A new study suggests that cannabinoids may play a crucial role in helping with stimulant addiction.
?A growing number of studies support a critical role of the ECBS and its modulation by synthetic or natural cannabinoids in various neurobiological and behavioral aspects of stimulants addiction. Thus, cannabinoids modulate brain reward systems closely involved in stimulants addiction, and provide further evidence that the cannabinoid system could be explored as a potential drug discovery target for treating addiction across different classes of stimulants.? ? US Natural Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 
In a study published by the ?National Institute of Health,? researchers discovered cannabinoids affect the brain?s reward system, which includes the components of an individual?s brain responsible for determining their behavior displayed and the amount of pleasure they feel in response to a substance, in a manner similar to that of stimulants. Evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid…
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Occult Message in Speech by Christine Lagarde of IMF ?7? references: 1:22 ? ?Now I?m going to test your numerology skills by asking you to think about the magic seven? 1:34 ? ?Most of you will know that seven is quite a number 2:24 ? ?2014, you drop
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My family comes from Fontanarosa, a small town about 1 hour east of Naples, Italy. They settled first in New York, but now those of us who remain reside…
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Building the Infrastructure of Opportunity for Latinos in Nevada
Latinos in the Intermountain West were hit hard by the Great Recession and have had more difficulty recovering economically than non-Latinos. To improve economic resiliency, states need to develop an infrastructure of opportunity, according to The State of Latinos in the Intermountain West, a new report authored by the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities. Key elements of the infrastructure of opportunity include access to quality education, effective training and job development, health care, and capital.
“We found that outcomes for Latinos in the areas of education, economic well-being, and business development often lag behind non-Latinos throughout the Intermountain West,” said Dr. Nancy E. Brune, Executive Director of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities. “Nevada’s Latinos often fare worse than Latinos in other states in the region. We have developed some policy guidance for policymakers in the areas of education…
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RNC Hires Hispanic State Directors and Hispanic Field Directors in Southwest
In an ongoing effort to strengthen the Republican Party’s relationships in Hispanic communities across the country, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is announced its Deputy Director of Hispanic Initiatives as well as its second wave of Hispanic engagement staff hires in four Southwest states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. The engagement staff is part of the RNC’s unparalleled commitment to engage voters year-round to build a permanent foundation for future campaigns. Over the past year, the Hispanic engagement team has attended over 600 events and reached over 150,000 Hispanics across the country.
The new set of hires joins a growing Hispanic field team that is part of larger engagement effort which is active in 19 states.
“Today’s announcement strengthens our unprecedented efforts to ensure the Republican message of ‘opportunity for all’ reaches every voter,” said RNC Chairman Reince…
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Located just an hour from the center of the strip towards Laughlin, NV, Nelson’s Landing is the ideal place to rest and relax. Water temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees even in the dead of summer. One thing to note is that temperatures can be a lot hotter than in the city. My buddy and I departed Las Vegas at 10:00a and the temperature was 97 degrees. By the time we parked the car at Nelson’s Landing, the car was reading 108 degrees.
Driving to Nelson’s Landing, you will pass Techatticup Mine located in Eldorado Canyon. Here you will find old relics, including an array of old cars, homes and also planes. It’s definitely worth a stop and take a look. They also have mini tours available.
To get to Nelson’s Landing, you would need to get to the 93/95 South heading toward Boulder City. Right before you hit Boulder City…
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Those on both sides of a case challenging Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban will soon be able to make brief arguments before a federal appeals court.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed a combined 20 minutes for both sides to make oral arguments in the case.
Also considered by the same court are cases channeging the same-sex marriage bans in Hawaii and Idaho.
Lambda Legal is challenging the ban on same-sex couples marrying on behalf of eight couples who wish to marry in Nevada.
The Coailition for the Protection of Marriage is protecting the ban.
Judge Robert C Jones in 2012 upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, which led the case to appeal.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is no longer defending the ban, and has said he will stand by any court ruling on the matter.
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Scientists have added a new planet to their Habitable Exoplanets Catalog, Gliese 832c, which orbits a nearby red dwarf star, receives the same average energy from its sun as Earth does – potentially making it the most Earth-like planet yet.
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A little boy referred to in case studies as “Sam,” showed convincing evidence that he is the reincarnation of his grandfather. Sam was 18 months old when his father was changing his diaper. Sam told his father, “When I was your age, I used to change your diaper.”
Dr. Jim B. Tucker at the Psychiatric Department of the University of Virginia explained Sam’s story in a video posted on the university website. Tucker has explored 2,500 cases of children remembering their past lives.
He explained that Sam made some startling statements while looking at an old photo album.
Sam was 4 years old when his grandmother died. His father brought an old photo album home from her house when he cleaned it out. To Sam’s parents’ knowledge, Sam had never seen a photo of his grandfather.
When they were looking through the album, Sam…
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Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad?s Nisour Square in 2007, The NY Times reports that the State Department began investigating the security contractor?s operations in Iraq. However, as James Risen reports, a senior official of the notorious private security firm allegedly threatened to kill a government investigator leading the probe into the firm?s Iraqi operation. Stunningly (or not), the US embassy sided with him and forced the inspector to cut the visit short.
As The Times reports, based on documents which were turned over to plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Blackwater… According to the documents, the investigators found numerous violations, including changing of security details without the State Department?s approval, reducing the number of guard details and storing of automatic weapons and ammunition in Blackwater employees? private rooms.
