The 78th session of the Nevada Legislature is underway. Your representatives have convened in Carson City to adopt a budget and set the priorities for the Silver State in education, health care, transportation and many other areas that affect your daily life. More importantly, they gather with a generational opportunity to build a new Nevada that provides a strong future for you, your children and the generations to come.

This moment requires us to be responsible and bold. Leaders can no longer try to just get by for another two years and pass the buck to the next Legislature, governor or generation. It’s time to be honest with you and have a frank conversation about Nevada’s outdated revenue structure, our struggling schools and a plan for the future.

I presented my vision for a new Nevada in my State of the State address. I proposed unprecedented improvements and reforms to our education system, adjustments to our decades-old revenue structure, and a plan to prepare Nevada for a new economy based on technology and innovation, while also preserving our robust gaming, mining and agricultural industries.

It came as no surprise that my plan has drawn criticism. Some people are unhappy with my support of reform and accountability measures to adjust collective bargaining and construction defect litigation. However, I want to ensure that your taxpayer dollars are well-spent and that our justice system is fair.

Others don’t like my proposals to modernize our tax system and ask for new revenue from the business community. However, the realities of our budget situation are squarely before us. Unlike the federal government, Nevada must balance its budget.

Budgeting for the past four years has, to say the least, been difficult. Because of dire economic conditions, we cut state employee pay and benefits, closed state museums and parks, drained the state’s “rainy day” fund, reduced the state workforce, consolidated state agencies, swept local government accounts, decreased funding to our schools and universities, reduced payments to medical providers, relied on credit facilities and received prepayment of mining taxes.

Even now, the current budget proposal reduced state agency requests by $700 million. Also, in the last year, revenue collections are $150 million below what was projected because mining and gaming revenue is significantly less than expected and school enrollment is far beyond expectations.

Throughout all of this, we have endured, diversified and improved. However, we still must come to grips with the fact that our current revenue structure does not keep pace with growth and is rooted in the Nevada economy of 50 years ago. That is why I have proposed a new graduated business license fee that is broad, fair and simple.

Some have said that my proposal is the same as Question 3, “The Education Initiative,” which was rejected by voters last year. It is not. My proposal sets a rate that is much lower, it differentiates between businesses and it raises about $250 million per year, while Question 3 would have raised triple that amount or more.

These new funds will modernize our revenue system. More importantly, it will strengthen our schools by improving our worst-in-the-nation graduation rates, ensure that young students read at grade level by third grade and provide new resources for gifted and talented students.

We know that the status quo will not improve student achievement or prepare our children for the jobs and economy of the future. Reliance on old and obsolete education systems will also discourage new companies from expanding to Nevada and inhibit our ability to diversify our economy.

There is good news. Nevada is on the move again. We’ve added almost 100,000 new jobs in four years, we are the second-fastest growing state in the nation and we are attracting new, cutting edge companies that are leaders in new innovations in technology, aviation and advanced manufacturing. In other words, we are ready to lead.

But to lead, we must improve our education system and universities, modernize our revenue structure and prepare ourselves and the next generation of Nevadans for the future. This requires courage, sacrifice and tough decisions — from all of us.

I pledge to work with you, the business community and the Legislature to prepare us for the new global economy and a new Nevada where we give our children a world-class education, have a healthy citizenry, develop a sustainable and vibrant economy, provide safe and livable communities and build an efficient and responsive state government.

You deserve nothing less.

Brian Sandoval, a Republican, is governor of Nevada

THE BREAKFAST CLUB: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is set to visit a Carson City elementary school to announce a plan to expand the school breakfast program.

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is set to visit a Carson City elementary school to announce a plan to expand the school breakfast program.

The Republican governor first announced in his State of the State address that he would propose creating a $2 million program designed to expand school breakfasts throughout Nevada.

brian-sandoval-bongSandoval will join his wife Kathleen and several agriculture department officials Wednesday at Empire Elementary School to launch a challenge aimed at ramping up participation.

The challenge will help participating schools by providing technical assistance and equipment to increase the number of breakfasts provided.

Schools that see the largest gains will receive prizes when the challenge ends in the spring.

Nevada ranks 41st in the nation for school breakfast participation.

Lawsuit over Obama immigration action divides Sandoval, Laxalt


adam_laxaltAttorney General Adam Laxalt announced today that Nevada will join a multistate coalition suing President Barack Obama’s contentious deportation deferral program, his first major publicized legal action and one he’s carrying out without the backing of Gov. Brian Sandoval.
“Our immigration system is broken and clearly needs to be fixed,” said Laxalt, who vowed to fight the president’s executive action shortly after it was announced in November. “The solution must be a permanent, legal result that includes, not ignores, the other branches of government and their constitutional roles.”

