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Joe Heck and Catherine Cortez Masto offer voters a choice between different types of crimes carried out as a matter of policy. As for me personally, neither of those two are capable of debating me, nor would they represent me, and they would rather not even acknowledge me. The two parties leave me no choice but tax resistance. In this commentary, I explain why you should choose tax resistance as well.
I never thought I would see a day when support for the Bill of Rights would be considered radical, or even “anti-American”. Many people support one part of the Bill of Rights (e.g. the First or Second Amendment), while neglecting or even sabotaging another part. This thinking rests upon the fallacy that rights can be separated and traded, and that man can be fragmented into separate compartments. The government can somehow violate one sphere of a man’s rights, while still leaving the whole of the man intact.
The Bill of Rights is one of the most adroit documents crafted in the history of humankind. It is my contention that every amendment in the Bill of Rights is equally important, with each serving as an important firewall in the defense of liberty.
That we can safely exchange social liberty for economic liberty, or vice versa, is a ruse. In truth, there is an inextricable nexus between social liberty and economic liberty. One implies property rights and the other implies the right to self-ownership.
The right to own and control property and the right to self-ownership is the codification of human rights. There can be no human rights without property rights and the right to self-ownership. The essence of slavery is the deprivation of property rights. Rights are not collective, but belong to each and every individual – black, white, latino, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, agnostic, gay, heterosexual, asexual.
Theft, arson, vandalism, and fraud have traditionally been considered to be crimes. This is because they violate property rights. Rape, kidnapping, and murder have traditionally been considered to be crimes. This is because they violate the right to self-ownership. Thus we can conclude that any violation of property rights or the right to self-ownership is a crime. If the government enacts and enforces a law that violates property rights or the right to self-ownership, then the government is behaving criminally.
Therefore, as lovers of life and liberty we must support every person’s unmitigated right of self-ownership and property rights. The refrain you might hear is this: “But some people would abuse these rights and harm other people.” What does harm imply? Somebody might violate another person’s property rights, or the right of self-ownership? These rights, absolute and unmitigated, preclude the right of trespass.
Not only are dollars physical pieces of property, but it is through the acquisition of dollars that one achieves a command over property. There is no objective difference between the government taking your cow, or taking your money so that you can’t buy the cow to begin with. Thus we can conclude that taxation can best be summarized as the confiscation of property.
Suppose the government taxed 100% of everything to do with, say, newspapers. How long would newspapers be in business? Without property rights, one can’t have the printing press. Without the printing press, one can’t exercise their First Amendment rights. Without property rights, one can’t eat. If one can’t eat, they can’t live. If one can’t live, they can’t exercise their First Amendment rights. Civil rights are a corollary of property rights. By exercising civil rights, one is also exercising property rights. It’s impossible for the government to encroach upon economic liberty without also encroaching upon social liberty.
As Lysander Spooner distilled what Caesar saliently articulated 2,000 years ago, money and soldiers mutually support one another. With money the state can hire soldiers, and with soldiers the state can steal more money. The first use of money by the state is to hire soldiers to subdue and kill all those who refuse to give the state more money.
The government doesn’t sustain itself by satisfying consumer demands (i.e. earning its income). The government sustains itself with compulsory taxation (i.e. coercion, or the threat of a jailhouse and bayonet). This is why problems inhere with everything the government inserts itself into. Joe Heck doesn’t understand this, as he believes the VA can be fixed by hiring more people. He hasn’t figured out that injecting healthy cells into a diseased patient will not cure the patient.
When it comes to the government, the consumer has no ability to punish misfeasance by taking their money elsewhere. That’s why the only reliable quality control mechanism is having to meet a profit and loss test on the free market. The problem is the nature of government itself.
Libertarians recognize taxation for what it is: the confiscation of property through force. But not only that, taxation is used to empower the state even further. Paying taxes is tantamount to placing a sword into the hands of a monster. If taxes are the price of freedom, then why is there an inverse relationship between the amount of taxes paid and the amount freedom we have? For this reason, all lovers of life and goodness should despise taxation.
