The city’s website does not recap how the board voted after each meeting.

Opinion: Yay and Nay votes require study

Submitted by editor on Tue, 10/22/2013 – 7:08am

The city’s website does not recap how the board voted after each meeting. To learn how I vote on an item, you must watch or attend the meeting. I try to explain and ask questions before each vote so the public can better understand the process for my decision.

Since I took office, I have pulled many Consent Agenda items that will cost tax payers money for discussion prior to any approval. I believe not asking questions and not having public discussion about spending taxpayer money is wrong.

Today we have a $30 million bond debt to repair an aging sewer and water facility. It should have had been maintained throughout the years with smaller increases in service fees, rather than the recent enormous increase we just incurred.

Financially I believe we need to do better and having only a legislative mandatory reserve can no longer be the accepted way of doing city business. Looming city employee labor agreements could quite possibly erase any increase we have achieved in our tax revenue. We have almost capped out on the taxes we can raise and only the 1/8% sales tax remains to carry us through an emergency. The use of this tax does not require a taxpayer vote, just the board’s approval.

We currently have a $1 million shortage in our street and repair fund. It would be illogical at this time to use of the 1/8% sales tax on revitalizing our City corridors.

Supervisors make decisions that can have long-term effects on every taxpayer; therefore each agenda item should be vetted by the entire Board. I take my elected position seriously and lament that I have only a few days to thoroughly review my board meeting packet. Why isn’t the theory of “haste makes waste”, applied? Sorry, another question.

Each yea or nay vote I cast is done with much thought and study, numerous questions and always with you, the taxpayer, in mind.

We are embarking on a new direction in our city and selection of the right city manager is paramount for a bright and bountiful future. This process will take time and a sense of urgency to begin is not likely to backfire.

I continue to urge all Carson City residents and business owners to contact your elected officials with questions, comments and concerns. As I, will continue to ask questions of city staff and my fellow board members, it’s the best way I know how to get answers for my constituents.

Jim Shirk
Carson City Board of Supervisor, Ward 4

EDITORIAL: The party’s over



The country’s two major political parties are dirty words to a growing number of voters across the political spectrum. And the more elected Republicans and Democrats put themselves and their parties before their constituents and their country, the more voter backlash can be expected.

One symptom of that unhappiness: the creation of new political parties. Last week, the secretary of state’s office announced the Constitution Party of Nevada had filed the necessary paperwork to be recognized. As reported Monday by the Review-Journal’s Ed Vogel, the Constitution Party advocates limited government. To place candidates on next year’s ballot, the party must collect more than 10,000 signatures.

By next year, that might prove to be an easy task. Recent registration statistics show voters increasingly moving away from the major parties.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria reports that from Jan. 1 through Tuesday, 1,273 registered voters changed their party affiliation from Democrat to nonpartisan, and that 1,411 switched from Republican to nonpartisan, easily the top two party switches of the year so far.

According to the secretary of state, 2,617 new voters registered last month, and the vast majority of them shunned the major parties. Democrats registered 671, while Republicans registered a dismal total of 224. Nonpartisan status, on the other hand, attracted 1,146 voters, and minor parties logged almost 600 new voters. Statewide, nonpartisan and minor-party voters now number more than 300,000, or about a quarter of active registered voters. That’s up from last year’s election.

With the 2014 general election less than a year away, the major parties should be mindful their appeal is wearing thin.

LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE & Nevada Judicial Watch help spread the word about the rampant Nevada Judicial CORRUPTION

LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE- EDITOR’S NOTE — We are using this space as a gift to our readers and to the community at large that is not yet into social media. And because we are now entering into a political year, it is also a gift to those who do not follow politics too well and to those who are not especially well educated in politics — such as those who just recently started paying attention to the political arena — and to those many seniors who may be used to a different type of politics. It is very important to us that we educate the community on the whys and wherefores of voting and that is why we have obtained permission to use the following article from the Nevada Judicial Watch, and we thank them for the opportunity to share this piece with our readers.