There were also discipline problems, with guards having parties with heavy drinking and female…
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Apple is moving forward on the next phase of its data center project in Northern Nevada with the planned addition of four more facilities at its Reno Technology Park complex. Washoe County records show that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company submitted permit applications this year for four new data cluster buildings. The facilities will be built within 25 feet of Apple’s current structures at the technology park and will total about 103,000 square feet combined, said Don Jeppson, Washoe County building official. …
Apple has provided the first look inside its data centers in a series of media interviews designed to promote its use of green energy, including a short …
Why Reno, Nevada (not Arizona) is likely to land Tesla’s $5B gigafactory
Northern Nevada is the front runner to landTesla Motors’ $5 billion electric battery factory, though the California automaker is still talking to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico officials about incentive packages for the 1,000-acre site selection.
Multiple business and political sources in the Phoenix area say the Reno area in northern Nevada is the odds-on favorite to land the Tesla plant, which would encompass as much as 10 million square feet and employ 6,500 workers. Those officials asked not to be identified.
One real estate executive said Tesla may already be talking to Nevada officials about permits, zoning and land-use aspects of the gigafactory. The executive — who also asked not to be identified — said that is not happening in the other Southwestern states in contention.
One possible Nevada location for Tesla is the 5,000-acre Reno-Stead Airport. The airport has 3,000 acres available for development, a rail spur option and sits 15 miles north of Reno. It is the site of a former U.S. Air Force base.
Tesla needs plenty of land and railroad access for the plant, which will be powered by an adjacent solar and renewable energy field.
The Reno area has the advantage of being on the railroad to Tesla’s Fremont, Calif. assembly plant, and it’s closer than other sites under consideration — including ones in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.
Tesla officials did not respond to requests for comment nor did Reno-area economic developers.
The site selection process comes as Arizona, Texas and other U.S. states consider whether to allow Tesla to sell their high-priced electric cars directly to consumers — not through dealerships. Car dealerships are battling Tesla at a number state capitals, including Phoenix.
Jimmy Hamilton, one of Tesla’s lobbyists at the Arizona Legislature, said lawmakers’ eyes are on finalizing the state budget right now and then perhaps there could be some movement on legislation, House Bill 2123, to allow Tesla sell directly to consumers in Arizona.
Hamilton said the sales rules are not part of Tesla’s site-selection decision where to land the plant.
“It’s sole and separate,” Hamilton said.
Bobbi Sparrow, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association, is also waiting to see what the Legislature does with the Tesla bill after the budget is completed. Sparrow said sales rules have also been a backdrop in Texas, which is contending for the plant and is considering dealership changes. “They are definitely using it in other states,” said Sparrow.
When asked about Arizona’s odds of landing the Tesla plant, Sparrow said “zero.”
Greater Phoenix Economic Council spokeswoman Michelle Kauk declined comment on Tesla . Officials at the Arizona Commerce Authority did not respond to a request for comment.
The Arizona Legislature is considering some tax break bills this session that will help AppleInc.’s new manufacturing plant in Mesa. Those tax breaks for renewable energy used at manufacturing plants and equipment write-offs for companies already receiving a lower 5 percent property tax rate are geared toward Apple, but could also benefit Tesla. Apple also has a large data center in Reno.
While Nevada has a proximity advantage to Tesla’s Bay Area factory and could also offer tax breaks to Tesla, Texas and New Mexico could also offer big incentives to land the plant. Texas has used big incentives to grab automakers and technology companies.
Tesla’s search efforts in the Valley have focused on farther-out suburban locations — such as Buckeye and Pinal County — with plenty of land and direct access to the railroads. Local and regional economic developers also declined comment. Companies such as Tesla and Apple often require interested parties, business recruiters and elected officials to sign non-disclosure agreements not to talk about projects.
Jim Dinkle, executive director of Access Arizona, a Pinal County economic development group, also declined comment on Tesla landing in Casa Grande or Picacho Peak — both of which sit on a Union Pacific railroad line.
“No comment other than to say that Pinal County would welcome Tesla and that it makes sense they would want to be along the Union Pacific mainline to the Port of Long Beach, at the intersection of Interstates 8 and 10 and equidistant between Phoenix and Tucson,” Dinkle said.
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RENO, Nev. — Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, mustang advocates say the wild horse is on the verge of going extinct in North America for the second time in 13,000 years and deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act alongside grizzly bears, the desert tortoise and humpback whales.
Efforts to halt mustang roundups in Congress and the courts have been unsuccessful over the past decade, but two groups in a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service are focusing on genetics and research they say prove the horses are a native species. They say growing threats from development, livestock grazing and government gathers are jeopardizing the genetic viability of individual herds in 10 states from California to Montana.
“Nothing else is working. This is a different avenue,” said Michael Harris, a lawyer for Friends of Animals, a nonprofit animal rights group that filed the petition with the Colorado-based horse group, The Cloud Foundation.
The petition states mustang habitat has shrunk 40 percent since President Richard Nixon signed the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act into law in 1971. It advances an argument that the Bureau of Land Management long has rejected — that the wild horse is a native species that only temporarily went extinct on the continent 11,000 to 13,000 years ago before Spanish conquistadors reintroduced it to North America in the 1500s.
