KRNV: Attorney General’s race starts negative and will end negative

Reno, Nev. ( & KRNV)– The ads are vicious. One from Republican Adam Laxalt said, “A watchdog even found Nevada was vulnerable to corruption under Miller.” Another ad from Democrat Ross Miller said, “Adam Laxalt’s own firm called him a ‘train wreck’ saying he lacks basic legal skills.”

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If you listen to the ads, Laxalt is accused of being professionally unfit while Miller is being blasted for accepting tens of thousands in gifts. Political experts note this campaign started off negative from the very beginning. Truckee Meadows Community College Dean and political science professor Fred Lokken said, “It started on the Republican side in this race, not directly from the Laxalt campaign, but clearly from dollars most likely outside the state of Nevada.”

Miller is quick to point out the attacks started even before Laxalt was a declared candidate. He said, “They started attacking me 16 months ago, these out of state groups, you know. I don’t think I anticipated this long of an attack campaign lasting sixteen months.”

But Miller admits his side too has gone negative.It’s a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Laxalt. Laxalt said, “To be honest, before I got in this race, I was warned that the Miller machine would stop at nothing to win this race.”

Lokken notes the position of Attorney General is powerful one that is politically strategic for either party looking to groom a candidate for higher office. Lokken said, “It is probably seen as the most high of the constitutional offices, which really makes it the prize.It is staging for a stronger career and it gives an appearance of an heir apparancy, that sort of thing.” Miller agrees with that assessment adding, “I can’t speculate why those out-of-state groups have come in to try and attack me but its been made clear by even Dick Cheney who said several months ago, this is the most important state race in the country.”

Both Miller and Laxalt come from politically powerful families in Nevada. Miller is the son of former Governor Bob Miller. Laxalt is the grandson of former Senator Paul Laxalt. Miller said, “I come from a political family and so the negative stuff is part of the territory. I know how it works.” Laxalt, on the other hand, characterizes himself as a political newcomer. Lokken believes it is these family connections, providing voters with familiar names, that have allowed both candidates to receive contributions outside of the state. He said this race took on a very different tone once two known names entered the fray adding, “The cake walk was literally supposed to be for Ross Miller. The dramatic change was the introduction of someone who had name power that literally had that identification voters will remember.”

Lokken notes while you may not like negative campaigns, they’re not going away. He said, “They do it because it works and they will continue to do it until it doesn’t work. The voters have all the power in this. Unless they punish candidates that choose to engage in negative campaigning, the politicians will continue to do it.”

On Wednesday October 15, 2014 the Nevada ANTI CORRUPTION CRIME SCENE tape made its way to a Ross Miller for Nevada AG fundraiser in Reno, NV.


On Wednesday October 15, 2014 the Nevada ANTI CORRUPTION CRIME SCENE tape made its way to a Ross Miller for Nevada AG fundraiser in Reno, NV.

IMG_3697On Wednesday October 15, 2014 the Nevada ANTI CORRUPTION CRIME SCENE tape made its way to a Ross Miller for Nevada AG fundraiser in Reno, NV.

Tonja Brown wanted to remind Ross Miller about her ongoing issues. Adam Laxalt is not immune from the protest and both these potential AG candidates must deal with the years old issue.

See More here: Tonja Brown Stories

Then just today we see this:

Wow, Laxalt family members endorse and not – that’s gotta hurt

Wow, Laxalt family members endorse and not – that’s gotta hurt

Doing what’s best for Nevada

Thu, Oct 16, 2014 (2:02 a.m.)

Ross Miller Nevada is corrupt

Ross Miller Nevada is corrupt

The past year has been a trying time for our family — the Laxalt family. Sadly, we have been forced to face the loss of several cherished family members. This challenge has made many of us stop and pause about what truly does matter in life.

During our journey, we have found a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that best captures the essence of a core value that has guided us throughout our lives — the value of speaking up for what is right. He wrote, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

In the spirit of King’s words, then, we can no longer be silent as we seek to maintain the integrity of our home state of Nevada.

Therefore, we collectively speak up to support Ross Miller as the most qualified candidate to be our state’s attorney general.

It is our belief that Ross Miller’s documented history of pulling himself up by his own bootstraps and establishing a well-respected career in law and public service while still maintaining a strong sense of family and community constitute the critical characteristics needed for Nevada’s highest legal office.

We ask that our fellow Nevadans follow our lead by speaking up with their own votes during this election season.

Know that our message does not originate from a Republican, Democratic or even family affiliation. It has to do with the most basic question all voters must ask themselves when they step into the voting booth, “Who really is the best qualified candidate for attorney general for the state of Nevada?”