The Declaration of Independence makes clear that when a government becomes destructive to the ends of liberty, we have a right to alter or even abolish that government. How do we have the right to abolish the government if we don’t have the right to cease rendering that same government aid through compulsory taxation? Politicians have no natural right to rule over us, nor does that government in Washington have any natural right to exist.
You say that we all must pay our “fair” share of taxes. The exact inverse of paying taxes isn’t not paying taxes (i.e. being a non-taxpayer). The exact inverse of paying taxes is consuming taxes (i.e. being a tax consumer). As John Calhoun explained with the taxpayer-tax consumer dichotomy, for every dime in taxes paid by one person that’s a dime of tax consumption by another person. Government employees pay no taxes at all. That they do is a bookkeeping fiction. They are, in fact, tax consumers.
When the government imposes a tax this inevitably divides the community up into two distinct groups: taxpayers and tax consumers. If everybody paid taxes, then that would mean nobody is a tax consumer. If nobody were a tax consumer, then that would mean the government isn’t spending any money. If the government isn’t spending any money, then that would make it an incorporeal entity that exists only on paper. To the contrary, government spending has been metastasizing. This means there’s actually a much smaller tax base carrying a much bigger burden for a larger subsidy base. The entire process of taxing and spending creates tax consumers. It’s impossible to be a taxpayer with revenue derived from taxation.
Joe Heck and Catherine Cortez Masto do not pay taxes. They are, in fact, tax consumers who seek to expand the tax consumer class (i.e. the subsidy base). They both endorse turning others into tax consumers (e.g. prosecutors who themselves pay no taxes) to carry out acts of violence against those who merely wish to remain free without having to aid and abet such violence.
Because of everything above, I have concluded the best thing I can do for my country is to kick off a tax revolt. Forget about Clinton. Forget about Trump. Forget about the nastiness and the violence. It’s time to stand for peace. It’s time to vote with our dollars by kicking off a tax revolt. I invite you to join with me in getting the tax revolt started.
Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she’s trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans’ hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s soon-to-be-vacant seat.
The tea party darling won the Republican nomination in a divisive three-way primary in 2010, then lost to Reid in the general election, 50 percent to 45 percent.
Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Heck and former Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto currently are vying to replace Reid.
Angle said during a taping of KRNV-TV’s “Nevada Newsmakers” on Thursday she’s excited that two state GOP lawmakers — Sen. Don Gustavson of Sparks and Assemblyman Brent Jones of Las Vegas — have launched the “Run Sharron Angle for Senate Committee.”
She said she hasn’t decided whether to enter the race and didn’t indicate if she might run as a Republican or a third-party candidate.
“If you look on the website, you see I’m looking for that support,” Angle said. “I need to know that people want me to run and that, of course, translates into dollars and cents.”
While Cortez Masto is considered by some to be Reid’s handpicked heir apparent, Joe Heck is taking a hit-the-ground-running approach. He was in Reno meeting with the Chamber of Commerce about the economy, jobs and the future on Friday.
See the video here: http://www.ktvn.com/story/30980522/the-race-to-replace-harry-reid
“We’ve been across the state a couple of times already,” he told me. “It’s the only way to really hear what is important to the voters. And it’s a great way to meet them all,” he said.
To Heck, national security, education, the economy and healthcare are the biggest concerns and he says he’s concentrating on them.
On the other hand, Catherine Cortez Masto is fighting for lower taxes higher wages and more trade. And while issues are a big part of the race, money may be the deciding factor. And at last check, Heck was ahead on that.
According to the Federal Election Commission at last check Heck had $2.3 million in the campaign coffers. Cortez Masto had $1.3 million.
That website will be updated to include the numbers from the fourth quarter of 2015 in a few days.
“It’s tough going up against Harry Reid’s machine,” Heck said. “He’s calling in every favor marker and chip he’s accumulated over 30 years to try and ensure that this district stays Democratic as a part of his legacy. But we are getting a great response from people all across the state and that shows us we absolutely can with this.”
