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Does the GOP’s Online Gaming Platform Make Them Identical to Democrats?

September 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Does the GOP’s Online Gaming Platform Make Them Identical to Democrats?

Robert Fellner has an interesting piece on the GOP’s platform plank to resist the expansion of on-line gambling: The stated justification for this horribly intrusive, un-Constitutional, un-American, nanny-state action that the most hardcore Progressive would be proud of, is that “compulsive gambling is a serious disease” blah blah blah, Why is there no call to […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Big Government · Brian Sandoval · Campaign '12 · Federalism · Harry Reid · Health Care · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism

“Republican” Thieves in Tampa, and a Hard Blow to Conservatism in Nevada

August 28th, 2012 · 45 Comments

So today Nevada’s delegation to the National Republican Convention stole the votes of thousands of Nevada Republicans.  Caucus goers were promised that their delegates would honor their votes, and would vote on the floor of the convention in proportion to the vote in the caucuses.  The national delegates promised they would “play by the rules” […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Corruption · Mitt Romney · Republicans · Ron Paul

Do the Ron Paulestineans in the Nevada GOP Even Want To Win Elections?

August 19th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Sadly, it seems clear from their actions that the answer is “no.”  Recently, Washoe County GOP Chair Dave Buell filed paperwork to make the Washoe County GOP a distinct entity from the State Party, disclaiming any intention to coordinate with or be controlled by the State.  While this Declaration of Independence has the advantage of […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Republicans · Ron Paul

How a State Party Destroys Itself – And How Nevada Republicans Might Actually Come Out Ahead in the End

May 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments

There was a lot of news today about the continuing implosion of the State GOP.  The Clark County (Vegas) Central Committee voted to condemn the RNC chair for (gasp!) supporting the (yes, “the”) Republican Presidential candidate, erroneously claiming rules were violated.  Outside conservative organizations like Americans for Prosperity are overtly announcing themselves as alternatives to […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics · Republicans

So Ron Paul Supporters “Win” – But What Exactly Did They Win?

May 8th, 2012 · 13 Comments

Ron Paul supporters in Nevada had their crowning achievement this weekend – they “took over” the state party.  It took them four years of planning, coordination, and subterfuge, but they won a smashing victory over the weekend by sticking it to “The Establishment”. And in doing so, they (at best) did nothing.  At worst, they […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Constitutionalists · Corruption · Libertarians · Mike Roberson · Mitt Romney · Principles · Republicans · Ron Paul · Sharron Angle

Ron Paul Campaign: So What If We Cheat? Whaddyagonnadoaboudit?

May 1st, 2012 · 24 Comments

The goal of my last post on the Ron Paul Campaign’s exhortations to lie, cheat, and steal was to shine as bright a light as possible on their dishonorable and ultimately self destructive tactics.  I’m not alone amongst principled conservatives – Ned Barnett in particular has been doing yeoman’s work in ferreting out the hypocrisy […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Republicans · Ron Paul · Voter Fraud

#TeaPartyFail in Nevada

April 24th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Party That Allegedly Opposes Unethical Payoffs to Political Cronies With Taxpayer Dollars Elects Unethical Tax-dollar Wasting Crony “Capitalist” to Lead Party Taken in the kindest possible light, new GOP Chair Michael McDonald’s past and current “property development” activities proves that he’s all for government-forced redistribution of wealth.  A more honest assessment would be that he’s […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Corruption · Nevada Politics · Republicans · Uncategorized

Wait – Who Are The Elitists Again?

April 3rd, 2012 · 9 Comments

My friend Elizabeth Crum shared a press release the other day from the “Ron Paul Nevada Team,” bragging about their continuing “takeover” of the state Republican party.  I have to ask – what’s their point? Fortunately, like all would-be-tyrants, they’re pretty open about it: “Republicans understand Ron Paul is the only candidate who can challenge […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Republicans · Ron Paul

This Weekend’s Washoe GOP Convention – A Positive Sign for the Future of the State Party?

March 12th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This weekend I attended the Washoe County Republican Convention, and I have to say it was the smoothest, best organized one I’ve ever been to yet.  Once again Dave Buell, the Washoe Party Chair, proved he knows how to plan, build a great team, and put on a tremendous event.  The turnout was phenomenal – […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Republicans · Ron Paul

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

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

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

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

Slightly Tape-Delayed, Almost-Liveblog of the #SCdebate

January 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I wish this debate had happened sooner.  Although it definitely helped that there were fewer candidates on stage – it’s not an accident that fewer candidates and no absurd timeclock led to a far more substantive debate than we’ve seen in the past. I haven’t seen a lot of the post-debate spin from other people […]

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“Is there a good ‘conservative’ ‘Republican’ in the race?”

January 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

A reader recently E-mailed me with this question, and I thought the night before the Iowa caucus would be a time to reflect on it here. Is there a good “conservative” “Republican” in the race? As much as I’d like to think the guy currently in office is vulnerable, the Republicans seem to be trying […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Jon Huntsman · Michelle Bachmann · Mike Huckabee · Mitt Romney · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Principles · Republicans · Rick Perry · Rick Santorum · Ron Paul

Information on the Washoe County GOP Caucus

January 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

If you’re a Republican living in Washoe County, be part of the conversation and the solution.  Register for the 2012 Caucus today!  Remember, the caucuses will be Saturday, February 4, 2012, with registration/check-in starting at 9:00 AM. All the info you need to learn about the caucus – your location, times, and how to conduct […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics · Republicans

A Tale of Two Inadequately Argued Election Law Allegations

December 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Tale of Two Inadequately Argued Election Law Allegations

Republicans in Clark County have been up in arms over some new election regulations being pushed through by the Secretary of State’s Office over the holidays.  I admit, the timing is very suspicious, and should alone raise all kinds of red flags.  But the article on it is frustrating, because nowhere is there any hint […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Constitutional Law · Corruption · Nevada Politics · Partisanship · Republicans · Sharron Angle · Voter Fraud