The call for protection comes as BLM insists the public rangeland — much of it in the throes of drought — is being degraded by an overpopulation of nearly 50,000 horses and burros, about half of them in Nevada.
The petition accuses the agency of undermining U.S. law protecting mustangs by abusing its authority to order roundups based on a determination that the herds are in “excess” to further the agency’s interest in minimizing competition with wildlife, cattle and sheep.
While BLM estimates 49,208 horses and burros are on the range, the petition says none of the isolated herds number anywhere near the 2,500 most biologists consider necessary to keep a distinct species viable. About three-fourths have fewer than 150 horses, it said.
Harris, legal director of the wildlife program at Friends of Animals, admits it may be tough to sell the public on the idea the mustangs are endangered given there are thousands in Nevada alone.
“But I don’t think it will be a hard sell at all to the biologists at the Fish and Wildlife Service who examine the question of genetic viability over and over when it comes to endangered species,” he told The Associated Press on Friday.
The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and the Public Lands Council are among those arguing the petition is invalid because the horses aren’t native to North America. They say protection afforded mustangs under the Wild Horse and Burro Act is undercut by BLM’s failure to keep herd sizes in check.
“The federal government is buckling to pressures from the misguided special interest groups that don’t want to see ‘wild’ horses brought off the range,” said Dustin Van Liew, executive director of the council tied to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Listing wild horses under the ESA — which is meant for wildlife, not domesticated, non-native animals — would only serve as another demonstration of just how damaging that statute is.”
BLM spokeswoman Celia Boddington said Friday that the agency hasn’t changed its longstanding position that today’s American wild horses are not “native.”
“American wild horses are descended from domestic horses, some of which were brought over by European explorers in the late 15th and 16th centuries, plus others that were released or escaped captivity in modern times,” BLM’s web site states.
The petition filed June 11 points to recent research concluding that the modern horse — genus Equus — originated in North America 3 million to 4 million years ago, spread to Eurasia by crossing the Bering land bridge 2 to 3 million years ago and became extinct in North America no longer than 13,000 years ago.
It cites the work of Jay F. Kirkpatrick, a leader in horse reproduction research who directs ZooMontana’s Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana.
“It is native to North America,” Kirkpatrick said. “The Spanish were bringing them home.”
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Sometimes lawyers make mistakes. If your attorney really screws up your case, you may consider suing for legal malpractice.
>> Before You Sue <<
If your lawyer didn’t represent you properly, and you were harmed in the process, your lawyer might be liable to you for your loss. But before you pursue a lawsuit against your attorney, try these alternatives:
- Discuss fee disputes with your attorney or engage in fee arbitration
- Report potential ethics violations to your state bar association
- Hire another lawyer to repair the damage to an ongoing case
If none of these alternatives brings satisfaction, you may want to consider a legal malpractice claim against your attorney. This type of case is difficult to prove, so you’ll want to thoroughly investigate your chances of success before proceeding.
Types of Legal Malpractice Claims
Every case is different, but legal malpractice claims usually fall under three categories:
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Breach of contract
Negligence happens when your attorney fails to use the skill and care normally expected of a competent attorney.
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Examples of negligence include:
- Failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations time required under law
- Missing other important deadlines in the case
- Not properly preparing for trial
- Not following court orders
Most legal malpractice claims that end up in court are a result of lawyer negligence.
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Joel Bander, Attorney at Law practices on legal malpractice cases, representing corporations and individuals, in California and nationwide. The greatest chance of success in suing an attorney is where the attorney/defendant has professional malpractice insurance and the claim involves negligence or a contract violation.
Breach of fiduciary duty usually occurs when your lawyer has a conflict of interest that harms you in some way. Examples of breach of fiduciary duty include:
- Representing another client to your disadvantage (such as representing another defendant in the same lawsuit)
- Having financial or social ties or troubles that prevent your lawyer from representing you to your best advantage
- Improper sexual advances toward you
- Lying to you about important case information
- Not telling you about settlement offers
- Settling your case for less than it was worth without your approval
- Inappropriately using money belonging to you
Breach of contract cases are brought against lawyers who violate the terms of their specific agreement with their client. Some examples include:
- Failing to file a foreclosure action for a client after agreeing to do so
- Failing to research the registration of certain patents as promised
- Not filing a mechanics’ lien for a client after agreeing to do so
Proving a Legal Malpractice Case
To win a negligence case against a lawyer, you must prove:
- Your lawyer owed you a duty to competently represent you
- He or she made a mistake or otherwise breached the duty owed to you
- Your lawyer’s mistake injured or harmed you in a way that can be measured financially
Legal malpractice attorneys usually charge a contingency fee of between 40 and 50 percent of the amount you eventually receive. This is a higher contingency fee than other types of negligence cases, because the legal malpractice lawyer has to work harder at proving a legal malpractice case.
In order to prove legal malpractice, you must show that:
- You would have won your underlying case if your lawyer had not been incompetent or made a mistake
- You would have collected on a judgment on your underlying case after winning the case
These things are difficult to prove. Also, most legal malpractice cases are tried in court rather than settled. This requires much more time and preparation from your legal malpractice lawyer.
Any legal malpractice lawyer considering taking your case will want to know whether your original lawyer had malpractice insurance to cover your losses. Your new attorney will balance whether your provable losses are high enough to risk investing the time and energy to take the matter to trial.