But Sandoval has distanced himself from his fellow Republican’s decision to join the suit, which now has the support of GOP officials from 26 states. The lead plaintiff is recently elected Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who filed the document in December while serving as that state’s attorney general. brian-sandoval-bong

“Gov. Sandoval’s position on President Obama’s executive order has not changed since his announcement in November. He believes our immigration system is broken and it is without question that comprehensive reform is necessary,” spokeswoman Mari St. Martin said in a prepared statement. “He continues to believe that the best course of action is a legislative solution rather than legal action.”

Nevada Democrats issued a statement calling the suit “partisan, irresponsible and mean-spirited” and said it was “nothing more than a slap in the face to Nevada’s immigrant community.”

“If Brian Sandoval and Adam Laxalt had their way, thousands of Nevadans could face deportation and countless families would be at risk of being torn apart,” Nevada State Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange wrote.

imageTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton, meanwhile, issued his own statement boasting that the suit now has the backing of officials from more than half of U.S. states.

“Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the president’s rogue actions,” Paxton said.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus called the suit “one more example of the Republican war on immigrants,” while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said “no other state in the country will benefit more from President Obama’s executive actions than Nevada.”

Almost half of all undocumented immigrants in Clark County qualify for deportation relief through Obama’s deferral programs, according to a study released earlier this month by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute. And Nevada has the highest population share of undocumented immigrants in the country, according to the Pew Research Center.

Astrid Silva, an activist with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada who became the face of Obama’s immigration deal after getting a presidential shout-out in November, said Laxalt’s actions are misguided and “shameful.” Silva grew up undocumented in Las Vegas before qualifying for deportation relief through Obama’s 2012 action benefiting people who arrived in the country as children.

The suit has also gotten criticism from law enforcement officials throughout the country — a response filed in court earlier this month by a group of police chiefs and sheriffs argues that stopping Obama’s actions would harm public safety operations.

Metro Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said the department isn’t voicing an opinion on Laxalt’s plans.

“That’s between the attorney general and the federal government,” Meltzer said. “It’s not our place to get in the middle of it. We just enforce the laws that are on the books.”

Battle brewing over Governor Sandoval’s proposed budget “the current budget needs to be flushed right down the drain, and that 12 assembly members will vote against the budget”

budget-battle_0CARSON CITY, Nev. — Two Nevada Republican lawmakers say they have nearly enough votes to block Governor Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget, over concerns about tax increases they say will harm businesses.

Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and Sparks Senator Don Gustavson spoke at the Atlantis in Reno on Tuesday. Fiore said the proposed tax increases in Sandoval’s budget need to be removed after Republicans took control of the State Assembly.

She said the current budget needs to be flushed right down the drain, and that 12 assembly members will vote against the budget.

LVRJ: A tax? For schools? Is Sandoval a Republican?

At least we now know why the Democrats didn’t recruit a substantial candidate against Gov. Brian Sandoval in the last election.

It would have been hard to find anyone capable of running to the left of our popular Republican. But given the sorry state of Nevada’s public education system, that might actually be a good thing.

The state possesses few viable Democrats with politics more progressive than those espoused Thursday by Sandoval in his State of the State, in which he called for a $7.3 billion two-year budget. That includes $1.5 billion in additional revenue: $580 million in the “endless sunset” tax extension, $80 million in increased cigarette taxes, and $440 million from a new fee on business licenses.

A Republican suggesting a big bump in a business tax?

Forgive me if canaries are circling my head. I’m feeling a little dizzy now that Nevada politics has turned upside down.

The new business tax proceeds would go directly toward Nevada’s foundering public schools with its Dickensian motto: “Please, sir, I want some more.” Although teachers union officials have stated publicly a willingness to embrace proposed system reforms, most Nevada Republicans are probably still trying to get their heads around a proposed $440 million tax increase suggested by one of their own.

But what makes critics of the governor’s plan more embarrassed: the idea of a Republican increasing the business tax to improve public education, or the fact our K-12 system ranks among the poorest in the nation?

Predictably, Nevada’s hard-core conservative Republicans had their crewcuts on fire over Sandoval’s checkbook approach to education reform. Their motto: “He wants some more!” Chuck Muth, town crier of the GOP’s new Assembly raucous caucus, lambasted Sandoval on behalf of his gang this week with a widely circulated blog headlined, “America’s Worst Republican Governor.”

Depending on whether they hold the line, and keep their voices raised to that deafening howl that has the state’s political establishment cringing, the Assembly right-wingers will be either tea party-style heroes or out-of-touch patsies. Odds are they’ll be frozen out of most of the adult discussions very soon.

With a nod during his address to former Democratic Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Sandoval’s strategy would appear to be to run to the left in order to forward what is at its heart a laudable agenda: a hint of reform with a healthy infusion of funding to help the school system climb toward a C-plus in the grade book.

Who knows, maybe it will work.

As a 35-year resident and a longtime observer of the Legislature’s biennial budget rugby, Hobbs, Ong & Associates President Guy Hobbs finds Sandoval’s passion for improving the public school system refreshing. But he’s also watched the state budget process long enough to know substantive changes to Nevada’s tax policy are much easier discussed than done.

