Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nv., Thursday filed for his third full two-year term representing Carson City Congressional District 2

Mark AmodeiRep. Mark Amodei, R-Nv., Thursday filed for his third full two-year term representing Congressional District 2.

The district covers western Nevada including his hometown Carson City as well as most of northern rural Nevada.

Amodei faces two Democratic challengers so far: Chip Evans of Reno and Rick Shepherd. Evans, a longtime member of the Washoe Democratic Central Committee, has the endorsement of Sen. Harry Reid.

Asked whether this would be his final term since he has said numerous times he doesn’t like the “culture” of Congress in Washington D.C., Amodei said: “I don’t like the culture but the work is important.”

He said he would evaluate whether to seek another term if he’s re-elected this time when that term comes to an end.

He said he would like to see a different culture in D.C. than the past years of the war between President Obama and the Congress.

He said important to him is, “we need somebody to give a riff about the west.”

As an example, he pointed to “all the green energy push on one hand and, on the other, you can’t get a permit to do it.”

Amodei has been in Congress since September 2011 when he won the special election to replace Dean Heller after Heller was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He ran and won the seat in both 2012 and 2014 and filed Thursday for another term.

One surprise filing for Congress was Morse Arberry in District 4. Arberry is the former chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, a post he held in the Nevada Legislature for seven sessions until he was term-limited out of that body in 2008. Arberry is one of five Democrats seeking to unseat first term incumbent republican Cresent Hardy.

Also filing on Thursday was State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, seeking a second four-year term in that office. Thus far, he’s the only candidate to have filed for that post.

He said water issues are key in his largely rural district that spans the northern half of Nevada. But he said supporting and expanding four-year offerings at Nevada community colleges is also important to him.

In addition, former Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey of Reno has filed seeking election to the state Board of Education seat he was appointed to fill.

In Carson City, the only new filing since Monday is by Steve Reynolds seeking a second term on the Carson school board in District 5.

Rep. Amodei, ex Lt. Gov. Krolicki joining Jeb Bush Nevada team

jeb-george-bushRepublican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has added three big-name Nevada officials to his team in the past two days.

Bush’s campaign said Thursday that Republican Rep. Mark Amodei and former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki will be senior advisers. The announcement comes a day after Sen. Dean Heller endorsed Bush.

The former Florida governor is not the only Republican candidate with high-ranking Nevada politicians on his roster.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced earlier this week that former Nevada Gov. Bob List will be his Nevada campaign chairman.

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison has been chairing Sen. Marco Rubio’s Nevada campaign for months.

U.S. Representative Mark Amodei: no Senate run, but maybe Gov. or AG

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U.S. Representative Mark Amodei of Carson City told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Friday he wouldn’t run for the U.S. Senate, saying his future political plans would likely eventually be on the state level.

U.S. Representative Mark Amodei of Carson City told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Friday he wouldn’t run for the U.S. Senate, saying his future political plans would likely eventually be on the state level.

The Republican Congressman said he’s committed to running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. That essentially would rule out a run to fill Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate seat in Nevada. Reid is retiring after this term, so he will leave his seat vacant, which will be up for re-election in 2018.

As far as his plans for 2018, Amodei said he may consider a run to be Nevada’s governor or the state’s attorney general. Amodei added he eventually wants to return to Carson City when it comes to any possible future political plans after 2016.

Hagar: Mark Amodei ponders run for governor or AG in 2018

Mark AmodeiNevada’s 2nd U.S. House District Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, said he may consider a run for governor or attorney general after he leaves Congress, possibly in 2018.

Amodei, 56 and a lawyer by profession, said during an exclusive interview Friday at the Nevada Legislature that he is committed to run for re-election to the House of Representatives in 2016. But he hinted at a run for governor or attorney general after that.

“It’s obviously something to look at,” Amodei said about running for governor or attorney general. “And I’ve said to you before, listen, I’m not doing this for the rest of my life, this D.C. stuff. I’m coming back (to Carson City) at some point in time.

He first mentioned his consideration for governor or attorney general when asked if he would want to run for Nevada’s open U.S. senate seat, which will be vacated in 2016 with the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“I’m not saying, hey that’s something we are angling towards, “Amodei said about being governor or attorney general. “But if I ever decided that I wanted to go run the whole lap around the state in a political race, it would not be for an office in Washington D.C. It would be for the office of governor or attorney general.

