New Nevada laws take effect Oct. 1 2013

ImageReal-time tracking of cold medicine purchases, dog discrimination, employment discrimination, voting rights of the mentally ill and turning on red lights are among 153 new laws taking effect Oct. 1 in Nevada.

Here are five things to know about new laws taking effect Tuesday:

AB39 implements in Nevada the National Precursor Log Exchange, a real-time electronic tracking system to stop the sale of excessive amounts of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine — ingredients found in over-the-counter cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine. State law already requires pharmacies to keep those products behind the counter and limits the amount consumers can buy. The multi-state tracking system prevents illegal drug makers from pharmacy hopping to stock up on cold medicines to make the illegal drug.

Voting rights

People adjudicated mentally ill will no longer automatically lose their voting rights. Under AB108, a judge must make a specific finding that a person lacks the mental capacity to vote because they are unable to communicate, with or without assistance, a desire to participate in the voting process. The law also applies to people under guardianship.

Animal kingdom

Pit bulls or other dog breeds branded by a perception of viciousness have new protections under AB110. The law prohibits declaring a dog dangerous based solely on the animal’s breed and bans local governments from adopting ordinances to outlaw specific types of dogs. Another new law, passed as AB83, toughens penalties for people who participate in or witness animal or bird fighting events. It also imposes criminal penalties on people who supply the razor-sharp objects attached to fighting birds. People who feed big game animals face possible civil fines of up to $500 for repeat offenses under SB371. AB264 increases penalties for feeding feral or estray livestock such as horses, but it also authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to enter into agreements with outside groups to manage wild horses on state lands. Continue reading

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie argues more crime justifies ‘More Cops’ – BULLSHIT!

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Cops do not prevent crime, they show up after the crime occurred.  This more cops means more police state. The cops must be accountable and the current police force must be evaluated from the top down and everything must be transparent. The entire police force in Nevada is corrupt as shit, Nevada has one of the highest police to citizen rates in the Country.
By BEN BOTKIN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

After years of decline, crime rates in Las Vegas inched up slightly in 2012.

It’s too soon to tell if that increase is the start of a trend, but the uptick gives political ammunition to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who is trying to convince county commissioners to raise the sales tax rate to pay for more cops on the street.

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Commissioners on Tuesday face a choice between dueling sales tax proposals, both of which would raise money to increase the ranks of police in all local departments.

No one disputes that Clark County’s police ranks are a little thinner than they were before the recession hit. Gillespie’s Metropolitan Police Department, the largest recipient of any tax hike, is down from a peak of 2,741 cops in 2010, to 2,480 officers this year. That’s a nearly 10 percent drop. Continue reading

Harvey Whittemore Prison or payola?

Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt

Harvey Whittemore gonna take it up the butt?

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks

This motherfucker needs to go to prison along with most of the corrupt Nevada politicians like his ass licking buddy Harry Reid, judges, DA’s and other assholes committing treason, bribery and other heinous corruption.

From the RGJ:

When U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks decides the punishment for fallen power broker Harvey Whittemore on Monday, he’ll weigh Whittemore’s decades of work at the community and state level with the impact that illegal campaign contributions have on degrading the public’s trust of politics, experts said.

Las Vegas political consultant Sig Rogich said the four-year sentence recommended by the federal prosecutor does not fit the crime and fails to recognize Whittemore’s lifelong commitment to charitable work and community service.harvey whittemore lube

But others, including a probation officer and federal prosecutor, said Whittemore was a wealthy, well-connected and intelligent businessman who manipulated his employees and the system to try to hold onto his political power. They said a prison term would send the message that money does not rule the political landscape in Nevada.

At the end of a three-week trial in May, a federal jury found Whittemore guilty on two counts of making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2007 and one count of causing Reid to file a false contribution report. The jury deadlocked on a fourth — lying to FBI agents. Prosecutors did not refile that charge.

Federal prosecutors and a federal probation officer recommended a 51-month prison sentence and a $133,400 fine for the 61-year-old former lobbyist and land developer, saying Whittemore’s actions were “conceived in greed, arrogance and the lust for power.”

His crime “affected the voting public at large and struck at the heart of the election process,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre said in his sentencing statement. Whittemore deserves “a period of incarceration as a means to promote respect for the law and to deter future abuses by other individuals seeking improperly to influence the electoral process.”

Whittemore’s lawyers argued their client’s support of charities and volunteer activities, his upstanding character, his commitment to his family and his integrity should make him eligible for probation, a fine and community service — not prison.

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GOT CORRUPTION?

