ratifies Equal Rights Amendment decades past deadline

    03/22/2017 4:33:19 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Now ^ | March 22, 2017
    CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada lawmakers are ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment exactly 45 years after Congress first submitted it to the states. State senators gave final approval Wednesday for Nevada to sign on to the effort set in motion by women's suffragists. The move brings the nation two states shy -- but decades past deadline -- of amending the U.S. Constitution to plainly state women and men are equal under the law. Opponents argue it could disrupt family and military culture, and possibly lead to unfettered abortion access and funding. The amendment required approval from 38 states to take...
  • Nevada Police Union Leader Prioritizes Bloomberg Disarmament Bill over Member Oaths

    03/22/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    oathkeepers.org ^ | 3/21/2017 | David Codrea
    Not only did Nevadans in all but one county (and most sheriffs) not support the Bloomberg measure, it was written so poorly the FBI said there was no way they could legally cooperate. So why is a police union representing members who took oaths to support the Constitution demanding enforcement?
  • Huber to stay on as interim U.S. Attorney for Utah ( Bundy connections )

    03/20/2017 9:24:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    St. George News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Mori Kessler
    John Huber will continue to serve as the U.S. attorney for Utah, at least for the time being. Huber was given a reprieve by the U.S. Justice Department and will stay on as an interim U.S. attorney for the state for the next four months. Huber was one of 46 U.S. attorneys who were asked by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday to resign. ... Huber joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2002 and was appointed to become Utah’s U.S. Attorney in February 2015 with the support of Sen. Orrin Hatch. Huber was confirmed by the Senate in June...
  • Nevada lawmakers vow to fight White House’s revival of Yucca Mountain plan

    03/20/2017 3:48:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Opponents of the newly revived federal plan to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are preparing for battle with the Trump administration as the political winds seem to be shifting in favor of the project. Powerful figures in Nevada — led by Republican Sen. Dean Heller and including freshman Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, and Gov. Brian Sandoval — have vowed to fight the White House at every turn as it tries to breathe new life into Yucca Mountain with the first injection of federal funds into what surely would be a multi-billion dollar undertaking. But none of...
  • Lake Tahoe expected to fill up with largest physical rise in recorded history(AGW?)

    03/18/2017 8:01:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 3/17/2017 | Amy Graff
    Lake Tahoe's natural rim is at 6,223 feet above sea level. The lake can store an additional 6.1 feet in its reservoir and climbs up to 6,229 feet at full capacity, its legal maximum limit. The only outlet, a dam at Tahoe City, regulates the upper 6.1 feet above the low water mark, and this winter water is being released into the Truckee River as billions of gallons flow into the lake. Tahoe's water level reached 6,226.84 feet on Wednesday, and the lake needs some 88 billion gallons of water to jump up the 2.26 feet required to be completely...
  • When your firearms instructor needs to find another career

    03/15/2017 10:44:07 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 41 replies
    This 44 Magnum's got a sensitive trigger. . . and, oh yeah. . .he meant to do that.
  • Report: Before Retiring, Harry Reid Told Elizabeth Warren To Run For President In 2020

    03/14/2017 1:50:51 PM PDT · by drewh · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | Mar 14, 2017, 8:00am EDT | Tara Golshan
    Harry Reid, the former Democratic Senate Minority Leader, thinks Elizabeth Warren should run for president in 2020 — and he told Warren as much before he retired last year. Buried deep in a story about the future of the Democratic Party’s opposition movement in the Donald Trump era, the New York Times Magazine’s Charles Homans set the scene: Shortly before Thanksgiving, he summoned Warren to the minority leader's office. When she arrived, the room was littered with art supplies; on an easel was a half-finished portrait of Reid that would be unveiled at his retirement party the following month. Its...
  • Cameraman testifies during Bunkerville standoff trial

