Who’s A-list and who’s a longshot in the race to replace Harry Reid

After U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced he will not run for a sixth term, political prognosticators declared the post a “toss-up,” with either party able to win the seat in 2016.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval immediately was declared the favorite to win, though the popular leader has said he isn’t interested.

On the Democratic side, Reid played the queenmaker, endorsing former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to succeed him. Just days following his March 27 retirement announcement, Reid was in Las Vegas, plotting her path to victory, saying he would put his formidable machine behind her.

“We are going to do everything we can,” Reid told the New York Times over a bowl of chicken soup, settling into his new role of political Godfather. “I have to make sure I take care of the person running for Senate in Nevada.”

Several potential contenders already have taken themselves out of the running, from Reid’s eldest son, Rory, to former U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who now runs Tuoro University in Nevada and California.harry reid

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., said he would rather stay in the House, where he has served since 2011. But like Sandoval, the congressman likely will feel pressure from GOP leaders who want their best candidate in 2016’s hottest race after the presidency.

Meanwhile, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, said he’s preparing for re-election and “leaning no” on a Senate run. U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., has said in the past that he’s not interested, although Reid’s retirement could change that. State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, a Republican, said he would consider running only if Sandoval and Heck do not.

Yet the list of Nevadans who could try to join Washington’s exclusive club of 100 remains fairly long. Reid’s retirement has shifted the electoral ground, prompting relative newcomers and political veterans alike to consider the possibilities. Here’s a report card on some of the potential contenders:

Go to DAVIDLORY.US. Nevada Senator 2016 David Lory VanDerBeek
Nevadagovernor2014.com has been an amazing website and I’m grateful for all of the good that it has done and continues to do in the cause of freedom and the American dream. I’ll continue to maintain this website for the purposes of preserving the content for historical reference. However, the Internet website that will be my home for the remainder of my life as a political figure will be www.davidlory.us. That is where I will be online. I invite you to go there and join me as I continue to campaign for the freedom of Nevada and America. My next campaign is US Senate 2016. God bless and thank you for all of your amazing support for nevadagovernor2014.com.

DEMOCRATS:

CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO

Money — A+: Cortez Masto should have no trouble filling Senate campaign coffers in a race that could exceed 2010’s highly competitive race in which both Reid and Republican Sharron Angle each raised and spent more than $25 million. Outside groups just about matched the candidates’ spending.

;) New mini NAG MASTO signs to placed all around the protest zone(s)

😉 New mini NAG MASTO signs to placed all around the protest zone(s)

On her own, Cortez Masto took in nearly $2.5 million for her elections in 2006 and 2010 and will have Reid as a rain­maker in 2016.

Since 2009, Reid has raised $23.6 million for his campaign committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Reid also helped land $46.7 million for the 2012 midterm elections for the Senate Democrats’ super PAC, Senate Majority PAC. Reid’s own campaign committee held $1.5 million as of Sept. 30.

Experience — B: Cortez Masto served eight years as attorney general after a career as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., that gave her a taste of Capitol Hill.

Name Recognition — B: She’s held a high-profile statewide office for two terms and is a native Nevadan of Hispanic heritage. Her father, the late Manny Cortez, had a high profile in Southern Nevada as the longtime head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and was partly responsible for making the Strip a tourist mecca.

Liability/Asset — C: Cortez Masto hasn’t had a tough campaign and might not be ready for a rough-and-tumble Senate race. She declined to challenge Sandoval last year.

DINA TITUS

Money — B: Titus has never had trouble raising money. She raised about $1.1 million last year for a 1st Congressional District race that wasn’t very competitive. She raised nearly $2.6 million for the highly competitive 2010 campaign in the 3rd Congressional District, which she lost to Heck. For a Senate run she could expect a lot of support from outside groups such as Emily’s List.

Experience — B: Titus has survived the campaign crucible and runs strong. Even her losses in some of the state’s most competitive districts were close. In 2010 she lost to Heck by just 1,748 votes.