By Lisa Willardson
Nevada Judicial Watch, 
Special to the Las Vegas Tribune

Steven Jones Consistent InconsistencyWe have all heard the expression “hit or miss”,  It can be applied to outcomes in many aspects of our lives; in fact, when it comes to sporting events, it is not only a critical component of the game, but adds a note of excitement to the game as well. Such an expression, however, has no place in our judicial system because there is nothing entertaining or comforting about “hit or miss” justice.

Our judicial system, by design, is supposed to exclude outside influences so that all rulings are made in accordance with the facts and law of each given case. However, it is easy to see that the system is flawed. For the most part, our judges take the bench through politics. The “Halls of Justice” and the walls of the judicial chambers are oftentimes as effective at keeping out politics and public opinion when it comes to reaching a decision as a screen door is at holding back water. As such, even when the law and facts clearly
mandate a particular result, judges all too often allow other considerations to dictate a contrary ruling. Of particular concern at the moment is a case that was recently argued before the Nevada Supreme Court. Exposed was the outrageous practices
of the Commission on Judicial Discipline. This Commission declared that they do not recognize the due process rights expressly given to each and to every judge in the State of Nevada as law! The Commission admitted that they are violating the due process rights of District Court Judge Steven Jones. There is proof they have not followed the law. There is proof they have not followed the mandated rules and procedures. Their request was simply to be allowed to continue with their unlawful and unauthorized persecution, indicating that after they are finished, the Supreme Court could remedy any and all wrongs
they might inflict. They should not — they must not — allow this to continue. They need to be stopped now!
It is certainly fair to say that if any sitting Supreme Court Justice was the subject of the daily and irreparable harm inflicted by a Commission that is operating outside the law, they would not deem an appeal to be a timely and adequate remedy.
The rights that Judge Jones is fighting for are not only for himself, but for every judge in this state, both sitting and future  jurists.

NJW is hopeful that the magnitude of this case does not escape the Court and that their decision is actually based on the law… not on politics. Judicial decisions, when based on the law, are predictable and preserve justice. When politics permeate the process, fair and just decisions have as much predictability as a blind-folded child swinging at a moving pinata. This cannot be tolerated. When we recognize judges that do not follow the law and allow themselves to be persuaded
inappropriately, we have no option but to replace them. After all, elections are hit and miss.

Sign the petition to The Chief Judge of Eighth Judicial Family Court Clark County, Nevada and the Nevada Supreme Court


“Please sign this petition to help save another family grief from what one family suffered at the hands of this corrupt Judge. Every signature makes a difference. It is time we take back our rights and control over our family courts. Do not let our children suffer at the hands of a stranger who is incompetent to be a Judge.”

This will help bring awareness to just one of the many corrupt and biased judges in the Clark County Eighth Judicial Family Court.  So many families are affected by the decisions family court judges make and when a judge is biased, prejudiced, and…See More

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Hilarious Lawyer Offers $1,000 Scholarship to Stay Away from Law

By William Peacock, Esq. on November 5, 2013 2:57 PM

What’s the biggest regret of my life? That’s a tough one.

However, it wasn’t the decision to go to law school. Most of my student loan debt was from University of California at Davis. (Got to pay off the pepper-spraying cops somehow, right?) But for many regretful recent law grads, they’ll all scream in unison to pre-law students: STAY THE [EXPLETIVE] AWAY! Continue reading

From the book One Thousand Showers: A University Immersed in a Culture of Retaliation and an Avalanche of Lies