“I think from the standpoint of biting off what you can chew, it’s a step in the right direction,” Hobbs said of the governor’s plan.

He’s right. And Hobbs was relieved to hear Sandoval’s realistic call to eliminate the “sunset” misnomer from a stop-gap business tax that has been on the books for more than a decade. Like Alaska in summer, this is an endless sunset.

Although Sandoval has what many consider substantial political capital — he would have had a lot more if he’d defeated a viable challenger last November — his legacy will surely depend on how hard he fights for the tax increases that will fuel promising programs for the army of at-risk students in our public schools.

This is precisely where his focus ought to be.

“In the 35 years I’ve lived here and watched all of this stuff develop, I don’t think there’s anybody, Republican or Democrat, that would with a straight face say they’re proud of the way the education system has performed here,” Hobbs says. “When you look at the numbers, it’s hard to be proud of some of those rankings. For Sandoval to bring that into the forefront is a very refreshing thing.”

Hobbs was on hand in 2003 when Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn, also an education advocate, called for a big tax increase on behalf of public schools. He knows a lot can happen between the State of the State and the end of the session. So don’t be surprised if the increased business license fees plan morphs into another form of revenue generation.

A Republican governor just called for a substantial business tax increase and a new focus on improving public education.

Maybe that makes Sandoval a Democrat in spirit or a Republican in Name Only. But it also makes it clear he’s paying attention.

John L. Smith’s column appears Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Email him or call 702-383-0295. Follow him on Twitter @jlnevadasmith.

Nevada’s big businesses waiting for Sandoval budget details

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.1 billion tax package to fund education and other state services caught some industry groups off guard, but the state’s largest business organizations say they will await specifics of the proposal before passing judgment.

Representatives of gaming, mining and retail industries say they like the Republican governor’s vision to improve education. It’s how to pay for it that is giving them pause.

Virginia Valentine, president of the powerful Nevada Resort Association, applauded Sandoval’s plan to jump-start school construction and capital improvements.

“The NRA has always advocated for increased and stable funding for all levels of education in our state,” Valentine said in an email. While admiring the governor’s intentions, she added, “We, like many other Nevada businesses, await the details.”

Getting the two-thirds votes in both the state Senate and Assembly needed to pass the tax package will not be a cakewalk for the popular governor. And lawmakers are expected to bring some of their own ideas on taxes when the 120-day legislative session begins Feb. 2.

The cornerstone of Sandoval’s proposal is an overhaul of the state business license fee. Businesses large and small currently pay a flat $200 each year. The governor wants to establish a tiered rate schedule, ranging from $400 up to $4 million, based on gross receipts.

Sandoval said the move would raise $430 million over the two-year budget cycleand pay for his plan to elevate Nevada’s education system from the basement dungeon to the penthouse suite, nurturing a workforce demanded by the high-tech companies such as Tesla that he’s worked to recruit to the Silver State.

“I realize these decisions are difficult. I know I am asking a lot from the business community. But I have explored every option and find this to be the broadest, least complicated, and fairest solution,” Sandoval said in his State of the State address Thursday, when he released the highlights of his $7.3 billion two-year budget proposal.

Mining, which escaped potentially higher taxes at the ballot box when voters in November rejected a measure that would have removed a cap on net proceeds from the Nevada Constitution, did not evade the governor’s revenue strategy. In addition to new business license fees, Sandoval wants $14.6 million more in payroll taxes from the industry.

In a statement, the Nevada Mining Association said it is passionate about Nevada’s schools and shares the governor’s concerns about closing the workforce skills gap. It’s also looking out for its members.

“We are also concerned about the current economic diversity being experienced in the mining industry — virtually no job growth, volatile mineral values and declining company stock prices,” the association said.

Sandoval’s tax plan also would:

■ Make permanent $560 million in so-called “sunset taxes” that were supposed to expire in 2011 but have twice been extended.

■ Raise cigarette taxes to $1.20 per pack, up from 80 cents, bringing in $78.3 million.

■ Impose a new slot tax on restricted gaming license holders with more than 500 machines or revenue of $10 million or more, for $39 million.

Business groups have long said they would support tax policy that is broad and fair in scope. But they want to see the fine print before signing off on the governor’s plan.

Bryan Wachter with the Retail Association of Nevada said its members range from mom-and-pop operations “to those that pay the highest taxes in the state.”

“If there are other options out there that do a better job of bringing in that additional revenue, then we’ll look at those as well,” he said.

There is also an underlying resentment that businesses who struggled to stay afloat during Nevada’s gripping recession are being asked to pony up while tax breaks are granted to new kids on the block. Tesla Motors was given a pass for $1.3 billion in taxes over 20 years to build its $5 billion battery plant in Northern Nevada.