Calls to Cortez Masto’s campaign about campaigning and money were not returned.
And there is a third candidate in the race. Dr. Bill Tarbell is running as a Republican. Calls to his campaign were not returned either. But according to BallotPedia his campaign has currently raised $5,910.
The liberal website ranks Nevada as one of just four too-close-to-call Senate races in the 2016 election, posing the same question about its outgoing Democratic senator that many political insiders have: “Did Harry Reid’s retirement leave the Democrats worse off, because he’s a legendarily formidable campaigner and fundraiser? Or are they actually better off, since Nevadans have only soured on him further since his remarkable Houdini act in 2010?”
Cortez Masto, the former Attorney General, has raised significant funds in the early months of the race and would be the first Latina elected to the body. Heck, a two-term GOP representative and Army brigadier general, enjoys broad backing among Republicans.
It all makes for a tight race. According to the Daily Kos: “Democrats should be able to keep this seat if their presidential standard-bearer carries the state, but Nevada can prove disappointingly soft.”
Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto really, really doesn’t want to say anything about the Iran deal
Nevada is the race to watch in 2016: Not only is it Republicans’ best chance of stealing a seat, it’s one of just a few toss-ups that will decide control of the Senate.
Catherine Cortez Masto is running to keep Nevada blue and take back the Senate. Right now, she needs our support.The polls are showing a virtual tie, the other side is already running hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of ads, and Catherine’s Tea Party opponent could spend up to $10 million – ON TOP of all the super PAC money pouring into the state.
We need to raise $10,000 for Catherine by midnight tonight to have the resources to fight back now – and if we wait, it will already be too late. Will you give now to help Catherine keep Nevada blue and take back the Senate?
Catherine is a historic candidate with an incredible record. As Nevada’s attorney general, she has stood up for our progressive values. If elected, she would be the first Latina to serve in the Senate.
But our opponents are determined to take this seat and keep their grip on the Senate. And they’re pulling out all the stops to do it: misleading ads, buckets of dark money spending – the whole nine yards.
Catherine has to be ready to fight back no matter what they throw at her next – and to do that she’s counting on us to raise $10,000 by midnight tonight.
With Harry Reid retiring, it’s critical that we hold on to his seat. Give whatever you can now to help Catherine Cortez Masto keep Nevada blue and take back the Senate.
Pollster Tom Jensen’s analysis notes that Cortez Masto’s numbers have more room to grow, as voters who are currently undecided in the Senate race also supported President Obama by 24 points in 2012 and support Hillary Clinton over Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker by an average of 11 points. These voters are likely Democratic voters in the Senate race next year. Jensen also argues that Clinton’s coattails in Nevada will benefit Cortez Masto significantly in 2016 and should Clinton’s margins hold, “she’s likely to bring Cortez Masto along with her.”
The full polling memo can be read here.
Heck will face former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who was endorsed by Reid in March.
In an interview Monday afternoon in Reno, Heck said he expected Reid’s political team — known as the “Reid Machine” — to be well-oiled in backing Cortez Masto, even though Reid is retiring.
“My opponent is Harry’s hand-picked successor,” Heck said. “I would assume he would not do that if he wasn’t going to be all in for her or whoever the Democratic presidential nominee is.
“So we are planning that this is going to be a very difficult election year in Nevada and that Harry will be very engaged and his machine will be ginned up.”
Heck, 53, has never run a statewide campaign before and plans on giving Northern Nevada some extra attention next month with a five-day trek across the Interstate-80 corridor.
“In August, we’ll do a tour across the northern part of the state where we will go introduce Joe Heck to the voters of Northern Nevada and say look, this is who he is, this is his life story, this is what he has been able to accomplish and this is what he wants to do for you,” Heck said. “And then it is up to the voters to decide.”