Name Recognition — B: Titus has been around Nevada politics for decades, including 20 years in the state Senate (1988-2008) where she rose to become minority leader. She also has a statewide profile, having run for governor and losing to Republican Jim Gibbons in 2006.

Liability/Asset — B: Titus, a native Georgian, has a thick Southern accent that can dissuade voters who favor native Nevadans. Strongly independent, she isn’t afraid to cross Reid and wouldn’t hesitate to challenge Cortez Masto if she thinks she can win. Titus in 2012 ran for the 1st Congressional District after Reid hand-picked state Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, for the open seat. Kihuen dropped out before the primary.

ROSS MILLER

Money — A+: Miller is a talented fundraiser who brought in $2.6 million for his failed 2014 attorney general campaign.

Experience — C: At age 30, Miller became the youngest Nevada secretary of state in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. But he faced weak GOP challengers in both campaigns. In 2014, he lost his first truly competitive race to Adam Laxalt, a political newcomer who eked out a slim 4,750-vote victory, or 46.2 percent to 45.3 percent. Miller suffered in the low turnout race as Democrats stayed home, but his campaign also failed to turn voters against Laxalt.

Name Recognition — A: Miller held statewide office for eight years and boasts the highest social media profile among Nevada officials with nearly 17,500 Twitter followers. In addition, his father is Bob Miller, who was governor from 1989 to 1999.

Liability/Asset — C: Miller’s love of socializing proved his downfall against Laxalt. He reported accepting more than $70,000 in gifts while secretary of state, including tickets to sporting events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and football games where he sat in luxury skyboxes. Miller said some of the freebies were educational conferences. His opponents were able to exploit the gifts and question his ethics.

LUCY FLORES

Money — C: Flores raised nearly $754,000 in her failed 2014 race for lieutenant governor — not nearly enough to keep up with Republican Mark Hutchison, who raised about $2.5 million to win.

Experience — C: Flores served two terms in the Assembly, but neither of those elections featured tough competition. In 2010 she took 82.16 percent of the vote in the general election. She swept up 73 percent of the vote in a three-way primary in 2012 but faced no general election opponent at all.

Name Recognition — C:Little known outside of Clark County, her weak showing last year was her first statewide campaign. It focused on her bio — former gang member and high-school dropout who had an abortion as a teen, then went on to graduate from law school and enter politics. Inspiring to many, her hard-luck tale might not play well in conservative rural Nevada.

Liability/Asset — C: Hispanics comprise nearly 30 percent of Nevada’s population and Flores had the Latino vote last year, but she had trouble reaching other demographic groups statewide. She’s considered a long shot for a Senate bid but a better candidate for the 4th Congressional District.

KATE MARSHALL

Money — C: Her secretary of state campaign raised $715,245 last year but spent $100,000 more.

Experience — D: Marshall won two terms as state treasurer but failed in a 2011 special election for the 2nd Congressional District and lost the secretary of state job last year.

Name Recognition — C: Few Nevadans can name the state treasurer, even one who served two terms.

Liability/Asset — C: Her high-pitched voice can be grating; she’s a two-time loser in her most recent elections.

REPUBLICANS:

BOB BEERS

Money — B: He raised $152,000 in 2013 for his Las Vegas City Council campaign and has shown he can get bigger bucks when needed, including more than $500,000 for one past state Senate bid.

Experience — B: Beers served in the Nevada Assembly and Senate from 1999 to 2008 but was washed away by the Democratic wave that swept Barack Obama into the White House. He rebounded in 2012, beating eight other contenders in a Las Vegas City Council special election with 37 percent of the vote. The following year voters gave him a landslide re-election, with 76 percent of the vote.

Name Recognition — C: He ran in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary but isn’t widely known outside Clark County.

Liability/Asset — B: Beers is the first candidate to announce he’s running for Reid’s seat, putting out the word and 55,000 pamphlets in January 2014. An accountant, he’s known for asking lots of questions before spending taxpayer money and was a leader of the Assembly’s “mean 15” which blocked a proposed $1 billion tax hike in 2003.