“We’re treating businesses differently,” said Randi Thompson, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“They are just increasing the cost of business on the small folks and keep incentivizing the big folks,” she said. “After awhile, we get a little crabby.”

Thompson said she’s not against Tesla and believes it will have a positive influence on the economy. “But most of the guys I’ve worked with have never asked for a tax incentive.”

Tesla would not be exempt from the new business license fee, though it’s unclear how much it would pay.

Nevada’s two largest business organizations — the Las Vegas Metro and Reno-Sparks chambers of commerce — also hailed Sandoval’s commitment to education but are more muted about his tax plan.

The Las Vegas business group said it looks forward to working with the governor “as conversations evolve” on state revenue needs.

Tray Abney, with the Reno-Sparks Chamber, said the group has historically opposed taxes based on gross receipts. Voters in November rejected a measure pushed by the teachers union to impose a gross receipts business margins tax.

“I’m looking forward to hearing more about it,” Abney said of the governor’s plan. “I think corporate tax reform is a piece of it but it can’t be the only piece.”

Carole Vilardo, president of the Nevada Taxpayers Association and veteran of numerous legislative sessions, said the governor’s speech was impressive and covered a number of topics discussed over the years.

“Obviously the amount of new money required is what’s going to be the challenge,” she said. “It always is.”

Contact Sandra Chereb at or 775-687-3901. Follow @SandraChereb on Twitter.

STATE OF CORRUPTION: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval used the term “unmanned aerial systems” instead of DRONES in his 2015 State-of-the-State

Nevada became one of only six national training sites for unmanned aerial systems. – NV Gov. Brian Sandoval

Drone NevadaCARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Here is the full transcript from Governor Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech:

“Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Members of the Legislature, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Officers:

My Fellow Nevadans:

I’m incredibly grateful and honored that I have the solemn privilege of serving as your governor.

Tonight I wish to speak with you, not just about the state of our state, but about a plan to modernize and transform Nevada for its next 50 years of success.

Let me take a moment to recognize Nevada’s First Lady, Kathleen Sandoval, as well as my daughters, Maddy and Marisa, my parents, Ron and Teri Sandoval, and my sister, Lauri.

Tonight we welcome 20 freshmen legislators.

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Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

Twenty years ago, I was a freshmen legislator, so I know exactly how you are feeling.

Will all the new legislators please stand so we can acknowledge your commitment to public service?

Sadly, since we last met, a great many former legislators have departed.

We lost a Nevada giant in Speaker Joe Dini.

A total of 19 legislators will long be remembered for their service.

Please join me for a moment of silence in their honor.

Thank you.

One month ago today, at the final event of the Nevada Sesquicentennial, I helped seal a time capsule that is now buried at the Capitol.

drone-pilot-nevadaThe contents capture a snapshot of the Nevada family today, to be presented to a 200-year-old Nevada in 2064.

I wrote a letter to Nevada’s bicentennial governor for the time capsule.

As I wrote, I realized that the success or failure of the governor and people of Nevada in 2064 will largely depend upon our decisions today.

Ladies and gentlemen, we stand at a unique moment in time.

Having just completed our Sesquicentennial, we have proudly celebrated our state’s history.

Tonight we begin writing the next chapter of that story.

We must decide if that chapter is about getting through the next two years, or about creating a New Nevada – for the generations to come.

The most recent chapter of our story required strength and perseverance as we weathered one of the worst economic storms in our history.

These times were even more challenging because they coincided with two long and difficult wars.

Even though some said it couldn’t be done, we managed to lay the foundation for a New Nevada:

Nevada became one of only six national training sites for unmanned aerial systems.

We attracted Tesla in one of the most competitive site selections in our nation’s history.

droneWe became the home to dozens of other national brands who now employ Nevadans in industries of the future – cyber security, medicine, aviation, renewable energy, manufacturing, data storage and more. During my first State of the State Message in 2011, Nevada led the nation in unemployment. We set a goal then of 50,000 new jobs – we have almost doubled that. Today, Nevada’s job growth is third strongest in the country, we have cut our unemployment rate in half, and we have the second fastest growing population in the nation. We are adding good jobs in almost every sector, with business services, manufacturing, health services, gaming and tourism leading the way.

And yet, the success of our state is inextricably linked to the well-being of our most vulnerable citizens.

And I believe we have made significant progress in that regard.

Two years ago, 23 percent of Nevadans lacked health insurance, the second worst ranking in the nation.

Today, that number has been reduced by more than half, to 11 percent, and we are the fourth most improved state in the country.Google drone delivery

The uninsured rate for our children has dropped from 15 percent to 2 percent.

Nearly three-fourths of our Medicaid and Nevada Check-Up populations are covered by care management, which saves the state $13 million, and ensures that nevadans receive timely, cost-effective and appropriate health care.

In 2013, our behavioral health system was in a crisis.

Individuals waited days to access inpatient psychiatric treatment, and emergency rooms were overflowing.

