State agencies were told Wednesday they should plan flat budgets for the next biennium and to recommend spending reductions of 5 percent below that.

money blackholeState agencies were told Wednesday they should plan flat budgets for the next biennium and to recommend spending reductions of 5 percent below that.

The announcement came during the Sandoval administration’s first presentation on the next budget cycle and to veteran agency heads it must have felt a lot like deja vu — the same thing they were told during the depths of the recession.

“There is no intent to cut the agencies,” said Finance Department Director Jim Wells.

But he said revenues are coming in at or a hair less than projected and the state must be prepared to make reductions if necessary. He told a crowd of agency officials at the briefing it’s up to them to decide what programs would be reduced and, if necessary, by how much. He said preparing those decisions in advance would make things a lot easier and better than at the last minute if the Economic Forum tells the administration the money hoped for won’t be there.

He said hopefully no cuts will be needed but the administration doesn’t want a repeat of what happened when the economy collapsed in the fall of 2007, leaving the state almost no time to react.

Wells said the current General Fund budget of $7.3 billion will probably grow to $7.5 or $7.6 billion, but that doesn’t mean there will be room for enhancements.

“Any increase in revenues would be eaten up by the roll-ups,” he said referring to cost increases such as in medical services that are beyond state control. One big category in which there’s a projected decrease is the percentage of Medicaid the federal government pays. Even a fraction of a percent reduction there costs the state millions since Medicaid is the state’s largest single budget at $5.3 billion.

In addition, there are the ongoing costs built into the current budget that have to be paid next cycle including the employee raises and the 100 added officers at state prisons among others.

So Wells and Sandoval’s Chief of Staff Mike Willden said proposed budgets for the 2018-2019 cycle can be no more than twice the amount budgeted for fiscal 2017.

Wells emphasized his office doesn’t want across the board cuts but prioritized reductions targeting low priority programs.

Willden said the 2015 session was about fixing Nevada’s revenue system.

“2017 is going to be about cost controls, efficient government, those kind of things,” he said. “We’re looking for better ways to manage your resources.”

There are, however, exceptions to that limit including caseload growth, agency specific inflation, federal and court ordered increases and any enhancements authorized by the governor’s office. Generally, the caps apply to state General Fund and Highway Fund spending, not to federal and other revenue sources.

The budget plan also laid out a list of new and tighter deadlines for submitting budget plans and bill draft requests, most placed in statute by the 2015 Legislature.

The first of those deadlines is April 15 when agencies have to submit legislative summaries to the governor’s office. Non-budget bill draft requests are due August 1 at the Legislative Counsel Bureau and budget bills are due at the budget office September 1.

Also this time, LCB won’t accept “placeholder” bill draft requests — a blank request that doesn’t specify what would eventually be in the proposed legislation. He said BDRs must contain enough information to tell what the bill is going to be about.

Wells said since the governor only has 110 BDRs next time, they have to keep a tight rein on the requests for statutory changes.

The governor is also clamping down tighter on the portion of the budget cycle known as the “Agency Request” budget. The agency request budget came in at about $8 billion at the start of this current cycle, which Sandoval tried initially to keep from becoming public — and even from the legislative fiscal staff.

This time, he has set strict rules requiring agencies to get permission before including any enhancement above two-times-current-spending in their proposed budgets.

That will frustrate advocacy groups and government watchers for a long list of agencies who see the agency request budget as a view into what the agency believes it needs as opposed to what the governor’s office thinks.

Willden described the change as “formalizing the enhancement process.” He said the governor’s office would be providing “some pretty firm directions” as to the kinds of enhancements it intends to include in the budget.

Suppose, for example, that Trump nominated Brian Sandoval to replace Justice Scalia.

American ThinkerIf Donald Trump is a true conservative, then there is no danger at all in electing him to be president.  Trump might, in fact, introduce a new and dynamic electoral element to conservatism, as he noted when observing that he might carry New York and other traditionally leftist states in the northeast part of our nation.  If Trump is a true conservative, then he could be the best thing that happened to conservatives in America since Reagan.

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

His dealing-making prowess, his willingness to tweak the delicate noses of political correctness, his willingness to take on the Republican Establishment – all these are great advantages that Trump would have over most Republican nominees or Republican presidents…if Trump is a true conservative.  We all ought to hope that Donald Trump is just that – a conservative who cherishes the values of conservatives and wants to restore the moral greatness of America (the other so-called “greatness” of wealth and power don’t really matter).

What, though, if Donald Trump is not just a RINO, but a CINO – a “conservative in name only”?  What if Trump really does see the problems of politics today that we do not negotiate tough enough deals or that we do not manage government well enough?  What if Trump believes that he can save America by producing business growth (without also constraining federal courts, reducing presidential power, and re-asserting the only true greatness of our nation: its moral greatness)?brian sandoval proclamation

This does not mean Trump is insincere or phony, but just that he honestly believes that muscle and money make everything right.  What is the danger to that?  If Trump is President Trump, he is also the leader of the Republican Party, and Congress will have no real chance of stopping much of what he proposes.

Suppose, for example, that Trump nominated Brian Sandoval to replace Justice Scalia.  Sandoval is a “moderate” who would sometimes rule with the leftist side of the court.  What if Trump then appointed Chris Christie to the next vacancy?  The Supreme Court would move sharply left without any true leftist being appointed, and Senate Republicans could do nothing about it.

What if Trump, anxious to “get things done,” decided that the vast arrogation of executive power by Obama, while wrong in theory, was just what he needed to implement his agenda?  If Trump is “results oriented” instead of “rights oriented,” then, like leftists, Trump might take the attitude that the ends justify the means, and what, exactly, could Republicans in Congress do about that?

Furthermore, what if Trump intended to reform health care “sensibly” but still embrace a single-payer plan?  He might construct something better than Obamacare, but the underlying principle of keeping government out of health care would be lost, perhaps forever, in American politics.  In one sense, an Obamacare that is wildly unpopular is better, in the long run, than a Trumpcare favorably received.

This assumes, of course, that Trump really does fancy himself a conservative who joined the Republican Party recently as the best way of implementing his particular conservative program.  What if Trump is really more of a moderate who is trying to temper the conservative movement, even as he kicks out an incompetent and corrupt Democrat administration?

Talk of “bringing Americans together” is always scary stuff – very much the glop of true RINOs.  We need, instead, to split America apart and produce victory for conservatives over leftists and their tapioca moderate friends.  While trying to do the right thing, Trump may so divide conservatives and so splinter Republicans in Congress that we can do nothing, except what Trump feels is good policy, for at least four years.

Conservatives are always weakest with a Republican president like Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Bush, or Bush as the titular head of the only reservoir of conservative political power.  Except for Nixon, the other four of those Republican presidents were honorable and decent men.  But all were disasters for conservative policies in America.

Indeed, most of the awful programs since World War Two were brought to us with RINO presidents whipping conservatives in Congress into supporting their “reforms.”  The opportunity for good things if Trump is a true conservative are great, but the dangers to conservatives if he is not truly conservative are monumental.


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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday he is not interested in being considered for the U.S. Supreme Court at this time, and he has told the White House.

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By Michelle Rindels, AP

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday he is not interested in being considered for the U.S. Supreme Court at this time, and he has told the White House.

The Republican governor issued a statement the day after the Washington Post reported the White House was considering him as a potential replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Senate Republicans have said they will not consider a nominee from President Obama during an election year.

“Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States,” Sandoval wrote. “The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling, and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned.”

He offered no reason for his decision but said he also expressed his position to senators Harry Reid, Dean Heller and Mitch McConnell.

The Senate’s vetting process for any nominee is expected to be viciously political, if hearings take place at all. Sandoval’s mention was thought to be a way around Republican senators’ resistance to considering an Obama nominee.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada last week suggested the next justice could be a Nevadan. He said Thursday he hopes Sandoval’s name will come up again later.

“As a friend and former colleague of Governor Sandoval’s, I believe he is eminently qualified for this position,” Heller said. “But, I support his decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the Supreme Court vacancy. I hope the next president will consider him in the future.”

Sandoval, 52, is a former federal judge and popular second-term governor.


Meet Brian Sandoval, Nevada’s Party Pooper He may be the most popular Republican in the country. So why does it feel like every GOP candidate is running in the other direction?

brian-sandoval-bongLast June, on a school playground in Las Vegas, a Republican governor plopped into a chair before a folding metal table, applied a gray pen to a slip of paper, and broke into a jaunty grin while a throng of elementary students clapped politely. With that signature, Brian Sandoval passed part of an education package derived from an enormous tax increase well north of a billion dollars, the largest tax hike in the 151-year history of Nevada.
Since then, Sandoval has found himself somewhat lonely on the Republican stage—which is ironic, perhaps, for a handsome, hugely popular Latino star in a party eager to showcase its Hispanic credentials, a man who has been leading a state that has been thoroughly combed for months by Republican presidential candidates ahead of the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday. Only a week ago in South Carolina, the endorsement of another high-wattage GOP star, Nikki Haley, was huge news and may well have turned the tide of the race—or at least driven Jeb Bush out when Haley crushed his hopes by endorsing his rival Marco Rubio.
But the courting of Sandoval, if you can call it that, has been a far more subtle affair for the GOP presidential candidates. He is in the unenviable position of being seen as an ideological apostate who simultaneously boasts approval ratings in the high-to-mid 60s. When the general election comes, Sandoval’s endorsement will be desperately needed; Democrats privately fear he could be a potent weapon to drive Latino and Hispanic turnout. But in an unpredictable and highly partisan GOP caucus, with many conservative Republicans alleging betrayal by Sandoval over his historic tax hike and threatening revolt, the endorsement of the Nevada governor is seen as more of a headache than a helpmate. And no one is quite sure what to do about him.
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval gets floated as a possible Supreme Court nominee

brian-sandoval-bongFollowing Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday, there’s been debate over whether President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement, and if the Republican-controlled Senate should block any and all nominations until the president’s final term runs out.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement that Scalia’s seat on the bench should not be filled by the Obama administration, arguing that “the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.”