BRIAN SANDOVAL

Money — A+: Running virtually un­opposed, Sandoval raised about $3.7 million for his 2014 re-election, plus $1.4 million for his New Nevada PAC helping other GOP candidates. He raised more than $5 million to easily defeat Rory Reid in 2010.

Experience — B: The governor has served in all three branches of government as a member of the Nevada Assembly, state attorney general and as a federal judge. He’s never faced a tough campaign.

Name Recognition —A: Not only is Sandoval widely known, he’s also popular. More than 60 percent of Nevadans say he does a good job. No credible Democrat would run against him last year, and his re-election was a 71-percent landslide. He’s also gaining popularity among Nevada Latinos, who lean Democrat. Latino Decisions said exit polls showed Sandoval got 47 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2014, up from 15 percent in 2010.

Liability/Asset — Incomplete: Sandoval insists he doesn’t want to run for the Senate but instead is focused on finishing his second four-year term, which runs through 2018. How Sandoval comes out of the Nevada Legislature could affect his political future: Will lawmakers approve his $7.3 billion spending plan that includes $1.1 billion in new and extended taxes to fund education? Is he as “unbeatable” as some insiders say? Stay tuned.

JOE HECK

Money —A: Heck raised nearly $2.5 million for his 2014 campaign and spent less than $2 million. He would have no trouble raising big bucks for a Senate race from gaming interests and other major Nevada industries.

Experience — B: Heck has been able to hang on to his seat in the 3rd Congressional District for several elections, although it’s the state’s most competitive House district with an even Republican-Democrat split and independents leaning GOP. He’s also had a taste of defeat: In 2008 he lost his state Senate seat in a Democratic wave election that put President Barack Obama in office.

Name Recognition — C: Heck maintains a fairly low profile as a serious, workaday congressman, and he has never run a statewide race. That could put him at a disadvantage against someone with statewide campaign experience.

Liability/Asset — B: Heck’s promotion last year to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and past active duty as a doctor in Iraq make him an appealing candidate, particularly among Nevada’s large veteran population. But the moderate has come under fire from the left for voting with the conservative House caucus on hot-button issues such as immigration and equal pay. Heck said he’s staying put in the House, but 2016 could be his best chance to move up to the U.S. Senate.

BRIAN KROLICKI

Money — B: Krolicki hasn’t had a big-money race, although he raised $640,000 and spent $1.1 million in his first election for lieutenant governor in 2006. He raised about half that for his 2010 re-election.

Experience — B: He’s been around state government and GOP politics for a long time, serving two terms as state treasurer followed by two terms as lieutenant governor. He contemplated a run against Reid in 2010 but was sidelined by an ethics investigation that ultimately foundered.

Name Recognition — C: Krolicki has been on the statewide ballot four times, but remains relatively unknown.

Liability/Asset — D: His career took a hit with his 2008 indictment related to management of a college savings program while state treasurer. A judge later dismissed the felony charges, which Krolicki characterized as a partisan attack by then-Attorney General Cortez Masto.

MARK HUTCHISON

Money — A: Hutchison showed he can raise money — lots of it — even for the low-profile post of lieutenant governor. He raised at least $2.5 million to win a part-time job that puts him in line to replace Sandoval, if need be.

Experience — B: A newcomer to politics, Hutchison resigned his state Senate seat midterm to run for lieutenant governor as Sandoval’s choice. The stakes were high, but Hutchison sailed into office with 59.5 percent of the vote.

Name Recognition — C: Hutchison’s campaign attracted a lot of attention and he crisscrossed the state several times, yet he remains relatively unknown.

Liability/Asset — B: Sandoval’s support is a big plus. An attorney, Hutchison represented Nevada for free in its challenge to Obamacare — work that made him popular among conservatives but could hurt him among Democrats.

MICHAEL ROBERSON

Money — B: Roberson raised more than $600,000 last year toward his 2014 state Senate race, plus money for a PAC and other candidates, helping the GOP take control of the upper house.

Experience — C: His political career has taken off like a rocket since his first election to the state Senate in 2010. But the Senate majority leader never has been tested in a statewide race.

Name Recognition — C: His state Senate leadership gets his name out there, but his lack of a statewide run means he’s not that widely known. On the plus side, his base is Clark County, home to 75 percent of all Nevadans.