Rural Nevada has been the tipping point for victory for many Republican candidates in the past. Doing well in rural Nevada helped propel U.S. Sen Dean Heller, R-Nev., past Democrat Shelley Berkley in 2012 and helped Republican Adam Laxalt nip Democrat Ross Miller for attorney general in 2014.
“We have been around the state previously, as you know, when I was in the state Senate,” Heck said. “I spent time up here so I have contacts. I have friends throughout the state of Nevada.”
Heck said he only began to seriously consider running for the U.S. Senate after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced he was not going to run. Heck said he would not have challenged Sandoval in a GOP primary.
“If the governor said he was in, I would have stayed in the House.”
Heck said he made the decision to run only after a serious kitchen-table discussion with his family.
“The motivation is simple,” Heck said. “When you look at the issues that Nevadans continue to struggle with — getting and keeping a full-time job, getting their child a quality education, affordable health care, raising a family in a secure and safe community — those are issues I’ve spent my life working on.
“So I believe that my life experiences make me ideally situated to answer the concerns that Nevadans are telling me are the most worrisome to them,” Heck said. “And that is why I am running for the U.S. Senate.”
Sandoval and presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took to Twitter on Monday to back Heck, saying he is the best chance to replace Reid.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded to the announcement within minutes, with communications director Justin Barasky saying Heck spent his time in office “catering to insurance companies, big banks and Washington special interests.”
Reid announced in March that he would not seek a sixth term. The decision came after an exercise injury left Reid blind in one eye.
Heck served in the state Senate between 2004 and 2008 and won the congressional seat in 2010, narrowly defeating Dina Titus, now the U.S. representative for Nevada’s 1st District.
He won re-election by big margins in 2012 and 2014, even though Democrats have a slight edge in voter registration in District 3.
Heck has spent more than two decades as an Army reservist, including three active-duty tours and a deployment in Iraq. He’s also the only one-star general in Congress.
Heck was born in New York and moved to Nevada in 1992. He lives in Henderson with his wife, Lisa, and three children.
WASHINGTON — Staked to a head start, Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck holds an early advantage over Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in fundraising for U.S. Senate, according to federal records.
Heck reported holding $1.4 million in his campaign account as of June 30, after raising $577,576 during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest reports at the Federal Election Commission.
Heck’s fund includes money he raised as a House member this year, plus money carried over from earlier races during three terms as a Henderson-based congressman. He announced his Senate candidacy on July 7.
Starting from scratch after announcing her candidacy on April 7, Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general, reported raising $1.1 million through the end of June, and had $955,825 cash on hand after campaign startup costs.
The numbers reported to the FEC provide the first look at the dollars expected to be accumulated toward the 2016 election to succeed Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who is retiring at the end of next year.
The campaign for the open seat is being billed as one of the marquee Senate races, as Democrats strive to hold the seat and Republicans eye a potential pickup to preserve their Senate majority.
Heck and Cortez Masto could raise between $15 million and $20 million apiece for the race, most analysts believe, while a few say it could get even costlier.
And those funds are expected to be dwarfed by spending by outside groups. Already the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending a reported $750,000 to air commercials praising Heck.
“It is going to be a free-for-all, we know,” said Fred Lokken, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Lokken said the sums being raised by both candidates so early make it highly unlikely either will be challenged in a primary.
“It tells us this early on we have two very serious candidates,” he said. “To have that commitment early is impressive, with more to come.”
Lokken predicted fundraising for the 2016 Senate race will track closer to the combined $50 million that Reid and challenger Sharron Angle raised in 2010 than the $20 million that GOP Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley raised in 2012.
Cortez Masto raised most of her early money from individuals. About 25 percent of her total came from people who contributed through Act Blue, a Democratic bundling group. Another $30,000 came from contributions steered through Emily’s List, an organization that promotes Democratic women.
Initial donors included professional poker player Phil Ivey ($5,000), former Sen. and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of Colorado ($1,000), Las Vegas Sun publisher Brian Greenspun ($2,700) and Democratic political philanthropist George Soros ($5,400).