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We are looking or stories of Government, Judicial and law enforcement corruption in all of Nevada and especially Carson City.

 

We want to make Sheriff Ken Furlong unelectable in the 2014 elections. We want Judge Tatro off the bench.

 

Do you have a Nevada corruption story? Send it to us at nevadawatchdog@rocketmail.com

We made DA Neil Rombardo, DA Dick Gammick and Catherine Cortez Masto unelectable and we will continue to expose their rampant, wholesale corruption.

“Safe On Red” Campaign Launched Throughout State

redlightReported by: Samantha Boatman Email: sboatman@mynews4.com

 RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)–According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, 400 people have died in Nevada intersections over the course of five years. A new law taking effect on October 1st is aimed at making intersections safer for all motorists.All throughout Nevada, motorcyclists or bicyclists pull up to a red light and they wait. Sometimes their bike will trigger the sensor in the intersection, giving them a green arrow, sometimes it won’t. What happens next, Lt. Eric Spratley with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says can be extremely dangerous.

“Cyclists will then do some sort of illegal maneuver, they pull out of the turn lane in an illegal lane change at an intersection. They’ll make a right turn on the next street, do a u-turn and come back the opposite way,” says Lt. Spratley.

Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle from District 30 in the Reno/Sparks area says his constituents approached him about the idea of being able to legally turn left on a red light. He says after doing some research, he decided to sponsor Assembly Bill 117-making it legal for motorcyclists or bicyclists to make a left turn on red after waiting through two light cycles. Continue reading

REWARD – Have you seen Jesse Russell Richardson?

JESSE RICHARDSON

Jesse may be in Reno, Carson City or surrounding areas.

UPDATE 09-28-2013 – I spoke with the Carson City Sheri Kenny Furlong about the name of the 19 old male who confessed to shooting Judge Tatro’s house.

Sheriff Furlong at first said the name of the shooter was Jesse Richardson and then realized that the Jesse Richardson was the witness, not the shooter…

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Levi Anthony Minor

Furlong then said the 19 old male who confessed to shooting Judge Tatro’s house was Levi Anthony Minor of the west side BB shooting fame …But that Levi Anthony Minor didn’t really do it and he made the story up. The they issued a warrant for the witness Jesse Richardson (alleged probation violation) or is the warrant to get Jesse Richardson into custody to shut him up? We don’t believe the Sheriff Furlong story and still this issue as a cover up.

Have you seen Jesse Russell Richardson?
Jesse Russell Richardson

Jesse Russell Richardson

Have you seen Jesse Russell Richardson? If so, the CCSO issued a warrant or his arrest. Please have Jesse Russell Richardson call KRNV Newsroom: 775-785-1210 and tell his side of the story.

We reported that a credible source presented credible information, a jailhouse confession concerning the shooter of Carson City Judge Tatro.

We reported that story here: The shooter of Judge Tatro’s door found? Judge Tatro caught in sex triangle revenge scandal?

The Carson City Sheriff was informed of the information and conducted an investigation the first week of September 2013. The results of the Carson City Sheriff investigation confirmed that the information we provided was true, but that the target was a straw man judge because it was not Judge Tatro or any other Judge.

A person in the Carson City jail was bragging to others to be the shooter of Judge John Tatro’s front door in December 2012. However, the Sheriff is saying that this person made up the story and really shot into another Carson City Judges home with a BB gun. However, it was not one of the four Carson City Judges and the Judge was not named. Continue reading

Nevada Corrupt Politicians RE: Family Court Judge Gayle Nathan – Shocking!

RE: Family Court Judge Gayle Nathan – Shocking!

Nevada Judicial Watch had the opportunity to make another unannounced courtroom observation recently as a continuing effort to monitor our elected Nevada Judges while in their respective courtrooms. We have had positive (Judge Mark Stevens) and we have had negative (Judge Sandra Pomrenze), and articulated them as such, in our desire to keep the public informed of what actually occurs in our courtrooms when the cameras are not rolling and the press is not sitting in the front row for that “one big case.” Our experience in Judge Gayle Nathan’s courtroom provided nothing positive and was actually shocking. Continue reading

Pat Hickey “I am sorry about my recent comments and regret I made them”

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Maybe they were busy. Maybe they were wondering if Pat Hickey was right. Maybe they were trying to get their messages coordinated.

Whatever the reason, it took nearly two days for prominent GOP leaders to distance themselves from Assembly Minority Leader Hickey’s incendiary remarks.

“I am sorry about my recent comments and regret I made them. It was not my intention to alienate any anyone, but I did misspeak, plain and simple and for that I apologize.

