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  • Harry Reid eulogizes former Nevada lawmaker Bill Raggio in Senate

    02/27/2012 1:01:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | Karoun Demirjian
    It isnt uncommon for Sen. Harry Reid reopen the Senate after a congressional recess by admonishing his fellow Senators especially the Republicans to drop partisan pretense. But Monday, Reid let Bill Raggio, Nevadas longest-serving statesman who died last Thursday, do the talking. He was a Republican who believed government should be lean but not mean. Heres what he said recently: I think the present leadership of the Republican party is a little too radical and has been taken over by what I think is a radical element, Reid said on the Senate floor midday Monday. Thats a direct...
  • 2 men fined $20,000 for illegal Tahoe tree cutting

    02/25/2012 7:29:04 PM PST · by redreno · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 | 6:59 p.m. | The Associated Press
    Two men have been fined $20,000 for illegally cutting down five trees to improve the Lake Tahoe views from a home owned by one of them. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's governing board approved a settlement agreement Wednesday with Tanner Tingey of Fresno, Calif., who owns a second home near Tahoe City, Calif., on the lake's north shore; and with Trent Udlock of Tahoe City-based Udlock Landscape Construction. The two men worked together last summer to remove five trees larger than 14 inches in diameter from Carnelian Bay property just below Tingey's Tahoe home, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza reported...
  • Henderson officials say despite six-figure buyout, city still will save in long run

    02/25/2012 7:04:17 PM PST · by redreno · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Aida Ahmed
    Despite being criticized for a potential payout of more than $200,000 to retiring Henderson Police Chief Jutta Chambers through the citys Voluntary Employee Severance Program, city officials remain steadfast employee buyouts will result in savings for the city in the long run. The main objective of the VESP is to have employees take that buyout and then not fill those positions, said Mayor Andy Hafen. We realize that thats not going to happen in every single case. In the case of Chief Chambers, obviously the only cost benefit that we might get is that the next chief may not be...
  • Reid Statement on Fire of Planned Muslim Cemetery and Funeral Home

    02/23/2012 3:50:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | February 23, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Washington D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today: My thoughts are with those affected by this terrible incident. I will continue to monitor the situation and am confident the ongoing investigation will be conducted properly.
  • The Boy Who Played With Fusion

    02/21/2012 9:07:37 AM PST · by justlurking · 68 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 2012-02-14 | Tom Clynes
    Propulsion, the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I just want to see the propulsion stuff. A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale replica of the massive Saturn V rocket that brought America to the moon. As they duck under the exhaust nozzles, Kenneth Wilson glances at his awestruck boy and feels his burden beginning to lighten. For a few minutes, at least, someone else will feed his sons boundless appetite for knowledge. Then Taylor raises his hand, not with a question but an...
  • Wynn accuses top shareholder, buys out his stake

    02/19/2012 6:25:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    reuters ^ | 2/19/12 | Martinne Geller
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wynn Resorts Ltd Chief Executive Steve Wynn upped the ante in his fight against former business partner Kazuo Okada, accusing the Japanese gaming mogul of improper payments to foreign gaming regulators and forcibly buying back his 20 percent stake in the casino company at a deep discount. A spokesman for Okada was not immediately available to comment on the developments. Wynn Resorts said on Sunday its board had decided Okada was "unsuitable" after reviewing a report presented to the Wynn board on Saturday that found more than three dozen instances over a three-year period in which...
  • Sierra snowpack study instantly attacked because it undermines AGW claims

    02/19/2012 9:58:25 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 15, 2012
    If you want a prototypical example of how climate science has ceased being true science and instead become little more than an ideological battleground, look no further than a study released yesterday showing that, contrary to earlier claims, global warming has had zero effect on the depth of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range...
  • Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats

    02/17/2012 8:59:22 AM PST · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 | 2:01 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon
    Many Democrats in the Assembly have not publicly reported the expenditure of thousands of dollars in campaign funds, including money for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions, the Sun has learned. According to multiple lawmakers familiar with internal caucus discussions, the lawyer for Assembly Democrats instructed them that they do not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office for example, rent in Carson City during the legislative session or travel to professional conferences.
  • Nevada Approves Road Rules For Google's Driverless Cars

    02/17/2012 5:12:14 AM PST · by opentalk · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 17, 2012 | Dylan Love
    Nevada has already embraced Google's self-driving car as street legal and now its Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a set of special regulations for operating one, reports PC Mag. State officials collaborated with Google, car manufacturers, insurance comapnies, and law enforcement is drawing up the rules. "Nevada is the first state to embrace what is surely the future of automobiles.
  • Henderson police chiefs retirement adds final scandal ingredient: Money

    02/16/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by redreno · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 | 2:11 p.m. | By J. Patrick Coolican (contact)
    The city of Henderson has done its darndest over the past week to erode the already depleted stores of public trust in government. First, we learn the city will pay a man $257,000 because he was in diabetic shock and driving erratically when he was pulled from his car by police at gunpoint, forcibly restrained on his stomach and then kicked in the head. We also learned the officer who did the kicking, Sgt. Brett Seekatz, kept his job and his rank. Next, as I reported last week, we learned that members of the City Council found out about the...
  • North Las Vegas approves new contract with firefighters in 3-2 vote