    03/09/2017 3:58:36 AM PST · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 3/8/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    A media cameraman who tried, unsuccessfuly, to mediate the Bunkerville standoff gave hours of testimony Wednesday while federal prosecutors played shaky, handheld footage that provided a more dynamic view of the protests than anything previously disclosed on dashcam recordings. The government called Dennis Michael Lynch as a witness after fighting ferociously earlier in the week to keep the footage he captured out of court. Defense attorneys Monday had tried to use some of the videos to rebut a federal agent's testimony and prosecutors' decision to call Lynch reflected a strategic attempt to control the narrative as they continue to present...
  • No, you don't have a right to free birth control

    03/08/2017 12:10:06 PM PST · by VegasVictor · 39 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | March 8, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    We’ve been misreading the Declaration of Independence for centuries. Turns out it says people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and birth control someone else pays for.” That’s the impression supporters of AB249 and SB233 left after testifying Monday. Both bills would require that all Nevada insurance companies provide birth control with no co-pays or other point-of-delivery costs. Supporters lavishly praised those mandates. Many liberals believe in “positive rights,” aka the right to free stuff, like birth control. But that reading necessarily means that government will infringe someone else’s rights. In...
  • Tempers flare, nerves fray in trial against Bundy supporters (BUNKERVILLE TRIAL)

    03/08/2017 5:08:17 AM PST · by Nextrush · 24 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 3/6/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    A downtown Las Vegas courtroom provided scenes as wild as a Western movie Monday when federal prosecutors and defense attorneys battled over nearly every piece of evidence presented in the trial against six of Cliven Bundy's supporters. Defense attorneys tried to block a government witness from testifying. A prosecutor invoked an evidence rule that led even the judge to flip open a legal handbook. A juror made a wisecrack that caused one lawyer to raise concerns of potential bias. By 4 p.m. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro has sent the jury home early and told them not to return until...
  • Legislature prepares for battle over federal ownership of public lands in Nevada

    03/06/2017 3:35:52 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | March 6, 2017 - 6:03am | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The decades-long battle over federal ownership of nearly 110,000 square miles of Nevada is about to be re-engaged at the Nevada Legislature. With about 85 percent of those acres under control of a variety of federal agencies — primarily the U.S. Bureau of Land Management — some Nevada political leaders want a transfer of as many as 7 million acres to state control in a first phase that could eventually see large tracts of land become state lands. Economic development is the primary driver for the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 7, but some proponents see it...
  • BLM special agent is focus of investigations [ Dan Love ]

    03/04/2017 6:25:18 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 28, 2017
    Dan Love, a controversial law-enforcement agent for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is the subject of several investigations into his actions as special-agent-in-charge of BLM activities in Utah and Nevada. Most recently, Congressman Jason Chaffetz alleges that Love may have destroyed files, withheld documents, and coached witnesses in order to avoid a Congressional investigation. Chaffetz asked the Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General to investigate the allegations. Love is also the focus of a DOI Inspector General report that states he used his position to gain perks at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The report states that...
  • Flashback Friday: Harry Reid, 1993 — 'No Sane Country' Would Give Illegal Immigrants Citizenship

    03/03/2017 12:33:32 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2017
    Harry Reid — in a 1993 speech on the Senate floor — insinuated the United States was insane for providing a pathway for illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship. In his speech, the former Nevada senator hypothetically posed that “if making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t easy enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant?” “No sane country would do that, right?” he continued. “Guess again.” “If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with citizenship and guarantee a full access to...
  • ‘Sanctuary state’ bill puts Nevadans at risk

    03/03/2017 11:48:57 AM PST · by VegasVictor · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | March 2, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    Forget sanctuary city. Some Nevada politicians want to make Nevada a sanctuary state. That’s what Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, has proposed in SB223, which would make it illegal for state and local law enforcement officers to help or even share information with federal immigration officials except in the narrowest of circumstances. It’s not like Nevada is aggressive about immigration enforcement right now. If someone reports a crime, the Metropolitan Police Department doesn’t ask about immigration status. Metro doesn’t conduct immigration raids. It’s not until someone is booked into jail that Metro starts working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
  • Judge dismissed juror for nodding off during Bunkerville standoff trial