Liability/Asset — B: Roberson first ran as a strict conservative but has become a moderate over time. He’s now pushing for Sandoval’s $7.3 billion general fund budget and $1.1 billion package of new and extended taxes. This could hurt him in any GOP primary but help him during a general election. Insiders say family considerations and a desire to stay in the Legislature weigh against a U.S. Senate race, for now.

ADAM LAXALT

Money — A: Laxalt surprised many observers by raising more than $1.8 million in his first political campaign to score an upset over better-financed Ross Miller in last year’s attorney general race. He tapped conservatives in Washington, D.C., where his mother, Michelle Laxalt, was a widely known lobbyist. Acquaintances of his grandfather, former Nevada Gov. and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt, also ponied up.

Experience — C: Laxalt was a Navy judge advocate general and a lawyer in a private practice in Las Vegas. But he has only lived in Nevada for a few years and has run just one campaign. He would be sorely tested in a high-stakes contest that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Name Recognition — B: Laxalt’s family name helped him win support statewide. He also spent a lot of time traveling the dusty roads to reach every corner of Nevada last year.

Liability/Asset — C: During the campaign, an operative leaked a memo from a Laxalt job review at the private firm, Lewis Roca, where he worked. It said he had sloppy legal skills and was “a train wreck” as a lawyer. His campaign countered by releasing rave reviews he got in the military, including when he oversaw terrorism cases in Baghdad. Laxalt has suggested he wants to focus on his new job but hasn’t ruled out a Senate bid.

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

GET YOUR FREE BOOK NOW GUERILLA POLITICIAN Nevada Governor 2014 David Lory VanDerBeek

My purpose in writing this book is to convince you to become a third-party guerilla politician candidate and to help you to succeed. We all need one another to stand up in this country and fight for the principles that established this nation. I want our families to be free. I have put my life in order so that I can make whatever sacrifice necessary for my children and grandchildren to be free. It is past time that we are all willing to do whatever is necessary to restore our American freedoms.

As I have gained notoriety as a third-party guerilla politician, I am frequently approached by people who want to get involved in politics for all the right reasons as true patriots who love America. I hope you’re one of those people who care enough to get involved. If you are then you may have already asked the most frequent question aspiring guerilla politicians ask me: Where do I start? This book attempts to answer that question.

Get your free copy of GUERILLA POLITICIAN http://www.amazon.com/Guerilla-Politi…
http://nevadagovernor2014.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DavidLoryVan…
https://twitter.com/USFamilyMan

Caravan To Midnight – Special Guest Nevada State Gubernatorial Candidate David Lory VanDerBeek

MUST SEE VIDEO VANDERBEEK BREAKS INTO MAJOR BRIAN SANDOVAL 2 BILLION DOLLAR EICON FRAUD, HARRY REID, VOTER FRAUD AND MUCH MORE:

Episode 127 – Returning to Caravan To Midnight is Nevada state gubernatorial candidate David L. VanDerBeek, followed by former LVMPD detective Gordon Martines to discuss corruption and correction.

WWW.NEVADAGOVERNOR2014.COM

vanderbeek

WWW.NEVADAGOVERNOR2014.COM

Please Subscribe At
http://caravantomidnight.com/

U.S. Attorney General on Sandoval EICON Scandal. Nevada Governor 2014 David Lory VanDerBeek

Whistleblower letter to U.S. Attorney General Daniel Bogdon

MUST READ: Letter to D Bogden re Sandoval 12-1-13

Brian Sandoval Helped Privatize Nevada’s Billions. Governor 2014 David Lory VanDerBeek

Governor Brian Sandoval Helped Steal Two Billion Dollars from Nevada. David VanDerBeek 2014

To anyone who cares about Nevada, freedom, and justice,

Below I have attached the legal documents for your review. Brian Sandoval must not finish his term as governor. He belongs in jail. Please, pass this on to anyone honest in the media as well as government contacts. His continued presence in office is an indictment of Nevada’s government.