Will Mr. Adam Laxalt who is running for Nevada Attorney General look the other way with regard to that Attorney General’s Office having a practice and a policy of withholding evidence from Plaintiff’s in cases?
adam_laxaltWill Mr. Adam Laxalt  who is running for Nevada Attorney General look the other way with regard to that Attorney General’s Office having a practice and a policy of withholding evidence from Plaintiff’s in cases?
We know that Secretary of State Ross Miller who is running for the same position does when he along with the Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and  Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto were presented with evidence by Ms. Tonja Brown during the December 5, 2011 and May 17, 2012 Board of Prison Commissioners meetings.
Ms. Brown provided the Commissioners with this information along with her documents that supported her testimony before them.  Ms. Brown asked of them to call for an outside investigation into the Attorney General’s Office.   Her testimony and documents were then stricken and removed from the record.

Brown claims that they did not place on the record her documents until after she had filed suit in July 2013 and to this day not all of the documents have seen the light of day, nor have they done as she had requested of them during the December 5, 2011 and May 17, 2012 Board of Prison Commissioners meeting.Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Ms. Brown filed suit against the Board of Prison Commissioners, NDOC, and DAG William Geddes and DAG Kara Krause in July 2013 for a Breach of Settlement Agreement she had made with the State in thewrongful death suit of her brother, Nolan Klein.
Brown claims that they did not place her documents on the record until after she filed suit and served them and as of this date not all of the documents have seen the light of day, nor have they done as she had requested of them and that they had her documents blocked from anyone accessing them.

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She claims they have breached the terms ofthe Settlement Agreement she made with them.  A trial date has been set forApril 6 & 8, 2015 in the First Judicial District Court, Department 2 Judge James Wilson.

A brief summary of this case.

Nolan Klein passed away 5 years ago on September 20, 2009 from lack of medical care by the Nevada Department of Corrections.Just prior to Mr. Klein’s death the evidence was found hiding in the Washoe County District Attorney files that would have exonerated him from the 1988 Payless Shoe Store crime.

In October 2011 Ms. Brown hired a private investigator to locate the prime suspect, Mr. Zarsky.   The Sparks Police theory was they believed Mr. Zarsky had committed the crime Nolan Klein was convicted of.   In November Ms. Brown drove to another state and had the opportunity to listen to what Mr. Zarsky had to say.

Mr. Zarsky admitted he had knowledge of the Payless Shoe Store crime and the 3 other crimes the SPD believed he had committed. The victims from the 3 other crimes had cleared Mr. Klein and all was hidden by the Washoe County District Attorney’s office.

 In two of the cases the May 9, 1988 Payless Shoe Store robbery for which Mr. Klein was convicted of and the April 21,1988 armed robbery and attempted rape that the victim had cleared Mr. Klein of and hidden this fact from the defense and jury.  The victims in these cases two separate cases had described the knife as being red and black again, all hidden from the defense by Mr. Rachow and covered up by the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.
In 2009 just prior to Mr. Klein’s death Judge Brent Adams ordered District Attorney Richard Gammick to turn over the DNA test results and the entire file in Mr. Klein’s case.    Located in the files were the handwritten notes from ADA Ronald Rachow defying a 1988 court order to turn over all of the evidence. The Washoe County District Attorney’s office knew about what Mr. Rachow had done and kept quite.

In Mr. Klein’s file were over 200 documents hidden from the defense mostly exculpatory evidence.  During the January 17 – 23 1989 trial  Mr. Rachow presented only 20 exhibits, mostly, photographs of the Payless Shoe Store crime scene.In 2010 Ms. Brown filed suit against the NDOC in the wrongful death of Nolan Klein.  During the discovery process Ms. Brown discovered that the Attorney General’s office had withheld evidence in one of Nolan’s federal civil cases against the NDOC.  Ms. Brown claims that ultimately this new development with regard to this evidence had a profound adverse effect on Mr. Klein’s  2007 Parole Board hearing and 2008 Compassionate Release Pardon.

 As a part of the Settlement Agreement  Ms. Brown made with the State she could exonerate their names.  When she went to do this at the December 5, 2011 and May 17, 2012 Board of Prison Commissioners they claimed the documents were deemed confidential and would not be placed on the record.  Ms. Brown demanded that they call for an investigation into the Attorney General’s Office for withholding evidence, file a complaint with the State Bar of Nevada against Mr. Geddes for withholding evidence in Mr. Klein’s federal case, and write a letter of apology to her.   They have refused to do so.Brown then filed suit Tonja Brown v NDOC, Governor Brian Sandoval, Attorney General Katherine Cortez Masto, Secretary of State Ross Miller, DAG William Geddes, DAG Kara Krause in Carson City, NV for Breach of Settlement Agreement. Trial is set for next April 2015.