    03/03/2017 4:03:51 AM PST · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 3/2/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    A federal judge Thursday dismissed one of the jurors seated for the trial against six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy. The woman, identified only as 'juror 12' was dismissed late Thursday after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro noticed her falling asleep on several occasions during testimony. The jury includes four alternates, so the case will not be affected by the juror's dismissal.... Most of the witnesses have been federal law enforcement officers who have given similar accounts of the events of April 12, 2014. The trial is expected to last weeks due to the voluminous government evidence...
  • Democrats support bill that would legalize female genital mutilation

    03/01/2017 11:42:09 AM PST · by VegasVictor · 51 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 03/01/2017 | Victor Joecks
    The Nevada Senate will soon consider a bill that would overturn Nevada’s ban on female genital mutilation, and Senate Democrats are tripping over themselves to vote for it. Why would anyone support rolling back a ban on something Nevada law defines as sexual abuse? That’s one of the questions supporters of Senate Joint Resolution 2, the “Equal Rights Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, should answer before voting on it as early as Wednesday.
  • BLM ranger testifies that he turned off body cam as Bunkerville standoff escalated

    03/01/2017 5:22:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 32 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/28/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    As the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville escalated and authorities started to fear a gunfight, Bureau of Land Management Ranger Patrick Apley turned off his body camera. "I was mad," Apley testified Tuesday in the trial against six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy to block federal authorities from seizing cattle. "I felt like we were going to be in a firefight and I really didn't want to record that."..... Defense attorney Jeff Marchese, who represents defendant Eric Parker, hammered the ranger for that decision. "What's the purpose of having a body camera?" Marchese asked. "The purpose of a...
  • Cancela bill would make Nevada a sanctuary state; Roberson calls it ‘recklessly irresponsible’

    02/27/2017 5:24:56 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 11 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/27/207 | By SANDRA CHEREB
    CARSON CITY — A bill introduced Monday in the Nevada Senate would prohibit state and local law agencies from conducting immigration enforcement operations. Senate Bill 223, sponsored by state Sen. Yvanna Cancela and a host of other Democratic lawmakers, comes amid stepped up immigration enforcement under the administration of Republican President Donald Trump. The bill would prohibit police agencies, including school and campus police departments, from using money, facilities, property, equipment or personnel for immigration enforcement purposes.
  • If You Think the BLM were Bad at Bundy Ranch, Look at what They did to this Man over this

    02/23/2017 7:15:27 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 14 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-23-2017 | Tim Brown
    In March of 2016, I reported on the Bureau of Land Management and the leader of the BLM at Bundy Ranch, Daniel P. Love, in a case from 2009 involving Indian artifacts he discovered and the wrongful death of Dr. James Redd.  Since that time, I have been in touch with the Redd family, who provided the following information.  I have asked that person to compile information pertaining to what took place with Dr. Redd.  The following bullet points, videos and information are what I obtained.  You can download this file here that are the "attachments" mentioned in the article...
  • Lawsuit claims Nevada senator is in violation of state constitution

    02/21/2017 7:12:31 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/21/2017 | By NATALIE BRUZDA
    The Nevada Policy Research Institute accused state Sen. Heidi Gansert of violating Nevada’s separation of powers clause in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit claims on behalf of plaintiff Doug French that Gansert, R-Reno, violates the state constitution by serving as a senator and working in the state’s executive branch as executive director for external relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. “The bigger picture is that we need to put an end to this violation,” NPRI spokesman Michael Schaus said. “It’s happened in the past, and it seems to happen repeatedly, but it’s ignored by both parties. I don’t...
  • NWS cancels flash flood warning for area around Nevada dam

    02/21/2017 2:13:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 186 replies
    Dayton Ohio's whio.com ^ | 2/21/17 | Dayton Ohio's whio.com staff
    The National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada is warning of an "imminent" dam break about 85 miles northeast of the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. The NWS is urging people to evacuate immediately. URGENT: Retention basin above East Dayton, NV failing! FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 6:40PM. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. #NVWx #DamFailure pic.twitter.com/frXe8qhyI5 — NWS Reno (@NWSReno) February 21, 2017 The area was already dealing with a Winter Storm Warni
  • President Trump Approves Nevada Disaster Declaration