Nevada crime scene

Nevada crime scene

In 2012, Ty Robben, a Nevada citizen, led lawful and peaceful protests against corruption in Nevada’s Attorney General’s Office and judiciary. After several high profile demonstrations – with the “World’s Largest Crime Scene Banner” at 4 ft tall x 150 ft long on display – in front of the AG’s Office and the courthouse spurred significant media coverage, he was arrested on a trumped up misdemeanor assault charge. He spent a total of 22 days in jail – eight in solitary confinement – and nearly another month under house arrest with an ankle monitor. The judge who signed the arrest warrant was Judge John Tatro, the same judge who Ty had attempted to disqualify from his civil case due to judicial bias.  The assault charge was eventually dropped.
In December 2012, Judge Tatro woke up to the sound of gunfire at his home around 4:30 am. Two shots entered the front door, passed through the living room, and exited through a sliding glass door. Ty Robben was questioned and immediately cleared. There has been no reported arrest to date but the police reviewed the judge’s court calendar in search of suspects. This incident followed the highly publicized June 2006 shooting of Judge Chuck Weller. Judge Weller was shot in the chest through the window of his third-floor courthouse office in Reno, Nevada, by a sniper in the parking garage across the street. The sniper, Darren Mack, had appeared before Judge Weller in Mack’s divorce case. Both Judge Tatro and Judge Weller had less than stellar reputations for rendering honest decisions in cases that came before them.
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In previous chapters I’ve cited some examples of the questionable actions of judicial officers I encountered and hinted at the impropriety of other judges and of the entire judicial system in which they function. It would be beneficial for you, the reader, to have an in-depth overview of the State of Nevada judicial system – aside from my specific case. It will provide the proper backdrop for what I was up against in my encounter with Nevada justice and will bring the blatant incompetence and corruption of the judges and courts in Nevada into proper perspective. The Ty Robben’s story is stunning, disturbing, and incomprehensible. It is also demonstrative of the lawlessness that exists in the state of Nevada, where the most fundamental constitutional rights are not recognized. In preparing for this and the next chapter, I have referenced the reports of reputable news reporters and the reports of legal experts and opinion makers all of which have been made public through the print and online media. The documented behavior of several Nevada judges during the course of their careers is relevant when assessing the Nevada judicial system as a whole. I was unfortunate enough to have my own personal experience with one of the judges highlighted in these reports.
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In an extensive three-part series published in the Los Angeles Times in June 2006, entitled “JUICE VS. JUSTICE | A Times Investigation: In Las Vegas, They’re Playing with a Stacked Judicial Deck,” Los Angeles Times reporters Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel wrote in great detail about the questionable, even illegal, behavior of a number of Nevada judges. If the title wasn’t enough to draw a picture for their readers, the reporters included this provocative statement as a subtitle:

Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates – and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers.

One Thousand Showers: A University Immersed in a Culture of Retaliation and an Avalanche of Lies
by Terri Patraw (Author) , Kathleen Keithley (Contributor)
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About the Author

TERRI PATRAW established herself as one of the top Division I coaches and recruiters in the NCAA. She built two highly successful Division I soccer programs at Arizona State University and the University of Nevada. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration. KATHLEEN KEITHLEY is a professional author and screenwriter. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

This book was easy to read and laid out nicely.


Amazingly, the media also fails in doing its job in ferreting out and reporting the truth.

A Thinking Man

I was blown away by this story and what this woman had to endure.

Shannon E.

Civil War Cannonball behind Carson City bomb squad call

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A Carson City resident learned he might be in possession of a live and potentially dangerous Civil War cannonball when he tried to sell it at a garage sale.  Todd Moss, Commander with the Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad said, ” The resident was told by someone with expertise this cannonball might be dangerous so I believe he took some pictures of it and showed a local gun dealer who told him to call the Sheriff’s Department or get rid of it.”  

The cannonball still had a brass plate intact where gunpowder is poured inside to make it explode.  The bomb squad X-ray machine could not penetrate the cannonball’s thick steel walls to determine if gunpowder was still inside and authorities say it is too dangerous to try and remove the plate.  Because it is a military munition, another bomb squad with the Fallon Naval Air Station was called in to remove the cannonball.  More tests will be done at Fallon NAS to determine if the cannonball is inert or still dangerous.  If it’s deemed inert, it will be returned to the owner.  If not, it will be disposed of by the Fallon NAS bomb squad. 

The confederate cannonball not only managed to survive the Civil War, but some pretty hard modern day knocks.  Moss said, “This gentleman said that it had been used to hold the door open, had fallen off a mantle five feet onto a concrete floor, so several things happened that could have been potentially bad here.”   Continue reading

Jeremiah Bean requests speedy trial, pleads not-guilty for third time

Reported by: Ashley Cullins

YERINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & — It’s a story that shocked northern Nevada. Five people were murdered within days of each other in Fernley and near the Mustang exit of Interstate 80. The man who is behind bars for the crimes was expected to plead guilty, but he wants to face a jury. Continue reading


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1.First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
2.First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
3.First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
4.First President to violate the War Powers Act.
5.First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
6.First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
7.First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party, a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
8.First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
9.First President to recommend changing our National Anthem as it portrays and promotes violence and is warlike in its theme.

