Nevada

Ron Paul Could Have a Very Good Weekend

Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) was the big winner last night in Florida. The Sunshine State is a winner-take-all state, which means that Romney took all fifty of Florida’s GOP delegates and is now leading in the delegate count. But as The Christian Science Monitor points out, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.) could emerge as another big winner by week’s end:

This week, Ron Paul is likely to win more delegates to the 2012 GOP convention than either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. In fact, he’s likely to win more delegates than Gingrich and Santorum combined.

 

“Hold it”, you’re saying, “How can that be? Rep. Paul’s polling in single digits in Florida. He’s going to finish behind Gingrich and Santorum, as well as Mitt Romney, in Tuesday’s Florida primary. How can that translate into beating any of his rivals at all?”

 

We’ll tell you how – because he’s not winning those delegates in Florida. He’s winning, or will probably win, at least a few delegates in Maine.

Indeed, while the other three remaining Republican candidates have been busy in Florida, Paul has been focusing his time and energy on a strong finish if not a win in the Pine Tree State and in Nevada. Solid performances this weekend could give Paul momentum and energize his supporters headed into the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses next Tuesday.

NV Senate: Harry Reid makes a comeback

I’ve often warned about the Nevada Senate race that Harry Reid had the money to make that seat competitive again despite polling that showed him behind by double-digits. Sure enough, a new Mason-Dixon poll shows that Reid is either statistically tied or leading his GOP opponents:

Forty-two percent of Nevada voters said they would vote for state GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden in a potential match-up against Reid, while 39 percent would support the majority leader, according to a Mason-Dixon poll released Friday.

By contrast, Lowden led Reid 47-37 in a mid-April Mason-Dixon poll, both surveys having been sponsored by the Las Vegas Journal-Review.

The new poll shows Reid making up ground against — if not overtaking — other potential Republican opponents.

Reid leads former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R), a favorite of Tea Party activists, 42-39 percent. The top Senate Democrat is also in a statistical dead heat with businessman and former UNLV hoops star Danny Tarkanian: Forty-two percent of Nevadans would vote for Tarkanian and 41 percent would vote for Reid in such a match-up.

Complacency is the GOP’s worst enemy at this point, and Nevada is evidence of that.

Republicans fired Harry Reid in 2014; he may retire in 2016.

Harry Reid

Harry Reid and Senate Democrats took a thumping in the 2014 elections, losing eight seats to Republicans — so far — with a likely ninth seat changing parties in Louisiana in the upcoming December 6 runoff. At a closed-door meeting of the incoming Republican caucus, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was unanimously elected Majority Leader. Republicans will take control of the Senate in January.

At the same meeting, Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker was elected to head the National Republicans Senatorial Committee, the campaign committee charged with elected Republicans to the Senate. Wicker suggested that outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may decide to retire rather than face a very competitive re-election campaign in 2016.

The Hill reports:

The new National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman pointed out that Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, who was just reelected overwhelmingly, could run against Reid in 2016.

“To me, that state is going Republican,” Wicker said on MSNBC. “I think Gov. Sandoval has a real good opportunity now after a great run as governor, perhaps to run for senator. So, you know, frankly I’ll say this: I think Harry Reid may decide to retire. That’s my prediction.”

Reid won a tough race in 2010 against Republican Sharron Angle, whom Democrats were able to paint as extreme.

A very unpopular Harry Reid trails a very popular potential Republican challenger by 10 points

The 2014 mid-term election may not be the only thing worrying Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Sure, the Senate is up for grabs and, as it looks right now, Republicans stand a better than even chance of taking back the upper chamber.

But a new poll finds that Reid could be in big trouble if he seeks reelection in 2016. Not only is he very unpopular in his home state, Reid trails Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), who get solid marks from voters, by a 10-point margin:

According to a Harper Polling survey, Reid trails popular GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, who hasn’t ruled out challenging the incumbent, by 10 points, 53 percent to 43 percent. Veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston first reported the poll’s findings on his website, ralstonreports.com.

Reid’s favorable/unfavorable rating in the poll is significantly underwater (41 percent/55 percent). Sandoval’s rating, on the other hand, is stellar (58/30).

Sandoval is a virtual shoo-in to win reelection this year; he leads little-known Democrat Bob Goodman in the Harper poll, 54 percent to 39 percent.

Obviously, the 2016 election is more than two years away. That’s an eternity in politics, so be very careful in taking away too much from this poll. Yeah, Reid is in trouble, but anything can happen. What’s more, Sandoval is generally viewed as a moderate. He’s done some things in Nevada that haven’t sat well with in-state conservatives.

In honor of Earth Day we have Reid’s magic buses

It’s Earth Day! Harry Reid is busy showing how great his state is, by increasing the number of “alternative fuel” buses in the fleet in Washoe County. We are safe from global warming because the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) now has fully electric buses.They are being touted as “No-Emissions Buses.”

Well, maybe they’re not. We’ll make a little assumption here that these buses get plugged into power lines that carry electricity provided NV Energy. Even though it only takes minutes to charge them up, that’s still energy provided by 90% natural gas, and 10% dirty old coal.

At least that’s what Wikipedia has to say about where energy comes from in the state of Nevada. If that information actually exists on the NV Energy site, it’s conveniently hidden behind talk about alternative energy — because they are like Reid, and care about the planet.

Maybe they care about as much as RTC does, because while they have some “No-emissions” vehicles in their fleet, they also have some diesel electric hybrids. Just guessing here, but they probably emit at least a little carbon.