    02/21/2017 8:49:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    White House ^ | February 17, 2017 | Office of the Press Secretary
    The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Nevada and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 5 to January 14, 2017. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe; the independent city of Carson City; and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe,...
  • BLM Agent Daniel P. Love Named in Investigation [ Cliven Bundy family and more ]

    02/20/2017 6:36:29 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | February 19, 2017 | Shari Dovale
    The truth is being revealed, as we all prayed that it would. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Agent Daniel P. Love has been breaking the law for years. Using and abusing his authority to run his own personal fiefdom. Bullying citizens until they commit suicide. All while believing he was above the law. Or so a report released last month seems to indicate. ... On February 14th, a letter from U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, named Daniel P. Love and questions an investigation that points to the deletion of hundreds of documents the day before a...
  • Bill would provide protections for LGBTQ youth in Nevada foster care

    02/20/2017 3:46:31 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 13 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/17/2017 | By MICHAEL LYLE
    When Tristan Torres was 16 and placed in foster care after his mother kicked him out for being transgender, his new home was supposed to feel safe. It didn’t. “The first inkling I had that this wasn’t going to be good was when (my foster mother) refused to call me by my preferred pronoun,” Torres said. “It progressed from there.” He is now advocating for creating legislation that would better protect LGBT youth in the foster care system. “What I went through could have been prevented,” he said. Torres, 19, is expected to testify about his experiences when Assembly Bill...
  • Trust, don’t verify: How to commit voter fraud in Nevada

    02/20/2017 11:11:19 AM PST · by VegasVictor
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/21/2017 | Victor Joecks
    Since January 2017, low levels of radioactive Iodine-131 contamination have been detected over various European countries. Highest levels have been detected in Poland. The radioactive particles were first detected in Finland. Source is anyone's guess, but the initial area of detection and area of highest concentration point to Russia. I disagree with the blog's conclusion that this is likely to be a nuclear test since I-131 has a short half-life of 8 days. More likely, there's an ongoing issue with a Russian nuclear reactor. (Doesn't have to be a power station - could be a sub or other naval reactor.)
  • Torrential Rain Will Threaten The Desert Southwest This Weekend

    02/17/2017 3:58:38 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Accuweather.com ^ | Alex Sosnowski
    The storm producing torrential rain in coastal Southern California into Friday night will also threaten lives and property in the deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada this weekend. In a sense, the rainfall will be like a fast-moving tropical system. A general 1 to 3 inches of rain will fall with locally higher amounts over the south-facing slopes of the mountains into Saturday night. "Much of this rain may fall in a few hours' time, which is more than enough to cause significant runoff, flash and urban flooding due to the landscape in the region," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan...
  • Why English should be Nevada's official language

    02/15/2017 9:15:02 AM PST · by VegasVictor · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/14/2017 | Victor Joecks
    Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, D-Reno, provided the first “gotcha” moment of the 2017 Legislature. She rose Friday to refer a group of bills to committee, but she did so in Spanish. She then stopped and said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. In keeping with the spirit of Assembly Bill 131, I will make sure all comments remain in English.” AB131 would make English Nevada’s official language. While liberals celebrated her “burn,” most of those who gloated didn’t understand what she was saying until she spoke English. That’s exactly why English should be Nevada’s official language. Empathy, discussion, debate — even verbal jabs...
  • Las Vegas law firm seeks public records related to Question 1

    02/14/2017 3:23:27 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/14/2017 | By WESLEY JUHL
    A Las Vegas law firm hired to represent Nevadans for Background Checks filed a massive public records request Monday in pursuit of communication between several state agencies, police departments, the FBI and the National Rifle Association. The firm Greenberg Traurig was hired to represent the campaign after the gun background check measure was blocked from its planned Jan. 1 implementation because the FBI refused to perform the background checks. Nevada voters in November approved the initiative to expand firearm background checks to private-party sales and transfers.
  • Legal expert says O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this summer

