Jon Ralston, host of Ralston Live on PBS in Nevada, talks with Rachel Maddow about what clues indicate that Sheldon Adelson is part of the secretive purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and how Adelson might use Nevada’s largest newspaper to assert political influence.
The 2015 Legislative session is almost here, and I’d like to introduce you to the RGJ team that will be covering it for you.
I’m excited to share with you that our coverage will include exclusive work from political journalist Jon Ralston as we move into 2015. Ralston, who has covered Nevada politics for more than a quarter century, will provide analysis of statewide issues at the Legislature and Southern Nevada politics.
You might recognize Ralston from “Ralston Reports,” a television program he hosted for 14 years on all three Nevada NBC affiliates, including KRNV-Channel 4 in Reno. He previously has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun.
Ralston will begin writing exclusive columns for RGJ Media on Jan. 7. His columns will publish on RGJ.com and in the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Besides writing for RGJ Media, Ralston publishes an email newsletter, “Flash,” that provides agenda-setting political coverage and analysis. He is a contributing editor at Politico magazine and regularly appears on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS. You can follow Ralston on Twitter at @RalstonReports.
The addition of Ralston is just one piece of our legislative coverage we will offer in 2015 from what I believe is the best team of political journalists in the state:
* Ray Hagar will lead our political team in Carson City. Hagar, a fifth-generation Nevadan and award-winning political reporter, will deliver analysis and in-depth coverage that matters to you in the months ahead. His insight and storytelling will bring what happens at the statewide level home to you. Hagar has been covering politics for RGJ Media for about 15 years and also is a regular host on “Nevada Newsmakers,” which appears at 11:30 a.m. Monday- Thursday on KRNV-Channel 4. You can follow him on Twitter @RGJRayHagar.
* Anjeanette Damon is our city watchdog reporter who will cover issues related to Reno, Sparks and Washoe County government. Damon is a longtime Northern Nevadan who has award-winning experience in covering the Legislature and developing strong reporting that holds our elected officials accountable for their decisions. She will report on larger issues rather than the day-to-day developments of the session. Damon has previously covered the Legislature for RGJ Media and the Las Vegas Sun. She also hosted a political talk show on KRNV Channel 4 called “To the Point.” You can follow her on Twitter @AnjeanetteDamon.
* Emerson Marcus is taking on a new role as the consumer advocate reporter at RGJ Media, tackling stories that matter to you. Examples of his focus for the session include health care, taxes and fees, and quality-of-life issues. He also will continue to write his award-winning Ask the RGJ feature through the session. While this is his first session at the Legislature, Emerson has been covering breaking news and crime in Reno for about three years. You can follow him on Twitter @Emerson_Marcus.
* Engagement Editor Mark Robison will help provide meaningful analysis for you this session through our Voices coverage. His research and analytical skills will take issues beyond the political posturing that comes with legislative politics by digging into the facts. Robison also will coordinate our editorial board meetings and write our editorials. You might know Robison from his award-winning Fact Checker column, which he plans to continue developing from the halls of Carson City. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkRGJ.
We’ll be ramping up political coverage after the holidays. If you have story suggestions or issues you’d like covered, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask me on Twitter @KellyAnnScott. As always, thank you for reading us.
I liked his shows even if he was a Democrat mouthpiece.
By Kyle Roerink
Nevada will have one fewer pundit on television at the end of the month.
Jon Ralston’s KSNV News 3 program “Ralston Reports” will air for the last time on Dec. 12.
Ralston made the announcement via his email news flash on Monday.
Ralston told the Las Vegas Sun that he will remain in journalism and continue to operate his email news flash service and website. Ralston is also a contributing editor to Politico Magazine.
On Twitter, Ralston said he’s “not going anywhere.” He hinted that he may do the “unauthorized” biography of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.
Lisa Howfield, KSNV News 3 president, said the station is cutting back on its political commentary.
Ralston’s 6:30 p.m. timeslot, which airs in Reno and Las Vegas, will be filled with “expanded local news,” she said.
Ralston has been a reporter in Nevada politics for three decades, having worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun before starting his own news outlet in 2012. He’s hosted “Ralston Reports” for 14 years.
For now go to his website: https://www.ralstonreports.com/
In a prepared statement, the Laxalt campaign sought to shift attention to the leaker or leakers: “The improperly and perhaps illegally leaked document today is not an evaluation that Adam Laxalt has ever seen before, and its authenticity as an official evaluation is clearly in question. Adam has been in touch with the firm this afternoon and he has been told that the process of authentication is currently underway. However, this document purporting to be an official evaluation was never given to Adam Laxalt.”
The Laxalt name has considerable prominence in Nevada, given the service of Paul Laxalt as a district attorney, lieutenant governor, governor, and U.S. senator. But other Laxalts have been unable to translate that name recognition into political success. In the case of Adam Laxalt’s candidacy, the Laxalt family has split, some of its members supporting Democrat Ross Miller.
If Laxalt were to withdraw from the race, it would be up to the Republican State Central Committee to select a replacement for him on the ballot. Ralston writes that he has authenticated the document. The evaluation can be read on Ralston’s site
It seems that Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz has herself programmed to automatically criticize any Republican governor in the U.S. for refusing to implement a state Obamacare exchange.
Wasserman Schultz made that contention on Tuesday about Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. She did so on Nevada’s “Ralston Reports,” a TV program hosted by Jon Ralston, whose bio indicates that he is “a contributing editor at Politico Magazine” and that he has appeared “on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS.” There’s only one problem: Nevada tried to set up an Obamacare exchange,but decided to “scrap its crippled Obamacare exchange and join the federal HealthCare.gov for at least a year.” Video and a transcript follow the jump.