The time limit for filing a legal malpractice case can be as short as one year. So contact a legal malpractice lawyer right away if you think you might have a case against your attorney.
Questions for Your Attorney
- Can I refuse to pay my attorney’s bill for legal fees if I think he committed malpractice?
- Should I report my attorney’s mistake to the state bar association?
- Who will decide if my attorney was negligent?
The current two-year contract between Teamsters Local 533 and MV Transportation, which operates the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County transit system, is set to expire at midnight Monday, officials said.
“Contact talks between the company and the union have been making progress, although too much remains to finalize an agreement by midnight” Monday, Teamsters Local 533 President Gary Watson said in a news release heading into this weekend.
RTC spokesman Michael Moreno said that MV Transportation would have contingencies in place for minimal interruption of services.
“RTC just wants to make sure that customers are taken care of,” he said Sunday.
In a written statement later in the day, Texas-based MV Transportation said it had been in contract talks since May with the union representing drivers, dispatchers and mechanics.
MV said it had requested a 60-day extension of the current agreement while a new agreement was negotiated.
“MV continues to bargain in good faith with the union and is committed to working together with Local 533 to come to a long-term agreement acceptable to both parties,” the company’s statement said.
Contract discussions are to continue in July, the company said.
“MV has not received any notification from Local 533 that they intend on striking, and we look forward to continued discussions over the coming weeks so as to achieve a successful resolution,” the statement said.
ELKO — Judges descended on Elko this week for business, but took the time to visit a few of northeastern Nevada’s unique landmarks.
About 50 judges from across the state gathered for the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction biannual seminar, which ran Tuesday through Friday at the Stockmen’s Hotel & Casino.
“For quite a few judges, this was their first exposure to this part of the state,” said Elko Justice of the Peace Mason Simons, who served as “host judge.”
The purpose of the conference, which takes place every January and June in different parts of the state, was for NJLJ members to further their legal education.
Participants had the opportunity, however, to go on a tour of Newmont Mining Corp.’s Gold Quarry open pit mine near Carlin.
Simons said the tour offered insight into Elko County’s economy.
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Why can Ty protest?
Mr. Ty Robben protested in front of the DA’s Office. I believe District Attorney Vern Pierson said at that time that Mr. Robben had a First Amendment right to protest.
I’m asking Mr. Pierson to expound on his interpretation of the Constitutional Rights of a citizen to protest so that all citizens will feel safe should we feel the need to protest as Ty Robben did.
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Or so says the consumer and small business financial information website WalletHub.com. It used 26 metrics in five categories: financial safety, driving safety, workplace safety, natural disasters, and home and community safety.
Among the things that led to Nevada’s dismal overall status were a 47th ranking for “murder and non-negligent manslaughter per capita,” 47th for “public hospital rankings,” 43rd for “percentage of population without health insurance coverage,” 31st for “employer health insurance coverage rates” and 47th for “assault per capita.”
Piled on these were poor financial rankings for Nevada: 49th for “annual consumer savings account averages” and 50th for “percentage of people who spend more than they make.”
Two safety areas where Nevada did well were for traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel (21st) and for the amount of property damage in natural disasters (12th), although perhaps the Silver State has less damage because it’s so sparsely populated.
Massachusetts was far and away the safest state, followed by New Hampshire and Minnesota. At the bottom, just above Nevada were Arkansas and Tennessee.
In the West, Utah ranked best, at 11th overall.
Adam Laxalt is a fresh and believable candidate in Nevada politics, yet new to the political wars of Nevada.
A first-time candidate at 35, Laxalt jumped into the race for attorney general when no other significant Republican would step up. You have to admire his courage, even his rookie enthusiasm.
He was sought after by Republicans partly because of his family name. He is, of course, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Paul Laxalt, who was so influential in 1980s Washington politics that he was called the “first friend” to President Ronald Reagan.
Laxalt has a lot going for him, politically. He’s a former Navy JAG officer who volunteered for the battle zones of Iraq. He has a wife and child straight out of central casting. Plus he’s got that royal name.
The thought here, however, is that it’s too much for Laxalt to be expected to defeat Democrat Ross Miller for attorney general this year.
Miller has been campaigning for attorney general for more than a year. Some say he’s been game-planning this race since he was re-elected as secretary of state in 2010.
He’s raised almost $1.4 million and has his own royal bloodline since his dad, Bob Miller, served 10 years as Nevada’s governor.
Like Paul Laxalt, Bob has friends in high places. Bill Clinton comes to mind. The former president wrote the foreword to Bob’s recent autobiography, “Son of a Gambling Man.”
The venerable and respected retired Sen. Paul Laxalt, 91, is perhaps too elderly to help his grandson’s campaign much. But that is not the case with Bob Miller, who’s still strong enough to arm wrestle you for a donation to his son’s campaign.
Nevada Secretary Of State Ross Miller Wins MMA Fight
Yes that’s really the Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller winning his first — and last amateur MMA bout.The 36-year-old Miller has been in office since 2005.
More importantly, Nevada Democrats have a voter registration advantage over Republicans of almost 112,000.
Many are counting on a Republican upswing in 2014. It remains to be seen if that carries the day in the AG’s race.
IF ADAM LAXALT could turn back time, it might have been better for him to start his political career in Carson City and not Las Vegas, where he lives now.