Download the court documents and read them for yourselves.
EICON Lawsuit Complaint
EICON Lawsuit Disclosure Statement

WWW.NEVADAGOVERNOR2014.COM

WWW.NEVADAGOVERNOR2014.COM

WWW.NEVADAGOVERNOR2014.COM

IAP David Lory VanDerBeek candidate wants federal land given to Nevada

nevadagovernor2014

David Lory VanDerBeek for Nevada Governor 2014

David Lory VanDerBeek, the Independent American Party candidate for governor, shares one issue with Republican lieutenant governor candidate Mark Hutchison.

See: nevadagovernor2014.com

Both want federal land in Nevada to be given to the state. There’s a lot of it. More than 80 percent of Nevada land is owned by the feds.

Both share something else in common. The offices they are running for are not the best places to get these kinds of land transfers done.

Being a congressman or U.S. senator might be a better job for this crusade. Then again, considering that many transfers of federal lands in Nevada remain in congressional limbo, state office might be just as effective.

In any case, getting state control of Nevada’s federal lands is important to the campaign of VanDerBeek, the gubernatorial candidate from Nevada’s largest “third party.” VanDerBeek is a therapist in Pahrump.

“There are lots of ways that the federal government and the state government are over involved in our lives. The foremost way is financial in terms of land and resources,” VanDerBeek said. “The top priority of the campaign has been restoring the land and resources of Nevada to the state and therefore to the citizens themselves.”

He’s concerned that a federal “nanny state” is growing. VanDerBeek is also concerned when citizens look to the feds like they are “almighty and all powerful.”

“We need to get away from that notion because we created the federal government,” he said. “We don’t need the federal government. The federal government needs us.”

He blames the Republican and Democratic leadership of Nevada for not doing enough to battle the feds.

“So if we had actual leadership in Nevada … much of our state assembly and senate, the state budget (office), the governor, the leaders are useless, cowardly, ineffectual and incompetent. They are not upholding their oaths to defend the state. So if the federal government comes in and says, ‘You have to do it this way,’ that’s not the case.”

VanDerBeek was also critical of the Nevada media for not doing enough to expose the corruption and alleged criminal acts of Nevada’s politicians.

“I hope that you will actually take the time to look at that because it is really your responsibly, every person’s responsibility, every journalist’s and every politician’s responsibility to do something about that,” he said.

VANDERBEEK WOULD LIKE to overhaul the state economy. He wants to establish a state bank, like the citizens of North Dakota did in 1919. VanDerBeek wants Nevada to join North Dakota as the only states with a state bank.

He would like Nevada’s state bank to create a business loan program, extending loans to state businesses. Profits from those loans, in turn, would be used to cut taxes.

“North Dakota is the only state that didn’t have a recession and has had the highest per capita income for the last six or seven years,” he said. “So the model is actually proven and there is no comparison to it in the United States.”

No matter how noble an idea, VanDerbeek would need the help of many other politicians in Carson City, none of which are from the IAP.

IN COMPARING himself to Gov. Brian Sandoval, VanDerBeek said:

“I’m pro-traditional marriage, he’s pro-gay marriage. I’m pro-life; he’s is pro-abortion. He didn’t hold to his word about taxes. I’m not going to raise taxes.

“He’s pro-amnesty in terms that he is not doing anything about these illegal aliens about to be released all over Las Vegas,” VanDerBeek continued. “I don’t know what he is doing about that. This illegal alien issue is going to be an ongoing thing. He has issued driver’s licenses to them.”

VanDerBeek doesn’t even consider Sandoval a Republican.

“I consider myself the only Republican candidate in the race,” he said. “I consider him more of a socialist-democrat.”

When I asked him why he didn’t run as a Republican, VanDerBeek said:

“Because the Republican Party is so rotted and corrupt that an actual Republican that would uphold the original values of the party would never make it anywhere. They endorsed him (Sandoval). That should tell you something.”

Sandoval’s campaign declined comment.

VanDerBeek knows he has a difficult road to election. No IAP candidate has ever held statewide office in Nevada. VanDerBeek is not deterred by the odds.