    02/14/2017 12:43:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 14, 2017 | Jared Dubin
    Simpson has served eight years of a 33-year sentence O.J. Simpson has been incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada since 2008 after being sentenced to 33 years in prison, all stemming from an incident at a Las Vegas hotel room from which Simpson attempted to forcefully reclaim memorabilia. The former Bills star and Hall of Fame running back, now 70, was charged with and found guilty on 12 counts, including conspiracy, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. This summer, he may get out early. According to analysis from Sports Illustrated legal analyst and University of New...
  • Prosecution shows aerial view of Bundy standoff

    02/14/2017 3:56:05 AM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    LasVegasNOW.com ^ | 2/13/2017 | Vanessa Murphy
    LAS VEGAS-Jurors received a 2-mile overview of an armed standoff near Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy;s ranch in April 2014. Monday was the first day of testimony in the trial for six defendants accused of wielding weapons against federal agents. A special agent with the Bureau of Land Management who planned the cattle removal described the lead up to the armed standoff...... Defense attorneys are portraying the defendants as law-abiding citizens spurred by reports of scuffles between federal agents and Bundy family members to protest a government roundup of Bundy cattle. If the six men are convicted, they could spend the...
  • Leaked Video from Bundy Ranch Siege Demonstrates BLM Tyranny & Aggression

    02/13/2017 3:31:10 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 17 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-13-2017 | Tim Brown
    I have been covering the Bundy Ranch situation since it came to a head in 2014.  As time has gone on, more and more information has come out about the aggression and corruption in the Bureau of Land Management.  The latest is more video evidence that has been previously unreleased, including BLM agent body camera video, and was leaked following the beginning of the cases going to trial last week in Nevada.
  • FBI admits no arrest warrant signed when Duane Ehmer was arrested, contrary to agent's testimony

    02/12/2017 3:47:19 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 09, 2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    FBI agents admit in court papers that they had no arrest warrant when they took Duane Ehmer into custody at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 27, 2016, contrary to an agent's testimony earlier this week. It wasn't until the day after Ehmer's arrest that a federal magistrate judge signed a criminal complaint against Ehmer based on an FBI agent's probable cause affidavit. Ehmer's lawyer Michele Kohler has urged the judge to suppress evidence found in what she contends was an unlawful search of Ehmer's car and horse trailer after his arrest without a warrant. ......
  • Adelson spokesman on withdrawal from stadium project: Raiders were ‘picking his pocket’

    02/12/2017 3:39:09 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 16 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/11/2017 | By RICHARD N. VELOTTA
    From the start, it seemed like a partnership destined to bring the National Football League to Las Vegas. The Oakland Raiders, one of the iconic franchises in professional sports. The family of casino executive Sheldon Adelson. The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. Everyone involved with the plan described it as an alignment of the stars that seemed too good to be true.
  • Here’s What The Prosecutors in the Bundy Ranch Case Didn’t Want (trunk)

    02/12/2017 10:22:33 AM PST · by Twotone · 13 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | Feb. 11, 2017 | Tim Brown
    As I was writing today’s previous article on the Bundy Ranch case and asking whether or not the government hid the Inspector General’s report that found a Bureau of Land Management agent, allegedly Daniel P. Love, guilty of misconduct, I referenced what the prosecution wanted to shield the court from seeing and hearing. So, I thought I would take the things they wanted to keep the court from seeing and hearing and expose them in this article. We’ll take each of these one at a time and you tell me if you can see why they would like to have...
  • Las Vegas jury hears opening statements in first Bunkerville standoff trial

    02/10/2017 3:55:07 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/9/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    Cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's armed stand against the federal government was either an assault on law enforcement by self-described militiamen or a freedom festival led by cowboys at home on the range, depending on who was addressing jurors Thursday... The April 2014 standoff in Bunkerville followed a five-word the 70-year old rancher gave to hundreds of protesters at a morning rally: "Cowboys, go get'er done." What happened after those remarks was the subject of much contention... In a dramatic opening statement, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre gave the jury a vivid description of how the six people on trial...
  • FBI posed as journalists to get evidence on Bundy's. Now it could hurt their case