I agree with Gov. Sandoval that Republicans must earn the trust and confidence of all Nevadans. I look forward to working with the Governor and my fellow Republicans in accomplishing just that.” Continue reading

judge Nancy Oesterle is corrupt as hell

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The idiot Nancy Oesterle came in on her broom from some shit hole in southern Nevada to clean up the fucked up mess created by the asshole judge in Carson City Nevada named John Tatro who is such a fuck up he keeps no court records so this bitch needs to cover up for him. Nancy Oesterle is as fucked up as Tatro. This cunt makes up the law and ignores facts and  just ignores the shit she can’t figure out. When a judge is this fucked up in the head, she should just take her fucking award and stick it up her ass and go away instead of being a judicial whore sucking more judicial judicial dick for the bribe money. Fuck you Nancy Oesterle, go to hell and fuck off you cunt.

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Special Judicial Cannons for fucked up corrupt Nevada judges

A.B.A.
1. short for American Bar Association or  2. Arrogant Bullshit Artists.
Abuse Of Discretion:
1. original meaning, now rarely used, was to describe a faulty process of reasoning when performing a discretionary act  2. now term means whatever suits our fancy  3. synonymous with term “Black Hole”, i.e. we know its out there but damn if we know what it is.
Ad Hoc Decision:
1. Whatever 2. A screwing so fine tuned it can target a specific hemorrhoid
Nancy Oesterle NEVADA JUDGE fuck you bitch
Aerobic Activity:
1. the healthy practice of going to and returning from back room meetings.
Appeal:
1. that which makes injustice impossible  2. the process where time and financial cost to litigants must never be taken into consideration  3. the process which allows us to do as we damn well please  4. that which covers our ass.
Arrogance or Arrogant:
1. Judicial self esteem  2. term used by the unenlightened to describe Judges and Lawyers who are confident and comfortable in their position  3. term applied to those with power to decide right from wrong without regarding right from wrong.
Attorney:
1. business partners  2. club members.
Back Room Meetings:
1. term synonymous with “open court.”
Bullshit:
term commonly used by the unintelligent, uneducated or unenlightened when describing misunderstood Legal Analysis and Judicial Determinations.
Civil Rights:
1. formerly things like right to life, liberty and property  2. more recently things like the right not to be pinched in the ass and the right to marry insects.
Constitution:
1. common cause of rectal pain in the Judiciary  2. great document for the resourceful and effective  3. should be condensed for the unresourceful and ineffective.
Common Sense:
1. form of logic reserved for common people  2. objectively unverifiable form of logic  3. form of logic that minimizes or eliminates the highly specialized hair splitting , perpetuitous analysis that helps us appear more intelligent than the masses  4. form of logic non expert in nature.
Contempt:
1. due process for the assertive or uncooperative  2. the means by which the Judiciary molds attorneys.
Discretion:
1. judicial free will  2. a great “catch all” to justify whatever it is we do.  3. former meaning dealt with judicial exercise in areas where there was no clear law or hard and fast rules. Today discretion is omnipresent.
Discretionary Act:
1. the exercise of judicial free will unencumbered by law, reason, logic or common sense.
Due Process:
1. perpetuity  2. perpetual motions  3. legal and procedural minutiae  4. selective adherence to the Secret Canons Of Judicial Conduct  5. process which is not paid for.  6. First, decide how we want the case to go.  Second, formulate a legal logic to support our decision.  Third, manipulate, dissect or eliminate the facts and evidence to support our decision.  Then the rubber stamp doctrine of “judicial discretion” will prevent most decisions from being overturned!
End Result:
1. one of the things not to be considered [others being race, color, sex etc.] when rendering legal decisions except when professional embarrassment, media attention or upsetting the status quo will result  2. that which can negatively affect objectivity.
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Could a Texas legislature-style filibuster happen in Nevada?

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Update: Sean McDonald, who runs the Amicus Nevada law blog, has a new post up regarding the material in this blog post. He disagrees with Byerman and says that Senate Rules 80 and 81 do not provide a mechanism to cut off a filibuster. It’s worth a read.

In the words of Nevada Senate Secretary David Byerman, the short answer is no.

In case you’re not following the whole thing on Twitter, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) has launched into an hours-long filibuster of a bill that would restrict the ability of women to get abortions, according to the Texas Tribune. (You can view the floor proceedings here).

So what if one of the state senators from Nevada tried filibustering? According to Byerman, such could not happen due to a process in the Senate Rule 80 and 81. See below:

1. Every Senator…

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Introducing: A blog about medical marijuana in Nevada

Riley Snyder

It’s a great time to be a stoner.

