March 2, 2014
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HAPPY NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY DAY!
Today’s also National Frozen Food Day, so party hearty, mates!
Pardon this Sunday edition of Silver State Confidential and its length, but I was out of the office a lot over the past couple of days was just this morning able to catch up. But there’s a LOT of cool stuff going on this day before filing opens, so let’s get at it…
WHEN IT COMES TO MODERATE MIKE, NEVADA DEMS GOT IT RIGHT
Last week, Republican candidate for attorney general Adam Laxalt issued a statement critical of Gov. Brian Sandoval for not defending Nevada’s anti-gay marriage law – which a majority of Nevada voters enshrined in the state’s constitution by voting for it, not once, but twice.
In response, Republican State Senate Minority Leader “Moderate Mike” Roberson – whose nose is planted firmly where he’s the first two know whenever the governor chows down on Mexican bean dip – snapped back at Laxalt in a tweet: “Tough to defend unequal treatment under the law.”
But Nevada Democrats, of all people, caught the hypocrisy of Roberson’s snark and called him on it, noting that in his tweet “Roberson engaged in the type of double talk he has perfected as only a Washington and Carson City insider could.”
“We agree,” the Nevada Dems wrote in a blog post. “It is tough to defend ‘unequal treatment under the law.’ Unfortunately, Roberson’s voting record does defend ‘unequal treatment under the law.’ In the last legislative session, Roberson voted to maintain Nevada’s ban against same sex marriage in the state constitution. But hey, the facts never prevented Michael Roberson from pretending he is something he’s not before, so why stop now?”
“The reality is,” concluded Dem spokesman Zach Hudson, “Michael Roberson will say anything and do anything to get re-elected.”
Yep. Remember when Roberson ran as a tea party conservative and signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge before crawling up the governor’s wazoo and not only supported the extension of some $620 million worth of “temporary” tax hikes that were supposed to “sunset” in 2011, but one-upped him by proposing a whopping $600 million tax hike on the state’s mining industry?
So on this we’ve finally found something that both the Right and Left can agree upon: You just can’t trust ANYTHING Michael Roberson says!
By the way, immediately following last week’s televised debate between Sue Lowden and Mark Hutchison – who apparently is the first to know whenever ROBERSON eats Mexican bean dip – Roberson also slammed Lowden in a tweet:
“Tonight it was clear @SueLowden doesn’t (support Gov. Sandoval)…”
That’s just, well, an outright lie. Lowden has some policy disagreements with the governor on a couple of issues, but to say she doesn’t support the governor is, well, an outright lie. Par for Moderate Mike’s course.
ALL ABOUT ADAM
“I don’t know much about Adam Laxalt or his legal experience,” Democrat candidate for attorney general Ross Miller said of his Republican opponent in an interview this week with the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Ray Hagar.
Well since my nickname is Mr. Thoughtful, let me help you out, Ross…
Adam is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and built a private law practice in Nevada after leaving the military.
He “is a former lieutenant in the United States Navy” where he served “as a prosecutor and legal advisor…as a Judge Advocate General for five years.” He also “volunteered to serve in a combat zone in Iraq,” where he assisted “with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists.”
Also while serving in the war zone, Adam trained Iraqi prosecutors and judges and helped them modernize the nation’s justice system. For his service, Adam “was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, and his Unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.”
He has also served “as a Special Assistant US Attorney, as an Assistant Professor of Law in the Leadership, Ethics, and the Law Department at the US Naval Academy and as a Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.”
So what did you do in the war, Ross?
RALSTON’S IGNORANCE AGAIN ON FULL DISPLAY
In his generally unread Sunday blog post today, liberal blogger Jon Ralston wrote that conservative challengers to moderate GOP incumbent legislators this year “should not be taken seriously” – again showing just how little Ralston understands about conservative politics.
It’s not, as he would have you believe, all about winning at the ballot box. Only a dufus would think that.
Oh, um, yeah.
No, it’s also about putting moderate Gumby Republicans on notice that if they stray too far off the conservative reservation when voting in Carson City they risk the pain and agony and expense of a primary challenge in the next election cycle.