But in a post to The Fix titled “5 possible Supreme Court picks that could make Republicans squirm,” The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips says Obama could still move ahead with finding someone to put before the Senate.

“Outside the Beltway, there’s one name that could really make things awkward for Republicans mostly because he’s such a qualified candidate,” she writes about Sandoval.

She lists the facts that he’s Republican, Hispanic, a former federal judge and moderate on certain issues like abortion, immigration and same-sex marriage.

“The governor is such a consensus-building candidate that, by picking him, Obama would be extending an olive branch that Republicans could look foolish in batting away,” Phillips says.

Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

But she also says that stance on abortion could be a non-starter with Senate Republicans.

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U.S. Supreme Court

“It would be difficult to near-impossible to imagine 14 Senate Republicans voting to the highest court someone who opposes this most basic conservative principle,” Phillips writes. “And it’s likely that some Senate Democrats would balk at a guy who is pretty conservative on many other issues.”

The Washington Post isn’t the only outlet suggesting the governor as a possibility.

The Morning Consult also put forth Sandoval as a candidate for the nomination, saying the governor could be a legacy choice for Obama.

“He might consider a popular Republican from a swing state, one whose ideology would be acceptable to Democrats and whose stature would be impossible for Senate Republicans to ignore one who has won unanimous Senate confirmation to a judicial post in the past, and who is said to yearn for a return to the judiciary,” Reid Wilson writes.

Sen. Dean Heller also might have hinted at Sandoval as a possibility. Heller said in a statement released Wednesday:

The chances of approving a new nominee are slim, but Nevadans should have a voice in the process. That’s why I encourage the President to use this opportunity to put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda on the nation’s highest court. But should he decide to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, who knows, maybe it’ll be a Nevadan.

A spokesman for Heller later told the Associated Press the senator believes the nomination should wait for the next president. The AP also acknowledged that Brian Sandoval is among the names political activists have discussed as a possibility, though an unlikely one.


Gov. Brian Sandoval has thrown down the gauntlet in the battle over hardrock mining’s future in Nevada, taking the bold step of calling out Sally Jewell over management of agencies she oversees as Secretary of the Interior.

brian-sandoval-bongGov. Brian Sandoval has thrown down the gauntlet in the battle over hardrock mining’s future in Nevada, taking the bold step of calling out Sally Jewell over management of agencies she oversees as Secretary of the Interior.

Their response will reveal whether the proposed mineral withdrawal is more about helping the sage grouse or harming the state’s mining industry.

The Bureau of Land Management’s comment period closed three weeks ago, and Nevadans could learn by the end of the month whether the current two-year ban will be extended to 20 years. If it is, there will be no exploration along the northern edge of our state, nor in much of Idaho and southeastern Oregon.

Sandoval submitted the state’s official comments by the Jan. 15 deadline, including a revision that followed his talks with Jewell in early December. “Secretary Jewell committed to robust collaboration on the mineral withdrawal process,” he announced at the time. “The Secretary understands the national security and economic development importance of the mineral potential in Nevada.”

The deal outlined by our governor would preserve mining exploration on most of the proposed withdrawal area, while protecting critical sage grouse habitat in other areas. But it may be in jeopardy, because on Jan. 28 Sandoval issued a press release putting Jewell on the spot.

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Nevada Governor Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Aliens To Teach In Schools… #NoAmnesty

brian-sandoval-bongGovernor Brian Sandoval of Carson City, Nevada has put his signature on a bill for immigrants with a temporary legal status to get a teaching job. Here we go with another illegal loving RINO wanting to put Americans on the back burner and pave the way for the leeches to better themselves. If you came to America legally then by all means, pursue whatever dream you want.

What I cannot stand is this insane movement to legitimize criminals who are here in America only through an illegal act. It is this catering to illegals that will continue to leave the flood gates open, put downward pressure on wages for American citizens, and increase the financial and infrastructure burden that plagues our nation and States.

The Republican governor signed AB27 this week and was supported by legislators and a 22-year-old Mexican student who will reap the benefits from the law. The law affects illegals including those who have work permits through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA or ‘DREAMers.’

The existing law allowed the state superintendent to give a teaching license to people who are not citizens but have a ‘work permit’ but only if there’s a shortage of teachers for a subject the person is able to teach. This new law allows these immigrants to acquire a teaching license if a district has a shortage of teachers period. This is ridiculous.

Too many well qualified teachers who have a job, barely scrape by, and on top of that, they have to pay for the 3 out of 4 illegals that are on welfare. So, in addition to this burden, American’s can’t get jobs, but illegal hiring brings a bonus of $2500/employee for hiring them. I find this to be grossly unfair.

The original immigrants came to America, most with a trade and an eagerness to work, live & assimilate, and help in the construction of America. The group on this train are coming with their hands out and an excuse for why they deserve it. They’re going to destroy what’s left of America, especially with the mind-set of this democratic administration with their “vote for me for a freebie”, they steal from the working class, and stuff 80% of it into their own pockets.

Whatever aspirations Sandoval may have had for higher office, he has just thrown away. He needs to switch over to Democrat.

Our Constitutional Republic is but a sad memory of a once great nation. The tree of liberty is getting mighty thirsty indeed!

Mari St. Martin the spokeswoman for Governor Brian Sandoval was booked into the Washoe County jail over the weekend for DUI and driving the wrong way down a one-way road.

The spokeswoman for Governor Brian Sandoval was booked into the Washoe County jail over the weekend for DUI and driving the wrong way down a one-way road.

Mari St. Martin the spokeswoman for Governor Brian Sandoval was booked into the Washoe County jail over the weekend for DUI and driving the wrong way down a one-way road.

brian-sandoval-bongRENO, NV – The spokeswoman for Governor Brian Sandoval was booked into the Washoe County jail over the weekend for DUI and driving the wrong way down a one-way road.

Reno police arrested 30-year-old Mari St. Martin late the night of Friday, May 8, 2015. She was booked and released.

St. Martin has been Sandoval’s communications director since 2014; she had worked for his re-election campaign, and before that worked for Congressman Joe Heck and Senator Dean Heller. She also unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Nevada State Senate in 2012.

Two Things You Need To Know About Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval: He’s Arrogant And Not Very Smart I should know, as he’s my governor

sandovalAuthor’s note: As many people who read this space regularly know, I live in the state Harry Reid abandoned many years ago for a condominium at the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC. Many times, you will see a gap between my columns in a national forum. That is because I have written a primarily Nevada-oriented piece that is not of general interest (vacations are for sissies). Last week, Nevada’s biennial legislative session opened; and most of what I would normally have written would not concern anyone outside our borders. Except that the folks in DC seem to think our RINO Governor represents the future of the Republican Party. So, adding this note of explanation, I have sent this normally state piece out so you can see what a weasel Brian Sandoval actually is.

I’ve had just about a sackful of this arrogant, failed federal judge we now call Governor Brian Sandoval in Nevada.

Last week, after a state of the state address where he most notably told the taxpayers that we were too stupid to elect our own school boards, he released a probably illegal plan to raise about a billion dollars over two years; and then, faced with the blowback, the arrogant dolt went to the editorial board of the state’s largest newspaper and did a pretty fair imitation of Barack Obama—considering he claims to be a Republican.

He told the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review Journal that if the Legislature didn’t acquiesce to that tax increase, then there could be as much as a 20% across-the-board budget cut.

It would seem possible that the Governor is a product of those schools he says are failing. However, the truth is that he went to a pricy private school in Reno. Nonetheless, he asked for a 12% increase in spending. Failing that, he’s talking about 20% cuts. Hell, even his pet mainstream media hacks are smarter than that.

“If you’re not going to continue the sunsets (taxes) and you’re not going to do what I’m proposing, it will be devastating,” Sandoval told the Review-Journal editorial board as he pimped for his $1.15 billion plan to extend taxes and raise business license fees. “It will devastate the university system. It will devastate K-through-12.”

So now we come to the issue of his proposed increase in the business license fees (based on gross revenue).

The problem here is that any business that is either involved in interstate commerce or is otherwise subject to federal preemption can’t be licensed unless there is a compelling state interest—you know, like life, health, or safety. By the time you get done backing those businesses out of the fee increase and factor in the massive costs of inevitable litigation and the time it will take, you are left with a “fee” that discriminates against intrastate (read that: Nevada) businesses and won’t bring in nearly the kind of money the former federal judge says it will.

Further, in determining just the question of who is involved in interstate commerce, the case law casts a very wide net.

First year pre-law students study a 1942 case titled Wickard v. Filburn. In an effort to increase wheat prices during the Great Depression, Congress passed the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, which limited the amount of wheat that individual farmers could grow for sale into the market. By limiting the amount of wheat in the general market, Congress hoped to cut supply and, ultimately, increase prices. Roscoe Filburn, of Ohio, decided to grow more wheat, arguing that he did not plan to sell it, but rather consume it on his own farm. Claude Wickard, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, brought suit against Filburn, arguing that he could not grow more wheat than the law allowed. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Wickard, explaining that even though Filburn was growing the extra wheat for private consumption, his excess wheat crop would decrease the amount of wheat that he would otherwise be buying off the market. Because wheat was sold across the country, it was a national product; and the Court ruled that Filburn’s actions would affect interstate commerce.

Like it or not—like Roe v. Wade—that’s the law.