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Gov. Sandoval cancels speech to Washoe GOP due to comments about women

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has canceled a fundraising appearance for Washoe County Republicans after the party chairman and other leaders suggested women in the workplace have contributed to social ills.

The Las Vegas Sun ( ) on Monday reported the Republican governor has backed out of the Nov. 18 fundraiser because of the comments that could be deemed offensive to women. Continue reading

Assembly Republican Caucus, Assemblyman Jim Wheeler was officially reprimanded after his remarks about slavery

ImageAfter a Sunday night meeting with the Assembly Republican Caucus, Assemblyman Jim Wheeler was officially reprimanded after his remarks about what he’d vote for sparked controversy last week.

“The Assembly Republican Caucus hereby reprimands Assemblyman Jim Wheeler for his offensive comments regarding slavery, and the relationship between Northern and Southern Nevada,” according to a release issued by the caucus this morning. “His comments were divisive and do not reflect the Republican values of the Caucus, and we wholeheartedly repudiate them in their totality.”

At an August Storey County Republican Central Committee meeting, Wheeler said that if his constituents wanted him to, he would vote for slavery. Continue reading

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

ImageWASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Heller announced his support for the measure on Monday morning, just hours before a critical vote in the Senate. The senator said in a statement on his website that supporting the bill is the right thing to do and discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Heller’s support gives proponents the 60 votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation. All 55 members of the Democratic majority back the bill, as do Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Senate leaders hope to complete work on the bill by week’s end.

Nevada Politics: a dirty game for men and women


When Nevada’s first female congresswoman, Barbara Vucanovich, ran for re-election in 1992, her male opponent called her an “old bag.” Another male foe once falsely accused the conservative Republican of accepting mafia money to fund her campaign.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones remembers her 1994 Democratic primary race against then-Gov. Bob Miller as her toughest campaign. She was criticized on a personal level, she said, for everything from wearing skirts critics said were too short to crying at a debate.

In modern politics, a contact sport, male candidates don’t pull punches, especially in highly competitive races against female candidates. That’s one reason Democratic congressional candidate Erin Bilbray caused some head-scratching when she complained recently that Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., wasn’t acting “gentle­manly” by calling her a “liberal activist, fundraiser and spin doctor” on the day she announced she would challenge him.

Bilbray said such negative talk and campaign attacks discourage women from running. But Jones and other female candidates say women should expect harsh treatment. Continue reading

Pros, cons of Las Vegas hosting 2016 GOP National Convention


CARSON CITY — Bringing the Republican National Convention to Las Vegas in 2016 might generate some valuable but intangible benefits by giving Nevadans a national stage to show the rest of the country that they go to church, shop for groceries and play with their kids just like everyone else.

A Florida official who helped bring the 2012 Republican National Convention to Tampa Bay pointed to such intangibles after the event:

“Tampa Bay took center stage this week for an event that captured the international spotlight, and Tampa Bay was showcased like never before,” said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. “I know without a doubt that we have left a lasting impression in the minds of those who have visited, and I am certain they will leave wanting to come back again and again.”

Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, who is chairman of the Nevada Host Committee, said the opportunity to host the convention is a chance to “put Las Vegas and Nevada on the world map like never before.” Continue reading

OPINION: Accountability and failure by Nevada’s employment department

By Miriam W. Hodgman


Upon an unceremonious termination from employment with Nevada-based company August 14, I began a torturous application process for unemployment benefits, ultimately failing to obtain them. This article is opportunity to shed light on the impact the State of Nevada’s software upgrade debacle had on me, not to mention the lives of tens of thousands of Nevadans receiving or (like me) filing for unemployment. My story begins with my decision, which some have called foolish, to relocate to Nevada from California. The experience has not soured my appreciation of Nevada, whose topography and history is well worth exploring. Continue reading