Brown states that because of their refusal to as she has requested of them she has been prevented from seeking a Posthumous Pardon for Mr. Nolan Klein because the documents that were disseminated by the NDOC to the 2007 Parole Board and 2008 Pardons Board still  contain the  information pertaining to Mr. Klein and Ms. Brown.
Some of this false information was a direct result of a June 5, 2007 computer glitch that “FLIPPED” when the NOTIS software program was installed at the NDOC, thereby,  placing false felony charges in inmates files making it appear as though they have committed new crimes.
This information was then submitted to the 2007 Parole Board at which time Mr. Klein was appearing before them.  Mr. Klein then was denied his parole to the street in February 2008 and his previous granted paroles were revoked and he was placed back onto his first life sentence.
The following year, Mr. Klein appeared before the Nevada Pardons Board on a Compassionate Release Pardon because he was dying.  The Nevada Pardons Board consisted of the Nevada Supreme Court Justices, Attorney General Katherine Cortez Masto, and Governor James Gibbons. The Pardons Board were given a copy of the interview of Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick publicly admitting that he opened up Mr. Klein’s DNA and tested it. Mr. Klein’s attorney’s demanded to know where the test results were.
 The Nevada Pardons denied Mr. Klein a Compassionate Pardon and Mr. Klein died on September 20,2009.  At the time of Mr. Klein’s death his attorney’s were about to file their Motions for New Trial based on Newly Discovered evidence, and bail.  Mr. Klein’s criminal case was still pending on Appeal in the 9th Circuit.  Once Mr. Klein died everything became Moot!
Ms  Brown said “although Nolan is gone he is not forgotten.”   “The day he is given a Posthumous Pardon and Washoe County is held responsible for their actions will be the day I will let this go”
” the truth will be told in the upcoming release of her book “To Prove His Innocence  A Sister’s Love”


Adam Laxalt: A look at the secret son of former senator Pete Domenici

Adam Laxalt: A look at the secret son of former senator Pete Domenici

Updated Thursday with photo

Adam Laxalt has some serious political genes: Grandfather Paul Laxaltis a former senator and governor of Nevada, not to mention a best friend of Ronald Reagan; mother Michelle Laxalt has worked as a high-profile Washington lobbyist and cable pundit.

Former senator Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), on Capitol Hill last week. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Now we know there’s more to the story: Retired New Mexico senatorPete Domenici, 80, announced this week that Adam is his illegitimate son.

“More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside of my marriage,” Domenici said in a statement to the Albuquerque Journal. “The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she.”

But the carefully protected secret went public Wednesday, throwing the 34-year-old lawyer into the spotlight.

“I have lived my entire life as a private citizen and intend to remain one,” he told our colleague Rachel Weiner. “I plan to address personal issues privately and will not be commenting or joining any public discussion.”

Adam Laxalt as a senior at Georgetown University in 2001. (Ye Domesday Booke)
Laxalt, who grew up in Alexandria and now practices law in Las Vegas, boasts an impressive résumé: Jobs with Undersecretary of State John Bolton and Sen.John Warner, then five years as a Navy officer, including a deployment to Iraq.

Recently married, the strikingly handsome lawyer is a vocal conservative who has written op-eds for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, National Review Onlineand American Spectator. He also appears to be a burgeoning community leader, recently named to the board of the local Catholic Charities.

All this came after a troubled adolescence. In a 1999 profile in Washingtonian magazine, Laxalt discussed his teenage alcoholism: He started drinking as a freshman at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, and hit bottom at Tulane University in hard-partying New Orleans. A family intervention helped him go straight, he told the magazine: “Looking at my grandfather, whom I respect more than anyone with the exception of my mother, and to see how disappointed I made them was real rough.” After treatment at the Hazelden center in Minnesota (“The best thing that’s ever happened to me in my life”), he transferred to Georgetown, where he got his bachelor’s and law degrees.

Paul Laxalt in 1984. (Frank Johnston)
It is unclear whether Laxalt grew up knowing that Domenici was his father. In Michelle Laxalt’s statement to the Journal, she said that the pregnancy was the result of “one night’s mistake” and that she chose to raise Adam as a single parent. Both her father and Domenici were Republican senators at the time; she said she asked the married Domenici, who has eight other children, to keep the matter “private between the two of us.”