Now, presumably, back when he was going to THE Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in the late 1980’s, former Federal Judge Brian Sandoval came across this and other cases explaining the commerce clause in the Constitution and the case law which implements that clause. Perhaps he wasn’t paying attention that day, but I sure was when I took Constitutional Law 101 at Bradley University in 1973 and when I have covered four or five such licensing disputes which have ended up in court since then.

And that’s only one reason for Federal preemption.

Take publications and web sites—a huge new business category. Do you really think that any federal judge—especially given the Citizens’ United decision—would rule that a publication which refuses to pay for a state or local business license could be shut down? Seriously, Judge (Governor) Sandoval?

Broadcasters are exclusively regulated by the Federal Government. There’s a whole lot more gross revenue going without fees being assessed.

Do I need to keep going?

In fact, a Federal suit seeking declaratory judgment might upend most local licensing schemes in Nevada. (I’m not a lawyer, but I can play one on the radio.)

Worse (for the Guv, not the taxpayers), courts have repeatedly ruled that licenses do not exist to raise money–so that even if the state could find a compelling interest, they can only reasonably charge for the license what it costs to regulate the business in question. That makes it difficult to have a license fee based on gross revenue.

I know that the Governor’s minions do not brook this sort of criticism. They can go pound sand.

I’m not prepared to be told that mere taxpayers are a) too stupid to elect their local school boards, and then b) they have to shell out more than a half a billion dollars a year because this guy can’t figure out that more money does not buy more education. It never has, and it never will.

He can throw his Barack Obama-like tantrums all he wants, and all I see is a failed federal judge masquerading as a Republican Governor who truly has little or no understanding of reality. If we were to replace Harry Reid with him, it would be a case of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

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Stop the “SandovalTax”

Governor Brian Sandoval wants to tax you more.


Governor Sandoval wants a new fine on businesses that do good–the better a business does, the more they have to pay for a business license.  The businesses pass this cost onto the consumers, YOU.  And when you pay for that product or service, not only does it cost you more, the higher cost results in more sales tax paid.  It’s a lose-lose situation for tax papers and win-win for politicians who can’t budget.

Call or email your Legislature, Mrs Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)  775-247-7665  –   and tell her “NO on the SandovalTax.”  She has a track record of blowing off voters’ phone calls.  If she doesn’t return your call or email, don’t vote for her again.  She’s too busy with her four babies, and a fifth baby on the way, too busy to bother with voters like you.

When Members of the Same Party Face Off Sandoval-Laxalt skirmish brings to mind other examples of infighting between same-party Nevada politicians

laxalt vs sandovalBy Michael Green

Democrats and connoisseurs of the theater of political absurdity have enjoyed the recent tiff (if you could call it that) between Gov. Brian Sandoval and the attorney general for whom he so cheerfully campaigned. The gist of the spat: Adam Laxalt decided to join a lawsuit with other state attorneys general challenging President Barack Obama’s executive order halting the deportation of some illegal immigrants—except that Laxalt didn’t clear the move with Sandoval beforehand.

Let’s set aside that Laxalt may well owe Sandoval his election; that Laxalt had claimed he wouldn’t sandbag Sandoval in this way; that Sandoval was once this state’s attorney general and a federal judge who may know something about this subject; and that the national GOP has tapped Sandoval to join Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico as part of a national outreach effort to the Hispanic community (a community that might have an opinion or two on the issue of deportation).

Instead, let’s consider history.

When they wrote the state constitution, Nevada’s founding fathers anticipated a limited state government with a weak governor. While the president of the United States runs on a ticket with his handpicked No. 2 and then chooses his secretary of state, financial advisers and, yes, attorney general, Nevada’s governor isn’t afforded these luxuries; rather, the electorate tackles this chore. That’s led to politicians from opposing parties working, as you might expect, toward opposing ends in the same office. Oddly, it’s also led to politicians from the same parties working toward opposing ends.

Consider: In 1982, Democrat Richard Bryan was elected governor, with Washoe County businessman Bob Cashell, a fellow Democrat, as Bryan’s lieutenant. But they clashed on the issues, and Bryan didn’t trust Cashell to back his administration. After just a few months in office, Cashell switched parties. He was expected to challenge Bryan’s reelection in 1986 but didn’t; instead, that year Bryan defeated Patty Cafferata, then the state treasurer … and now Laxalt’s spokeswoman.

Other governors have had—or have been rumored to have—spiky relationships with fellow party members in their administrations. In 1974, Mike O’Callaghan easily won reelection. His new lieutenant governor was Washoe County District Attorney Bob Rose. Rumbling spread through Nevada that the two Democrats weren’t that close—perhaps understandably, since Rose’s predecessor was Harry Reid, who had been O’Callaghan’s close friend and former student. O’Callaghan and Rose couldn’t have matched that level of trust.

Another likely reason they weren’t particularly tight was that Rose was closer politically to Grant Sawyer, the former governor, than he was to O’Callaghan. While Sawyer and O’Callaghan weren’t enemies, they did jockey against each other a bit. And Sawyer was familiar with this sort of problem. When he was elected governor in 1958, his attorney general was Roger D. Foley—both Democrats, both liberal-minded, close in age and obviously ambitious. They respected each other but disagreed on some issues related to civil rights—Sawyer wanted to do a lot, but Foley felt Sawyer should do even more.

Foley resigned in 1962 to become a federal judge. That year, the winner of the attorney general’s race was Harvey Dickerson, who had lost his bid for governor in the 1958 Democratic primary to—you guessed it—Sawyer. When Sawyer tried to force casino operators to desegregate and warned that “we would be looking very closely at their operations”—an implicit threat—Dickerson said his boss lacked the power to do that. But Sawyer later said that “by then I was already doing it, and I continued to do it until we had a law that took care of the situation.”

Then again, Dickerson didn’t annoy Sawyer as much as his lieutenant governor did. When Sawyer would leave the state, his No. 2 would convene meetings and make appointments to office. Eventually, Sawyer sued, and the Nevada Supreme Court ruled the lieutenant governor’s powers were limited to emergencies when the governor couldn’t be reached.

In this case, the two were bound to disagree on some things, since Sawyer was a Democrat and his lieutenant governor was a Republican. You may have heard of him: Paul Laxalt. You see, he has this grandson …

Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV

Gov. Brian Sandoval warned Friday that if Nevada lawmakers don’t extend sun-setting taxes and approve new tax revenue the state could face across-the-board budget cuts as deep as 20 percent, damaging an already dismal education system.

Gov. Brian Sandoval warned Friday that if Nevada lawmakers don’t extend sun-setting taxes and approve new tax revenue the state could face across-the-board budget cuts as deep as 20 percent, damaging an already dismal education system.

“If you’re not going to continue the sunsets and you’re not going to do what I’m proposing, it will be devastating,” Sandoval told the Review-Journal editorial board as he made the case for his $1.15 billion plan to extend taxes and raise business license fees. “It will devastate the university system. It will devastate K-through-12.”

brian-sandoval-bongJust days before Monday’s open of the biennial Nevada Legislature session, Sandoval said he’s been meeting with leaders of various businesses — the fuel industry and insurance companies were mentioned — who oppose his tax plan, although they agree with his goal to boost education spending, improving quality at all levels to meet the needs of a modern workforce.

The governor said he’s also meeting with leaders in the Senate and the Assembly, now both controlled by majority Republicans, to begin selling his plan for a graduated business license fee that would raise $438 million over the next two years for education reforms.

Businesses would pay from $400 to $4.3 million annually for a license, depending on a companies’ gross receipts. The scheme is attracting critics who suggest it’s too close to failed plans to tax gross receipts in 2003 and last year’s voter-rejected business margins tax.

Sandoval said he’s well aware of the opposition and he welcomes a healthy debate on any proposal put forward during the session, from a corporate income tax to a tax on services to doubling the payroll tax, or Modified Business Tax, which four out of five Nevada businesses don’t pay.

“All of them agree that we need to fund education,” Sandoval said of the business community. “What the disagreement is, is how we’re going to do it. None of these (tax and revenue raising) plans is going to be perfect.”

Sandoval’s plan, he argued, “is the broadest. It is the fairest. And it is the simplest” because none of Nevada’s 330,000 or so companies are exempt, it’s easy to collect and a business license fee, now $200 a year, is already in place.

“There may be different iterations of this,” Sandoval said of his tax plan, adding that someone suggested to him “just double the MBT and we’ll be done in 48 hours.” Others have suggested extending the sales tax to services and allow businesses “to just pass it on” to consumers. He said the state wouldn’t be able to implement such a complicated service tax plan to raise revenue in the coming two years, however, which is why he suggested studying it first.

Sandoval, a moderate Republican, said his meetings with business people as well as lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties have been positive, though conservative GOP Assembly members already oppose tax increases — the governor’s or any others.

“I think there’s general consensus the business community wants to do more for education,” Sandoval said, then joked. “Now we’ll see who runs for the hills. I’m not.”

Any tax must be approved by a two-thirds super-majority in the Legislature and Sandoval suggested he may be able to achieve that with a coalition of Democrats, moderate Republicans and conservative GOP lawmakers who can be convinced that more money for education won’t be wasted in light of improved accountability and other reforms.

“For the most part, the super-majority of the Legislature knows that this is a generational opportunity to make a difference,” Sandoval said. “And there are some who will just say ‘no.’”

Asked if he was surprised that the heaviest criticism is coming from his own party, Sandoval said, “I knew there was going to be criticism, but I have to do what’s right for the state.

“I don’t know what that means for me two years from now, four years from now,” he added. “I have to do what I think in my heart is best for the state of Nevada and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The governor said he isn’t thinking about political considerations, but is focused on ensuring he leaves the state in better shape than when he took office in 2011. During his first term, he said, he wasn’t in a position to offer bold proposals because he had to cut the budget to make ends meet in a recession economy. Then, Nevada’s unemployment rate was about 14 percent. Now, it’s dropped to 6.8 percent, and the economy is slowing recovering.