“I mention it in the context of that I really wanted to make sure that the message that is sent and delivered is I’m not running for the Senate,” Amodei said. “And if I was going to run statewide, it would be for something in Carson City. I’m really, really not running for the Senate.

Gov. Sandoval will be term limited in 2018 although Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Sandoval the GOP’s A-plus candidate to run for U.S. Senate in 2016.

“We are committed to run (for Congress) in 2016, but I would prefer to be back home in Nevada,” Amodei said.

Amodei was raised in Carson City and graduated from Carson High school in the mid 1970s where he played for the Senators’ state championship basketball team.

He served as Carson City’s Assemblyman before becoming the state senator for the capital district. He was elected to Congress in a special election in 2011, defeating Democrat Kate Marshall.

“Having lived and served and having been around state government all my life, I think I’ve got it, if that is something that opened up later on,” Amodei said.

“I think I could be competitive,” Amodei said about running for state office. “And, if given the shot, I could hopefully bring some experience and perspective and that would be a positive thing.”

“In this business, those decisions are a long way away,” Amodei said. “And I have always been a believer in doing the best job you can with what you are doing now, so that if something comes up, those doors are open instead of closed.”

Amodei offended by comments made by interior secretary on sage grouse, Republican Mark Amodei said the Obama administration is to blame for the conflict over the chicken-sized bird

Mark AmodeiLAS VEGAS — A Nevada congressman said he was offended when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell claimed some lawmakers in the West are playing politics over the protection of the sage grouse.

Republican Mark Amodei said the Obama administration is to blame for the conflict over the chicken-sized bird because Jewell and others should be doing more to keep it off the list of threatened or endangered species.

President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill last week with a provision that barred money from being spent on rules to protect the greater sage grouse and two other subspecies.

Jewell said last week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue collecting and analyzing data on sage grouse. A decision on whether protections are warranted will be reached by Sept. 30, Interior officials said.

Greater sage grouse range across 11 Western states and two Canadian provinces. Oil and gas drilling, wildfires, livestock grazing and other activities have consumed more than half the bird’s habitat during the past century.

The spending bill provision on sage grouse came after Western lawmakers and representatives of the oil and gas and agriculture industries said a threatened or endangered listing would devastate the region’s economy.

Jewell said it’s disappointing that some members of Congress are “more interested in political posturing than finding solutions to conserve the sagebrush landscape and the Western way of life.”

“Rather than helping the communities they profess to benefit, these members will only create uncertainty, encourage conflict and undermine the unprecedented progress that is happening throughout the West,” she said.

Amodei said Friday that he hopes Jewell will reconsider her “incendiary” communications strategy and try to cooperate with ranchers and others who are doing their best to maintain the bird’s habitat .

“There are a lot of great people working very hard on the sage hen issue in the West, and Interior needs to show some respect to them instead of defaulting to tired political agendas,” he said.

 

House Passes Amodei’s Nevada Native Nations Lands Act

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By suspension vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act, legislation sponsored by Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada’s second district.

The legislation includes six tribal land measures, as well as a smaller conveyance to the City of Elko. The bill was amended to match the Senate version, which was reported out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in August.

“These are all cases where local control and economic self-determination are preferable to Washington-centric management by a federal agency,” said Amodei in a news release. “These lands will enable the tribes to chart brighter futures for their communities and to better preserve their cultural heritage.”

If passed into law, the legislation addresses the following:
Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians: Would transfer approximately 373 acres of Bureau of Land Management land in Elko County to be held in trust for residential development, recreation and conservation.

Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe: Would transfer approximately 19,095 acres of BLM land in Humboldt County to be held in trust to resolve checkerboard lands issues. This would help to address law enforcement and emergency personnel jurisdictional questions, as well as enable the tribe to plan for housing development. In 1971, U.S. Senators Bible and Cannon from Nevada introduced a similar bill, but the legislation was never re-introduced.

Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation: Would transfer approximately 82 acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land in Elko County to be held in trust for housing and infrastructure to address the reservation housing shortage and to recruit doctors, nurses, law enforcement, conservation officers and first responders.