Carson City is his grandfather’s hometown. Paul Laxalt played on Carson High School’s 1938 state championship basketball team. That’s how far back the family legacy goes.
The Laxalt name remains huge in Carson City. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Warren Lerude recently finished a book on Laxalt’s brother, Robert Laxalt, perhaps Nevada’s greatest author.
The state capital would certainly have embraced the homecoming of Paul Laxalt’s grandson. Maybe the smarter move for Adam Laxalt would have been to start his political career in Assembly District 40, representing his grandpa’s hometown.
Who wouldn’t vote for a Laxalt in that district? This year especially, Laxalt could have waltzed into Carson City’s open seat in Assembly District 40 and begun plotting his ascension to Congress.
With some legislative experience, Laxalt would be a better and more seasoned candidate for attorney general — or any other office — on his way to the top.
He certainly would be setting himself up to succeed Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, or beat him in a future primary. Amodei’s 2nd U.S. House District would be a good fit for Laxalt. Its residents respect military service and Nevada history.
As a congressman, Laxalt’s close ties to his grandfather and mother’s friends in Washington, D.C., could be put to use for Nevada voters, since we are talking about A-List Beltway Republicans.
Maybe Laxalt has the potential to become a statesman, like his grandfather. But he has to win an election first.
The hope here is that Adam Laxalt didn’t get suckered into an attorney general’s race he can’t win — one that may end his political career before it gets started.
Lawyer’s complaints that filings were backdated touch off probe in state court and lead clerk to resign
Texas State District Court Judge Denise Pratt is under investigation, accused of backdating court records to make it appear that she issued rulings and filed court documents sooner than she actually did, according to county officials.
Allegations against the 311th family court judge, raised by a Houston-area family lawyer in a criminal complaint filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, already have led to the resignation of Pratt’s court clerk.
Webster-based family lawyer Greg Enos, whose criminal complaint last year against a Galveston County court-at-law judge sparked an investigation by the state attorney general and multiple indictments that led to the judge’s suspension and subsequent resignation, said he delivered his complaint against Pratt to First Assistant District Attorney Belinda Hill on Monday. Enos said he believes the office has already launched an investigation. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said he “can’t confirm or deny” whether any investigation is underway, but county and other sources say the office is looking into it and already has contacted attorneys to arrange interviews. The concerns Enos is raising also have touched off an investigation by the Harris County District Clerk, the official keeper of all court records.
Hmmm, Just like the crap in Carson City Nevada – TX Judge accused of creating false court records Lawyer’s complaints that filings were backdated touch off probe in state court and lead clerk to resign
A Carson City man says the court clerk there is illegally back dating judicial filings for the state Attorney General. Todd Robben says a court filing by the Attorney General’s office in his wrongful termination case against the state’s Department of Taxation was dated in time to meet a procedural deadline, December 20th, but it wasn’t actually turned over to the court until at least the next day after that deadline. Read the rest of this story
District Clerk Chris Daniel said he looked into two of the six cases Enos included in his complaint, which led to the resignation on Monday of Pratt’s lead clerk, a well-liked, 25-year employee of the District Clerk’s office. Daniel said he found records were postdated or mis-marked in those two cases, and that he is looking into a seventh one that another family lawyer brought to his attention. Delays in rulings An inaccurate timestamp or missing signature on a court document not only erodes “the integrity of the record,” Daniel said, but can have an impact on appeals and other legal processes. “If you have the wrong date on a document, then statutorily you can run out of time to appeal a case, and that’s where the most damage is,” he said. Pratt did not respond to several requests for comment, but her campaign consultant, Allen Blakemore, issued a statement late Thursday suggesting Enos’ complaint is the result of hurt feelings. “The legal system produces winners and losers,” the statement says. “Sometimes losers get their feelings hurt. Often the easiest person to blame for an unwanted outcome is the judge.”
The statement, which says an unnamed lawyer “has already been forced to recant some of his claims and has even offered an apology,” goes on to say that “there are hundreds of attorneys who appear in this court who are satisfied” and that Pratt “looks forward to a speedy resolution of this criticism from one unhappy lawyer.” Blakemore confirmed the statement is referring to Enos. While the mis-marking and backdating of renditions and other documents are the crux of Enos’ complaint, it also says Pratt “takes months to make rulings in contested cases” when most family court judges do so immediately or within a few days. Enos alleges that the backdating or other mis-markings are meant to cover up the delays, writing in his complaint that “Pratt was acting like a fourth-grader who, on the day after her parents got the report card with the ‘F’ for not doing homework, stayed up late and did her homework assignments and dated them six weeks before.” Enos, whose law firm has a case scheduled for trial in Pratt’s court Friday morning, said his quarrel with the judge, who was first elected in 2010, is not personal.