Through the work of the Department of Health and Human Services, the specially-created Behavioral Health and Wellness Council, and many others, there have been dramatic improvements.

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urges massive significant tax hikes to boost Nevada’s neglected education system

taxCARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval is urging lawmakers to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes over two years to fund significant improvements in education he says are long overdue.

The Republican elected to a second-term in a landslide said in his “State of the State” address Thursday night that Nevada’s economy is steadily growing and diversifying after suffering through the Great Recession. But he says leaders still have work to do.

Sandoval proposed a two-year budget totaling about $7.3 billion. It includes about $1.14 billion in additional revenue, mostly in the form of business taxes. It also would increase the cigarette tax from 80 cents to $1.20 a pack.

He wants to spend $781 million more on schools and another $100 million on higher education.

Sandoval seeks new “TAX” on business license fee to raise $430 million

brian-sandoval-bongBy SEAN WHALEY

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to seek a new business license fee based on gross receipts to raise about $430 million over two years to pay for his proposals to improve public education in Nevada, the Review-Journal has learned.

The fee would be levied in 30 different business categories and would be in addition to the existing Modified Business Tax, or payroll tax. But one change said to be part of the tax plan would be to charge the mining industry the 2 percent payroll tax rate now charged to banks rather than the 1.17 percent rate assessed for most businesses.

In addition, Sandoval in his Thursday State of the State address is expected to ask businesses to file data with the Department of Taxation so the impact of a services tax could be analyzed. There would be no immediate plans to implement a tax on services, however.

A package of taxes set to expire on June 30 this year, generally referred to as the “sunset taxes,” would also continue for another two years and would bring in about $650 million. The package includes higher payroll taxes for the state’s largest employers, a 0.35 percentage point sales tax increase and a $100-a-year increase in the business license fee.

All told, about $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue would be generated in Sandoval’s tax plan, which will require a two-thirds vote in both houses of the Legislature. Both houses are controlled by Republicans.

He will also need support from the business community, including retailers, mining and gaming, among others.

The additional funding would allow the governor to deal with other budget demands, including mental health and Medicaid, in addition to his focus on public and higher education.

With $1.2 billion in additional revenue, total general fund spending over two years would exceed $7 billion and would allow him to seek funding for projects such as the new medical school proposed at UNLV. The initial funding request is about $30 million for the project.

Sandoval will announce details of his 2015-17 budget, and how he wants to pay for it, in a statewide televised address at 6 p.m. Thursday.

While the revenue side of Sandoval’s new budget has been shrouded in mystery, the governor has made no secret that his priority for the new budget, and for the remainder of his new four-year term as governor, will be improving public education.

Sandoval has kept the details of how he will accomplish his goal secret as well, saying Tuesday only that he will present a “comprehensive” approach to improving education in his address.

“What I want to do is to identify a plan to improve the delivery of education in Nevada for the benefit of our K-12 students as well as higher education,” he said. “It’s going to be a comprehensive approach to education.”

But school choice, most likely through an opportunity scholarship program giving businesses a tax credit for contributing to a scholarship fund, is expected to be part of his overall plan. The money would be distributed on a means-tested basis, allowing students at low-performing schools to attend the school of their choice.

He is also expected to push for more charter schools as part of his reform plan.

But he also wants funding for efforts to ensure that students can read by third grade, with holding them back as an alternative, and for expansion of the “Teach for America” program to bring new teachers into the classroom.

Part of the reform plan is expected to include a new funding formula approved by an interim legislative committee over the summer. The recommendations are that the formula include at least 50 percent more in per pupil spending on students in poverty or with limited English proficiency.

The Clark County School District is expected to be the biggest beneficiary from the proposed change to the state public education funding formula because of its higher populations of the weighted groups.

Some lawmakers and policy groups argue that the state can fund critical needs while still living within its means.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a conservative think thank, says that if Sandoval and lawmakers pursue tax reform it should be on a revenue-neutral basis. Current tax revenues in Nevada are already more than adequate to provide high-quality government services, the group says.

But many others believe that short of some revenue producing changes to Nevada’s tax structure, it will be tough for Sandoval to follow through on his inaugural address theme of dedicating his next four years to helping Nevada’s schoolchildren succeed.

This includes Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, who on Monday said he hopes to approve a plan by March that would raise new revenue for education.

“We are not funding education adequately in this state,” Roberson said.

“We cannot continue to be near the bottom of most rankings,” he added, referring to low graduation rates and other measures of Nevada students’ skills compared to other states. “We know we need education funding and education reform. … I know the governor will lead on this.”

Getting a tax plan through the Legislature is always a challenge, but it is even more so this year because of a divided Republican-controlled Assembly, which was handed the keys to power in a surprise sweep on Nov. 4. The 25-member GOP caucus has a “no tax” contingent and a more moderate group that is willing to consider new revenue as a way to balance the state budget.