Summit Lake Paiute Tribe: Would transfer approximately 880 acres of BLM land in Humboldt County to be held in trust for protection and management of Summit Lake’s natural resources and fish population and to unify the reservation around Summit Lake.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony: Would transfer approximately 11,180 acres of BLM land in Washoe County to be held in trust for the creation of a safety buffer around the Hungry Valley community. The housing is surrounded by BLM lands to the north, west and east where multiple activities routinely occur, some permitted by the BLM and others prohibited, that illicit safety and quality of life concerns from residents. Such activities include off-roading, target shooting, illegal dumping and unauthorized motorcycle racing. The lands also hold cultural significance and several of the landscape features are used for traditional religious practices and a source of medicinal plants.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe: Would transfer approximately 11,719 acres of BLM land in Washoe County to be held in trust to expand the reservation boundary to fully incorporate the watershed of Pyramid Lake. Other sections near the lake would be used for potential economic development and management efficiency.

Elko County: Would transfer approximately 275 acres of BLM land to Elko County to establish a motocross, bicycle, off-roading or stock car racing area. The county would pay all costs associated with surveys and administrative costs for the preparation and completion of the transfer.

Election 2014: Nevada Lt. Gov. candidates tout backgrounds at Carson City Community Center along with Congress District 2 candidates

Mark Hutchison and Democratic opponent Lucy Flores disagreed on issues that are beyond the reach of the office they seek.Candidates for Lieutenant Governor Lucy Flores and Mark Hutchison come to the issues — especially education — from diverse ends of the spectrum.

Flores, a Democratic Assemblywoman from Las Vegas, told the League of Women Voters candidate forum Tuesday she understands “the challenges everyday Nevadans face.”

“I have experience with those challenges firsthand,” she said saying her mother left when she was nine and, when she failed every exam on purpose, “no one noticed.”

“I ended up on juvenile parole by 15. By 17, I was a drop out,” she said.

She said she’s now a practicing attorney because, “eventually, I did get some one who made a difference in my life and surprisingly, it was my parole officer.”

She said all children deserve the same access to a high-quality education and “what was done for me should be done for others.”

Hutchison a Republican state senator from Las Vegas, said he’s a third generation Nevadan whose grandfather came to Nevada during the depression. He said his dad worked for Ahern 45 years and he started working at the business when he was 12. He went to law school and built a law practice while raising six children.

“At the end of the day, I have lived the American dream,” he said. “I want to help as many Nevadans as possible live the American dream.”

Both emphasized the importance of education.

“Education is to state government what national defense is to the federal government,” Hutchison said. “It’s the one thing you’d better get right.”

He said in the 2013 session, lawmakers and Gov. Brian Sandoval pumped $50 million into English Language Learner programs.

But Flores quickly pointed out that wasn’t new money.

“What is being referred to as an addition is actually a replacement,” she said. “We’ve cut education a billion dollars but replaced only a quarter of that. I will continue to fight for a real increase in funding.”

Asked whether they support the ballot question removing constitutional protections limiting taxes on the mining industry, Flores said yes, it should be replaced with “a broad-cased, reasonable tax structure so we spread that liability amongst all industries in Nevada.”

Hutchison cautioned the state “not do something that constrains (mining’s) ability to employ Nevadans.” But he did say he voted for putting the question on the ballot.

Both said if the teacher’s tax plan — the margins tax — passes, the state should make sure the money raised goes to education and isn’t diverted elsewhere in the state budget.

Asked about the increased college fees the questioner said are pricing college out of reach for the average student, Hutchison said more competition would help bring prices down. He pointed tovocational schools such as ITT Tech as alternatives for Nevada’s colleges and other ways such as Internet classes.

“We need really to allow people to get into good paying jobs that may or may not be going to college,” he said.

Flores said Nevada hasn’t done a good job of aligning workforce needs withworkforce development. She said despite a longtime shortage of healthcare workers, “only recently did we start expanding our nursing programs.”

Where she said she supports background checks to purchase guns, Hutchison said he saw the bill vetoed by Sandoval as creating a federal gun registry.

Hutchison, Flores disagree over Tesla in Reno debate

During a debate taped Monday for the Nevada Newsmakers television show, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Mark Hutchison and Democratic opponent Lucy Flores disagreed on issues that are beyond the reach of the office they seek.

The debate is to be shown at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on KRNV News 4 but eventually will be televised statewide by day’s end.

Hutchison, a state senator from Las Vegas, and Flores, an assemblywoman from Las Vegas, had their sharpest disagreements on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the public transparency of the Tesla Motors mega-deal with Nevada and the funding of Northern Nevada infrastructure improvements to deal with the boon expected from the Tesla battery gigafactory.