“The only times I’ve had actual cases in Judge Pratt’s court, my clients have won, so I’m not disgruntled against her personally, but I’m just upset by what I see happening,” the attorney said. Several lawyers involved in the cases Enos cites in his complaint said they never have experienced such problems with a judge. Similar complaints Marcia Zimmerman, a 30-year veteran family lawyer based in Clear Lake, said she resorted to filing a motion after waiting for months on a ruling from Pratt. When the ruling finally came in, she was surprised to see the date listed was months before she had filed her motion. “I don’t think any of us believed the ruling was actually made before the petition for writ of mandamus because, why would she rule and not tell anybody?” Zimmerman said, noting that Pratt also missed two scheduled hearings. Family lawyer Robert Clark said he had a similar experience, arguing a case in January and then waiting five months for a ruling from Pratt that the official court record now says was issued on Jan. 30, the day before the two-day trial actually ended. “The thing is, it’s had a seriously adverse affect on the child in this case and my client,” Clark said. “This is just egregious.” Enos’ previous complaint against Galveston County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was filed with the Galveston County DA’s Office, which forwarded it to the state attorney general. Dupuy was indicted on eight criminal counts charging him with abuse of office in May and, in August, arrested for contempt of court and sentenced to 45 days in jail. Last month, he resigned from the bench and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in exchange for two years of probation. Blakemore said Pratt intends to run for a second term and already has begun campaigning. The filing deadline is Dec. 9.
If the allegations hold up, though, the Harris County Republican Party may ask Pratt to step aside, said Chairman Jared Woodfill, who is convening an advisory board to review Enos’ complaint. The last time the board convened was in 2006 to review allegations against former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, who eventually decided not to run. “We don’t turn a blind eye to these allegations,” Woodfill said. “We are going to be looking into them and we will proceed accordingly.”
Congratulations to Nevada on continuing its reign as the country’s worst state. At least you’re #1 in something.
Consumer Reports: Nevada Hospitals Worst In Nation
Big Brother may be alive and well at the Clark County School District. Censors at CCSD are blocking messages informing teachers of their workplace rights, according to the Nevada Policy Research Institute.
Teachers who are members of the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) have just atwo-week window each year, from July 1 through July 15, in which to opt out of the union. Just prior to that window each of the last few years, NPRI has sent an email to CCSD teachersinforming them of their right to opt out.
“Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?”
—John Milton, Areopagitica
It is called prior restraint. But that doesn’t seem to stop Nevada judges.
On the Friday before Tuesday’s primary election, a Reno judge ordered state Senate candidate Gary Schmidt to stop running a television ad that accused his Republican primary opponent, incumbent Ben Kieckhefer, of being a supporter of Harry Reid in the 2010 election, according to press accounts.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee voted along party lines Wednesday to approve a constitutional amendment restricting the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech. Led by Nevada’s own Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, elected Democrats have for the last few years engaged in a widespread effort to restrict the speech of their opponents. And Nevada is no exception.
While railing against the influence of right-leaning billionaires, Reid used the floor of the United States Senate to hold the equivalent of an all-night telethon to solicit donations from a left-wing billionaire for his Democratic Senate colleagues.
In Wisconsin Democratic prosecutors have harassed conservative politicians and activists in so-called “John Doe” cases.
Here in the Silver State, Secretary of State Ross Miller has waged an all-out campaign to force disclosure by organizations engaging in political activity. Well, maybe not all out.
Former Las Vegas Sun reporter Andrew Doughman reported in January on Miller’s efforts toforce organizations to disclose their donors, noting three such lawsuits the Democrat Miller had filed.
• In July 2012, conservative group Citizen Outreach was fined for failing to file expense reports showing how the organization paid for mailers criticizing former Assemblyman John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, during his 2010 re-election campaign. Citizen Outreach has appealed the decision.
• In November 2012, the Nevada branch of national conservative group Americans for Prosperity won a lawsuit about whether the group had to disclose donor contribution reports for a negative mailer it published about state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas. Miller is not appealing that decision.
• Also in November, a judge fined Virginia-based Alliance for America’s Future for running an advertisement in favor of Gov. Brian Sandoval in the 2010 election. The group did not register as a political action committee in Nevada, and the courts have said the group will now have to disclose who paid for the advertisement. The alliance has appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court.
Since that article was published another organization has become a target of Miller.
After a group known as the State Government Leadership Foundation ran a 30-second television ad critical of Miller, who is now running for Attorney General, he responded byvowing to “continue to review every legal option to compel this front group to reveal its special interest donors”.
A few days later a former deputy of Miller’s filed a complaint against SGLF, “seeking financial penalties and an injunction to halt the ad campaign” and claiming the group should have registered with the Secretary of State’s office and disclose its donors.
The Secretary of State’s office is no longer involved with this particular complaint. According to Public Information Officer Catherin Lu, the Secretary of State’s office received the complaint “and immediately deferred to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for review independent of this office.”
While Doughman states the situation is “not a partisan issue”, all of these lawsuits have targeted right-leaning groups. According to Lu, the only other similar case the Secretary of State’s office has pursued was against Joe Scala, owner of Courtesy Automotive, for actions Scala took during a recall effort of Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross, a Democrat.
Yet the behavior that should trigger the lawsuits, according to the sections of Nevada law Miller is claiming to be enforcing, is hardly limited to the right.
NRS 294A.140 requires essentially any group that receives more than $1,000 in contributions or “makes an expenditure for or against a candidate for office or a group of such candidates” to disclose its donors. NRS 294A.210 has similar provisions but applies to groups that expend more than $1,000 advocating for or against candidates.
As Doughman’s piece reveals,
“Our donations are confidential,” wrote Erin Neff, former executive director of ProgressNow Nevada Action, in an April 27, 2012, fundraising email appealing to Nevadans to donate to a campaign for state Sen. Pat Spearman, D-Las Vegas. “As a 501(c)(4), ProgressNow Nevada Action does not publicly report its donors.”
