Personalities trumped policy yet again in the Assembly last week when Assemblywoman Michele Fiore lost her temper with a GOP colleague during a hearing on her “Cliven Bundy” bill. and asked Speaker John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, to put a halt to Edwards’ statements, adding to Edwards: “Sit your ass down.”

Personalities trumped policy yet again in the Assembly last week when Assemblywoman Michele Fiore lost her temper with a GOP colleague during a hearing on her “Cliven Bundy” bill.

Assemblyman Chris Edwards, who was in the midst of asking several questions about an amendment to Assembly Bill 408 during an early evening floor session Tuesday, was interrupted by Fiore.

When Edwards made yet another vague reference to conservative anti-tax political activist Chuck Muth during his questioning on several bills up for a vote during a lengthy floor session, Fiore had had enough.

She asked Speaker John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, to put a halt to Edwards’ statements, adding to Edwards: “Sit your ass down.”

The comment caused a momentary shock, an Assembly recess and then, an apology from Fiore to Edwards.

Edwards was not impressed with the apology.

AB408 was a priority for Fiore, who is a Bundy supporter and who brought the Bunkerville rancher to Carson City for a hearing on her bill. As originally written, the measure would have asserted state control over most public lands in Nevada.

The genesis of the bill was the BLM’s unsuccessful efforts to round up cattle belonging to Bundy in 2014 that resulted in an armed confrontation between federal agents and Bundy supporters.

When legislative legal staff said the measure was unconstitutional, the bill was amended to set forth requirements for local law enforcement to work with federal agencies.

On Tuesday, Fiore tried and failed twice to add amendments to the bill. In a final vote, the measure failed on a 34-8 vote.

Fiore and Edwards have a history of animosity.

Edwards said before the 2015 session began that Las Vegas police were investigating allegations of attempted extortion in exchange for his vote for Assembly speaker. The investigation is ongoing.

Both Fiore and Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, R-Las Vegas, early in the session questioned whether Edwards was wearing a “wire” in caucus meetings, a claim that the lawmaker denied.

The shocking Republican takeover of the Assembly in the Nov. 4 general election resulted in chaos for the 25-member caucus, with an internal fight for leadership between more moderate members of the group and tea party conservatives.

The moderates won out, and Fiore was deposed as both majority leader and chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee.

The most divisive issue in the caucus is Sandoval’s call for $1.1 billion in new and extended taxes to boost funding for public education and balance his $7.3 billion general fund budget.

The tax issue is squarely in the Assembly now. The Senate on Tuesdayapproved Sandoval’s business license fee bill, Senate Bill 252.

Fiore said she does not support the bill, nor does she like an alternative presented by some members of the Assembly GOP caucus.

There have been other incidents in the caucus this session, including a confrontation between conservative Assemblyman John Moore, R-Las Vegas, and Majority Leader Paul Anderson, R-Las Vegas, which led to the filing of a report with Legislative Police by Moore. The two later made up.

More recently, Seaman complained about comments made by Judiciary Chairman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, after a dispute over her homeowner’s bill of rights measure that did not get a vote in the committee.

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

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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.

Conservatives want Nevada Assembly Speaker Hambrick out

A small group is planning to launch a recall effort against Nevada Assembly Speaker-designate John Hambrick, hoping that last year’s low voter turnout and an anti-tax sentiment among hard-line conservatives will propel their work to gain the needed signatures.

If they have their way, their long-shot effort will disrupt the Assembly’s leadership in May during the 2015 session, recalling Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, from his legislative seat in the midst of decision-making on proposals to boost state revenue.

With involvement by conservative blogger and activist Chuck Muth, a political action committee with three directors formed in late December with the stated goal of waging a recall election against Hambrick, a state lawmaker since 2008 now in his fourth term and a retired federal law enforcement officer.

Organizers contend Hambrick has strayed from a pledge to not raise taxes and is not a reliable anti-tax vote in the Assembly. They point to statements he has made expressing a willingness to work with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who unveiled in his State of the State speech an effort to raise business license fees to generate more revenue for public schools.

Factors they hope will turn the tide in their favor: a low voter turnout will make it easier to get the needed signatures for a recall election; and their anti-tax increase approach comes when the Legislature will be looking at high-profile tax measures. They also figure that Hambrick’s newfound status as speaker will only help their cause.

“If you take out the lead dog, you send one heck of a strong message,” Muth said.

Hambrick could not be reached for comment.

A.J. Maimbourg, one of three directors listed for the Recall Hambrick PAC, ran unsuccessfully against Hambrick in the 2014 general election as an Independent American Party candidate. The other two are Russ Martin and Kristopher Del Campo, also residents of the Assembly district with Maimbourg. Muth is the registered agent, paperwork filed Dec. 29 shows.

No prominent state lawmakers have supported Hambrick’s recall.

Maimbourg vows that the effort is about pavement pounding and getting the word out in person.

“We’re not keyboard patriots,” she said. “We go out and get the job done.”

So far, she has 15 people on teams to gather signatures. Though she can’t start collecting signatures until 10 days after the legislative session begins Feb. 2, the planning is starting.