None of those issues can be directly affected by the role of lieutenant governor. Anything is open in this race because of the speculation that current Gov. Brian Sandoval could run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

If Sandoval would defeat Reid, the winner of this lieutenant governor’s race would automatically become Nevada’s next governor. Therefore, many issues have become part of the campaign.

Health-care law

Hutchison was Nevada’s lead counsel in its lawsuit to overturn the federalAffordable Health Care Act in 2012. He lamented its impact on Nevada, despite voting three times as a state senator to implement its provisions in Nevada.

“In terms of providing health care, I supported the governor’s budget that expandedMedicaid,” Hutchison said. “It gives opportunities for those who need it the most to have access to health care,” Hutchison said.

Hutchison added: “Obamacare has not been right for Nevada. We’ve seen prices go up for the government, for patients who are insured. We have seen people kicked off their heath care (plans). And Obamacare, I just don’t think is right for Nevada.”

Flores said she “vehemently” disagreed.

“The fact is we have affordable health care now for so many Nevadans,” Flores said. “You cannot get kicked off your insurance. You can insure your children when they are in college.

“Quite frankly, my father was able to get expanded insurance and save hundreds and hundreds of dollars because he had an urgent medical need,” said Flores, who like Hutchison is a lawyer. “I am very happy that my opponent failed in his attempt to take those benefits away from the people of Nevada (in the Obamacare lawsuit).”

The disagreement over funding of school construction in Washoe County flared up when the candidates were asked about their plans to deal with the infrastructure overload on school, roads and public safety with the Tesla battery gigafactory.

It is set to be built 17 miles east of the Reno-Sparks area at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Many of its 6,000 to 6,500 expected workers will live in Washoe County.

Washoe schools

Flores said Hutchison did not support AB46 during the 2013 Legislature – the bill that would have added funding for the Washoe school district’s capital spending to fix its aging inventory of schools. Instead, Assembly Republicans helped steer the issue to the Washoe County Commission, which eventually killed it.

“Unfortunately, my opponent passed on supporting a bill that would have allowed the Washoe school district to improve on their buildings and repair the very old structures of our schools here in Washoe County,” Flores said. “It was incredibly needed, and they (Republicans) punted it to the Washoe County Commission and you can see that it did not occur.”

Flores noted that Tesla will help school funding. The electric car company will give $7.5 million an year to Nevada’s K-12 education over five years, according to its deal with the state.

“Tesla is going to give a certain amount of funds to the schools,” she said. “However, that is not for several years. So we have to deal with (school funding) issues as they come up.”

Hutchison defended moving the Washoe school-renovation funding issue to the county commission. Local issues are best handled by local leaders, he said.

“I am a person who believes that local government ought to solve local issues and I think many of my fellow legislators feel the same way,” Hutchison said.

“If there are issues in Clark County regarding school matters, particularly in school construction and school infrastructure, I think that is best handled by local authorities,” he said. “I see the same thing for Washoe County. Those government entities that are closest to the parents, closest to the issues make the best decisions.”

Tesla transparency

Flores and Hutchison also clashed over the transparency of the Tesla deal, which includes tax abatements that could reach about $1.3 billion.

Flores noted she was asked by the RGJ Media editorial board what she would have done differently if she were in on the Tesla negotiations from the beginning.

“That package, when it arrived to us at the Legislature, was essentially a done deal,” she said. “We were attempting to do as much as we could to provide transparency, to provide accountability.”

Flores said she would have fought for paying prevailing wages during the construction of the Tesla site.

“Certainly if we could have gotten prevailing wage, that is absolutely something that I would have fought for at the beginning, at the front end certainly not at the back end,” she said.

Flores twice said during the debate she “won’t be a rubber stamp.”

“Just because the governor – or anybody else for that matter – comes in and says ‘This is a great idea, do it,’ we’re not just going to say ‘Yes, fantastic.’ There needs to be a process of accountability,” she said.

Hutchison defended the way Sandoval handled the deal with Tesla.

“We had Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona all competing (for Tesla),” Hutchison said. “And as a necessity, I can tell you as a business lawyer, a lot of times those business transactions and business discussions are confidential. And if you don’t agree with those terms, they are not going to negotiate with you.

“We got Tesla,” Hutchison said. “And that was the buzz all across the country.”

Many of the infrastructure needs will be solved by “good jobs” and the local taxes that come with them, Hutchison said.