“I have to embrace the moment,” Sandoval said. “We’ve done the cuts. I’ve done the consolidations. We’ve done the sweeps (of funds to find revenue). I’ve done all that. I did make up my mind that I’m not going to move backwards anymore. And I also made up my mind I’m not going to put a future governor through this.”

“Somebody has to take this on,” the governor added. “I’m the governor. I have to lead and I will lead. I’m going to defend this,” he said of his tax plan. “If there are other good ideas out there, I’m going to listen.”

Sandoval was asked if he is prepared to give up some of his proposals in exchange for support for his overall plan. The governor said he’s “not going to pit kids against kids” or show his cards early in the game, although such deal-making is almost always necessary in the legislative process.

“I’d be like the Seahawks showing their playbook to the Patriots” before the Superbowl, the governor said with a smile.

Not only is Fiore extremely unimpressed with Sandoval’s plan to raise business license fees by several hundred million in support of Nevada’s foundering public schools, but she continues to question his Republican credentials in the run-up to the 2015 session of the Legislature.

I respect my doormat, but I still wipe my feet on it.

That’s the impression I was left with Thursday morning after listening to firebrand conservative Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore discuss Gov. Brian Sandoval’s legislative agenda during an interview with Dave Becker on KNPR-FM, 88.9’s “State of Nevada.”

Not only is Fiore extremely unimpressed with Sandoval’s plan to raise business license fees by several hundred million in support of Nevada’s foundering public schools, but she continues to question his Republican credentials in the run-up to the 2015 session of the Legislature.

Her daily roasting only appears to be growing in intensity.

“Our state cannot afford $1.2 billion in taxes that was voted down,” Fiore said. “This isn’t something that’s pie in the sky. This tax was voted down by 80 percent of the constituents who said no on a gross receipts margins tax. This tax, this $1.2 billion, $440 million of it is basically a watered down gross receipts margins tax.

“The voters spoke loud and clear. So what message are we sending to the voters? ‘Hey guys, you took the time out, you went and voted, you voted this down on the ballot, but we’re not going to pay attention to you today. And we’re just going to do what you don’t want us to do.’ How well do you think that’s going to play in the next election?”

Fiore, meanwhile, called for slashes to the public education budget teacher education incentives and classroom-size reduction.

But, really, she thinks a great deal of Sandoval.

“The respect level for our governor has always been high and will continue to always be high, but just because we disagree on policy doesn’t mean there’s any lack of respect,” Fiore said after blasting his policies and Republican bona fides. “Brian Sandoval is our governor. He’s an incredible individual.”

In case you haven’t heard, taxes are going to be big once the 2015 Legislature convenes on Monday.

In case you haven’t heard, taxes are going to be big once the 2015 Legislature convenes on Monday.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has called for increase in the business license fee (which carries the delicious acronym “BLT”), switching to a progressive fee depending on a company’s gross receipts. He’s also proposed continuing a package of temporary taxes.

But there are plenty of other things the Legislature will have to deal with in its compressed, four-month session as it sets policy for the state for the coming two years. Here’s a look at five of those pressing issues, and maybe a few more:

1. Construction defect reform: For years, Republicans have sought to overhaul the rules regarding when and how homeowners can sue construction companies or home-repair contractors for allegedly shoddy work. But Democrats successfully kept most of those bills at bay. Now that Republicans control both houses of the Legislature, things will be different.

For one, Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, is chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee (where construction defect bills will be heard). Hansen is a plumbing contractor, and has long been an advocate of a “right to repair” bill in which contractors get a chance to make a defective repair right before being sued.

For another, state Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, is preparing a comprehensive tort reform package for introduction in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, said a recent breakfast forum sponsored by the Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce that Nevada’s litigious legal environment is “a hidden tax on business.” So the question is not whether the law will be reformed, but how. And how will Democrats — who count trial lawyers among their key constituencies — react to the proposals, now that Republicans have the votes to pass them even in the face of Democratic opposition.

2. Organized labor reform:Danny Thompson, the head of Nevada’s AFL-CIO, just today announced that working families are under attack by Republican lawmakers. And organized labor reforms long sought by the GOP are what he meant. Now that Republicans are in charge, this will be a prime focus. Ideas include changes to binding arbitration rules (or perhaps the elimination of it entirely), changes to the Public Employees Retirement System pension system and clearly defining a “fiscal emergency,” as well as outlining how collective bargaining contracts are to be handled in such circumstances, are going to be the subject of legislation in the 2015 session.

Once again, Democrats will find themselves playing defense, as labor unions are among the most reliable of their political base. But with a sympathetic Republican governor, they may not be able to muster the votes to stop some of the more moderate ideas. The real question: What will moderate Republicans and Sandoval do if, for example, a bill to simply end government-worker collective bargaining makes it out of the legislative building?

3. Education reform: Public schools in Nevada don’t have a very good reputation, but the prescriptions to fix them are as varied as the membership in the Legislature. Sandoval set the tone early in his State of the State address,promising to add more than $780 million to K-12 schools alone. But the Republican governor also called for reforms, and that’s where some of the biggest political battles will take place.

School choice will be an oft-debated topic during the session, including vouchers, scholarships and an expansion of the laws governing charter schools. While the state’s constitution prohibits state funds from being used for sectarian education, some conservatives believe that provision can be evaded by giving money directly to parents and allowing them to choose a private, even a parochial school, without offending the constitution.

Not only that, but reforms to rules governing teachers may be in the works, including further restricting (or even eliminating) teacher tenure. Those efforts will be staunchly opposed by Democrats, one of whom once declared teachers to be the “backbone” of the party, without whose support it would be “defunct.”

4. Voter ID: Republicans have repeatedly tried to get a simple law passed in Nevada that would require a drivers license or state identification card in order to vote, but they’ve been just as repeatedly thwarted by Democrats. In fact, the Democratic antipathy to the idea even led lawmakers in the 2013 session to reject a proposal by then-Secretary of State Ross Miller that would have used DMV photos at polling places, but would not have disenfranchised any voter who didn’t have a photo ID. Their stated reason: Too costly.

But now, with Republicans in control of the Legislature and with the foremost advocate of voter ID, former state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, in the secretary of state’s office, voter ID is at the forefront of the agenda. But instead of Miller’s proposal — the only voter ID at the time that didn’t draw the condemnation ofBrennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School — it appears Republicans will try to enact a straight-up voter ID requirement over Democratic objections and, inevitably, a lawsuit.

5. Marijuana: Once a neglected topic in Carson City (who else misses Assemblywoman-turned-Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani?!), marijuana is now the cause of the moment. Not only will the Legislature have to address problems that have cropped up with the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries, but lawmakers will also be compelled to deal with a voter-approved initiative to legalize recreational marijuana outright. (If they approve the measure in the first 40 days, it could become law right away; if not, it goes to the 2016 ballot for voters to decide.)

Although he’s now in the minority, nobody knows more about the issue than state Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, who will no doubt play a prominent role on the issue (when he’s not crossing swords with Republicans over labor and tort reforms).

6. And lots of other stuff: With more than 1,000 bills expected to be introduced (to say nothing of resolutions!), every subject under the desert sun will get some attention. Among the other issues are guns, especially where they may be carried concealed and whether a background check should be required for sales between two private parties. Economic development, including rules about which companies should get state incentives and how much they should pay their employees before they can get tax breaks from the state, is another one. The development of a UNLV medical school is another hot topic, one that Northern Nevada lawmakers will monitor with interest (since the only existing medical school in Nevada now is based at the University of Nevada Reno). And funding for treatment of mental health services will be an issue, spurred by negative publicity over the state’s handling of some patients who were bused to other states instead of receiving care here.

Oh, and my personal favorite: Wineries! Las Vegas may have a platoon of master sommeliers working at the various high-end restaurants in town, but there are precious few places where grapes are cultivated, fermented and bottled, to say nothing of handed out to the public in on-premises samples! Don’t make Las Vegans and Renoites schlep all the way to Napa Valley, Legislature!

Chuck Muth-led PAC takes 1st steps to recall Assembly Republicans


A Nevada conservative activist is launching a number of PACs designed to recall three Southern Nevada Republicans who haven’t staked out a strong anti-tax stance.

Citizen Outreach President Chuck Muth said he’s helping oversee political action committees designed to recall Republican Assembly members Chris Edwards, Stephen Silberkraus and Speaker-designate John Hambrick because they haven’t publicly committed to voting against the proposed tax increases in Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget.

Sandoval proposed adding or extending $1.1 billion in taxes over the next two years primarily to fund K-12 education.

Edwards said the PACs were “out-of-line.” Hambrick said he signed a pledge to not raise taxes several years ago, and wanted to look at the details of the budget before making a decision.

Silberkraus couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Nevada ‘InNEVation Center’ is the first public / private economic diversification effort of its kind.

InNEVation Center

The InNEVation Center is the first public / private economic diversification effort of its kind. We bring together entrepreneurs. Business leaders. Mentors. Investors. Educators. And government agencies. In other words, everyone it takes to build an economy of superheroic proportions. 



The Innevation Center is the brain child of Switch founder Rob Roy

The Innevation Center is the brain child of Switch founder Rob Roy. As the most successful technology entrepreneur in Nevada’s history, Rob is extremely passionate about enabling a more diverse Nevada economy.

The Innevation Center is a commitment to “pay forward” the success of Switch by helping to empower Nevada’s next generation of economic leaders.

It happens in a state-of-the-art COLLABORATION space through:

• Business Networks: Business luminaries and economic development engines converge here to educate, advise, connect, collaborate, host events and more. The Innevation Center is home to regular events like Startup Weekend, Funding Post, PHP Hack Night, LaunchUp, Tban, Ruby MeetUp and Southern Nevada Strong.