All throughout the United States, individual states are for the most part moving to decriminalize and lessen punishments associated with the use and purchase of both medical and recreational marijuana. From Washington and Colorado legalizing pot in late 2012 to Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for sweeping changes to the nation’s drug sentencing laws, it’s quite clear that acceptance of marijuana is becoming more and more widespread.

And the state of Nevada is by no means left out of this issue; in fact, Nevadans fighting over marijuana has been in the headlines for more than a decade. In 2000, residents of the state voted to legalize medical marijuana, and then two years later shot down a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana by almost two-thirds of voters.

And in the last state legislative session, a bill was passed to create…

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Masto, Other AGs, Urge Regulation Of E-cigarettes

CBS Las Vegas

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Forty attorneys general including Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

In a letter dated Tuesday, the state attorneys say e-cigarettes are being marketed to children through cartoon-like advertising characters and by offering fruit and candy flavors, at the same time they are becoming more affordable and available.

The letter says e-cigarettes are also being advertised during prime-time television hours and are portrayed as safe alternatives to traditional cigarettes. But it says they are addictive and capable of delivering high doses of nicotine.

An industry group, the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, says it agrees that e-cigarettes should be regulated as a tobacco product.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten…

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Nevada Foreclosure Rate Tops U.S. Again

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Last month Nevada once again secured the top spot as the state with the nation’s highest foreclosure rate due to spikes in default notices and scheduled foreclosure auctions.

According to a report by the Irvine-based real estate analytics company, RealtyTrac, in August one out of every 359 Nevada housing units was the subject of a new foreclosure filing.  This number reflects more than two-and-a-half times the national average.

RealtyTrac defines foreclosure filings as:

“Including notices of default, notices of pending trustee sales and repossessions by banks.”

Additionally, RealityTrac stated that last month with one filing for every 323 housing units, Las Vegas was ranked third for the nation’s highest foreclosure rate among large metropolitan areas. Nevada’s foreclosure filings have increased over 100 percent compared to the previous month and nearly 11 percent percent over August 2012, due to the 226 percent increase in default notices and a 96 percent jump…

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Las Vegas Police Camera Deal: ‘Disappointing’, ‘Arrogant’

LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A letter from the Protective Association, the union representing Metro police officers, tells members that under an agreement reached with Sheriff Doug Gillespie, officers will not be required to don body cameras while on duty.

The body cameras have been touted as a way of adding to police accountability and transparency in their encounters with suspects. In the wake of a number of controversial police-involved shootings in recent years in the Las Vegas area, Sheriff Gillespie himself said he would be willing to use them.

According to the letter from the union, the cameras will be optional, not mandatory. They would also be required only on officers hired at mid-2013. But as one critic–Steve Sanson of the group Veterans in Politics International–there is a hiring freeze at Metro, therefore no officer will be required to wear the camera.

Sanson has been a spokesman for the family of Stanley Gibson, who was felled by police bullets in a standoff at an apartment complex.

The American Civil Liberties Union weighed in on the news. Todd Story, the ACLU Nevada’s director, told KXNT the decision is disappointing. He says body cameras would ultimately help police, eliminating the contentious ‘he said she said’ when sorting details of violent encounters with suspects.

Sanson says he has personally observed the Sheriff promise to employ the cameras as part of his campaign to obtain a sales tax hike to fund the police department. He tells KXNT he watched the Sheriff consent to the cameras in appearances before the Clark County Commission and the Nevada legislature.

This Camera Weighs Less Than 4 Ounces and Can Reduce Complaints Against Police by 88 Percent

Last year, police officers in Rialto, California, participated in an unprecedented experiment: Between February 2012 and February 2013, Rialto police wore cameras when they went out on patrol and responded to calls. largestThe devices, made by Taser Inc., weighed less than four ounces and could be attached to sunglasses, shirt collars, and hats. They recorded for 12 hours, in color and HD, and the footage could be wirelessly transmitted to a central database.

The point of the experiment was to measure, for the very first time, the effect cameras had on “self-awareness and ultimately socially-desirable behavior” of Rialto police officers. The results were pleasantly shocking. When officers in the experimental group (i.e., those who wore the cameras) decided to use force, they used it only in response to subjects who were “clearly seen to be physically-abusive or to [be] physically resisting arrest”; whereas officers in the control group (i.e., those without cameras) “resorted to use [of] force without being physical-threatened” 30 percent of the time. Those findings mirrored who instigated the use of force: Officers wearing cameras never instigated violence, but officers without cameras did so slightly less than 30 percent of the time.