The divisions have led to threats of recalls, ousters of conservatives from leadership roles in the Assembly and much bitterness.

But there is also a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans who want to increase funding for public education.

The legislative session begins Feb. 2 and is scheduled to conclude by June 1.

Ray Hagar Asks: How does Sandoval stay so popular?

Sometimes, you wonder how Gov. Brian Sandoval stays so popular?

brian-sandoval-bongAs we begin the early-voting period for Nevada’s primary elections, Sandoval has no real opposition from either party. His approval ratings consistently are sunny and in the 60s.

He has survived some crisis that might have done in other politicians.

First up is Nevada’s mental-health scandal. Thanks to aggressive reporting by the Sacramento Bee last year, our mental health care system became a nationwide embarrassment – handing one-way bus tickets out of town to patients at a Las Vegas hospital.

Sandoval was initially silent when the Bee broke the story. He eventually took action, setting up the Governor’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council.

Sure, the Nevada Democratic Party send out almost-daily e-mails ripping Sandoval as the issue percolated. But the criticism was never more than a lone cry in the night, since Nevada’s leading Democrats in the Legislature said nary a peep about the issue.

THEN WE HAVE the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. Nevada was forced to scrap its Obamacare exchange recently and  adopt the federal exchange’s eligibility and enrollment functions for the sign-up period beginning Nov. 15, though it will keep its status and funding as a state-controlled system. Nevada is the only state with a Republican governor that ran its own health insurance exchange in 2014. And now that it’s officially beyond repair, Sandoval has taken little criticism.

Right-wing activist Sharron Angle has won her petition-drive crusade to end Nevada’s health insurance exchange without the need to walk one neighborhood.

If Sandoval were his predecessor, Gov. Jim Gibbons, he’d be tortured and tormented relentlessly about these state failures.

SANDOVAL, HOWEVER, gets a mulligan. Why? To borrow a line from the 1992 presidential campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

When Sandoval took office in 2010, the unemployment rate in Las Vegas was 13.8 percent and 13.5 percent in Reno.

At the last count, Nevada’s unemployment rate is down to 8 percent.

Sandoval said from Day One of his administration that economic development was his “Job One.”

Apparently, Nevadans are cool with that.

City of North Las Vegas avoids state takeover

City-of-North-Las-VegasBy  – Posted: Apr 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The City of North Las Vegas has avoided a state takeover by reaching long-awaited agreements with the last of it’s employee unions bolstered by last minute interventionefforts from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

If the city was unable to reach an agreement that included union concessions further cuts would have been made to the already shrunken workforce, which is not a good option for a city that already seen major layoffs.

The most viable option left in absence of an agreement would have been a state takeover.

Sandoval let the top brass know that a state takeover would not be a bed of roses and would with 100% certainty result in layoffs, an outcome the unions have long stated they wanted to avoid.

There is a faction of people who blame union greed on the problems North Las Vegas and other financially strapped cities have suffered.

That faction subscribes to the belief that unions have force fed sky high salary and benefits packages that nearly crippled the city and are not at all interested in “fair pay”.

Although the beleaguered city has been plagued with problems for years and is often compared to Detroit, Mich., there is a key difference in organizing affairs.  Detroit opted for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, but that is not an option for North Las Vegas since Nevada is one of a handful of U.S. states that does not give explicit permission for municipal Chapter 9 bankruptcy in its constitution.

In 2012 the City of North Las Vegas declared a controversial state of emergency and said their biggest problem was salaries and compensation and benefits. That same year, they were hit with approximately $15 million dollars in separation costs paid to city employees and were listed by USA Today as one of the worst run cities in the nation.

The biggest hurdle was settling with the firefighters and teamsters unions and, it is believed, they finally accepted the more than $3 million dollar settlement that they were previously offered and rebuffed.

Until the next union negotiation, which will likely be filled with outrageous demands in an attempt to make up for the current negotiation shortfall, the City of North Las Vegas have avoided a state takeover. Continue reading

Harassment suit filed in September by Capitol Police Officer Alice Valde against Nevada Capitol Police settled $99,999.99 paid by the state

capitol police nevadaThe suit filed in September by Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez charging five of her fellow officers of discriminatory, inappropriate and hostile conduct toward her has been settled.

The settlement agreement filed in Carson District Court resolves all the issues raised in her lawsuit, with neither side admitting to the alleged conduct.

In return, she will get a lump-sum payment of $99,999.99 paid by the state.

The agreement says, “plaintiff hereby completely releases and forever discharges the defendants of, and from, any and all liability for all claims asserted, arising from or relating to the disputes and the allegations and legal claims of the complaint.”

Valdez accused officers Christian Normandy, Bill Walker and Chris Aranyos as well as Sgt. Mike Rubio of marking a variety of hostile comments about her age, size and gender, as well as sexist comments. She is one of two women on the force older than 40. It accused Sgt. Rich Mraz of doing nothing to stop the alleged abuse.