Roughly $178,000 came from political action committees, most of that from PACs controlled by Democratic senators.
For most of the fundraising quarter, Heck was being recruited by Republicans to jump from a House re-election campaign to a Senate race amid reports that the party’s first choice, Gov. Brian Sandoval, was not interested in running for Senate.
Of Heck’s $577,574 in contributions during the three-month period, 53 percent came from political action committees.
Heck, a physician and a brigadier general in the Army Reserve who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, drew support from medical groups representing, among others, ophthalmologists ($5,000); OB-GYNs ($5,000) and cardiologists ($2,500); and defense contractors such as Boeing ($10,000) and Lockheed Martin ($10,000).
Prominent Las Vegas donors included casino owners Steve Wynn ($5,400) and Anthony Marnell III ($2,700), and Allegiant Air chief executive Maurice Gallagher ($5,400).
Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $5,400 apiece.
Both candidates now will ramp up their fundraising to even higher levels, according to Lokken.
“The first people they hire are the ones who raise money,” he said. “Now we will see that full-court press to see how much they can raise in the next quarter. We should see one and a half million to two million figures in the next quarter.”
Andy Matthews, former president of of the private Nevada Policy Research Institute, is seeking the Republican nomination to replace Rep. Joe Heck, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid.
Matthews in his announcement tried to distinguish himself from state Sen. Michael Roberson, who is also running. Matthews called the Senate majority leader a “liberal” who “stuck” Nevadans with the largeset tax increase in state history by supporting Gov. Brian Sandoval‘s $1.1 billion tax package.
Danny Tarkanian, the son of the late legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, announced his candidacy for the seat last week.
Republican enters race for 3rd District
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Danny Tarkanian has announced he’ll run for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by fellow Republican Rep. Joe Heck.
The announcement Monday from the son of the late, legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian sets up a Republican primary with state Sen. Michael Roberson, who has the support of high-ranking officeholders including Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Tarkanian said he will fight for lower taxes and more individual liberties, and used the mantra “never give up.”
Tarkanian has unsuccessfully run for office several times. He won the Republican primary for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District seat in 2012, but lost to Democrat Steven Horsford.
His announcement comes a week after Heck said he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Harry Reid
After U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced he will not run for a sixth term, political prognosticators declared the post a “toss-up,” with either party able to win the seat in 2016.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval immediately was declared the favorite to win, though the popular leader has said he isn’t interested.
On the Democratic side, Reid played the queenmaker, endorsing former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to succeed him. Just days following his March 27 retirement announcement, Reid was in Las Vegas, plotting her path to victory, saying he would put his formidable machine behind her.
“We are going to do everything we can,” Reid told the New York Times over a bowl of chicken soup, settling into his new role of political Godfather. “I have to make sure I take care of the person running for Senate in Nevada.”
Several potential contenders already have taken themselves out of the running, from Reid’s eldest son, Rory, to former U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who now runs Tuoro University in Nevada and California.
U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., said he would rather stay in the House, where he has served since 2011. But like Sandoval, the congressman likely will feel pressure from GOP leaders who want their best candidate in 2016’s hottest race after the presidency.
Meanwhile, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, said he’s preparing for re-election and “leaning no” on a Senate run. U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., has said in the past that he’s not interested, although Reid’s retirement could change that. State Treasurer Dan Schwartz, a Republican, said he would consider running only if Sandoval and Heck do not.
Yet the list of Nevadans who could try to join Washington’s exclusive club of 100 remains fairly long. Reid’s retirement has shifted the electoral ground, prompting relative newcomers and political veterans alike to consider the possibilities. Here’s a report card on some of the potential contenders:
CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO
Money — A+: Cortez Masto should have no trouble filling Senate campaign coffers in a race that could exceed 2010’s highly competitive race in which both Reid and Republican Sharron Angle each raised and spent more than $25 million. Outside groups just about matched the candidates’ spending.
On her own, Cortez Masto took in nearly $2.5 million for her elections in 2006 and 2010 and will have Reid as a rainmaker in 2016.