So even if NONE of the conservative challengers to Gumbies are successful in June, the fact that so many bad Republicans even drew credible conservative challenges this year will cause the smart ones to think twice in 2015 before voting for bills that raise taxes, grow government, spend more money and infringe upon individual rights.
And, um, that’ll be a WIN for conservatives.
You’d have to be a political cipher not to understand that.
STOCKTON DOUBLES DOWN
Roger Stockton of Western Representation PAC continues to beat the drum in opposition to the Nevada Republican Party doing what everybody else is doing: Showing leadership by pursuing a pre-primary endorsement process.
According to a source who attended a meeting last week in which he discussed the issue, Stockton claimed “we are sending a message to all Republicans that a select few know better than they do and it is disenfranchising people.” He also said “We just need to come together to elect more Republicans so we can chair committees and make some inroads.”
What a load of crap.
Nobody’s “disenfranchising” anybody. Republican primary voters will still make the final decision…unlike the pre-primary endorsement process in Utah. And, um, it’s not enough to just elect more Republicans; we need to elect better ones, as well.
Exhibit #1: Sen. “Moderate Mike” Roberson.
Stockton ought to just worry about his own PAC – which, by the way, endorses Republican candidates in primaries! – and butt out of Nevada GOP business he has no business being involved in.
>>>>> Bill Clinton photographed with two hookers from a Nevada brothel? Yep! Click here
>>>>> So who is this yahoo named Chad Stevens who tweeted on Saturday that Lucy Flores – former gang member, pro-abortion advocate and freshly announced Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor – is a “Reagan conservative”? What a dweeb. Who let this guy tweet without a leash?
>>>>> The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported this week that “Nakia Woodson, 38, a Democratic candidate for the vacant state Assembly District 3 seat, has been charged with lying about her income to fraudulently obtain welfare benefits.” She’s been charged with “eight felonies ranging from theft, public assistance fraud and unlawful acts concerning food stamps.”
With qualifications like that, she SHOULD be running as a Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor!
>>>>> New York Times headline on Sunday: “Attackers With Knives Kill 29 at Chinese Rail Station.” Reminding us once again that knives don’t kill people; people kill people. Oh, and knife background checks won’t help!
>>>>> OK, let me get this straight: Here in the United States of America, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that American school kids in California can be banned from wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. The three-judge panel ruled that concern over the potential for racial violence outweighs the First Amendment right of free expression. Boneheads.
>>>>> This week, Las Vegas made it to the next round of cities being considered to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The effort actually began way back in 1995, but petered out after the 2000 GOP convention. Last April, Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald resurrected the idea and a host committee led by Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki picked up the ball and ran with it. Make it so, Number One!
>>>>> Sen. Harry Reid’s Greatest Hits, all on one webpage. Click here
>>>>> The American Conservative Union released it 2013 Ratings of Congress this week and Nevada’s U.S. Sen. Dean Heller earned an “ACU Conservative” award for scoring over 80 percent…the level which Saint Ronald of Reagan used to determine if someone was a conservative ally. Heller’s score was 83. His Nevada Senate colleague Harry Reid chalked up a 16.
>>>>> Has anyone seen ANY Democrats running ON ObamaCare this year? I mean, other than Gov. Brian Sandoval and his running mate Mark Hutchison.
>>>>> Speaking of Gov. Sandoval, he took credit for supposedly creating 60,000 jobs since his election in 2010, boasting in a statement this week: “I have made economic development and job creation my highest priorities…”
Really? Then why did he – not once, but twice – extend $620 million worth of job-killing, revenue-draining “temporary” tax hikes that were supposed to expire in 2011? And why has he done NOTHING to get construction defect reform passed in the Legislature to get the hands of the state’s ambulance-chasing trial lawyers off the neck of Nevada’s hard-hit construction industry?
>>>>> Pssst. You know how the teachers union is constantly whining that Nevada teachers are underpaid? Well get this…
According to a report by Steve Miller of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, “the state’s public K-12 education sector is actually doing far better, financially, than the state’s private sector. Moreover, the gap is so large that it’s the fourth biggest in the country.”