Rubio was dismissed from the Capitol Police. Mraz, who for most of the period in question was on medical leave, was demoted. The other officers including Valdez remain on duty.

Under terms of the settlement, Valdez and her lawyer, Jeff Dickerson, agreed to move for dismissal of the complaint with prejudice as soon as the payment is received.

It was signed by Valdez, all the defendants and Department of Public Safety Director Jim Wright.

The sad thing about this story is that Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez is a nice person from our experience with her at the 2012 ANTI Corruption protests outside the State Capitol buildings. In fact, all the Capitol Police personnel seemed very professional, non-hostile and polite. We even said thank you in a post  found […]

State investigating conduct of Nevada Capitol Police officers

Posted: August 29, 2013
By Cy Ryan (contact) Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 1:45 p.m. Carson City —  A quiet investigation has been under way for about two months into the conduct of a group of Capitol Police officers, the governor confirmed today. Several officers, believed to be five or six, have been placed on administrative leave with pay […]

Former Nevada Capitol Police chief Tom Navin sues over dismissal

Posted: April 27, 2013 

We welcome Tom Navin to come out and protest in front of the State Capital with us next week and throughout the upcoming summer of 2013, Mike Weston will make a big sign for you!  Seriously, come on out, you were a nice fella most of the time. Nevada Appeal by Geoff Dornan Former Capital […]

Nevada Department of Public Safety – Capitol Police Division

Posted: March 29, 2013 

last summer we got to meet most of the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Capitol Police Division and our experience with them was very positive. These fellas (and the ladies) were all very professional when we did our protests and they talked with us and some got to know us and what we were […]

Under Brian Sandoval’s watch, capitol gets increased security

Posted: November 22, 2012

This Las Vegas SUN news story caught our attention because of the various innuendos including Governor Brian Sandoval’s comment that we feel may have been directed at us! The governor acknowledged there were no threats made in the past at these meetings of state elected officials. There may have been some nasty […]

Hey Brian ‘SCANDAL’ville – San Francisco sues Nevada over patient dumps

Brian Sandoval scandalLAS VEGAS (AP) — The San Francisco city attorney filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the state of Nevada, claiming it has wrongfully and intentionally bused psychiatric patients to the city and declined to pay the costs connected with their care.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the case in San Francisco Superior Court a day after a deadline he had set for Nevada to strike an agreement with the city.

Named as defendants were the state and several Nevada agencies, the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, and state health chief Mike Willden.

“What the defendants have been doing for years is horribly wrong on two levels,” Herrera said in a statement. “It cruelly victimizes a defenseless population, and punishes jurisdictions for providing health and human services that others won’t provide.”nevada governor brian sandoval

He said he plans to seek class-action status for the case to include other California jurisdictions where patients were sent.

The state is aware of the suit and plans to make its response in court, according to Jennifer Lopez, spokeswoman for Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

In August, Herrera threatened to sue the state after an investigation that he says identified 500 patients who were discharged from Rawson-Neal and transported to California since 2008. Of those, he said, 24 people with no prior connection to San Francisco were taken there, and 20 needed medical care shortly after they arrived.

Nevada officials pushed back this week, saying they had sent Herrera documents that “demonstrate that the policies are appropriate and that proper discharges were made.”

“You made a demand for approximately $500,000 but you fail to provide details to support your claim including how you identified the 20 patients,” Nevada Chief Deputy Attorney General Linda C. Anderson wrote in a letter dated Monday. “Moreover, you do not provide sufficient explanation of your legal theory or standing for the initiation of a lawsuit by you on behalf of the ‘affected California cities and counties.'” Continue reading

Decay in Nevada’s mental health system goes beyond Rawson-Neal under Governor Brian Sandoval’s watch

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 | 2 a.m.

Legislators meeting in Carson City recently asked the embattled state health department about how it’s handling all the negative media attention it’s received during a five-month-long mental health scandal that won’t go away.

“I don’t think you can find a mental health program in the nation that has seen the reviews and oversight that we’ve seen,” said Mike Willden, director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Brian Sandoval scandal

Brian Sandoval scandal

In April, the story of one man, James F.C. Brown, sent packing with a one-way bus ticket from the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas to Sacramento sparked outrage about Nevada’s mental health system.

The story, first reported by the Sacramento Bee, provided a glimpse into one aspect of the state’s troubled mental health system, but subsequent investigations have revealed wide-ranging problems in a system struggling to provide even basic services for thousands of mentally ill people in Nevada.


• Rawson-Neal has lost its independent accreditation from the Joint Commission, a nonprofit quality control agency, and could lose federal funding for not meeting minimum care standards.

• The Dini-Townsend psychiatric hospital in Northern Nevada also could lose certification, and two other state psychiatric hospitals in Nevada — Lake’s Crossing in Reno and the Desert Willow Treatment Center in Las Vegas — already lack certification, according to documents provided by the state health department.