    02/16/2012 5:46:35 PM PST · by redreno · 1 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 | 8:06 p.m. | By Aida Ahmed (contact)
    The North Las Vegas City Council voted 3-2 to approve a new contract with the North Las Vegas firefighters union tonight, in hopes of saving up to $640,000. The new memorandum of understanding, ratified last week by members of the International Association of Firefighters Local #1607, renews the current contracts in place for both supervisory and nonsupervisory personnel. Under the updated contract, good through the end of the fiscal year in June, the chief will have more discretion in the use of brownouts, the staffing of the air resource unit and restricting the number of battalion chiefs on annual leave...
  • Man Suffers Heart Attack Eating a "Triple Bypass Burger" at Heart Attack Grill

    02/15/2012 11:41:51 AM PST · by Scythian · 77 replies
    A man reportedly suffered a heart attack while eating the Triple Bypass Burger on Saturday at a Las Vegas restaurant that serves Bypass burgers, Flatliner fries and free meals to people who weigh over 350 pounds. An amateur video posted on Youtube shows the unidentified man being wheeled out of the downtown Heart Attack Grill restaurant on a stretcher after he collapsed in the restaurant that employees told KVVU-TV FOX5 looked like a heart attack. Restaurant owner Doctor Jon Basso told the news station that he initially thought it was a joke when a waitress who told him a customer...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizers footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Billionaire Gingrich Contributor [Sheldon Adelson] To Cut Support

    02/10/2012 3:59:14 PM PST · by GraniteStateConservative · 293 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 10, 2012 | Jaywon Choe
    While billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson may have rescued Newt Gingrichs campaign in its early days, today, he may have just buried it. Bloomberg News reports that Adelson, who has donated $11 million to Gingrichs Super PAC, does not plan to send any more money Gingrichs way. Bloomberg is citing an anonymous source familiar with their deliberations, though an Adelson spokesman declined to comment. The move seems to be weeks in the making. After poor showings by Gingrich in the last several races and the re-resurgence of Rick Santorum, the former House speaker has once again been pushed to the...
  • Watch the video of motorist kicked by Henderson Police officer

    02/08/2012 6:29:54 PM PST · by redreno · 34 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 | 1:46 p.m. | By Joe Schoenmann .
    A motorist who was pulled over after driving erratically and was methodically kicked in the head by a Henderson Police officer while being videotaped by a Nevada Highway Patrol dashboard camera will receive a $158,000 settlement. The motorist said he was weaving because he was in diabetic shock. Police found a vial of insulin in his pocket. The settlement amount was blessed by the city attorney then approved by the Henderson City Council tonight.
  • Reids floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustrated (RATS out of the loop)

    02/07/2012 6:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/07/12
    Reids floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustratedBy Alexander Bolton - 02/07/12 05:15 AM ET Some Democrats are grumbling over how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has run the floor this year. The frustration is felt mostly among junior lawmakers, who want more of a role in decision-making and have yet to resign themselves to the traditional pace of the Senate, where seniority rules and lawmakers often have to wait years to have significant influence. They say Reids style leaves them feeling out of the loop. Colleagues have second-guessed Reids decision to greenlight a deal with Republicans on the...
  • Donald Trump Takes Credit For Mitt Romneys Big Win In Nevada

    02/06/2012 12:26:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | February 6, 2012 | James Crugnale
    Appearing on Fox and Friends Monday, Donald Trump wasted no time in giving himself credit for Mitt Romney‘s landslide victory in the Nevada caucus. “There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada and it was interesting, because the numbers were much, much greater than you thought,” Trump gloated. “And a lot of people are giving me credit for that. And I will accept that credit.” RELATED: Poll Finds Trump Endorsement Was Net Negative For Mitt RomneyEarlier in the interview, co-anchor Steve Doocy asked why Trump took so long to endorse a candidate.“I like Newt a lot, but...
  • Vote Count in GOP Caucus Continuing in Nevadas Largest County [#of ballots differ in #of voters]

    02/05/2012 11:30:48 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 25 replies
    LasVegasSun ^ | Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 | 10:15 a.m. | Anjeanette Damon
    The voting ended half a day ago. The networks have called the race. The GOP presidential candidates have delivered their speeches and left the state. And, still, party officials in Nevadas largest county continue to count the vote. We are going to get this right, Clark County Chairman David Gibbs told the Las Vegas Sun today. If it takes us a little bit of time to get it rights, we are going to take the time. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was declared the victor of the Nevada caucuses Saturday evening, based on results from the rest of the state...
  • Gingrich and Adelson met in Vegas

    02/04/2012 3:39:15 PM PST · by VinL · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-4-12 | Bohn
    The Newt Gingrich campaign held a meeting with approximately 60 donors Friday in Las Vegas, including casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a source with knowledge of the session told CNN. Gingrich, who attended the meeting, had a brief discussion with Adelson at the session, the source said. The long-time friends are legally barred from speaking about the Adelson family's $11 million contributions to the super PAC supporting Gingrich's White House bid.
  • Romney Wins Overwhelming Victory In Nevada Caucuses ["Few Opportunities" For Rivals To Catch Up?]

    02/04/2012 7:45:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 112 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 04, 2012 | Dan Balz
    Mitt Romney Wins Overwhelming Victory In Nevada Caucuses Dan Balz February 4 LAS VEGAS Mitt Romney won an overwhelming victory in Saturdays Nevada caucuses, giving the former Massachusetts governor his second consecutive victory of the year as he tightened his claim to dominant front-runner status in what had been a turbulent Republican presidential race. After his easy victory in Florida last Tuesday, Romneys big win in Nevada, where he also won four years ago, will provide additional momentum heading to Tuesdays caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and set him up for more significant primaries in Michigan and Arizona at...