Very private, it seems. Even Michelle’s sister, Kathleen, said she didn’t know the identity of Adam’s father. “It was a big surprise to me,” she told us Wednesday. The subject was never discussed: “That was sort of a private thing for Michelle, and we respected that all these years.”

Also unclear: why the news emerged now, more than three decades after Adam’s birth. In their statements, both parents suggest their hand was forced. “Recently information has come to me that this sacred situation might be twisted, re-written out of whole cloth and shopped to press outlets large and small in a vicious attempt to smear, hurt and diminish Pete Domenici, an honorable man, his extraordinary wife, Nancy, and other innocents,” Michelle wrote.

Is there something going around? Last week, Rep. Steve Cohenrevealed that he also had a secret child. The Tennessee Democrat raised eyebrows when he tweeted, then deleted, cutesy messages to a 24-year-old Houston woman. (“Nice to know you were watchin SOTU Happy Valentines beautiful girl. Ilu.”) After criticism from the state GOP director, the 63-year-old revealed that the woman is the daughter he learned about a few years ago after reconnecting with a long-lost girlfriend; they now have a close relationship.

Cohen told our colleague Rosalind Helderman that he had been trying to keep the secret to protect his daughter’s privacy. “It’s awful,” he said. “Bloggers and people saying nasty things. It’s disgusting.”

Navy job reviews praise Adam Laxalt

Navy job reviews praise Adam Laxalt

Republican Adam Laxalt won rave performance reviews when he was a judge advocate general in the Navy, with superiors praising him as “intelligent, tenacious and resourceful” and an outstanding leader and mentor, according to military documents his campaign released Friday.

“DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS FANTASTIC OFFICER,” a 2009 review proclaimed in all caps after giving Laxalt top ratings of fours and fives in a half dozen areas on a scale of one to five where three is the standard officers must meet.

“His work was critical to maintenance of good order and discipline in this overseas command,” said the 2009 review when he was based in Italy at Naval Air Station Sigonella.

A 2010 review when Laxalt was teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., called him a “gifted teacher,” “selfless mentor,” “impressive leader,” and “team player.”

In 2007, after he volunteered for a tour of duty in Iraq where he dealt with 1,400 detainee and terrorism cases, his boss concluded, “He has excelled at this fast-paced, high-pressure environment with poise, elan and proficiency. … He has an exceptionally bright future in the JAG — assign him accordingly. I trust and have unbridled confidence in him.”

Laxalt was the No. 2 JAG officer out of 32 others he worked with in Iraq. He was “hand-selected” to become officer-in-charge, supervising six paralegals, six officers and “responsible for tracking over 35,000 detainee case files.”

“A phenomenal attorney and officer, consider Lt. Laxalt for the JAG Corp’s toughest jobs,” the review said, suggesting he deserves early promotion.

Laxalt, who is running for attorney general, released the fitness report and counseling records to counter critical notes leaked from a private law firm, Lewis Roca, where he worked starting in 2011. He was given a harsh job review in fiscal year 2011-12, according to the notes from four attorneys at the firm. His legal skills were called sloppy and inadequate. And he was described as “a train wreck” who needed further training to meet basic legal standards.

The leak of the notes by Jon Ralston, a blogger and TV host of “Ralston Reports,” damaged both Laxalt’s reputation and his campaign in the Nov. 4 election against Secretary of State Ross Miller, a Democrat and former Clark County prosecutor.

On Thursday, Lewis Roca put out a statement defending Laxalt, saying the negative notes weren’t a reflection of his good work at the law firm, where he took a leave early this year to run for attorney general. The firm said it had promoted him to “of counsel,” although not to partner, and welcomed him to return to his job after the election.

The release Friday of his Navy records is another attempt to right his campaign.

Eric Herzik, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, said with more than 10 weeks left before the Nov. 4 election, Laxalt has time to repair any damage to his reputation, but his election chances have dimmed.

“He’s obviously in damage control and it’s not where you want to be in a campaign, particularly when you’re already facing a better known and better financed — and better experienced as a candidate — opponent,” Herzik said. “This is not what he needed. By the same token, there’s time to recover.”

Herzik pointed out that the leaked document was notes on Laxalt’s performance, but not the law firm’s job review itself, which could have been different in its conclusions or tenor. Laxalt’s military records, however, are official reviews, he said.

“You don’t know how complete those notes were,” Herzik said. “One guy thought he was a train wreck, but that wasn’t the conclusion of the firm. That was a selected leak of one-sided, unofficial notes. It helps him limit the damage.”