Fourth biggest in the country! Read the full report by clicking here
>>>>> The Clark County School Board approved this week a series of zoning changes and continues to mull converting some schools to a year-round schedule (which messes EVERYBODY up) thanks to overcrowding in some schools.
Alas, educrats refuse to try the one option that would work best at fixing this problem: Vouchers.
If you have a school that’s 200 students over capacity, just offer 200 parents a voucher in the amount of, say, $5,000 (which is less than the government is presently paying per pupil) to send their kid to any school they want. 200 parents will be happy to have REAL school choice and the over-crowded school will no longer be over-crowded. Problem solved…no fuss, no muss…and no additional cost.
>>>>> Longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi was already facing a conservative primary challenge before he foolishly said a week ago that the tea party movement “is something I don’t really know a lot about.”
Something tells me he’s about to find out!
Adding insult to injury, the American Conservative Union this week issued a new set of “Obama Era” ratings of how members of Congress have voted on issues of interest and concern to conservatives during Barack Obama’s presidency. Cochran’s rating: 63 percent. That’s a full 25 percent lower than the next lowest Republican colleague.
Only three U.S. senators chalked up perfect scores: Tom Coburn (Okla.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah).
>>>>> On March 18, starting at 6:30 pm, the UNR College Republicans and the Nevada Republican Assembly organization in Reno will be hosting a pair of debates featuring conservative challengers vs. Gumby incumbents.
In debate #1, insurgent conservative Rick Fineberg will take on failed mushy-moderate Assembly Minority leader Pat Hickey. And debate #2 will feature moderate Assemblyman Randy “Kirner Tax” Kirner (RINO-Kirner Tax) vs. conservative challenger Lisa Krasner…with spoiler Robb Archie joining the program for comic relief.
The event will be held in the Ansari Business Room #102 at UNR. Ought to be an interesting evening.
>>>>> Conservative liberty movement activist Carl Bunce is challenging RINO Senate Minority Leader Moderate Mike Roberson in the SD-20 GOP primary race. And if you’d like to help the effort, you can pick up a Bunce bumper sticker for your car with a minimum $5 donation to his campaign. Click here
HEARD IT THRU THE GRAPEVINE
The Senate Republican Caucus’ anointed candidate for Senate District 8 – the seat conservative Sen. Barbara Cegavske has been termed out of – is Patricia Farley Saavedra, who officially kicked off her campaign this week.
I don’t know much about Saavedra other than she’s reportedly in the construction biz and was involved in some controversial brouhaha involving an AIDS organization she once worked with. But the mere fact that she’s Senate Minority Leader Moderate Mike Roberson’s hand-picked candidate is enough to raise skepticism with conservatives.
Farley is reportedly being challenged in the GOP primary by conservative Kelly Hurst – who won a Republican primary race for assembly by just 9 votes in 2012, and then lost to the Democrat candidate, Andrew Martin, who a judge ruled didn’t even live in the district. Nevertheless, Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey supported seating Martin over Hurst.
Yet another in a long list of reasons to dump Hickey as GOP leader.
ALL THE “WRONG” MOVES
>>>>> Republican Annette Teijeiro announced on Thursday a suicide run for Nevada’s 1st Congressional District seat, currently occupied Rep. Dina Titus (D). Teijeiro is a strong conservative who has virtually no chance of defeating Titus, who will have to be blasted out of this rock-solid Democrat majority seat with dynamite.
I wish Annette would focus on running for something she could actually win; like a state assembly seat. Boy, could we use another conservative like her in Carson City!
>>>>> Republican Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler announced this week that she’s running for Reno mayor after liberal blogger Jon Ralston’s wife, Jessica Sferrazza-Ralston, was kicked off the ballot by the Supreme Court for exceeding the state’s term limit law.
Berkbigler is considered a moderate Republican…but oh, what an improvement she’d be over liberal “Republicans for Reid” Mayor Bob Cashell!
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“I was 12-years-old when I began my life of crime. I started out with small things; ditching school petty larceny. But the seriousness gradually escalated. Grand theft auto, breaking into homes… I was finally sentenced to a long-term juvenile detention facility.” – Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor Lucy Flores, “Listening to Latinas,” 10/25/09