“Just because you may or may not win an election, do you not speak up for what is right?” he said. “It doesn’t matter to a certain degree. You tell the truth and let the consequences fall, if you are a good human being. That’s what a good person does.”

He does not give his IAP much of a chance in many races.

“As far as the Independent American Party, it is up against the electronic voting fraud machine,” VanDerBeek said. “There is lots of strong evidence of electronic voting fraud. So until Democrats and Republicans actually start losing races, they will have no incentive to do anything about these fraudulent machines that can be flipped-flopped and hacked.

“I don’t know who is actually elected by the people at this point and no one else does, either,” VanDerBeek continued. “You can pretend your vote counts with these machines but they are computers so they can be hacked. We should be using paper ballots like we were.

“But like I said, until these corrupt in power actually lose some races to these voting machines, they will have no incentive to do anything about them.” So that is one factor against the Independent American Party.

“But another is the American public has to wake up in terms of the lack of choice,” he said. “If you have Republicans and Democrats who are both big government and if Americans continue to vote for that, then that is what they want. It not what I want and there is a growing segment of society that doesn’t want that and they are clear about that.”

 source: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/23/iap-candidate-wants-federal-land-returned-nevada/13061327/

3rd Party Politics and Vote Rigging in Nevada with David Lory VanDerBeek

3rd party candidate for Nevada Governor, David Lory VanDerBeek talks about the process of running for office, not being a republican or democrat, and delivering a message “through the matrix.” Vote counting, machine rigging, and an agenda to erase him by the government orthodoxy is explained to Sean Stone of Buzzsaw in this clip from the full length interview.

Continue reading

The Nevada gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014, vote Brain Sandoval out!

The Nevada gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brian Sandoval (R) is running for re-election.[1] The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.vote

Nevada has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party’s candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Race background

Sandoval won election in 2010, a year when Republicans were trending to the far-right, leading to the election of controversial GOP governors such as Florida’s Rick Scott and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker. Two years into Sandoval’s term, meanwhile, he remained mostly out of the national spotlight due to his pragmatic, low-key approach and willingness to work with both sides of the aisle. With the national Republican Party in rebuilding mode, Sandoval offered an example in contrast to the more aggressive approach taken by the GOP in recent years.[6]

See also

External links

DA DICK GAMMICK AND NEVADA GOVERNOR BRIAN SANDOVAL

GOVERNOR BRIAN SANDOVAL

References

No Democrat for Nevada Governor 2014 election against Governor Sunshine?

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Republican primary Candidates Declared
Brian Sandoval, incumbent Governor[1]

Democratic primary Candidates Potential

Barbara Buckley, former Speaker of the Nevada Assembly[2] Buckley-0058

Barbara Buckley (born November 23, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an attorney and Democratic Party politician who served as a member of the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 8 (map) from 1994 to 2011. She served as Assembly Speaker from 2007 to 2011, the first woman in Nevada history to serve as Speaker. She also served as Majority Leader of the Assembly from 2001 to 2007.[1] Recently-enacted term limits prevented Buckley from seeking re-election in the 2010 elections.[2] She currently serves as executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and as the executive director of Clark County Legal Services[3] in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was speculated as a candidate for Governor of Nevada in 2010 but she chose not to run.[4] She may run for Governor in 2014.[5]

Steve Sisolak 2014Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner[3]

Nevada Democrats must be tired of having their asses kicked in gubernatorial contests. By the time the 2014 election cycle is completed, 16 years will have passed since the Democrats had a sitting governor in the Silver State. But does a moderate Democrat from Clark County have a prayer of a chance, especially against a Republican incumbent with an approval rating approaching 60 percent? The answer: maybe.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak has stopped just short of tossing his fedora into the ring. In November he told reporters he would be “keeping his options open.” And last week during a TV interview with Jon Ralston, he reiterated that he is “not ruling anything out.” He told me and others that not a day goes by without someone asking him to run, adding that it is way too early for any kind of decision, which is exactly the right thing to say. Put it all together, though, and there seems to be no question that he is interested in taking things to the next level. Few would be surprised if Sisolak formed an exploratory committee later this year.