Since 2009, Reid has raised $23.6 million for his campaign committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Reid also helped land $46.7 million for the 2012 midterm elections for the Senate Democrats’ super PAC, Senate Majority PAC. Reid’s own campaign committee held $1.5 million as of Sept. 30.
Experience — B: Cortez Masto served eight years as attorney general after a career as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., that gave her a taste of Capitol Hill.
Name Recognition — B: She’s held a high-profile statewide office for two terms and is a native Nevadan of Hispanic heritage. Her father, the late Manny Cortez, had a high profile in Southern Nevada as the longtime head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and was partly responsible for making the Strip a tourist mecca.
Liability/Asset — C: Cortez Masto hasn’t had a tough campaign and might not be ready for a rough-and-tumble Senate race. She declined to challenge Sandoval last year.
Money — B: Titus has never had trouble raising money. She raised about $1.1 million last year for a 1st Congressional District race that wasn’t very competitive. She raised nearly $2.6 million for the highly competitive 2010 campaign in the 3rd Congressional District, which she lost to Heck. For a Senate run she could expect a lot of support from outside groups such as Emily’s List.
Experience — B: Titus has survived the campaign crucible and runs strong. Even her losses in some of the state’s most competitive districts were close. In 2010 she lost to Heck by just 1,748 votes.
Name Recognition — B: Titus has been around Nevada politics for decades, including 20 years in the state Senate (1988-2008) where she rose to become minority leader. She also has a statewide profile, having run for governor and losing to Republican Jim Gibbons in 2006.
Liability/Asset — B: Titus, a native Georgian, has a thick Southern accent that can dissuade voters who favor native Nevadans. Strongly independent, she isn’t afraid to cross Reid and wouldn’t hesitate to challenge Cortez Masto if she thinks she can win. Titus in 2012 ran for the 1st Congressional District after Reid hand-picked state Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, for the open seat. Kihuen dropped out before the primary.
Money — A+: Miller is a talented fundraiser who brought in $2.6 million for his failed 2014 attorney general campaign.
Experience — C: At age 30, Miller became the youngest Nevada secretary of state in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. But he faced weak GOP challengers in both campaigns. In 2014, he lost his first truly competitive race to Adam Laxalt, a political newcomer who eked out a slim 4,750-vote victory, or 46.2 percent to 45.3 percent. Miller suffered in the low turnout race as Democrats stayed home, but his campaign also failed to turn voters against Laxalt.
Name Recognition — A: Miller held statewide office for eight years and boasts the highest social media profile among Nevada officials with nearly 17,500 Twitter followers. In addition, his father is Bob Miller, who was governor from 1989 to 1999.
Liability/Asset — C: Miller’s love of socializing proved his downfall against Laxalt. He reported accepting more than $70,000 in gifts while secretary of state, including tickets to sporting events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and football games where he sat in luxury skyboxes. Miller said some of the freebies were educational conferences. His opponents were able to exploit the gifts and question his ethics.
Money — C: Flores raised nearly $754,000 in her failed 2014 race for lieutenant governor — not nearly enough to keep up with Republican Mark Hutchison, who raised about $2.5 million to win.
Experience — C: Flores served two terms in the Assembly, but neither of those elections featured tough competition. In 2010 she took 82.16 percent of the vote in the general election. She swept up 73 percent of the vote in a three-way primary in 2012 but faced no general election opponent at all.
Name Recognition — C:Little known outside of Clark County, her weak showing last year was her first statewide campaign. It focused on her bio — former gang member and high-school dropout who had an abortion as a teen, then went on to graduate from law school and enter politics. Inspiring to many, her hard-luck tale might not play well in conservative rural Nevada.
Liability/Asset — C: Hispanics comprise nearly 30 percent of Nevada’s population and Flores had the Latino vote last year, but she had trouble reaching other demographic groups statewide. She’s considered a long shot for a Senate bid but a better candidate for the 4th Congressional District.