Bottom line remains that it’s still amusing to watch the liberals tout these great advances in automotive technology, while conveniently ignoring that our electrical energy infrastructure still relies heavily on natural gas and coal.

It’s even more comical when they seem to ignore the advances in emissions filtration as a possible solution to the carbon footprint problem they have manufactured — while they drive their Subarus that arguably have a handle on that problem.

Rand Paul on Bundy Ranch: We should give federal land back to Nevada

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) disagrees with Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) assessment of the tense situation in southern Nevada between the Bundy family and the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Reid told reporters this week that the situation isn’t over, despite the federal agency’s decision to stand down over the weekend. “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it,” he said. “So it’s not over.”

Paul, however, says that Reid has it wrong. In an interview with a Kentucky-based radio station, the potential 2016 presidential candidate questioned the need for armed federal agents threatening the Bundy family and explained some of the history of the situation.

“I think there’s an opposite thing to what Harry Reid said, and that’s that the federal government shouldn’t violate the law,” Paul told WHAS, “nor should we have 48 federal agencies carrying weapons and having SWAT teams.”

Bad federal policies created the problems at Bundy Ranch

Cliven Bundy

It’s true that Cliven Bundy and his family doesn’t appear to have much of a legal leg to stand on in their protest against heavily armed Bureau of Land Management agents, but John Hinderaker explains what we should sympathize with Bundy and his family as they take on the federal government:

To begin with, his family has been ranching on the acres at issue since the late 19th century. They and other settlers were induced to come to Nevada in part by the federal government’s promise that they would be able to graze their cattle on adjacent government-owned land. For many years they did so, with no limitations or fees. The Bundy family was ranching in southern Nevada long before the BLM came into existence.

Over the last two or three decades, the Bureau has squeezed the ranchers in southern Nevada by limiting the acres on which their cattle can graze, reducing the number of cattle that can be on federal land, and charging grazing fees for the ever-diminishing privilege. The effect of these restrictions has been to drive the ranchers out of business. Formerly, there were dozens of ranches in the area where Bundy operates. Now, his ranch is the only one. When Bundy refused to pay grazing fees beginning in around 1993, he said something to the effect of, they are supposed to be charging me a fee for managing the land and all they are doing is trying to manage me out of business. Why should I pay them for that?

Nevada newspaper to Harry Reid: Consider GOP healthcare ideas

The Obamacare disaster has put Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is a tough spot. Not only is he finding discontent from vulnerable Democrats who are fearing for their political futures, Nevada’s largest paper is calling on Reid to consider Republican healthcare ideas because of the Obamacare “meltdown.”

The Las Vegas Journal-Review isn’t buying lines from President Barack Obama and other congressional Democrats who claim that Republicans who oppose the law don’t have any healthcare policy alternatives. The paper points to a comprehensive reform package introduced by Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) with a number of ideas from which to draw.

“Rep. Price’s plan is lacking in paper weight — it’s 250 pages, compared with the more than 2,000 pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its accompanying thousands more pages of regulations — but it’s heavy on ideas that would make health insurance and medical care more affordable,” wrote the Journal-Review’s editorial board.

Nevada AFL-CIO slams ObamaCare in resolution

Barack Obama

The Nevada chapter of the AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution yesterday condemning ObamaCare’s employer mandate and urged President Barack Obama and Congress to pass measures that would protect health insurance plans that labor unions have through Taft-Hartley (Labor Management Relations Act of 1947).

“Our members fight hard every day to put food on the table and provide for their families, and we must fight just as hard to ensure that their benefits are protected for years to come,” Nevada State AFL-CIO official Danny Thompson said in a release from the organization.

“This resolution shows that all of our labor members across the board are committed to making sure that any changes to our nation’s health care system are done so in the best interest of working people, and do not negatively impact their way of life,” he added.

The resolution, first reported by the Las Vegas Sun, notes the “strong political and moral support” that the labor union gave when Congress passed ObamaCare in 2010 and it notes the promises made by President Obama that the law wouldn’t effect the plans that they had in place. But that has proven false, as so many Americans are learning as the law is implemented, with one of the central problems being the employer mandate.

Making headway on drugs, prostitution should be next

Now that a couple of states have made it clear that pot is legal within their own borders, it looks like the momentum has shifted on drugs.  I can’t help but believe that presidents in the future will be elected based on how little they want to pursue the “war on drugs,” meaning we will see the end of it in the future…if I’m right.

Perhaps now is a good time to start directing some attention to another prohibition, and that is prostitution.

I’m going to ask folks to turn off their morality arguments.  Those are great for telling someone why they shouldn’t use a prostitute, but it doesn’t have any place in a discussion about why it should be legal or illegal.

Prostitution is nothing more than the act of selling sex for money.  One has to be rather specific about the money part though, because without that a lot of people can be considered “prostitutes.”  For example, the person who sleeps with their boss for a promotion could be considered a prostitute, despite the act itself not being specifically illegal in most jurisdictions.

They say that prostitution is the “worlds oldest profession”, and it may well be.  It is probably one of the earliest examples of entrepreneurship in history as well.  After all, it requires minimal startup costs, minimal overhead, and large potential return on investment compared to other potential industries.  However, it’s currently illegal.

Let me ask the opponents of prostitution this: who is hurt by a mutally satisfactory exchange of cash for a service?

The answer is no one.  If it were, then plumbers or electricians - who take money in exchange for a service - would be classified as committing a crime.  They’re not, and for a good reason.  We need properly functioning pipes and wiring, and see nothing wrong with exchanging money for the necessary services to keep them in working order.


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