    02/08/2017 3:54:10 AM PST · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/7/2017 | Sam Levin
    FBI agents posed as journalists and tricked the Bundy ranching family and their supporters into giving on-camera interviews that prosecutors may use in upcoming trials, according to defense attorneys and court records. The FBI's "fake film production company" and "wide ranging deceptive undercover operation", as lawyers described it in a court filing, is one of multiple controversies that some say could derail the government's prosecution of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his four sons and a dozen of their followers. A recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ethics scandal involving tickets for popular Burning Man festival could further hinder prosecutors in...
  • '9th Circus'? Scholars Say Court's Liberal Rep Is Overblown

    02/07/2017 11:16:07 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 7, 2017 | Gene Johnson
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing the appeal of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, is the federal appeals court conservatives have long ridiculed as the "nutty 9th" or the "9th Circus." Covering a huge swath of territory — nine western states plus Guam — the San Francisco-based court handles far more cases than any other federal appeals court, including some rulings that have invoked furor from conservatives over the years. Among them: finding that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays...
  • Bill introduced to lower age for legal gambling in Nevada

    02/06/2017 7:42:31 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 48 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/06/2017 | By COLTON LOCHHEAD
    Buying cigarettes. Going off to war. Voting. They are things you can do at 18 years old in America. A Nevada lawmaker wants to add gambling to that list. Assembly Bill 86, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Minden, would drop the legal gambling threshold from 21 to 18 years of age.
  • IG Probe finds BLM Guilty of Misconduct, Bundy Ranch Lawyers Ready to Pounce

    02/06/2017 6:47:59 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Constitution ^ | February 4, 2017 | Tim Brown
    As trials of political prisoners on trumped up charges by the central government loom, charges that have either been dismissed or they have been acquitted of in Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management agent in charge has now allegedly been found guilty of misconduct by the Inspector General; and a Bundy case attorney is going after him. ... Attorney Chris Rasmussen filed a Motion For Review of BLM Personnel Records after a scathing report released by the Office Of The Inspector General, said a Special Agent In Charge of the BLM was found to have committed Ethical Violations and Misconduct...
  • Report: BLM agent in ethics probe threatened retaliation: 'Grenades will go off' (Dan Love)

    02/02/2017 5:55:44 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Deseret News ^ | February 1, 2017 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General investigated an unnamed Bureau of Land Management supervisory agent in Salt Lake City for more than a year on ethics complaints, with the independent panel concluding that breaches had occurred. The agent, which the Deseret News has confirmed is Dan Love through a source familiar with the investigation, is accused of using his position to secure preferential treatment for his family during the 2015 Burning Man event in Nevada, including using federal law enforcement officers as personal escorts for their safety, using his BLM vehicle to transport his girlfriend...
  • EDITORIAL: State retirement system will mount another appeal with taxpayer cash

    02/05/2017 1:41:19 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 1 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/04/2017 | Las Vegas Review-Journal
    It’s long past time for the Nevada Supreme Court to send a clear message to the folks running the state public pension system. Last week, attorneys for the Public Employee Retirement System announced they will appeal a District Court ruling that brushed aside the agency’s effort to withhold information from the taxpayers who support the pension fund. It’s just the latest gambit in the system’s six-year effort to delay, impede and obfuscate when it comes to lawful court orders. On at least four occasions, agency arguments that retiree pension payouts should be confidential have failed in court. Yet rather than...
  • Proposed bill would require Nevada students to learn cursive writing

    02/01/2017 7:15:16 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 36 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/01/2017 | By MEGHIN DELANEY
    State Sen. Don Gustavson is using history as his guide as he again attempts to require Nevada students to learn cursive handwriting by the end of third grade. Gustavson, R-Sparks, has even included the Founding Fathers in his cursive cause, which began with the 2015 legislative session and continued last week when he filed essentially the same bill draft that previously died in committee. This time around, he believes testimony from history and education experts will propel SB86 into law. “All of our original founding documents and letters from our Founding Fathers were almost all done in cursive writing,” Gustavson...
  • 'Pink tax' proposal only about scoring political points