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While the results of the Rialto experiment make the case for requiring police cameras in order to keep citizens safe, another finding suggests that wearable cameras may also in the best interests of the officers themselves: During the 12 months that the Police Foundation conducted its study, complaints against Rialto police declined 88 percent over the previous year.

And yet, some of the country’s largest police unions oppose the cameras.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents NYPD rank-and-file, declared in August that its members wouldn’t comply with a judicial order from Judge Shira Scheindlin requiring officers to wear body cameras on patrol. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed them up, calling the prospect of officers sporting cameras “a nightmare.” In Las Vegas, the police union announced earlier this week that it had brokered a collective bargaining agreement with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie: body cameras would be “optional” for officers who joined the Las Vegas Metro PD prior to 2013.

Much of that resistance might stem from why cameras are introduced into departments in the first place. In Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, and now San Francisco, wearable cameras have been proposed in response to federal investigations into police misconduct. They’re introduced as a way to police the police, rather than as a way to help law enforcement officers protect themselves. As Rialto officers demonstrated, the presence of cameras actually improves police performance, and that improvement was reflected in a drastic reduction in complaints. It’s easy to imagine how these cameras could help law enforcement agencies find and discipline bad apples in their own ranks, while protecting good officers from career-ruining lawsuits and disciplinary actions. (Taser, which makes the AXON FLEX camera, advertises it as “body armor for the courtroom.”)

Exactly this sort of complex intersection of public safety, privacy, and technology are among the topics set to be discussed by mayors and law enforcement leaders at CityLab, The Atlantic‘s upcoming summit on city-level innovation. But considering that the NYPD spent $185 million settling lawsuits against its officers in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, perhaps it’s time for police departments to start thinking more proactively. Wearable cameras—footage from which would be available to officers and through open records laws—could be a good first step.

Sheriff’s Final Push for “More Cops” Tax

CBS Las Vegas

Las Vegas CBS KXNT – Sheriff Doug Gillespie says he’s expecting a large contingent of police officers to show up at Tuesday’s Clark County Commission meeting, where the commissioners will decide whether to support the “More Cops” sales tax increase.

Gillespie himself is ready to go, with facts and figures supporting his argument that Las Vegas Metro Police Department needs the increase, in order to provide the level of public safety the community requires.

You have to go back to 1996 to find the ratio of police officers to 1,000 permanent residents as low as it is now, the sheriff said on Thursday at a meeting with reporters.

“Crime is trending up, police officer ratio is going down,” Gillespie said, adding that demands on the police have increased since the late 1990s because of responsibilities related to homeland security after the September 11 attacks.

Some county commissioners are questioning whether…

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Only Propaganda Is ‘Good Journalism’?

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Why are liberals in so much denial about liberal bias in the news? Why do they think they’re bending over backward to be “objective” doing that which Republicans see as partisan activism?

Daniel Froomkin of the Huffington Post — formerly of The Washington Post — suggests an answer. He is exactly the kind of liberal agitator in the newsroom who wants every news story to be a blazing editorial. Every reporter must divide the world clearly between Liberal Sense and Conservative Nonsense. His latest article is titled, “Writing a Neutral Story About Something So Heartless As the Food Stamp Vote Is Not Good Journalism.”

On Sept. 19, The New York Times reported, “The Republican-led House yesterday voted to make deep cuts to the food stamps program that has kept millions of American families from going hungry since the recession hit, saying its response to growing need was instead a sign…

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Dirty Dick Gammick named 2013 Raggio Award Winner – Wow what a joke.

Churchill County District Attorney Art Mallory, Vice Chairman of the Nevada Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys, presents Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick with the 2013 William J, Raggio Award."

Churchill County District Attorney Art Mallory, Vice Chairman of the Nevada Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys, presents Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick with the 2013 William J, Raggio Award.”

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and the Nevada Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys named Washoe County District Attorney Richard A. Gammick as recipient of the 2013 William J. Raggio Award.

This award is presented annually to a current or former prosecutor who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the administration of justice in Nevada.

Gammick has served as Washoe County District Attorney for 19 years and five terms, the last of which expires at the end of 2014 when he will retire. He served as Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney of Washoe County before being elected District Attorney in 1994. Prior to his career as a prosecutor, Gammick was a Reno Police Officer, a Major in the United States Army (with a combat tour in Vietnam) and Nevada National Guard, and a legal advisor to the Reno Police Department as a Deputy Reno City Attorney. Continue reading

Louisiana senator David Vitter files ethics complaint against Harrey Reid, Barbra Boxer

harry reidBy (contact) Karoun Demirjian

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 | 10:13 a.m.