• Technology Networks: The Innevation Center’s mothership is Switch, the world’s most powerful technology ecosystem. That means access to faster-than-fast internet (connectivity at 1 million meg), advanced clouds courtesy of the SUPERNAP, and an extremely low cost connectivity purchasing gateway (along with proximity to a technological wonder of the world).

Political Networks: We are a partnership with the State of Nevada Economic Development Office, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), and the Nevada Development Authorities, with Governor Brian Sandoval. This is where our state’s power brokers go to charge up.

The Nevada InNEVation Center


Romney/Sandoval 2016?

Can a more perfect Republican dream team be imagined going into 2016 than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval?

Romney recently advanced dramatically when his name was added to a poll in Iowa. Since then, punditry and the press have been in mad pursuit. It might even be fair to call this sudden and surprising Romney rise a political phenomenon; that is, something unexpected and unprecedented spontaneously arising as if on its own accord from nature and with a sense of authenticity that connects with and determines the direction of the times. Romney continues to deny that he is running, but as the Concord Monitor has noted, the language shifts incrementally from “not running” to “not planning on running.”

We in New Hampshire and Massachusetts know Romney well and there is little doubt in our hearts and minds that if, when the race advances, danger or instability lurks and our status and responsibilities in the world are challenged, he will without hesitation consider the call.

romneyAnd Romney awakens again in our world as new lights rise in the West. A star was born earlier this month in the debate between California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari. We see the new rise against the old with the vital Kashkari, who as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said recently, “could be the face of a new GOP,” debating against “Governor Moonbeam.” Brown, like Bill and Hillary, an endless reenactor of his own life. His era has passed, 50 years now, and in 2014 and 2016 will see its final day as T.S. Eliot said, not with a bang, but a whimper.
New rises against the old in the Republican party as well, even as the party is on the verge of defaulting back to patterns of retreat to self-righteousness and nostalgia, nursing and nurturing the superiority of failed, dated and doomed positions. And Rand Paul aside, how many arrivistes in the newly empowered Tea Party today turn out to be only newly minted mini-McCains and Lindsey Grahams?

But what could better symbolize the West rising today in economy, wit and population better than Tesla Motors? And what could more symbolize the rise of the New West than the arrival of Tesla’s battery manufacturing gigafactory outside Reno, which could pump $100 billion into the state’s economy, according to the Los Angeles Times, brought to Nevada by the dynamic and able governor, Brian Sandoval?

Possibly the Tesla deal answers Jack Kerouac’s fateful post-World War II question: “Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” Let this be our answer and our destination. Let this shiny new car be the symbol of America rising to first days again in the West. And let the governor who brought it to Nevada be America’s messenger.

“By negotiating a colossal deal with California-based Tesla Motors for it to build a massive battery factory close to Nevada’s state capital, cowboy-booted, tailored suit-wearing Mexican-American Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has demonstrated he has the tools, brains and sense to lead the GOP out of Obama-inflicted doldrums,” Raoul Lowery Contreras wrote here at The Hill recently.

Economy and population all head west today and have been doing so since the end of World War II. We enter today an age of empowerment and energy rising in the Western states; California, Texas, now with Nevada entering into the first rank.

“Can a Mexican-American candidate save the GOP?” asks Contreras. Indeed, can there possibly be a better East/West matchup for former Massachusetts Gov. Romney in 2016 than Nevada’s Sandoval?

Quigley is a prize-winning writer who has worked more than 35 years as a book and magazine editor, political commentator and reviewer. For 20 years he has been an amateur farmer, raising Tunis sheep and organic vegetables. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and four children. Contact him at

Governor Sandoval weighs in on Martinez situation

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Governor Brian Sandoval is weighing in regarding the ongoing saga between ousted Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez and the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees.

News 4 caught up with Governor Sandoval on Thursday at an event. “Well we’re watching it very closely. Education is a big priority for me. I have 2 kids that are in the Washoe County School District so, it affects us just like it affects over 60,000 students and their families. I’m hoping that they can get this taken care of as soon as possible. I’m very proud of my wife and really she has my full support.”

It’s the first time Governor Sandoval has spoken publicly on the situation.






Minden, Nevada – On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini as chairman of the Nevada Commission of Police Officers’ Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).

Sheriff Pierini has been on the Commission since 2002. Sheriff Pierini has been appointed by three Governors Kenny Guinn, Jim Gibbons and Brian Sandoval to be the Chairman of the P.O.S.T. Commission and has been since 2006. Selection to the non-compensated Board of Commissioners is based largely upon the appointee’s commitment to professionalism and excellence within the law enforcement field.

Governor Sandoval wrote a letter personally thanking Sheriff Pierini for his continued service to our great state.

It is P.O.S.T.’s mission to develop and deliver professional training for all law enforcement officers throughout the State of Nevada. The Commission of Police Officers’ Standards and Training ensures that law enforcement agencies comply with established statutes and regulations in order to enhance the safety of officers, residents and visitors of the State of Nevada.

Governor Sandoval discusses the Bundy standoff


ImageRENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Governor Brian Sandoval sat down for an interview with Sam Shad of Nevada Newsmakers on Friday. They taped a half-hour interview that air on Monday.

One focus of their interview involved the Cliven Bundy standoff.

Governor Sandoval said he was very concerned how things escalated in Bunkerville, and the goal from Day One was always nobody gets hurt. “I didn’t want any shots to be fired. I didn’t want anybody to get hurt, I didn’t want any innocent by standers to get hurt, so that’s why I was very aggressive in terms of getting folks to stand down.”

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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

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



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


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Sandoval (R)
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%
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  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”. 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.

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Nevada Democrats hide heads in sand when it comes to ‘patient dumping’ scandal


nevada patient dumping11:45 am, Sep 12, 2013 | Written by Ray Hagar
 Got to hand it to the Nevada Democratic Party spokesman Zach Hudson.

He’s been hammering Gov. Brian Sandoval on “Sandovalcare,” or the fallout from Nevada’s patient dumping scandal.

Earlier this week, Hudson was at it again. He had plenty of ammo.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he was suing Nevada, seeking cash for the care of indigent patients he said Nevada “dumped”on the city without proper arrangements.

This scandal has been percolating for a while in California — busing mental health patients from (mostly) Las Vegas to cities in California without any arrangements for care.

It is a national embarrassment for Nevada and the Sandoval administration.

And Hudson has been surgical in his criticism. Continue reading

Gov. Brian ‘Sunshine’Sandoval orders stronger effort to hire the disabled …But Governor Brian Sandoval receives notice of disability discrimination

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Brian Sandoval


CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval wants state agencies to make more of an effort to include people with disabilities in their hiring efforts. To that end, he issued an executive order this week directing all state agencies to include persons with disabilities in the preliminary and final groups of candidates considered for employment.

Sandoval’s order is a vehicle to allow people with disabilities greater opportunity to enter the workplace. It will serve as an example for private businesses and other organizations to do the same.

“Every Nevadan who has the desire to go to work should be able to do so without being hindered because of a disability,” Sandoval said. “My administration and (the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation) have been working on this initiative for some time. As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day and with this order, the state is reaffirming our commitment to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the economic growth of this state and including all Nevadans in workforce development activities.”

Executive orders are official directives issued by the governor mandating certain governmental actions. They have the force of law; however, their scope is limited to certain policy areas.

The Rehabilitation Division of the employment department estimates that one in five people in the U.S. and in Nevada have a disability. The division also estimates that as “baby boomers” age that proportion is likely to increase to one in three.

Nevada has in place a program that offers state agencies a quick and efficient method to fill vacancies with a qualified candidate with a disability. The state also conducts the Preferred Purchase Program which streamlines governmental purchasing by allowing state and local government agencies to bypass the competitive bid process and purchase goods and services from registered community training centers which employ people with disabilities. Under Sandoval’s executive order, the state will also collect and utilize data regarding employees who have disabilities that up to this point have not been known. The Americans With Disabilities Act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Contact Capital Bureau reporter Sean Whaley at or 775-687-3900. Follow him on Twitter @seanw801.  source

This letter was directly handed to Governor Brian Sandoval February 22 2012. He promised his prompt attention. He has not responded nor asserted any correction of the issues outlined in this letter.

Are you an attorney or news person who is willing to help?  Please read your introduction note and the latest update.

You care about our elderly. They deserve better treatment. Just look at this 4 min. video and then Please Speak Up.

You can read the story of the ongoing effort to effect these changes in Nevada Medicaid. Visit Governor of Nevada. What are Independent Caregivers?

Gov. Addresses Nevada Medicaid Issues

Below are other related letters sent to, (or forwarded to), the Governor:

Recommend this site.
Are you a media person? Please  look into doing an in-depth story including these questions to uncover ongoing discrimination.

If you have any questions or comments,
Please Contact Us.

Other Nevada Medicaid Issues:

Wage Proportionate Disbursements…
What Are They?
Why Implement Now?

Creating a Truly Workable “Money  Follows the Person” system…
Stop Wrongful Institutionalization.

We will respond to your questions or pass along your comments to the Governor. Please speak up for our elderly and people with disabilities.

E-mail us at:
Or call Rick Cline at 775-356-5351.

Governor Brian Sandoval is receiving the letter posted below.

Governor Brian Sandoval receives notice of disability discrimination.

“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.”