She expects to have more volunteers to target registered voters.

“Basically, I’m really excited about it because it shows that the people — we the voters — can do something when we’re wronged.”

RECALL RULES

Organizers need signatures from at least 25 percent of the voters who cast ballots in Hambrick’s district in the 2014 election, regardless of their political affiliation.

In the last election, 16,462 people voted in Hambrick’s district. At least 4,116 of them would need to sign the recall petition in order to hold a recall election.

Their goal is to beat both the 90-day deadline and the minimum voter threshold: 5,000 signatures within 30 days.

Getting the needed signatures is only one step. The next would be the election itself. During the election, any registered voter in the district could participate, regardless of whether they voted in the last election.

There are different scenarios. One is that other candidates could jump in, filing paperwork to be on the ballot, which requires the same number of signatures from 2014 voters.

Organizers hope to put forth a candidate but aren’t ready to name anyone yet.

Having an actual candidate would give them two potential options as they seek signatures for a recall.

Voters could sign just the recall petition, even if they don’t support the alternate candidate. Or voters could sign the petition and the nomination form for a replacement candidate.

If a recall election succeeds without an alternative candidate, the all-Democrat Clark County Commission would appoint someone of the same political party, but it isn’t bound by how conservative or anti-tax the new legislator would be.

Muth projects a recall election could be in May — potentially before any big tax votes are taken by the Legislature.

During the legislative session, Hambrick cannot raise money to fight a recall effort. But the PAC can do so.

“Any recall election is always a long shot,” Muth said. “They just don’t happen very often but we do have a couple things going for us in this case.”

Muth said Sandoval’s State of the State address calling for raising business fees is “very helpful to us” in raising awareness about the potential for higher taxes.

“Everybody knows that it’s out there,” he said.

LONG-SHOT GOAL

Hambrick has a track record of handily winning elections in his district, which lies on the western edge of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

He won the District 2 Assembly seat in November, capturing 79 percent of the vote against Independent American Party candidate Maimbourg in the general election. No Democratic candidates ran against him in 2014. In the 2014 primary, Hambrick fared equally well, with 76 percent of the vote in a two-person race against Republican Mark Slotta.

The pool of voters would be wide if the recall petition gains the needed signatures. Assembly District 2 has 34,121 registered voters. Forty percent, or 13,731 voters, are registered Republicans. Thirty-four percent, or 11,725, are registered Democrats. The remaining 8,665, about one-quarter of registered voters, are third-party or unaffiliated voters.

Besides the numbers, Hambrick also has history on his side. Secretary of state records dating back to 1993 show no successful recall efforts filed against state legislators, the office said.

Recall elections are more likely to be successful when filed against local politicians such as city council members or school board members, particularly in rural areas with fewer registered voters.

In general, recalls are “fairly rare,” said Eric Herzik, chairman of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The primary obstacle is the threshold to have 25 percent of voters who cast ballots in the office-holder’s most recent election, he said.

That’s why no statewide official has ever been recalled, he said. For the recall pushers, Herzik said, the low turnout helps.

Still, he called the group’s goal to have Hambrick out in May a “pretty ambitious schedule.”

Of course, getting the signatures for an election is just one hurdle. Hambrick could always survive a recall election, keeping his Assembly seat.

“If they’re not successful and he gets re-elected, I would say that message backfired and you look like sore loser extremists,” he said.

Contact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 702-405-9781. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1.

Nevadagate by Guy Felton – Ombudsman for Nevada

Nevadagate a youtube series exposing Nevada government corruption  by GuyFelton – Ombudsman for Nevada.  These youtube videos dig into an array of Nevada government corruption, conspiracies and cover-ups. Guy Felton has helped the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement in his protesting efforts and his unique abilities to convey corruption in our youtube videos and his new series called Nevadagate. Please see Guy’s work below and visit his website Booksampler.net

Guy Felton is WAS running for U. S. Congress in 2011. Hooray! In this video, Guy discusses the controversy and conspiracy  surrounding the former University of Nevada Reno (“UNR”) President Milton Glick who allegedly died of stroke at 73 – but was it really a suicide or murder?

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Guy’s background includes: Marine Corps Reservist, Intelligence Operative, Police Officer, Classroom Teacher, Head of Negotiations for Nevada State Education Association (now having 27,000 members), Newspaper Columnist, Newspaper Photographer, Executive Jobsearch Consultant (Listed in “Who’s Who in America”), Volunteer Ombudsman for the People of Nevada (the latter resulting in being wrongfully arrested and jailed three times for legally challenging corrupt public officials in Washoe County including Commissioners Humke, Weber, and Larkin ~ as well as Washoe Manager Katy Simon, and Deputy D.A. Melanie Foster.)

Guy Felton’s youtube “Nevadagate” series on Nevada Corruption

NEVADAGATE: SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 2013 LEGISLATURE

Nevada government is permeated with a culture of corruption. Members of the state legislature meet for only 4 months every other year. This does not permit anything close to proper administration of the public affairs of Nevada’s 2.7-million residents.  Members of the upcoming 2013 legislative session are asked to answer tough-but-fair questions which might force changes for the better.
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