Capitol Hill publication Roll Call is reporting that Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana has filed an expanded ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., for improperly targeting his past through a piece of legislation.

Vitter is basing his complaint on an amendment Reid and Boxer proposed to restrict health benefits for anyone who has engaged in prostitution, Roll Call reports — a charge apparently directed at Vitter, who was implicated in the D.C. madam investigation of 2007.

Reid and Boxer threatened the amendment to counter Vitter’s efforts to push all members of Congress, their staffers and the White House off of their current health insurance plans and onto the Obamacare exchanges, set to open to individuals on Oct. 1.

The Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a similar complaint Vitter made earlier this month on Tuesday.

Do you know your State’s Preamble?

Nevada 1864, Preamble We the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution…

6334202-MAlabama 1901, Preamble   We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..

Alaska 1956, Preamble   We, the people of  Alaska , grateful to God  and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this Great   Land .

Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874, Preamble We, the people of  the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of  government…

California 1879, Preamble We, the People of  the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Colorado 1876,  Preamble We, the people of  Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe…

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of  Connecticut , acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution.. Continue reading

Republican official accused of improperly using political foe’s Social Security number to dig up info

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Nevada Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, talks with lobbyist Robert Uithoven on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Legislature in Carson City, Nev. Roberson introduced a measure Tuesday that would would end binding arbitration in local government contract negotiations.

The Nevada Republican Party political director is facing accusations he inappropriately used a Clark County Republican official’s Social Security number to obtain private information about him amid a contested campaign for the county chairmanship. Continue reading

Texas judge who prosecuted innocent man resigns

Anderson1A Texas judge facing criminal charges over prosecuting a man who spent 25 years in prison for a killing he didn’t commit resigned Tuesday as he awaits trial over whether he concealed evidence as a district attorney in the 1980s.

State District Judge Ken Anderson wrote in a one-sentence letter to Gov. Rick Perry that he was stepping down immediately from his Williamson County court. He did not give a reason.

Eric Nichols, an attorney for Anderson, did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.

Before Perry appointed him as a judge in 2002, Anderson was the district attorney in Williamson County and prosecuted Michael Morton in 1987 for murder in his wife’s slaying. Morton always proclaimed his innocence, and he was exonerated in 2011 based on DNA evidence.

In April, a special court of inquiry determined that Anderson intentionally concealed evidence favorable to Morton’s defense. A former U.S. attorney is now leading the prosecution against Morton on charges of criminal contempt of court, tampering with evidence and tampering with government records.

A trial date has not been set. If convicted, Anderson could face 10 years in prison. Continue reading

Underground Vegas estate lets you weather the apocalypse

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Even on the eclectic list of underground homes on the market (like a converted missile silo or a $53 million six-story hacienda), this Las Vegas bunker is unique.

Built during the Cold War, when being vaporized by Russian nukes was an imminent fear of many Americans, the subterranean palace is pure 1970s-era luxury. Click here or on the images to go to a slideshow; scroll down for a video tour.

The late Girard “Jerry” G. Henderson, an entrepreneur who had an interest in technology and a strong desire to protect his family from the atom bomb, spent millions creating the perfect nuclear hideaway. Now his 16,000-square-foot underground house, situated in southeast Las Vegas at 3970 Spencer St., is on the market. (Click here to go to the listing.) Continue reading

Obama: World ‘More Stable Than It Was 5 Years Ago’

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by Susan Jones, CNSnews:

In his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Barack Obama told the assembled leaders, “The world is more stable than it was five years ago.”

He also claimed that al Qaeda does not have the capacity to carry out attacks like the one on 9-11,  but it “does pose serious threats.”

Partly as a result of the U.S winding down two wars — and because of U.S. cooperation with its allies and partners — “the world is more stable than it was five years ago,” but “dangers remain,” the president said.

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He then mentioned the massacre at a Kenyan shopping mall and the massacre of Christians in Pakistan, both the result of terrorism; and the killings and car bombs that “continue to be a terrible part of life” in Iraq.