    01/31/2017 4:48:37 PM PST · by VegasVictor · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | January 31, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    Some legislators think Nevada women are cheap dates. Consider a recent proposal from Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, and Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, to eliminate the 8.15 percent sales tax on feminine hygiene products. Around the country, liberals are on a crusade to eliminate the “pink tax,” the higher prices women supposedly pay for products. Jauregui claims that by assessing a tax on tampons, “Our state government doesn’t view feminine hygiene products as a necessity.” This is ludicrous. State government has no opinion on feminine hygiene products. Tampons are taxed because Nevada has a sales tax.
  • Former head of Boulder City’s animal shelter receives 90-day jail sentence

    01/31/2017 3:29:32 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 10 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 1/31/2017 | By BROOKE WANSER
    The former head of Boulder City’s animal shelter was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for needlessly euthanizing her own dog. Mary Jo Frazier pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of animal cruelty after admitting she killed her dachshund. She previously denied allegations that she euthanized animals for fun at the shelter.
  • Vegas man arrested on petition signature fraud allegations

    01/31/2017 8:39:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    KTNV ^ | JAN 30, 2017 | Morry Gash
    Vegas man arrested on petition signature fraud allegations 9:52 PM, Jan 30, 2017 Associated Press Morry Gash LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 55-year-old Nevada man is facing multiple felony charges alleging that he submitted false signatures to try to qualify Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for the November ballot in Nevada. A court clerk said Monday that Renaldo Johnson of Las Vegas is due Feb. 7 in Clark County District Court on an indictment filed in December accusing him of petition misconduct, unlawful use of personal information and perjury. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced Johnson's arrest Friday...
  • Republican Senator Dean Hellar Speaks Out On Trump's Ban

    01/30/2017 3:17:33 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 30, 2017 | Pinkbell
    Earlier, I posted a list of 20 Republicans including Congressmen and Senators opposed to Trump's ban. A lot of the usual suspects of course. I haven't heard of this Senator before, but I thought I would post what he said. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3518993/posts He said this in a series of 4 Tweets which I'm just going to put together as one statement: "I share the President's desire to protect our nation from harm. I agree that better vetting and border protection measures are necessary. That's why I support the thorough vetting of individuals entering our country. However, I am deeply troubled by...
  • Karina's story: Why the pro-life movement matters

    01/27/2017 9:57:29 AM PST · by VegasVictor · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Jan 26, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    A moment of indecision kept Karina from becoming a statistic. Seeking but never receiving love from her mother, she left home at 17 in a tailspin. “I started cutting myself,” Karina said. “I worked, but I did drugs. I drank every day. I didn’t care about my life.” Fearing she might be pregnant, Karina went to a drugstore. There she stood, facing a shelf of pregnancy tests but unable to acknowledge reality by selecting one. Sensing her situation, a woman approached and gave her a card for the Women’s Resource Medical Center, a Las Vegas nonprofit that offers free pregnancy...
  • Reid: No group is harder on me than fellow Mormons

    01/22/2017 5:58:54 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 26 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Jan 21 2017 09:06 pm | PEGGY FLETCHER STACK
    Harry Reid didn't begin life as a Mormon, and some fellow Latter-day Saints today still don't believe the outspoken liberal could be one of them. Yet the just-retired five-term senator from Nevada became that body's Democratic leader and the highest-ranking elected Mormon in the nation's history. The scrappy 77-year-old, who fought his way to the top of the political heap from a tiny prostitute-ridden Nevada town, is used to slings and arrows from every side. Still, the blows from pew sitters in his own faith sometimes find a more tender mark.
  • Nevada Gun Control Referendum Ruled Unenforceable

    01/20/2017 6:09:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ammoland ^ | 20 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The FBI has stated that it cannot and will not comply with the mandate prescribed by the “universal background check” referendum that was passed in November in Nevada.  The referendum was Ballot Question 1, a complicated eight page referendum that required private sales to be conducted through federally licensed dealers. From the Nevada Secretary of State archive.org: You can see that explicitly in subparagraph 3., the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, (NICS) is required to do the check, and *not* the Central Repository in Nevada, as is done according to Nevada law, currently. Nevada law allowed...