Transcript (absent annoying crosstalk, which I will address after the transcript):
JON RALSTON: I think most Americans looking at this, Congresswoman, think this law is shaky. It’s a mess. You are one of the strongest supporters of this law. You have to be worried.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Actually, I think ultimately when the Supreme Court decides this, because obviously with dueling rulings and competing rulings that’s what’s going to happen, it’s going to be very clear that the unanimous ruling by the Fourth Circuit is the right one. The reason it’s the right one is Just take a state like Nevada, where you have a governor who refused to implement a state exchange and as a result people who get Affordable Care Act healthcare plans are getting them on the federal exchange.
RALTSON: Hang on. Let me just stop you for a second, because you’re misinformed about that. Brian Sandoval put in a state exchange. He did. So, whoever briefed you on that is wrong. He did put in a state exchange. He was the first Republican governor to do that.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: OK. That’s not even the point I’m making. I stand corrected. I’m not from Nevada.
The point Wasserman Schultz was making was about mean GOP governors like Sandoval who wouldn’t implement state exchanges. Since Sandoval did, though unsuccessfully, she ended up not having a point.
Ralston was far too indulgent, and in my view gave away where his sympathies lie. As seen in the transcript, he helps her by blaming “whoever briefed you.” What if nobody briefed her, Jon? And since when is blaming your handlers an acceptable excuse?
In the crosstalk near the end of the video, Ralston actually says “You can pivot from that.” Huh? How do you “pivot” from an obviously false statement? To use the implied sports analogy, she’s already committed a violation by traveling into an area about which she is ignorant, and she should hand the ball over to someone who is informed.
When Wasserman Schultz says, “I’m not from Nevada,” Ralston was right there to say “No, I know, that’s why I’m saying, it’s not your fault” (the final word is partially cut off, but that’s what Ralston appears to have said).
Excuse me, but, reinforcing a point made at Eagle Rising by Onan Coca, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee should know these things before she starts spouting off about them. If she really wasn’t ready with state-specific facts, she shouldn’t have ventured into what Nevada does or doesn’t have.
The press wouldn’t let an error like this made by a Republican when talking about a Democrat or a state governed by a Democrat slide. But according to a Google News search on “Wasserman Schultz Nevada” (not in quotes, sorted by date), the DNC chair’s whopper has only garnered the attention of about 15 overwhelmingly center-right blogs and outlets. About the only exception at the time of the search was atPolitifact, which gave Wasserman Schultz a break by reviewing all of her assertions during the Ralston interview and rating them “Mostly False.” Wasserman’s core contention about Nevada is obviously totally false.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.
On the same I reported in my email newsletter that state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson was 75 percent sure he would run for secretary of state, Treasurer Kate Marshall announced early endorsements.
This is classic:
In a rare early move, the Northern Nevada Building and Trades Council has endorsed Kate Marshall. “Breaking with our normal practices the Council last Thursday made the decision to step out early,” said Paul McKenzie, Secretary Treasurer of the Northern Nevada Building & Construction Trades Council, who noted Kate’s solid record of supporting working families and their belief that she is the best candidate for the position of Secretary of State. The Council represents the interests of Northern Nevada’s construction workers.
Additionally, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro Inc. Board of Directors endorsed Marshall, citing her strong commitment, community involvement and dedication to the residents of the community. The organization represents 3,200 Police and Corrections Officers and the Las Vegas Municipal Court and Deputy City Marshals.
Chris Collins, Executive Director for LVPPA, states in a letter to Kate endorsing her that Kate’s “…community involvement and dedication to the residents of our community speaks volumes of your character.”
“I’m honored to receive the support of these organizations. As Secretary of State, just as I’ve done as Treasurer, my commitment every day will be to the middle class families of Nevada and I will always work tirelessly for them.”
Are you listening, senator?
Subtle, Madame Treasurer.
Kate Marshall (born July 22, 1959) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently the Nevada State Treasurer. Marshall is unable to run for a third term in 2014 due to term limits.
The new Jon Ralston Reports website
As he prepares for Session ’13 and, inevitably, Campaign ’14, Gov. Brian Sandoval, he of the 60 percent approval rating, has established himself as one of the singularly politically skillful pols in Nevada history.
But he is not invincible.
Despite the governor’s early anointment for a second term, as Democrats prepare the spit for a sacrificial lamb, the Sandoval myth needs to be separated from the reality. I acknowledge he is a solid favorite for re-election. But let’s not forget the calendar, folks: It’s November 2012. Two years is not just the proverbial political eternity; it is plenty of time for the governor to come to Earth.
I am prompted to write about this by the news that Governing Magazine has consecrated Sandoval as one of the country’s top public officials and penned a flattering piece about him headlined, “The Helmsman.”
Let me say that no one has more regard for what Sandoval did to the inept Democratic leadership during Session ’11 than I – it was the old chess vs. checkers game, an unfair matchup as Steven Horsford and John Oceguera seemed more concerned with running for Congress than running their houses. There was no cohesion and no plan, except one the Democratic leaders sprung on everyone during the session’s denouement — a stillborn tax overhaul that’s surprised no one and that the governor had already criticized before it became public.
Sandoval should be glad he is not judged by his enemies because he came to the governorship running against Rory Reid, who was saddled by his dad’s baggage and probably could have been dispatched in the Year of Reid the Elder, by any credible GOP nominee (no, that does not include then-Gov. Jim Gibbons, whom Sandoval erased). So he defeated Reid the Younger, he of the 40 percent negative rating coming in, and then outfoxed two Democratic leaders who simply were outclassed by the governor, whose preternatural affability and superb political skills were a marvel to behold.
But it is the mythmaking about that 2011 session, now repeated by Governing, which needs to be deconstructed and destroyed forever. As I wrote afterward, Sandoval was more lucky than good.
See the Brian Sandoval Deception