Money — C: Her secretary of state campaign raised $715,245 last year but spent $100,000 more.
Experience — D: Marshall won two terms as state treasurer but failed in a 2011 special election for the 2nd Congressional District and lost the secretary of state job last year.
Name Recognition — C: Few Nevadans can name the state treasurer, even one who served two terms.
Liability/Asset — C: Her high-pitched voice can be grating; she’s a two-time loser in her most recent elections.
Money — B: He raised $152,000 in 2013 for his Las Vegas City Council campaign and has shown he can get bigger bucks when needed, including more than $500,000 for one past state Senate bid.
Experience — B: Beers served in the Nevada Assembly and Senate from 1999 to 2008 but was washed away by the Democratic wave that swept Barack Obama into the White House. He rebounded in 2012, beating eight other contenders in a Las Vegas City Council special election with 37 percent of the vote. The following year voters gave him a landslide re-election, with 76 percent of the vote.
Name Recognition — C: He ran in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary but isn’t widely known outside Clark County.
Liability/Asset — B: Beers is the first candidate to announce he’s running for Reid’s seat, putting out the word and 55,000 pamphlets in January 2014. An accountant, he’s known for asking lots of questions before spending taxpayer money and was a leader of the Assembly’s “mean 15” which blocked a proposed $1 billion tax hike in 2003.
Money — A+: Running virtually unopposed, Sandoval raised about $3.7 million for his 2014 re-election, plus $1.4 million for his New Nevada PAC helping other GOP candidates. He raised more than $5 million to easily defeat Rory Reid in 2010.
Experience — B: The governor has served in all three branches of government as a member of the Nevada Assembly, state attorney general and as a federal judge. He’s never faced a tough campaign.
Name Recognition —A: Not only is Sandoval widely known, he’s also popular. More than 60 percent of Nevadans say he does a good job. No credible Democrat would run against him last year, and his re-election was a 71-percent landslide. He’s also gaining popularity among Nevada Latinos, who lean Democrat. Latino Decisions said exit polls showed Sandoval got 47 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2014, up from 15 percent in 2010.
Liability/Asset — Incomplete: Sandoval insists he doesn’t want to run for the Senate but instead is focused on finishing his second four-year term, which runs through 2018. How Sandoval comes out of the Nevada Legislature could affect his political future: Will lawmakers approve his $7.3 billion spending plan that includes $1.1 billion in new and extended taxes to fund education? Is he as “unbeatable” as some insiders say? Stay tuned.
Money —A: Heck raised nearly $2.5 million for his 2014 campaign and spent less than $2 million. He would have no trouble raising big bucks for a Senate race from gaming interests and other major Nevada industries.
Experience — B: Heck has been able to hang on to his seat in the 3rd Congressional District for several elections, although it’s the state’s most competitive House district with an even Republican-Democrat split and independents leaning GOP. He’s also had a taste of defeat: In 2008 he lost his state Senate seat in a Democratic wave election that put President Barack Obama in office.
Name Recognition — C: Heck maintains a fairly low profile as a serious, workaday congressman, and he has never run a statewide race. That could put him at a disadvantage against someone with statewide campaign experience.
Liability/Asset — B: Heck’s promotion last year to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and past active duty as a doctor in Iraq make him an appealing candidate, particularly among Nevada’s large veteran population. But the moderate has come under fire from the left for voting with the conservative House caucus on hot-button issues such as immigration and equal pay. Heck said he’s staying put in the House, but 2016 could be his best chance to move up to the U.S. Senate.
Money — B: Krolicki hasn’t had a big-money race, although he raised $640,000 and spent $1.1 million in his first election for lieutenant governor in 2006. He raised about half that for his 2010 re-election.
Experience — B: He’s been around state government and GOP politics for a long time, serving two terms as state treasurer followed by two terms as lieutenant governor. He contemplated a run against Reid in 2010 but was sidelined by an ethics investigation that ultimately foundered.