ProgressNow Nevada Action’s 990 filings indicate the group raised $355,047 in 2011 and $67,531 in 2012, far exceeding the limit NRS294A.140 sets for requiring disclosure. A search for the group on the Secretary of State’s campaign finance disclosure websiteindicates ProgressNow Nevada Action has not disclosed its donors.
In addition to the fundraising email for Spearman, the group also published a voter guide in 2012. While the guide is no longer available online, the website of the late Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce, who served in the Legislature through 2013 but passed away shortly after that session, contains the group’s candidate profile of Pierce.
“We can’t fathom why Peggy Pierce draws primaries. She’s a true progressive by any count and is one of the most reliable go-to legislators for progressive issues, ideas and bills.
“If it protects consumers; makes our tax system fair; raises revenue for schools or protects the environment, it’s likely a Peggy Pierce bill.”
If urging voters to call a candidate about an issue, the offense allegedly committed by AFP, is considered “express advocacy”, then certainly such fawning praise as was heaped upon the late Assemblywoman Pierce should meet the same definition. According to Lu, “[a]ny form of communication can be express advocacy,” including website content and, presumably, emails.
“Depending on content on website, it could be express advocacy which would trigger disclosure requirements of NRS 294A.348, contributions & expenses reporting requirements of NRS 294A.140/294A.210 (i.e., reporting all contributors who gave in excess of $1000), and it could require the organization to register as a PAC (NRS 294A.0055),” Lu wrote in an email. “Again, we evaluate the facts of each situation on a case-by-case basis.”
Yet it appears only right-leaning groups have been the object of Miller’s gaze.
This was not always the case. In 2009 Miller’s investigation of ACORN resulted in 13-count indictments against ACORN and its former Las Vegas leader. It was the only case in the nation in which the organization itself was charged with a felony.
But in the case of campaign disclosure, as with his Democrat colleagues across the country, it appears Miller is blind to the left.
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Nevada is a land of wide open spaces and a tradition of the Old West. But, just as over 80% of the state’s land is controlled by the federal government and largely off-limits to economic development, much of the state’s economy is strangled by government through uncompetitive laws and regulations.
Virtually every state imposes requirements for licensing of certain professions. Nevada’s are some of the most stringent.
In fact, in certain industries, Nevada stands out above all other states. And not in a way that promotes economic growth and opportunity. As the Pacific Legal Foundation states,
Of the many “Certificate of Necessity” laws in the nation, the very worst is Nevada’s. That state imposes a long, tedious, and explicitly anti-competitive restriction against new companies that want to offer moving services to residents of the Silver State.
The PLF explains that because of the laws regulating moving companies “there are just 43 moving businesses in the entire state,” which is home to more than 2.5 million people.
According to Nevada law, a person who wants a Certificate must first prove not only that his proposed business is qualified, safe, and financially fit, but also
• that a new moving company would “foster sound economic conditions within the applicable industry,”
• that allowing a new moving company “will not unreasonably and adversely affect other” moving companies,
• that a new mover would “benefit and protect the safety and convenience of . . . the motor carrier business,”
• and, most shockingly, that a new moving company would be consistent with the state’s effort “[t]o discourage any practices which would tend to increase or create competition”!
It’s not just moving companies that are affected by the anti-competitive nature of Nevada’s transportation laws, which harm consumers by protecting established companies from new and innovative competitors.
The Nevada Policy Research Institute reports that Uber, a startup company that allows customers to use a phone app to arrange transportation, has specifically ruled out expanding to Las Vegas because Nevada’s transportation laws are hostile to such innovative companies.
According to that law, the purpose of the NTA is “to discourage any practices which would tend to increase or create competition that may be detrimental to the traveling and shipping public or the motor carrier businesses within this State.”
In other words, the explicit purpose of this regulatory agency is to protect incumbent transportation providers from competition, even if would-be competitors, such as Uber, might offer the public better and more innovative services.
Simply discouraging new businesses may not even be the worst part.
Not only must applicants secure the blessing of their would-be competitors, they must also, in pursuit of a certificate of public convenience, divulge very specific information relating to their proposed operations.
Thus, through the regulatory hearing, incumbent firms gain access to the business plans of prospective competitors. Upon reviewing these plans, owners of an incumbent firm can raise objections leading to the denial of a new certificate and then turn around to amend their own certificate in order to offer a service identical to the one proposed by the applicant. In other words, the State of Nevada not only protects legalized transportation cartels, it allows those providers to steal the ideas of any prospective competitor.
Rather than allowing more competition and letting consumers decide, Nevada law explicitly restricts competition and protects established firms from new and innovative competitors – hardly a situation conducive to promoting economic growth.
In light of the illegal terrorist trade Obama recently made, by passing congress, he has set himself up for a life sentence in prison by aiding and helping terrorists! TREASON! Obama should be in jail right now. The law isn’t on Obama’s side this time and this could erupt into something far more severe than he or his regime realized. His regime has now aiding and abetting the enemy! Shepard Smith asked Judge Andrew Napolitano whether or not the Taliban prisoner exchange was legal under the NDAA H.R. 1960 Statute. The judge explained that the swap was illegal because taxpayer dollars were spent to remove these prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without giving Congress 30 days notice. However, Napolitano goes a step further by pointing out that Obama has provided material assistance (human assets) to the Taliban, which has been identified by Congress to be a non-state terrorist organization. This is a crime punishable by imprisonment of 10 years to life, which covers all Americans–including the President.