But does he have a shot?

The reality is that it would be very tough to unseat a strong incumbent. Gov. Brian Sandoval, dubbed “Governor Sunny” by Nevada pundits, is immensely popular, is advised by the smartest political operatives in the state and has managed to avoid any political missteps, even during one of the roughest economic periods in modern history. Sandoval will surely be able to raise as much money as he could possibly need, far more than any challenger. He is telegenic, has support in Clark County as well as in the North and the rurals, and has appeal that crosses party lines. Woe to any challenger willing to accept the Democratic nomination.

But there is a case to be made for the right Democrat, and it might be Sisolak. For one thing, the Republican Party in Nevada is an absolute mess. Democrats now enjoy a registration advantage of about 100,000 voters in Nevada. That’s a pretty good head start, crossover appeal or not. Sandoval loyalists have said the governor hopes to reshape the party in the next two years. He clearly has his work cut out for him.

Liberal-to-moderate Democrats from Clark County haven’t done well in statewide contests. Dina Titus, Rory Reid and Shelley Berkley come to mind. But Democrats from the southern end of the state can and do win statewide elections — Harry Reid, Ross Miller, Catherine Cortez Masto.

Sisolak starts off with one advantage over potential intra-party rivals: money. He easily won re-election to the County Commission and will be able to announce next week that he has a leftover campaign war chest of more than a million dollars. That’s a pretty big chunk of change, but is peanuts compared to what he should be able to raise now that he has been voted to chair the commission. The big money in Nevada is concentrated in Clark County, and all manner of corporate and business interests would be willing to donate the maximum amounts to any campaign that benefits the chairman of the most powerful regulatory board in the state. Sisolak would be able to raise an enormous amount of money, perhaps more than any other potential Democratic candidate.

I haven’t seen any approval ratings for Sisolak, but my guess is that he would score in the high 50s or 60s. The guy has carefully cultivated relationships with Nevada media, is always available for interviews — even about touchy subjects — and seems to get more TV airtime than some of the local anchor people. (He sure as hell gets more TV face-time than yours truly.) And he has championed causes and issues that have broad appeal. He led a charge that no other elected official has been willing to tackle — excesses within public employee unions. It was considered political suicide for anyone in local government to challenge firefighters, for instance, or cops. Sisolak screamed bloody murder about the blatant misuse of sick time and vacation hours by firefighters and has complained loudly about pay and benefits that are out of line with economic realities. Public employee unions most likely hate his guts, but this is an issue that will continue to resonate with voters, both Democrats and Republicans.

Sisolak has jumped directly into the middle of other third-rail-type issues — the contentious coroner’s inquest procedure, oversight of the perpetually troubled University Medical Center. He doesn’t duck the tough stuff. Again, that is a trait with crossover appeal.

Still, could he overcome the stigma attached to anyone from Las Vegas in the eyes of rural and northern voters? Let’s face it, any candidate hailing from our end of the state faces an uphill battle outside of Clark County. We may not recognize it, but the north-south, urban-rural split is very real in every town north of Coyote Springs.

But I would submit that Sisolak has an advantage that hasn’t been available to other candidates from Las Vegas.

In a nutshell, he has shown the balls to stand up against water czarina Pat Mulroy and her proposed rural water grab. I realize that this is an issue which approaches an obsession with a certain columnist and isn’t nearly as prominent with average folks in the Las Vegas Valley. But outside of Clark County, the proposed water grab is a very big deal. In White Pine County, for instance, a few commissioners who expressed a willingness to negotiate with the powerful Mulroy were unceremoniously booted from office. For rural residents, the water grab is a life-or-death issue. Sisolak is pretty much the only elected official who’s had the balls to criticize Mulroy and her water agencies for their profligate spending and short-sighted policies. A campaign pitch about Pat’s pipeline would have considerable appeal throughout the rest of the state.