Name Recognition — C: Krolicki has been on the statewide ballot four times, but remains relatively unknown.
Liability/Asset — D: His career took a hit with his 2008 indictment related to management of a college savings program while state treasurer. A judge later dismissed the felony charges, which Krolicki characterized as a partisan attack by then-Attorney General Cortez Masto.
Money — A: Hutchison showed he can raise money — lots of it — even for the low-profile post of lieutenant governor. He raised at least $2.5 million to win a part-time job that puts him in line to replace Sandoval, if need be.
Experience — B: A newcomer to politics, Hutchison resigned his state Senate seat midterm to run for lieutenant governor as Sandoval’s choice. The stakes were high, but Hutchison sailed into office with 59.5 percent of the vote.
Name Recognition — C: Hutchison’s campaign attracted a lot of attention and he crisscrossed the state several times, yet he remains relatively unknown.
Liability/Asset — B: Sandoval’s support is a big plus. An attorney, Hutchison represented Nevada for free in its challenge to Obamacare — work that made him popular among conservatives but could hurt him among Democrats.
Money — B: Roberson raised more than $600,000 last year toward his 2014 state Senate race, plus money for a PAC and other candidates, helping the GOP take control of the upper house.
Experience — C: His political career has taken off like a rocket since his first election to the state Senate in 2010. But the Senate majority leader never has been tested in a statewide race.
Name Recognition — C: His state Senate leadership gets his name out there, but his lack of a statewide run means he’s not that widely known. On the plus side, his base is Clark County, home to 75 percent of all Nevadans.
Liability/Asset — B: Roberson first ran as a strict conservative but has become a moderate over time. He’s now pushing for Sandoval’s $7.3 billion general fund budget and $1.1 billion package of new and extended taxes. This could hurt him in any GOP primary but help him during a general election. Insiders say family considerations and a desire to stay in the Legislature weigh against a U.S. Senate race, for now.
Money — A: Laxalt surprised many observers by raising more than $1.8 million in his first political campaign to score an upset over better-financed Ross Miller in last year’s attorney general race. He tapped conservatives in Washington, D.C., where his mother, Michelle Laxalt, was a widely known lobbyist. Acquaintances of his grandfather, former Nevada Gov. and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt, also ponied up.
Experience — C: Laxalt was a Navy judge advocate general and a lawyer in a private practice in Las Vegas. But he has only lived in Nevada for a few years and has run just one campaign. He would be sorely tested in a high-stakes contest that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.
Name Recognition — B: Laxalt’s family name helped him win support statewide. He also spent a lot of time traveling the dusty roads to reach every corner of Nevada last year.
Liability/Asset — C: During the campaign, an operative leaked a memo from a Laxalt job review at the private firm, Lewis Roca, where he worked. It said he had sloppy legal skills and was “a train wreck” as a lawyer. His campaign countered by releasing rave reviews he got in the military, including when he oversaw terrorism cases in Baghdad. Laxalt has suggested he wants to focus on his new job but hasn’t ruled out a Senate bid.
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Nevada GOP Reps Support Assault On 40 Hour Work Week Sweatshop Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV2) and Joe Heck (R-NV3) voted on May 8, 2013 in favor of H.R. 1406 “To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector.” [roll call 137] The CRS Summary describes the bill: “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 – Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to authorize private employers to provide compensatory time off to private employees at a rate of 1 1/2 hours per hour of employment for which overtime compensation is required. Authorizes an employer to provide compensatory time only if it is in accordance with an applicable collective bargaining agreement or, in the absence of such an agreement, an agreement between the employer and employee.” Trade your time and a half for comp time? What could possibly go wrong? Let us count the ways! #1. Right off the bat, this is a frontal assault on the 40 hour work week. The old system, in place since 1938, (pdf) is a dis-incentive for employers to demand longer hours of their employees because over-time costs more, one and one half times more. This Republican “innovation” allows employers to require more over time work, without any extra compensation. #2. There are limits on the employee, not necessarily on the employer. Continue reading