In interviews, Laxalt has appeared most proud of his work in Iraq in 2006 during wartime, for which he volunteered. His job description, according to the military report, was to provide “due process of captured insurgents in a hostile fire environment.” He excelled at the job, receiving a top score of five for “mission accomplishment.”

“His concise, objective case summaries and oral briefings were critical to mission success,” the report said. “Totally outstanding in all respects!”

In the 2009 report, Laxalt won plaudits for handling a wide array of legal cases on the base in Italy, the result of 61 investigations. They included cases involving sexual harassment, fraternization, ethics, domestic violence, online solicitation of a minor and fraud in a case that ultimately went to trial in Rota, Spain.

“Exceptional results every time!” the report concluded.

“Lieutenant Laxalt is a superb JAG who needs only an opportunity to shine,” it said.

In the 2010 fitness report for his last of four tours of duty, Laxalt was back in the states, teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy as an assistant law professor. He also volunteered as a special assistant U.S. attorney to handle cases on the base.

The report praised his teaching, saying he was “highly effective at presenting complex legal concepts.” It said he carried the highest teaching load in the department and midshipmen personally requested he serve as their mentors.

Laxalt “lives the Navy’s core values,” the report said, applauding his demeanor.

“His flawless military bearing and appearance set a strong example for his peers,” the report said.

The military reports, as a whole, nearly ooze with near over-the-top praise.

“Laxalt possesses unlimited potential and absolute devotion to the mission,” the 2011 report concluded.

Laxalt’s campaign manager, John Findlay, said the campaign was pleased with the contents of the military reports. But the campaign had no answer as to why it hadn’t released the documents earlier despite repeated requests by reporters and news organizations, including the Review-Journal.

Contact Laura Myers at or 702-387-2919. Find her on Twitter: @lmyerslvrj.

The mistress of Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, boasted about her lurid affair with a “man in politics” just a few months after he came to power, it emerged today


Ross Miller explains his penis size.

The mistress of Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, boasted about her lurid affair with a “man in politics” just a few months after he came to power, it emerged today.

Revelations about the 31-year-old, whose name we are keeping private in exchange for this interview, had a relationship with the handsome Democrat, who turned 38 this year, emerged as she remained in hiding.

It has now been about a week since the usually outgoing young lady has disappeared from public view.


It is thought that her love rival, Lesley Miller, the Nevada Secretary of State’s wife, meanwhile remains unaware about Secretary Miller’s cheating scandal. Despite Mr Miller’s insistence to his staff that the scandal is a “private matter” which should be kept “secret”, his mistress has been photographed and published in more than a handful of well-known fashion magazines.


 In one of the publications she is quoted as telling a friend “more than a year ago” that she has found a “nice-looking man, very different from earlier boyfriends, who is in politics.”

This raises the prospect that Secretary Miller, who is attempting to run for the Nevada State Attorney General’s Office, started the affair within a few months of being sworn in as Secretary of State. He is not eligible to run for a third term for Secretary due to term limits.

We are warning you now, this paragraph is a bit graphic; so do not read this if you are of a sensitive nature. “I used to travel with him on official business, often taking a different flight to enhance the secrecy,” his mistress reported. “Believe me,” she insisted, “the affair was full aflame. Okay, let me tell you this, I’m now speaking to Mrs. Miller when I say this because only she, and whoever else he did this with, would know. Rossy” (a name she calls him) “has a small mole near his groin area. When he is reaching the moment of truth he makes this very distinct ‘oh, oh, oh’ sound that I have never heard another man make.”

“There is no worse sickness than indifference,” she said shaking her head. She suggested that Mr. Miller likes to make a name for himself politically, by filing trumped up charges against innocent people, to use in his next campaign. She also made it clear that Mr. Miller had been distracted with his relationship with her for quite some time.

The affair would continue when she would sneak off in her car to meet up with him for trysts in local hotel rooms. Miller would “wear a baseball hat pulled down to just above his eyebrows and would wear a high-collared shirt covering his chin,” she reported.

Ross James Miller, born in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the son of former Nevada Governor from 1989 to 1999, Bob Miller. “I know this coming out now is going to hurt his run for Nevada Attorney General, but I just couldn’t keep it in any longer,” she said as a tear ran slowly down her cheek.

In words that may be considered extremely cruel by both women, Mr. Miller even confided in a friend that if he was eventually elected governor, one of his ultimate goals, that his spouse at the time would have “no official status.” He was committed to keeping the costs down by whoever was confirmed as Nevada’s first lady.

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