It could also be argued that the water issue could become a game-changer here, too. We saw evidence of this last year when Mulroy announced that water bills for many local businesses would have to be increased by 300 percent or more to pay for infrastructure projects she had already green-lighted. At long last, business owners started paying attention to water issues. When they get around to focusing on the outrageous costs that still loom — in the neighborhood of $15 billion dollars for the pipeline project — and what this would do to water bills for businesses and homes, local voters might finally come to the conclusion that Sisolak reached long ago: This is a really bad idea. It has always been a bad idea, but other than Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, no elected official before Sisolak had the guts to stand up to Mulroy and the pro-growth power brokers who watch her back.

In the final analysis, it would still be an uphill fight. And it is a mystery which other Democrats might be willing to challenge Gov. Sandoval. (My guess: not many.) But Steve Sisolak will have plenty of money, as well as crossover appeal, media savvy and a lot more going for him — if he decides to run. That would be an interesting contest.

GEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at gknapp@klastv.com.

Declined
Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada Attorney General[4]Ross Miller, Secretary of State of Nevada[5] (running for Nevada Attorney General)
Rory Reid, former Clark County Commissioner and nominee for Governor in 2010[6]

Independent American primary

Candidates

Declared

We are defending this nation against domestic enemies in the federal government as they bring in Russian and NATO troops to quell the riots our government will start by manufacturing an economic meltdown and phony “terrorist” attacks as a justification for new wars in the Middle East. One false flag scenario our government is planning to use is a fake assassination attempt against Obama’s life to be blamed on white, Constitutional, gun-owning, Christian, veterans so they can demonize Americans and rebrand the war on terrorism against Americans rather than Al-Qaeda. This will give Obama sympathy votes in the election as he fails. At the same time, they send our troops overseas to the Middle East so they are not here to protect us. We must all take responsibility for the preservation of our national sovereignty and our Constitutional freedoms. From that manufactured economic crisis, they want to force us into accepting a global bank bailout from a global government system and therefore force us to pay global taxes and be policed by a global army. WAKE UP AMERICA! General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Brian
Sandoval (R)
Democratic
opponent
Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 3–4, 2012 750 ± 3.6% 55% 32% 12%
Public Policy Polling October 8–10, 2012 594 ± 4.0% 53% 34% 13%
Public Policy Polling August 23–26, 2012 831 ± 3.4% 53% 35% 12%
[show]Hypothetical polling

References

  1. ^ a b Waldron, Molly (December 14, 2011). “Gov. Sandoval says he will seek re-election”. KTNV-TV. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Myers, Laura (November 11, 2012). “Nevada voters will watch political musical chairs in coming elections”. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Hagar, Ray (July 6, 2013). “Sisolak weighs his odds vs. Sandoval in a contest for Nevada governor”. Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Ralston, Jon (12 June 2013). “Cortez Masto won’t run for LG, likely won’t be on ballot in 2014”. Ralston Reports. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ “Ross Miller: A prince who would be king | Inside Nevada Politics”. Blogs.rgj.com. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  6. ^ Myers, Laura (18 February 2013). “Political Eye: Rory Reid stepping away from politics”. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

External links

Official campaign websites

meet Nevada’s Next Governor David Lory VanDerBeek

Nevada’s Next Governor David Lory VanDerBeek

We like this guy David Lory VanDerBeek and support his efforts for Nevada Governor. Unlike Brian Sandoval, this fella is speaking the truth and not afraid to take on the topics we care about including Corruption, NWO, GMO foods, gun rights, tyranny and the usual fiscal policies… Kepp up the good work David Lory VanDerBeek.

The American dream is a simple concept.  The American dream was that you could come to America and it did not matter who you were, where you were from, or what your background was. Through hard work and creativity you could become independently wealthy and enjoy the fruits of your life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness however you chose to define it. THAT is the American dream. The reality is that this dream is dying because our government is under the control of a global mafia cartel that has purchased the favors of both the major political parties. However, there is a remedy…that is you. It does not matter what these criminals in Washington have done. It does not matter how many laws they have passed, how many judges they have bought off, how many patriots they have forced out of government, how many whistleblowers they have murdered, because We the People always possess the power to restore our freedom.

See more on his website: http://nevadagovernor2014.com

See his viral videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/davidlory?feature=watch

Continue reading