“A good job will solve many of the challenges, in terms of the impact we have on our schools, on our social services and law enforcement,” Hutchison said. “So, good jobs solve a lot of those challenges.”

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The only candidate for Nevada Attorney General to show up for the league forum in Carson City was Republican Adam Laxalt. Democrat Ross Miller wasn’t there and didn’t send a representative or statement.

Laxalt said his training and experience as a Naval officer help qualify him for the job of Nevada’s top legal officer. He said that includes service in the Middle East where he worked in detainee operations, the unit setup to handle terrorists in Iraq.

He said one of the things he would do as AG is create a military legal service to support former troops.

He said he would continue Catherine Cortez Masto’s efforts to aggressively attack the growing problem of human trafficking.

“We need to keep on the offensive,” he said.

He said he also would work to fight against invasive federal regulations and support continued efforts to prevent Yucca Mountain from ever opening as a nuclear waste dump.

Congress District 2 candidates spar at Carson City Community Center

Democrat Kristin Spees of Incline Village charged Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., hasn’t done enough in the three years he has been in that office.

“Look at his voting record. Roads and bridges are falling apart. What has he done? What has he done to support our veterans,” she asked.

Amodei said he has moved heavy lands bills as a member of the Public Lands Committee and brought legislation on a number of Nevada issues as a member of Appropriations and the Public Lands committees.

That includes a half dozen lands bills for Nevada including the Yerington Lands Bill and the potential listing of the sage hen as endangered; he said he has been working on those issues for three years.

Amodei said he and his staff “have tried to establish ourselves as people who are work horses, not show horses.”

As for the sage hen, he said, as a member of Appropriations, he managed to insert language delaying potential listing of the bird for another year.

“It’s not the bird that’s in danger; it’s the habitat,” he said. “What happened to the habitat? It burned up. It’s not because of more cows, more sheep, people on dirt bikes.”

Spees said she doesn’t want the land listed “because we lose access to our public lands.”

Independent American Party candidate Janine Hansen agreed the problem is wildfires, not human-caused loss of habitat. She said those fires are the BLM’s fault.

The three aired their views at the a League Of Women Voter’s forum Tuesday night at the Carson City Community Center.

Spees said she has crisscrossed the northern half of the state that makes up District 2 and knows the issues and the needs of its residents. She charged Amodei missed more than twice the number of votes the average congressman did this past year.

Many of those missed votes, however, were held while he was recovering from surgery to repair a detached retina, which he said requires the patient be pretty much immobilized.

On the Affordable Health Care Act, Spees said everyone needs healthcare and, if the law is flawed, “let’s find those problems and solve it. Let’s fix the ACA and not try repeal it.”

“The political reality is for the next 24 months, Affordable Care is not going to be repealed,” said Amodei.

He said Congress needs to do the things it should have done before it was voted into law at 2 a.m. without members having time to read it.

Hansen said the act has raised the cost of medicine for people working in Elko area mines and reduced their benefits.

“What you have with this is socialized medicine,” she said.

All agreed the immigration system needs repairs and now.

Amodei said he’s for reform but a decent bill by a bipartisan group hasn’t made it to a vote.

Hansen said people are “pouring over the border and we need to respond to this crisis and protect America first.”

Spees said it’s necessary “we reform immigration right now.”

She said the number one concern of seniors is social security but the question is how to protect it.

“We can’t privatize Social Security. That’s your retirement,” she said. “What if Goldman-Sachs got a hold of it.”

Amodei said people “need to demand courage from your people (elected officials).”

“If you disagree with what they do, every two years you can fire them,” he said referring to the election cycle for House members.

Hansen said the reason Social Security is in financial trouble is Congress has taken money from the fund repeatedly for other needs.

She said the focus of her campaign is the need to cut taxes and “unconstitutional spending,” promote free enterprise and job creation.

Spees said she is “owned by no one and therefore can vote for the constituents’ best interests.”

Amodei said elections are a personnel session: “We try to make the basis of whether we get elected or not the job you’re doing — if you want a worker, that’s us.”

Renowned Dayton artist, Steven Saylor, has completed his painting “Nine Cheers for the Silver State,” featuring current governor Brian Sandoval, the two U.S. Senators from Nevada, and Mark Amodei, who represents the Northern Nevada congressional district.

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The painting celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood and will raise funds for the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and promotion of the Comstock Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.