Obama noted that al Qaeda has “splintered into regional networks and militias…

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20 Ordinary Americans Talk About The Economic Despair That Is Growing Like A Cancer All Around Them

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By Michael Snyder

There are hundreds of formerly prosperous communities all over America that are being steadily transformed into rotting, decaying hellholes.  The good paying middle class jobs that once supported those communities are long gone, and they have been replaced with low paying service jobs if they have been replaced at all.  When you visit those communities, it is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of the air.  It can be absolutely heartbreaking to look into the hollow eyes of someone that has totally given in to despair, but unfortunately the number of Americans that are giving up on the economy continues to grow.  Today, the labor participation rate is the lowest that it has been in 35 years, and more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program.  It is easy to say that they should just…

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Skip the E-Mails and go to Nevada Health Link, you’ll feel better in the morning

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DoctorThe Reno Gazette Journal, attempts to set the record straight on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in regard to some of the (let’s guess e-mail, RW radio) blathering:

Short question: Will there be forced home inspections under the Affordable Care Act?  Short answer: No. The law provides grants for state home-visiting programs for expectant and new parents. The programs are voluntary and participants can opt out any time. [RGJ]

We can file that into the Really Big Scare Tactics To Make People Very Very Afraid — Terrified, I Say — of the Affordable Care Act bin, perpetrated by the Republicans and their allies in the Club For Growth.

And, no, the “navigators” — individuals trained to help people who don’t have health insurance find a policy on offer in their state health insurance exchange — aren’t going to put your personal information in peril…

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Clark County Schools Confirm Record Enrollment

CBS Las Vegas

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — There are nearly 13,000 more students in Nevada’s public school system this year than in 2012.

According to the Department of Education, statewide enrollment totals 452,220. 

That’s the official count taken on Sept. 20 and represents a 3 percent increase, the largest since 2006.

Clark County by far has the most pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade, with enrollment at 314,956.

Washoe County recorded 62,967 students.

About 16,000 students attend charter schools.

State Superintendent Dale Erquiaga says statewide enrollment has grown every year since 2003, with one exception. In 2009, at the height of the recession, enrollment fell by 770 students.

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Whittemore Wants Sentencing Hearing

CBS Las Vegas

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Lawyers for former Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore are asking a federal judge for an evidentiary hearing before his sentencing next week to prove why he only deserves probation, not four years in prison for
breaking campaign contribution laws.

Prosecutors say failure to put the wealthy developer behind bars would fuel the “growing public cynicism” that the political process is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful.

U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden says in documents filed in federal court in Reno on Monday that sending Whittemore to prison would help counter that cynicism and reaffirm the serious nature of campaign finance crimes like those Whittemore committed when he funneled more than $130,000 to Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election campaign in 2007.

Whittemore’s scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 30 on three felony convictions.

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Amodei’s Magical List

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AmodeiRepresentative Mark Amodei (R-NV2), ever faithful to his corporate masters, and ever ready to follow the lead of that (not-quite-so) compassionate leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), would have us believe the 112th Congress passed “27 bipartisan jobs bills” [Amodei] and more in the 113th, yielding some 40 “jobs bills.”   These are sadly jammed in that Upper Chamber of Horrors, a Democratically controlled Senate — well, maybe not too sad. Let’s dig deeper into Representative Amodei’s sequaceous sycophancy.

Representative Cantor helpfully provides a web site to list all these wonderful measures intended to “empower” small business owners from sea to shining sea.  Uh, not quite.

There is a huge chunk of House passed measures which is nothing more than a further gallop down the  DEREGULATION Trail.   That led to such wonderful results with regard to the American financial sector as of 2008 — we should want more of…

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Nevada’s Mental Health Services: Choose between safety and services?

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Nevada Legislature BuildingInteresting thing:  There are politicians among us who never tire of telling their audiences how important it is to Cut Taxes.  How important it is to curb government spending. How important it is to put more ‘bureaucrats’ off the public trough and out to pasture.  Until reality kicks in.

So Nevada pared its budgets down, and left positions unfilled in various parts of government… until the Sacramento Bee published this on page A1, April 14, 2013:

“In recent years, as Nevada has slashed funding for mental health services, the number of mentally ill patients being bused out of southern Nevada has steadily risen, growing 66 percent from 2009 to 2012. During that same period, the hospital has dispersed those patients to an ever-increasing number of states.

By last year, Rawson-Neal bused out patients at a pace of well over one per day, shipping nearly 400 patients to a total of…

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Amodei Just Can’t Seem To Stop Himself

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Amodei RedactedRepresentative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) is positively jubilant over his vote to shut down the government of these United States of America unless the President dismantles the Affordable Care Act.

“Today the House did its job. It passed a bill to control spending, prevent a government shutdown, and protect Americans from the higher premiums, limited choices, and job-destruction caused by  the ACA,” said Amodei. “It is now the Senate’s turn to act. The coming 10 days will give the American people a clear view on who stands with the middle class, small business owners, and  seniors, among others, in opposition to the implementation of the ACA and ongoing fiscal practices that undermine the economy.”  [Amodei Press Release]

Control spending?  How often do we need to look at the following graphic from Forbes magazine before Representative Amodei gets the message?