February 22, 2012
Dear Gov. Sandoval,

I can understand your reliance on Mr. Duarte and Mr. Willden to administer state Medicaid issues.  But at times, they have overlooked the well-being of those affected by their policies. There is an ongoing mishandling of the Independent Caregiver* home care services, (called 58 PROVIDERS).  In this, they are neglecting people and law…

  • They are now excluding those providers from equally participating in the provision of home care services. This violates federal Medicaid rules and seriously hampers fair competition.  (In so doing, administrators are withholding “Guaranteed Freedom of Choice in Providers”, from almost all Nevada Medicaid homecare recipients.)Gov. here are some discrimination.
  • Not Mr. Duarte, nor Mr. Willden, will deny they are applying this policy of un-evenhanded treatment of people with disabilities.  That is, they overtly deprive equally eligible Medicaid recipients, fair and equal access to the same home care option others benefit from. (The comparability requirement of the Medicaid Act provides that the medical assistance available to any eligible individual “shall not be less in amount, duration, or scope than the medical assistance made available to any other individual.” 42 USC § 1396a (10) (B). )

Sandoval, others hit campaign trail for Labor Day

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

The Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Gov. Brian Sandoval will be joined by lieutenant governor candidate Mark Hutchison on the campaign trail through rural Nevada over the long Labor Day weekend.

A third Republican, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, also plans to attend northern Nevada events throughout the weekend.

Sandoval will attend community events in Elko on Thursday and then participate in the Elko Labor Day parade Friday. Hutchison, a freshman state senator who’s been endorsed by Sandoval for lieutenant governor, also will be at the parade, as will Heller.

Heller and his wife, Lynne, are a familiar sight at parades and often ride the route on their horses, Jackson and Cruise.

All three politicians are scheduled to attend the Labor Day parade Saturday in Winnemucca.

Pancakes are on the menu for Sandoval and Hutchison at a breakfast Monday in Fallon, followed by yet another parade in that community. Heller will be at the parade, too. Continue reading

Sac Bee – U.S. probe turns up more homeless patients bused from Nevada mental hospital

Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

By Phillip Reese and Cynthia Hubert

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Some of them heard voices and saw imaginary people. Some talked of killing themselves by jumping off a building or walking in front of a bus. They suffered from afflictions ranging from cocaine addiction to schizoaffective disorder, and most were homeless and without medical insurance.

About 40 percent of the mental patients whose charts were reviewed recently by a federal agency were discharged from Nevada’s primary psychiatric facility to homeless shelters in Las Vegas or destinations across the country without evidence of proper planning for their continuing care. nevada patient dumping

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services assessed a sample group of 41 charts for patients at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas and found that in 16 cases, patients were discharged without evidence the hospital had made even basic arrangements for their shelter, support or follow-up care.

The majority of those patients were discharged directly to Greyhound buses bound for other states, without documentation of specific instructions about how to find housing or mental health treatment.

Most had been living in Las Vegas shelters or on the streets before being transported to other cities. A few were sent by bus to homeless shelters in the area. Continue reading

Emails show how political advisers trumped staff in Sandoval’s decision on ‘More Cops’ tax

Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 | 2 a.m.

Last December, more than a month before the 2013 legislative session began, Gov. Brian Sandoval decided he would support a tax increase.

The decision surprised many in political circles and for good reason. Sandoval governs on the fundamental premise that higher taxes would halt the economic recovery.

He justified his early support for increased tax revenue to hire more cops in Clark County as sound public policy — going against the advice of his own policy director, according to emails obtained by the Sun.

In this instance, Sandoval adopted advice from two outside political advisers, one of whom argued that personal and political relationships also should be determining factors in the governor’s decision, according to the emails.

The emails offer a rare glimpse into who holds sway at the governor’s office, including the role of the two lobbyists and close personal friends of Sandoval’s who talked him into running for governor in the first place — and who have agendas of their own.

The December email exchange details a heated debate among Sandoval’s senior staff in the governor’s office and his political advisers — including lobbyists Pete Ernaut and Greg Ferraro — over how to frame Sandoval’s decision to support the “More Cops” tax.

The proposed law wasn’t an outright tax increase. Voters supported the measure in 2004, and the law gave authority to the county commission to increase the sales tax. Continue reading

Governor Brian Sandovals’ crony Dale Erquiaga appointed to new state superintendent of schools

Dale Erquiaga, Gov. Brian SandovalEver notice Nevada is always rated one of the worst States for education in the Nation?

While he lacks classroom experience, many say he’s the right man for the job.

When the Office of the Governor listed its job posting for the new state superintendent of schools, the job post required two minimum qualifications: be 21 and have the knowledge and ability of leading the state’s K-12 public education system.

Dale Erquiaga, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s former chief policy adviser, met those requirements and was appointed last week by Sandoval as Nevada’s superintendent of schools. It’s a job that pays up to almost $125,000 annually plus benefits, according to the job posting.

Erquiaga, however, is lacking in one area of the job posting.

First, under the listing, “Additional Desired Qualifications” is the phrase, “Experience in classroom.” Erquiaga has none.nevada flunk

But he said that should not stop him from doing the job as state superintendent. Northern Nevada members of the state school board agree, saying that the role of state superintendent is providing direction and leadership and setting policy for Nevada’s 17 school districts.

It’s not about teaching the three Rs

“I’m a nontraditional selection for this job, and I realize that,” Erquiaga said Friday. He was Sandoval’s chief policy adviser before resigning last year to move closer to his two adult children in Arizona.

“The folks who are gravitating to these jobs may not have classroom experience,” Erquiaga said. “It is a wonderful bonus if you do, and I will spend as much time in a classroom environment as I can. But I don’t feel I come into the job with a deficiency in any sense.” Continue reading

Embattled Nevada psychiatric hospital in danger of losing Medicare funds

Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital

Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital

Sac Bee Report: A federal agency is moving to terminate Medicare funding for Nevada’s embattled state psychiatric hospital, which has been under fire for busing hundreds of patients to states across the nation in the past five years.

Deficiencies at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, which discharged a patient and bused him to Sacramento with no plan for care in February, “substantially limit the hospital’s capacity to render adequate care to patients” and “adversely affect patient health and safety,” federal regulators wrote in a letter to state officials released late Friday.

Most of Rawson-Neal’s funding comes from the state of Nevada, so losing federal dollars would not necessarily be a death knell. But it would add to a growing list of challenges the hospital faces, including the recent loss of its accreditation from the Joint Commission, an independent agency that evaluates medical facilities.

The Las Vegas hospital has been under intense scrutiny since The Sacramento Bee published a series of reports examining its patient discharge practices. The Bee found that the hospital had bused roughly 1,500 patients to states across the nation over the past five years, about a third of them to California. Continue reading

Gov. Sunshine Sandoval gets partisan

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Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

If Democrats find a serious candidate to run against him, Brian Sandoval may have difficulty cutting into the Democratic vote in his reelection campaign as successfully as he did in 2010. Sandoval is employing language these days that seems designed to provoke Democrats. He recently sent out a fundraising letter that brags about how he “vetoed the liberals’ attack on the Second Amendment that would have criminalized the transfer of a gun to a family member.”

“We’ve stopped not one but four attempts by Democrats to raise billions in higher state taxes,” said the letter from the governor who has twice renewed “temporary” taxes and dumped the job of raising school taxes on county bodies. The Nevada Democratic Party quickly sent out a fund raising mailing of its own that quotes the Sandoval mailing. A letter over the signature of Democratic state chair Roberta Lange reads, “You won’t believe this—in a fundraising letter to his donors, Governor Sandoval touted his veto of a bill that would have closed loopholes that allow mentally ill individuals to purchase guns.”

One Henderson reader put his name on the Democratic mailing and sent it to this newspaper as a letter to the editor. Political analyst Fred Lokken said Sandoval’s mailing is typical of a strategy of using “literature that is aimed at a particular audience, the conservative wing of the party.” That section of the party is the most highly motivated, and to raise funds there, Lokken said, Sandoval is saying “what the base wants to hear.” Lokken also said the Democrats’ reaction was deft. Continue reading

Nevada capital city ANTI-CORRUPTION protests resume for 2013 summer kickoff

Nevada capital city ANTI-CORRUPTION protests resume for 2013 summer kickoff and the posse just got bigger with more people, more website his and viral videos. We definitely got the attention of the numerous “law enforces” or shall we call them renegade cops. Anyway, they backed off once they knew we were on the rights side of the law and peacefully expressing our 1st amendment rights.

Nevada corruption

Nevada corruption






PIC_2100 Patient Dumping Reflects Gov Brian Sandoval’s Management Style

From -How Brian Sandoval handled or is handing the patient dumping allegations show the depth of ineptness of his administration. It shows what state employees must endure from its chief executive. They must keep quiet knowing Sandoval’s only connection with reality are polls which show he will handily win a second term. Sandoval only focuses on what is best for him and his re-election bid. His re-election will also strengthen his national political prospects. That is all he cares about. Continue reading

Judicial Ethics Complaint filed against Carson City Judge John Tatro by Ty Robben

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Judicial Ethics Complaint filed against Carson City Judge John Tatro by Ty Robben

Commission Case No. _______________________
(For Commission use only)
Carson City Judge John Tatro

Carson City Judge John Tatro



Part I: General Information

Date of This Form: April 06, 2013

Name of Person Completing This Form:  Ty Robben

Mailing Address of Person Completing This Form: CONFIDENTIAL

Daytime Telephone Number To Contact You: CONFIDENTIAL

Part II: Specific Information Regarding Complaint

Name of Nevada Judicial Officer (Only One Name Per Complaint Form): John Tatro.

Name of Court or Judicial District Involved:  Carson City Justice Court.

Case Number (Please Include All Letters and Numbers): 12-5139

This Case Is (Select One): _Pending In Trial Court On Appeal Not Pending or Closed

Nature of Complaint (Select One):   I Have Used The Standard Complaint Supplementary Form

Code of Judicial Conduct Section(s) Violated, If Known [(Example: Canon 3B(4)]:

Canon 1 Rule 1.1ComplianceWith the Law. A judge shall comply with the law, including the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Canon 1 Rule 1.2  PromotingConfidence in the Judiciary. A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.