Saylor’s painting takes its title from a headline that appeared in the Gold Hill Daily News on October 31, 1864. His work also features past governors Paul Laxalt, Bob List, Dick Bryan, and Bob Miller as well as former First Ladies Dawn Gibbons and Dema Guinn, in honor of the Guinn and Gibbons administrations. Saylor has previously published prints of his popular painting as fundraisers for various causes. His earlier works include “Celebrity Train,” featuring notable country and western celebrities, and “Heavyweights,” which depicted six former governors who were alive at the time.

“Nine Cheers for the Silver State,” which Saylor began earlier this year, also depicts John Winfield, Corrado De Gasperis, and Ron James, directors of the Comstock Foundation. “I want to thank everyone who posed for the painting,” said Saylor. “I am pleased to support the preservation of this important National Historic Landmark.”

The painting is set in the well-appointed Cobb Mansion, the Virginia City home of Comstock Foundation board member Paul Yandre and his partner Jeff Teague. Saylor’s composition depicts the moment when news of statehood reached Virginia City in 1864. Governor Sandoval is signing a proclamation commemorating Nevada’s admission into the Union, and Mark Amodei is reading an 1864 issue of the Territorial Enterprise, which includes an article on statehood. Everyone is celebrating the news. “Befitting the occasion, champagne is plentiful,” added Saylor.

The Comstock Foundation will make 150 numbered prints of the painting available for purchase. Each copy will include a one ounce medallion celebrating the 150th anniversary of statehood, minted from pure Comstock silver from Comstock Mining’s operation. The cost of each print, including a Comstock silver medallion, is $1,150. For an additional $400, the print will be framed and will include a second medallion.

“We anticipate that the effort will raise over $100,000, which is needed to preserve at-risk resources of our National Landmark,” said Corrado De Gasperis, chairman of the board of the Comstock Foundation. “We are so pleased that Comstock Mining is providing pure (.9999) Comstock silver for the minting of the medallion that is being offered with the print. The coin represents the first, pure Comstock silver product being offered by the company and directly benefitting the Foundation, and we are seeing strong demand and deposits and orders for the prints.”

De Gasperis is also the CEO of Comstock Mining, Inc., which has dedicated a 1 percent royalty of its Storey County operation’s net smelter return (1% NSR) to the Comstock Foundation for the advancement of historic preservation and other aspects of cultural development within the historic district.

The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture is accepting pre-sale reservations on behalf of the Comstock Foundation. Reserving a numbered print requires a $150 deposit with credit card or check. It is possible to reserve a specific number in the series of 150 prints, but there have already been a number of reservations, so specific numbers may not be available. For further information go to www.ComstockFoundation.org or call Johnye Saylor, 775-742-0588, or Ron James, 775-443-7803.

The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013. The organization recently announced the acquisition of the Silver City’s Donovan Mill, which will require extensive restoration so that it can serve the public as a reminder of industry’s importance to Nevada. Donations to the Comstock Foundation for the restoration of the Mill or any other Foundation activities may be tax deductible. The Foundation’s mission is to encourage the preservation and promotion of historic and cultural resources within the Comstock Historic District. The District was granted National Historic Landmark status in 1961, and is one of the largest landmarks in the country. The Comstock Lode played a critical role in the history of mining between 1859 and 1942, producing an enormous amount of gold and silver and defining the cutting edge of mining technology during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

For information about the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture and its projects go towww.comstockfoundation.org or contact Ron James, executive director of the Comstock Foundation, at 775-443-7803.

Rep. Mark Amodei’s bill shows Nevada needs Congress’ OK to do anything with its land

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WASHINGTON — With one week to go before a five-week summer break, Nevada’s lawmakers are doing what they can do to push through agendas they’ve been working on all year.

Amodei smoothes over water dispute

Rep. Mark Amodei claimed one of the delegation’s first victories of the week when the House of Representatives passed the Northern Nevada Republican’s bill signaling the end of a decade-old water dispute near Reno between the the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and a ranch that wants to expand.

The details are wonky, but it underscores the fact Nevadans need congressional approval to do pretty much anything with the state’s land. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and become law.gov bs

Nevada’s House delegation also teamed up with Florida lawmakers — two states with economies that rely heavily on tourism — to support a bill that passed the House to encourage tourism to America. The bill has the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., so it may have a chance of actually becoming law.

Heller, Titus focus on VA issues

Much of Congress’ attention this week was on the Veterans Affairs Department, from picking its new leader to trying to agree on a health care reform bill before the August recess.

Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, voted with his colleagues on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to unanimously support the president’s nominee to lead the VA, Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald. But not before Heller made sure McDonald understood that the troubled Reno regional VA office needs a new leader.

Rep. Dina Titus, a Las Vegas Democrat, got to speak to the acting VA chief, Sloan Gibson, in the House Veterans Affairs Committee. She expressed concern that legislation to send more veterans to doctors outside the VA won’t actually give veterans better or faster care, especially in places like Las Vegas where there’s a shortage of doctors.

Of course, it wasn’t all VA all week for these two. Titus introduced legislation that would require the government to review how well-suited hotels and airports are for travelers with disabilities, citing Las Vegas as a leader.

And for the second week in a row, she also found a way to be around dogs on Capitol Hill.

Heller continued to push several lands bills and wildfire-fighting bills he’s trying to get through Congress. He proposed them as amendments to a destined-to-fail bill championed by Reid to make American companies that move overseas keep paying U.S. taxes. If you have 10 minutes, hear him talk about them.

Also, his son and daughter in law are famous on the Internet.

Heck leads floor debate, gets his bill passed

Rep. Joe Heck, a Republican representing Henderson and Boulder City, got to add floor debate leader to his resume Wednesday.

He was in charge of allocating who on the Republican side could speak on a series of human trafficking issues. Moments before his microphone duties, the House passed his own bill on human trafficking — though its fate in the Senate is uncertain.

Horsford gets root canal surgery, talks to the Chinese

After recovering from emergency root canal surgery, Rep. Steven Horsford returned to Washington later in the week to good news about one of his past organizations, Nevada Partners.

The White House said it will include the nonprofit that helps train Southern Nevadans for jobs and financial literacy in a study of how to do jobs-training programs right.

chinaHorsford, a Democrat representing North Las Vegas and rural parts north, was formerly executive director of Nevada Partners.

Horsford also brandished his international economic policy chops (it’s one of his focuses on the House Financial Services Committee) when he met with Chinese businessmen and politicians. They talked about a lot of things, including how much money America owes China.

Obamacare should be put on hold, says U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei in Cartoon City

Obamacare should be put on hold, U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei said Obamacare should be put on hold, U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei said Thursday, adding that he thinks immigration reform can and will be done this year. He said there are good things in the Affordable Care Act but that not even the Obama administration, which delayed implementation of some business requirements, is ready for the scheduled implementation Oct. 1.

“Sure, there are some things I like in there, but the overall work product, is it good? No.

Even leaders in the labor movement are writing letters saying, hey, this isn’t what we thought,” the Carson City Republican said during a breakfast …

Nevada GOP Reps Support Assault On 40 Hour Work Week

From http://desertbeacon.wordpress.com/

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

Video and pictures from Day of Resistance Pro Gun Rally in Reno, NV Feb 23, 2013 “223”

The Second Amendment is a “right”- as in Bill of Rights –  and should not be constrained by politics. Every Democrat I know has protection or at least respects the right to choose to have protection, just like every Republican I know.

Day of Resistance Rally in Reno, NV Feb 23, 2013

Speakers featured Congressman Mark Amodei, Nevada Senator James Settlemyer and Reno FOX news radio Jerry Evans

Reno Nevada .223 "Day of Resistance" gun rally

Reno Nevada .223 “Day of Resistance” gun rally

Western PAC Co-founder, Roger Stockton speaks to a group of reporters and gun rights advocates in front of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office in San Francisco on January 30 2013.

Video from the Carson City Guns Across America Rally – Guns Across America, NEVADA! Easily two to three thousand people showed up to show support for our rights here in Carson City Nevada. Continue reading

Reno Nevada Day of Resistance Rally – Pro Second Amendment Demonstration February 23rd 2013

Day of Resistance Rally in Reno, NV Feb 23

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See Pictures and video of the .223 rally in Reno here: 

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End the Tyranny

End the Tyranny

Protect your right to keep and bear arms at this peaceful rally on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3600 South Virginia Street, Reno (just north of the Atlantis).

Speakers will include Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Mark Amodei and CDR Kirk Lippold. A 14-year-old girl will sing The National Anthem. This is it, folks. If we don’t stand up now, tyranny is right around the corner. Let’s carpool if need be and show up en masse at this rally. (There is no rally in Carson City .) For more info go here: http://www.novrw.com/?p=1641