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Judicial Political Strategery?

February 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Judicial Political Strategery?

So today Judge Russell dismissed NPRI’s separation of powers lawsuit, saying that because the allegedly offending Senator had quit his Executive Branch job, there was no longer a conflict, and the case was moot. Last week I said this about it: Will NPRI’s separation of powers lawsuit continue forward?  There are clearly grounds for moving […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Judges

“He was a man, take him for all and all…”

February 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on “He was a man, take him for all and all…”

HORATIO I saw him once; he was a goodly king. HAMLET He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. Whenever someone of consequence to me shuffles off their mortal coil, this exchange from Hamlet always resonates with me.  And so it did with Bill Raggio, […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics

A Couple of Thoughts on Last Night’s Debate

February 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

I only got home last night in time to see the second half of the Presidential debate.  I didn’t hear anything unexpected, although overall I thought it was substantive and good.  Will it matter?  Who can say.  But here are my thoughts. ~~~ The most compelling thing to me was in the part I missed, […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Deficits and Debt · Economy · Education · Federalism · Iran · Mitt Romney · Newt Gingrich · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Ron Paul

What Should I Call Posts Like This? Everyone Else Already Uses “Nuggets”…

February 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

So much great stuff around the Silver State’s Intertubes (and beyond) today… ~~~ Attorney General Cortez-Masto says that the presence of a middle man cures otherwise Unconstitutional transfer of money from government to private industry.  Interesting. I really hope NPRI files a lawsuit over this, if for no other reason than I always get a […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Corruption · Education · Environment · Environmentalists · Federalism · Health Care · Libertarians · Mitt Romney · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Principles · Religion · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism · Taxes

President’s Day Weekend Potpourri

February 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Here’s a roundup of some of the happenings of Nevada’s blogosphere over the weekend, in case you were off having a life or something. ~~~ Will NPRI’s separation of powers lawsuit continue forward?  There are clearly grounds for moving forward, even if the original defendant is no longer directly impacted, and eventually, a sitting legislator […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Class Warfare · Constitutional Law · Crime · Democrats · Economy · Education · Free Markets · Harry Reid · Judges · Lawyers and the Law · Nevada Politics · Religion · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism · Space

A Trio of Responses

February 21st, 2012 · 5 Comments

Chuck Muth has responded to my last two posts in typical Muthian fashion.  In one, he and James Smack respond to my complaints about the new temporary chairman, with Smack by saying in essence (exactly as I predicted he would), “It’s not my fault! – I totally tried to do the right thing, but couldn’t […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics

Why Santorum Would Be a Disaster in November

February 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

If the overarching theme of the Republican nominee for President in November is the economy, and the ways Barack Obama’s policies have helped a) keep the economy so turgid and b) are taxing the holy, incomprehensible bejesus out of out children and grandchildren via crushing debt, then that nominee stands a great chance of winning. […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism

Why Would a Conservative Activist Try to Keep Democrats in a Legislative Majority?

February 18th, 2012 · 12 Comments

So – Chuck Muth helped run Senator Elizabeth Halseth out of the Legislature by dragging her through the worst kind of tabloid mud on his various media outlets, and in doing so, made it orders of magnitude more difficult for the Republicans to take a majority in the state Senate.  Oh, and then he brags […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics · Social Conservatism

Meet the New GOP Boss, WAY Worse Than The Old Boss

February 16th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Or, How To Lose $100,000 For the Party You Want To Lead in a Single E-mail! Back in October, a small group of paranoid fools with their priorities completely out of whack “took over” the Nevada GOP by getting themselves elected to several key positions on the state Executive Board.  I wrote an incredibly frustrated […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics · Republicans

Have a Galactically Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Via Starts with a Bang, which also includes the science behind all of this beauty. Update:  Had I been more on the ball when I put this post together, I would have noted at the outset that this is, of course, mostly for my wonderful wife, who graciously shares me with this blog, caucuses, and […]

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Tags: Life

The Caucus: Fraud?

February 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

In a word, no, in spite of ridiculous and baseless allegations from various folks, including these national Ron Paul folks who make the accusations pretty directly. I take these allegations a little personally, since I was in the counting room in Washoe County.  So let me just say for the record that in Washoe we […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Republicans · Ron Paul · Voter Fraud

Wasted Money, Wasted Time, Wasted Liberty – Without Actually Catching the Wasted

February 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

So – on Superbowl Sunday 41 cops from 8 separate law enforcement agencies stop and harass 2,699 innocent motorists over a period of what I can only assume to be many hours, and they catch… 5 whole drunk drivers? That’s an accuracy rate of 0.00185% of total stops versus stops of people who are actual […]

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Tags: Crime · Deficits and Debt

The Caucus: What I Saw in Washoe County

February 8th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Four years ago, I attended (and wrote about) my first caucus at Galena High School.  In spite of the chaos that marked most of the precinct meetings that year, I had a lot of fun.  Indeed – the reasons my precinct was successful that year when most of the others were a mess is that […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Republicans

The Caucuses: Prologue (And Shameless TV Plug)

February 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

My blogging’s been pretty sparse of late, on account of my involvement with the Washoe County caucuses yesterday.  I’m happy it’s done, and even happier that Washoe County’s caucuses were smooth and successful, even if the turnout was disappointing.  But the overwhelming consensus from caucus goers county-wide was that the planning and organization of this […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Media Alert · Republicans