Canon 1 Rule1.3 Avoiding Rule Abuse of the Prestige of Judicial Office. A judge shall not   abuse the prestige of judicial office to advance the personal or economic interests of the judge or others, or allow others to do so.

Canon 2 Rule 2.2 Impartiality and Fairness. A judge shall uphold and apply the law, and shall   perform all duties of judicial office fairly and impartially.

Canon 2 Rule 2.3 Bias, Prejudice, and Harassment.

Canon 2 Rule 2.6 Ensuring the Right to Be Heard.

Canon 2 Rule 2.9 Ex Parte Rule Communications.

Canon 2 Rule 2.11 Disqualification.

Canon 2 Rule 2.14 Disability and Impairment. A judge having a reasonable belief that the   performance of a lawyer or another judge is impaired by drugs or alcohol, or by a mental, emotional, or physical condition, shall take appropriate action, which may include a confidential referral to a lawyer or judicial assistance program.

Canon 2 Rule 2.16 Cooperation With Rule Disciplinary Authorities.

carson city courthouse

carson city courthouse


The following is my explanation as to why the judicial officer named in this complaint has violated the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct or suffers from a disability.

I am [select one]: [X] one of the litigants

The judge did the following things that I believe constitute misconduct (please be as specific as possible about the event or action and attach additional pages, if required).

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I am writing this judicial ethics compliant against the very, very corrupt and impaired Justice of the Peace (“JP”) John Tatro of the Carson City Justice Court. “JP Tatro is not a well man.” Says my lawyer William Routsis recalling an episode of JP Tatro yelling, frothing at the mouth and lunging over the bench at Mr. Routsis. The incident was caught on the court audio/video. JP Taro has a long history of judicial complaints and violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct (“NCJC”) including a similar complaint in 2006 against JP Tatro by activist Tonja Brown. Ms. Brown and I are both ANTI Corruption activists in Carson City, NV and have protested against the Carson City courthouse. Both of us have had negative experiences with courthouse Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”) $$ A FOR PROFIT ENTERPRISE $$  The DAS is also known as the (“KGB”). Ms. Brown was abused and arrested by the DAS for alleged “trespassing” into the courthouse to refresh herself! The courthouse is a public building.

Judge Tatro Carson City Corruption

Judge Tatro Carson City Corruption

Both Ms. Brown and I have protested and filed complaints against JP Tatro for his flagrant disregard for the law, the constitution and the NCJC as well as using DAS and the Justin Brothers Bail Bondsmen and their “Bounty Hunters” to illegally cross the State line into So. Lake Tahoe, CA and acting in concert with DAS and JP Tatro to act under the color of law and “serve a warrant” for the Carson City, Nevada, Justice Court JP John Tatro and his DAS – illegally and with callous and total disregard for the law and my rights and the rights of others in the State of California.

Judicial ethics complaint filed against Justice of Peace Tatro

Geoff Dornan –  Appeal Capitol Bureau Continue reading

Nevada Department of Public Safety – Capitol Police Division coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval

last summer we got to meet most of the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Capitol Police Division and our experience with them was very positive. These fellas (and the ladies) were all very professional when we did our protests and they talked with us and some got to know us and what we were standing up for – our rights. We found this video on youtube and felt inclined to stick it on the website. We figure with the upcoming spring, we’ll be protesting in Carson City on a regular basis and we’ll want to remain on the good side of the DPS CPD. Cheers fellas.

Treason is a CAPITAL CRIME Judge John Tatro & NAG Masto

Treason is a CAPITAL CRIME

The Capitol Police Division has been in existence for over 50 years, established in 1949. The division is comprised of 31 officers and one civilian. Capitol Police provides police services on numerous state properties, enhancing the safety of visitors and employees on those properties.

Catherine Cortez Masto protest

Catherine Cortez Masto protest

Are Nevada State Employees Being Bullied?

RGJ Opnion

RGJ Opinion “Letter to Editor”

opinion shopThe Governor’s Office would have you believe that a joint task force between the Department of Public Safety – Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Corrections are working together to integrate Parole functions into the NDOC. Wrong! The task force is comprised of a select few command staff, who were blindsided and ordered to facilitate this proposed transition without opposition, despite high costs and lack of practicality.

Is the Division of Parole and Probation command staff being politically bullied to support the Governor’s proposal to transfer the Parole functions over to the Department of Corrections?

Are involved State employees being “frowned upon” for exercising their First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech, in an effort to avoid embarrassing the Governor’s Office? Continue reading

NV ANTI Corruption in books, movies, press and more!

Ty Robben filming of lawless America movie

Ty Robben filming of lawless America movie in Carson City, Nevada

As most followers of NSPW know, we’ve received good press coverage in Northern and Southern Nevada as well as Lake Tahoe, CA.

We’re also in the Lawless America movie documenting Nevada based Government and Judicial corruption.

We’re also venturing into book-writing and screen plays too for our own stories to be showcased.

A new book coming out this Summer will showcase Nevada based Government and Judicial corruption. We’re keeping the author and name secret for now, but Nevada will soon be captivated by the “thousands”  of lies, conspiracies and stories of corruption this book of a ‘who’s who’ list of names will reveal.

Here is an excerpt from the “Nevada Judicial Corruption” chapter of the book:

In 2012, Ty Robben, a Nevada citizen, led peaceful and lawful protests against corruption in the Attorney General’s Office and the Nevada judiciary. After several high profile demonstrations – with theWorlds Largest Crime Scene Banner at 4 ft tall x 150 ft long – in front of the AG’s Office and the courthouse spurred significant media coverage, he was arrested on a trumped up misdemeanor assault charge. He spent a total of 22 days in jail– 8 in solitary confinement – and nearly a month under house arrest with an ankle monitor.

"Judge" Tatro

“Judge” Tatro

The judge who signed the arrest warrant was Judge John Tatro, the same judge who Ty had attempted to disqualify from his civil case due to judicial bias.

The assault charge against Robben was eventually dropped.

judge tatro shooting

judge Tatro shooting

In December 2012, Judge Tatro woke up to the sound of gunfire at his home around 4:30 am. Two shots entered the front door, passed through the living room, and left through a sliding glass door. Ty Robben was questioned and immediately cleared. There has been no reported arrest to date but the police reviewed the judge’s court calendar in search of suspects. This incident followed the highly publicized June 2006 shooting of Judge Chuck Weller. Judge Weller was shot in the chest through the window of his third-floor courthouse office in Reno, Nevada, by a sniper in the parking garage across the street. The sniper, Darren Mack, had appeared before Judge Weller in Mack’s divorce case. Both Judge Tatro and Judge Weller had less than stellar reputations for rendering honest decisions in cases that came before them.

judge tatro crime scene

judge Tatro home a “crime scene” after gun shots fired into his front door!

Meet Me in DC – Bill Windsor & Congress – February 5-6, 2013 – Join the Lawless America Revolution

We are very excited about this video. We helped Bill Windsor produce a small section and we want to post it on our website to promote the cause – Meet Me in DC – Bill Windsor & Congress – February 5-6, 2013 – Join the Lawless America Revolution. has moved high in the ranks of the top websites in America
Of 118 million websites registered in America, has broken the Top 100,000. Continue reading

Why The States Must Secede To Save America

Go here to sign the Nevada petition to Secede or just click the image below.

California has a petition to Secede along with other States.

We note that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval would not be interested in leading the Nation of Nevada in this MSM news story from the Las Vegas Review Journal – Petition calls for Nevada to secede from union

Gov. Brian Sandoval, a former federal judge, opposes the secession petition movement. “Nevada is and will remain a state,” said his spokeswoman, Mary-Sarah Kinner.

The Reno RGJ cover it here – Petition to Obama: Secede Nevada from the Union

Nevada petition to secede the Union

Nevada petition to secede the Union

After reading and listening to this news from all different sources, we believe that The States Must Secede To Save America.
It is not our belief this “Movement to Secede” is not political retaliation against Obama for winning his second term as President.  Even if Romney won, we should still secede as States to peacefully topple the Federal Government control and corruption and then rebuild the Nation (restore the Republic) based on the true U.S. Constitution.  Many people from the Tea Party and the Occupy movements agree. Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians can all find agreement that our Country and our Government needs improvements on a wide range of issues. Alex Jones seem to have done the job explaining the situation on this video:

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Lawless America Movie Interview: Tonya Frances Brown for Nolan Klein. Nevada killed an innocent man

Please watch this powerful and enraging video featuring Tonja Brown, Nolan Klein’s sister, who fought and still fights hard to battle injustice done to her brother and also to fight for basic human rights of others still inside.
On Sept. 20th, please remember Nolan Klein, an innocent man who died in 2009 on that day, while still in prison, all because evidence that could have exonerated him, lay hidden and was never presented by the prosecution.

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Sell the Governor’s jet airplane – No more pilots – co$ting taxpayer million$

Word on Musser St. –  Not totally vetted. Both NDOT State pilots are gone.  They left abruptly.

Why should Sandoval get a jet anyway that cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year for the luxury  item. He should dive or fly Southwest like the rest of us.

There is too much controversy including the cost to taxpayers. Sell the damn thing already or reinstate the former pilot.

August 03, 2012 mini-protest at Governor Sandoval’s mansion in Carson City, Nevada

After a full day of protesting in Reno, we took the protest to Governor Brian Sandoval’s mansion in Carson City for a mini protest.  We peacefully setup a few signs outside the backyard where a jazz concert was being performed.  We laid low and caught the attention on the concert goers after the final set.