Who knew….people still smoke, (and they do it) indoors in Nevada- GASP!
Our arrival to our hotel in Reno found us in room #226 – a smoker’s room with no other option as management tried very hard to convince us that the “ozone-ator” running inside our room would make things as good a new in a few hours – which it did not. The hotel was sold out so we endured the rough night and early morning shower (you gotta love the smell of aged smoke in your towel while drying off) and an escape from the hotel leaving them with a plea to move us to a non-smoking room somewhere, anywhere.
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The tactic of demonizing the regime’s enemies has become rather common place in today’s world. You see it on TV all the time, the Conspiracy Theorists are crazy, loons, who are hell bent on a Revolution, or they are paranoid, tin foil hat wearing nut jobs, who are preparing for the end of times. All of these assumptions are false. These Truthers are those who question the official stories of the liars in the White House. They are the tireless researchers, always searching for the truth, to bring about justice, where they can. Illuminati predictive programming on television is nothing new. Heck, television was created to manipulate minds. Check out this excellent video from Inluke119.
As injustice runs rampant in our country, here’s another fine example of why using your right to record police comes in very handy. The driver in the video wisely decided to tape this confrontation and caught comedy gold, when the police officer tries to lie about why he pulled the driver over, until he realizes he’s on Candid Camera and changes his tune and allows the driver to leave. The driver busts the cop out for his bad driving and excessive speeding!
Everyone must remember to keep some kind of camera on hand, whether on your phone or a little cheapy job that has good audio. Illinois State Police says he is above the law. Not this time, Officer!
Thatdrop brings us a report on Burner favorites Dancetronauts appearance at last weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas. And it sounds like they got an A+ :
The Dancetronauts brought the bass to EDC Las Vegas for the second year in a row with their world renowned “Bass Station” stage. The largest mobile stage in the United States, the 70 foot long structure pumped out 80,000 watts of sound while including a world premiere of the ground-breaking ProVision LED displays over the course of three days in the Las Vegas desert.
The illuminated stage drew attention from everyone who passed by and was one of the highlights of the day 3 parade.
Here’s some video of the Dancetronauts (and their Dancetrohotties) in action
There’s a lot more to a Dancetronauts show…
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A southern Nevada program that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet is getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Democratic Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus announced Friday that the agency awarded $230,000 to the United States Veterans Initiative site in Las Vegas.
The money will go to the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.
Titus noted that veterans account for about 12 percent of the adult homeless population, and said the grant will provide critical funds for Las Vegas programs that help them.
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The following day, I discovered what the Fremont Street Experience is truly like. I was reminded of walking a boardwalk with shops that have an informal, laid back aura. Though Fremont has shops on either side and engulfed in a giant canopy, which is a 90-foot barrel vault style tent. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas, and is also the location of the Neon Museum and the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, complete with fireworks on the display screen.
Also downtown, is the underrated, Mob Museum where I learned all about the organized crime that plagued the country during the first half of the 20th century. Armed with primitive knowledge of the mob history bestowed upon me by the HBO show, Boardwalk Empire, I attempted to understand exactly how prohibition law was serialized during this time. What I didn’t know, was…
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Hoover Dam, the 2nd tallest dam in America, but probably the best known. (The tallest one, in case that made you as curious as it made me, is the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California, east of Sacramento.)
This trip was all for Alan. I was all, “Why waste our time in southern Nevada and California? It’s out of the way, and I have zero interest in seeing Vegas. Casinos and showgirls? Sorry. Not our scene.”
Alan was all, “What!! The Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel!! ” And then he said a whole bunch of stuff about the dam–I had no idea what he was talking about, really. Engineering: also not my scene. Alan talks about civil engineering frequently, actually, and that’s why it took us so long to go from friends to more than friends. 😉 ha! Love you, Alan!
I do occasionally TRY to be a good wife, though…
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There is no denying this city of sins appeals to a broad range of people. Maybe not those with strong religious ties, but the majority of us.
For me, on this world tour, it is the cities lack of depth that appeals to me.
I can take what I want from this city and no one will judge me. If I want to laze in bed till 3pm in the afternoon, eat one meal a day, drink a carton of beer and gamble away, then so be it. Unlike other cities where you have to make the most of every second to fit in all the sightseeing, you can do as little or as much in…
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Location: Ruby Mountains, NV
Date: 26 June 2014
The Ruby Mountains of Nevada extend, at the highest point, above 11,000 ft (nearly 3500 m). Signs of the winter’s snowpack remain in the summer months at these high elevations, providing a nice white contrast to the darker mountain slopes, similar to the light and dark colors contrasts of the clouds above. It’s tough to tell from this picture just how deep these clouds have grown, but it’s evident they are of the cumulus variety, with well-defined flat cloud bases. These bases occur at the level of condensation, where the air rises and cools to its dewpoint temperature where saturation and (above which) condensation occurs. Their large coverage over the sky suggests these are stratocumulus clouds.
- The commission on judicial discipline may discipline, censure, retire, or remove a judge. Commission decisions may be appealed to the supreme court.
- Judges may be impeached by a majority vote of the assembly and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the senate.
- Judges may be removed by legislative resolution, passed by two thirds of the members of both houses.
- Judges are subject to recall election.