Slowest Spending in Decades

Protect American from higher premiums?  The Kaiser Family Foundation

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What the Heck? SNAP go his arguments

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Joe HeckWe can update statistics on the SNAP (food stamp) program in Nevada by referring to the Caseload Summary of the DWSS, (pdf).  For FY 2012 there were 187,896 adults and 163,969 children receiving SNAP benefits. Of these, 143,115 adults and 124,890 children lived in Clark County, and 24,834 adults and 21,672 children lived in Washoe County. (p.45)  In sum there were  351,865 receiving food assistance.

The average value of the benefits statewide per case in FY 2012 was $258.56, per month, and per person averaged to $122.70. [DWSSpdf]

And, yes there are more people participating in the SNAP program in Nevada, as indicated by the following chart:

NV SNAP participation per 1000

This trend is in line with the employment (unemployment) trends in Nevada since FY 2003.   Nevada’s highest unemployment rate was 14.0% in October 2010, and was lowest (3.8%) in April, 2000.  [BLS] Nevada’s current unemployment rate of 9.5% earns…

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Dry Nevada Seeing Green In Indoor Farming

CBS Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State officials are starting to see green in the brown deserts of Nevada.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has been working to develop the state’s indoor agriculture industry as a way to capture some of the $2 billion annually that’s spent on food out of state.

Farming in the desert calls for creative techniques such as hydroponics, which involves growing plants in water, and aeroponics, which involves misting the roots of plants while they’re suspended in the air.

The industry is still small in southern Nevada, but economic development officials say they’re in talks with 10 businesses considering building, expanding or relocating in the state.

Officials say Las Vegas’ reputation as a culinary capital is a draw for businesses, with farmers hoping to win valuable endorsements from celebrity chefs.

 

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New Jersey May have a Couple Benefits compared to Nevada

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When you set New Jersey and Nevada side by side and compare the two online gambling laws, both states have their pros and cons as illustrated by information gathered by “Casinowebscripts”. For the most part, Nevada seems like it would be the easier of the two to break into, but for some people New Jersey is clearly the more desirable option.

One reason that many companies won’t be dealing with Nevada is the bad actor clause. This clause forbids any casinos that were open after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act went into effect.

Another reason that New Jersey may be more preferable is that it has a much larger population which means that the casinos would get more visitors even if the state decided not to work with any other states.

However there are plenty of downsides, such as the tax rate that is more than double…

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Kids too close to wild horses

Tuesday's Horse

Cross-posted from KOLO-TV, Channel 8, Reno

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RENO, NV — After a report earlier this week of a 20-month-old kicked in the head by a wild horse near Damonte Ranch, the Nevada Department of Agriculture is reminding families to keep a safe distance. A KOLO 8 viewer shared cell phone video she captured of a young girl wandering through a herd of horses near Rattlesnake Mountain. As the video shows, the girl wanders into one animal’s blind spot, and is kicked. It was reported to authorities who did a welfare check and found the girl was not seriously injured. Still, it’s something horse advocates say they see too often.

“We don’t want to see anybody get hurt because of reckless behavior, either intentionally or unintentionally,” says Shannon Windel of Hidden Valley Horse Protection Fund. She says the horses are a gift to our…

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2 Men To Stand Trial In Mormon Missionary Robbery

CBS Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two men accused of posing as Mormon missionaries and saying they wanted to talk about religion before pistol-whipping and robbing a Las Vegas man in his home have been ordered to stand trial.

Las Vegas Township Judge Janiece Marshall ruled Friday there was sufficient evidence to try 25-year-old Robert Estall and 28-year-old Abraham Austin Jr. in Clark County District Court.

The men are accused of dressing as Mormon missionaries and knocking on Terence Delucia’s door on June 27 before muscling their way into the home and committing the robbery. They’re charged with robbery, kidnapping, battery and burglary.

The men made off with about $3,000 in cash and an ounce of marijuana.

Defense attorneys called no witnesses during the preliminary hearing that ended Friday.

The men are scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 24 in district court.

 

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Blast From the Not So Distant Past

Noelle Garcia Professional

It has been a few months since Lust in the Dust was released. The book was a collection of comics about prosititution in Nevada and boasted some very skilled artists. Recently Robert Crumb offered some brief but to the point criticisms of Lust in the Dust in a handwritten letter to Lust producer Mike Ogilvie. Check out the handwritten letter below. I highlighted the section that discusses my work- I know I am totally bragging, but hey, it’s Crumb!

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