The people were pleasant and we had no problems with anyone.  We spoke the the Governor’s mansion management and told them we’ll be doing more mini and even full scale protests at the Governor’s mansion in the near future 😉

August 03, 2012 mini-protest at Governor Sandoval's mansion in Carson City, Nevada

Future NV ANTI-Corruption protests at the Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's Mansion will incorporate the CRIME SCENE banner
Future NV ANTI-Corruption protests at the Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s Mansion will incorporate the CRIME SCENE banner

Nevada Department of Taxation – Past, Present & Future with Christopher G. Nielsen

Please see the earlier post on NV ANTI-Corruption Dept. of Taxation Protesting here: 

We’re working on a new video about the Nevada Department of Taxation tentatively titled – Nevada Department of Taxation: An orgy of CORRUPTION – Where did $250,000,000.00 million dollars go?

The content covers the department scandals under the Dino DiCianno administration up to the new leadership of Christopher G. Nielsen who was the Deputy Director under former Dino DiCianno regime. DiCianno “abruptly retired” in March 2011. Chris Nielsen was the General Counsel in the Office of Governor Jim Gibbons and as Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the state of Nevada.. Mr. Nielsen then reappointed Deputy Director to Taxation after Gibbons lost to Brian Sandoval.

Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say

Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say
Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say

AP News:

NV tax director abruptly retires after audit flap

Nevada’s top tax man abruptly retired Friday, a day after he revealed his agency hadn’t audited mining industry tax collections in two years and lacked trained staff to determine if the mining companies were paying proper net proceeds taxes.

In a statement, Gov. Brian Sandoval thanked Dino DiCianno for his years of service and wished him well in his retirement.

“He has been a loyal and dedicated public servant for three decades,” Sandoval said.

The governor said Chris Nielsen, taxation deputy director, will lead the agency until a permanent replacement is found.

Sandoval asked Nielsen to prepare a transition plan and immediate strategy to resume auditing mine operators to ensure the proper payment of the net proceeds of minerals tax. He also directed the state’s Internal Audit Division to assist the tax agency.

In a hearing Thursday before the Senate Revenue Committee, DiCianno told lawmakers that his department only had two-and-a-half people to conduct audits, and that they relied largely on the companies’ revenue projections and reports in calculating taxes.

It prompted a terse exchange with Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, who at one point said he may “need to start taking blood pressure medication.”

DiCianno also said the governor was unaware of the lack of audits, but that he had asked his staff to “dust off the internal audit manual” and get up to speed.

Nevada’s mining industry, with gold prices soaring to record highs, is a shining target in the gloom of the state’s budget battles as the state tries to claw its way out of the Great Recession while leading the nation in joblessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies.

Also revealed during Thursday’s hearing were the business deductions the mining industry is allowed to take before declaring their taxable net income. The deductions include an array of expenses including advertising costs, severance payments, employee or worker bonuses and sales tax.

According to the taxation department, deductions for Barrick Gold Corp. will amount to $1.7 billion this year. These deductions lower the mining company’s taxable income to $1 billion. Were taxation based on gross income instead of net, the tax department’s report shows Barrick would face taxes on almost $2 billion in 2011.

The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Anyway, we found some old pictures which reminded us of the Texting scandal of former disgraced Nevada Jim Gibbons. Gibbons’ dedication to his office was called into question again six months later. On April 2, 2009, while appearing before a legislative panel to promote his renewable energy bill, Gibbons pulled out his cellphone and began texting. News stories used this incident to revisit the 860 messages he sent to his alleged paramour, and a 37-second video of him introducing himself to the panel, with a 17-second break in order to send the text message and refocus on the hearing was posted on YouTube

Christopher G. Nielsen, Andrew Clinger and Jim Gibbons share a text.

Christopher G. Nielsen, Andrew Clinger and Jim Gibbons share a text.

Christopher G. Nielsen, Andrew Clinger and Jim Gibbons share a text.

Christopher G. Nielsen, Andrew Clinger and Jim Gibbons share a text.

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons broken Tax Pledge 

Source Wikipedia:

Jim Gibbons pledged during his 1996 campaign for governor to not impose new taxes on businesses or individuals in Nevada.[63] Gibbons broke his tax pledge on several occasions. The state’s Business Tax on employer’s payrolls which was initiated in 1992 was increased under Gibbon’s term and renamed the “Modified Business Tax”. Various mandatory fees and licenses administered by the Nevada Department of Taxation were also significantly increased under Gibbon’s term. Most particularly was the State of Nevada’s yearly business license fee. This license fee was doubled from $100.00 to $200.00. Due to the additional tax burden of the increased Modified Business Tax on Nevada’s small businesses during a downward business cycle, this tax was readjusted to a lesser rate by the 2011 Nevada legislative session during the leadership of Governor Brian Sandoval.
It was also discovered during the 2011 Nevada Legislative hearings that the Nevada Department of Taxation’s director, Dino DiCianno, never had the Tax Department under Gibbon’s leadership conduct Net Proceeds of Minerals (NPM) tax audits of mining operations within Nevada. Mr. DiCianno’s claim was that the Tax Department did not have qualified auditors capable of performing NPM audits. During Gibbon’s term market prices of precious minerals were at historical and significant high levels. The market selling price of Gold was in the $1,300 to $1,500+ per ounce range during Gibbon’s term. Gibbons was also a geologist and lawyer.
During Gibbons term Nevada lead North America in Gold and Silver production. Also Nevada was ranked No. 3 in the world for Gold production. After Mr. DiCianno’s testimony to the Nevada legislature that no NPM audits were conducted while Gibbon’s was governor he resigned the following day.

Governor Sandoval latter appointed William Chissel, a CPA with an auditing background as the replacement director of the Nevada Tax Department.
In the release of the Nevads Department of Taxation’s annual report in January 2012 which represented the fiscal year of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, it was presented that the audit penetration rate (percentage of Nevada taxpayers audited of the total population of registered Nevada businesses) was the lowest amount in 6 years. The Tax Department during this 6 year period in the years 2006 and 2007, made a significant investment in new tax administration and audit software along with employee training to provide increased efficiency and audit performance. Accenture Consulting Services formerly a unit of Arthur Anderson & Co. was selected to design and implement the tax administration software. Revenue Solutions Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts was selected as a subcontractor by Accenture to design and implement the tax auditing software system.
Approximately $40,000,000.00 was invested in new tax administration and audit software. The results of this investment after implementation of this system as shown in Tax Department’s annual reports (2008, 2009, 2010) have been abysmal.
During the first full year of leadership under the new Director William Chissel the Tax Department was frought with turmoil and discontent.

Mr. Chissel exited the director’s position and was replaced by a former Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Department, Christopher G. Nielsen. Mr. Nielsen assumed the Executive Director’s duties on July 1, 2012. Mr. Nielsen was previously a Deputy Director of the Tax Department and was also an Acting Director after the termination of Dino DiCianno. Mr. Nielsen was in the position of Acting Director for several months prior to the appointment of William Chissel as Executive Director.

Same CORRUPT Tax Plan - Brian Sandoval or Jim Gibbons with better hair?

Same CORRUPT Tax Plan – Brian Sandoval or Jim Gibbons with better hair?

Governor Brian Sandoval Controversy

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The Sandoval administration was immediately immersed in controversy when Sandoval retained Nevada Department of Taxation Director Dino DiCianno from the previous Jim Gibbons administration. [24]

It was discovered during the 2011 Nevada Legislative hearings that the Nevada Department of Taxation’s director, Dino DiCianno, never had the Tax Department under Gibbon’s leadership conduct Net Proceeds of Minerals (NPM) tax audits of mining operations within Nevada. Mr. DiCianno’s claim was that the Tax Department did not have qualified auditors capable of performing NPM audits. During Gibbon’s term market prices of precious minerals were at historical and significant high levels. The market selling price of Gold was in the $1,300 to $1,500+ per ounce range during Gibbon’s term. Gibbons was also a geologist and lawyer. The Nevada Department of Taxation closed the Elko, Nevada tax office in June 2010 in response to the requested Gibbons budget cuts. [25]

During Gibbons term Nevada lead North America in Gold and Silver production. Also Nevada was ranked No. 3 in the world for Gold production. After Mr. DiCianno’s testimony to the Nevada legislature that no NPM audits were conducted while Gibbon’s was governor he resigned the following day. See Bloomber Business Week and AP story “NV tax director abruptly retires after audit flap”[26] and Las Vegas Review Journal. [27] [28]

Governor Sandoval latter appointed William Chissel, a CPA with an auditing background as the replacement director of the Nevada Tax Department. [29]

On February 14, 2012 the Las Vegas Review Journal did a series of stories entitled “Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say”. The story tells the various scandals that occurred in the Nevada Department of Taxation under Director Dino DiCianno. [30] [31]

After one year into his term as Governor, Nevada received a D- and ranked 42nd among states for anti-corruption and government transparency efforts, according to a new report from State Integrity Investigation. [32]

Nevada received a D- and ranked 42nd among states for anti-corruption and government transparency efforts, according to a new report from State Integrity Investigation. Nevada rated poorly in a number of areas, including grades of F for state pension fund management, lobbying disclosure and internal auditing, grades of D for public access to information and legislative accountability and a C- for executive accountability. [33]

Nevada D- for CORRUPTION under Brian Sandoval

Nevada D- for CORRUPTION under Brian Sandoval

In response to the wholesale corruption validated by the D- grade, a large number of Nevada citizens formed a coalition called the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement.

The ANTI-Corruption movement held a series of demonstrations at the State Capital in Carson City, NV starting in April 2012. [34] [35]

The Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement created a website and a youtube video series called CSI: Carson City to correspond to the massive 130 foot long by 4 foot tall Crime Scene banner.

The ANTI-Corruption movement received massive media coverage and the CSI: Carson City videos went “viral” on youtube.

Sandoval is rumored to be on the short list for Republican President hopeful Mitt Romney’s Vice President pick. [36]