• The ACLU of Nevada is representing Brown in a class-action suit against the state for “severe and extreme physical, emotional and psychological harm” suffered when Brown and others were improperly bused out of state after being discharged from Rawson-Neal.

• The city of San Francisco is threatening to sue the state for instances like Brown’s in which Nevada improperly bused mental health patients to San Francisco, forcing taxpayers there to pay for their care. Continue reading

LAWSUIT Nevada State Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez accuses several fellow officers of PORN & discriminatory, hostile and inappropriate conduct

capitol police nevadaThe sad thing about this story is that Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez is a nice person from our experience with her at the 2012 ANTI Corruption protests outside the State Capitol buildings. In fact, all the Capitol Police personnel seemed very professional, non-hostile and polite. We even said thank you in a post  found here:

We see the case was filed in the corrupt Carson City court… Wonder if the judge will dismiss the case to cover-up for the State…  Stay tuned.

The male officers, according to the complaint filed in district court, suggested she could not do her job because she was a woman. She said one officer, Chris Aranyos, made comments last December about having sex with her. The complaint quotes him as saying that if it was the end of the world; he “would bend you over the desk and do you right here.”

In another instance, the suit said Aranyos rubbed up against her in a “sexual manner” referring to “her body in a lascivious manner.”

NV Attorney General CRIME SCENE  04032012From the Nevada AppealGeoff Dornan

Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez accuses several fellow officers of discriminatory, hostile and inappropriate conduct toward her in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Carson district court.

The complaint charges at least two officers made numerous comments and engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct. It accuses Christian Normandy, who supervised firearms training, of repeated hostile comments about Valdez’s size and gender and telling other officers he wouldn’t pass her range test next time.

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

“Normandy treated Plaintiff differently on the firearms range and spread malicious gossip about Plaintiff,” the complaint by lawyer Jeff Dickerson states. Continue reading

Before joining the Elko Band of Indians’ Dinner in the Park, Gov. Brian Sandoval spoke to the Free Press Thursday about his positions on several key issues

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We would have asked why the Department of Taxation office was closed in Elko in 2009 under former Director Dino DiCianno’s gold mine lack of audit cover-up scandal... What has changed since?

ELKO — Before joining the Elko Band of Indians’ Dinner in the Park, Gov. Brian Sandoval spoke to the Free Press Thursday about his positions on several key issues.

Sandoval will stay in town today for the Elko County Fair.

His visit is part of a four-town tour of rural communities in Nevada.

EDFP: Last spring you signed a bill to create a task force that will study the possibility of the transfer of public land from federal to state control. Locally, a lot of community leaders have supported that bill and supported the transfer of public lands. Do you think such a transfer of public lands would benefit the state?

GOV: Absolutely. Backing up, it was really an honor for me because some of the Elko County Commissioners were in the Governor’s Office when I signed that bill. … It’s a bill that I supported from its inception, so I was very pleased when the Legislature passed it and put me in a position to be able to sign it. I think it’s a good thing for Nevada. It’s been a long time coming. Continue reading

Chuck Muth: Gov. Brian Sandoval already had his mind made up on tax increase

Wait. Are you kidding me?muth says

Anjeanette Damon of the Las Vegas Sun recently obtained emails showing that a troika of lobbyists/power-brokers overruled Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R&R-Partners) senior staff on one of the governor’s numerous betrayals of his “no tax hikes” pledge. This outrageous story shows that not only are Sandoval’s promises empty, so is his suit.

At issue is what has become known as the “More Cops” tax increase for Clark County. Voters approved half the hike in 2004, when Nevada still was in times of plenty. Indeed, recall that in 2005 tax revenues had come in so much higher than expected from the 2003 Mother of All Tax Hikes that then-Gov. Kenny Guinn actually issued tax rebates. Continue reading

State investigating conduct of Nevada Capitol Police officers

ImageBy (contact) Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.

Carson City —  A quiet investigation has been under way for about two months into the conduct of a group of Capitol Police officers, the governor confirmed today.

Several officers, believed to be five or six, have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Gov. Brian Sandoval confirmed that he ordered the investigation but declined to give specifics. brian sandoval

“There was a situation that was brought to my attention that I don’t know all the details of,” Sandoval said. “It’s a personnel situation and upon learning of it I asked for an investigation.”

Capitol Police provide security for the governor, elected officials and their staffs in the state capitol.

Other officers say they have been told not to discuss the investigation.

Sandoval said the concern came from the Department of Public Safety, which oversees Capitol Police.

Asked if the investigation concerned activities that would have put the safety of elected officials at risk, Sandoval answered: “Not that I am aware of.”

He said the investigation has been referred to Capitol Police and the Department of Personnel.

Asked if any officer had been disciplined, the governor said, “Once I asked for that investigation, I stepped out.”

Gerald Gardner, chief of staff for Sandoval, said one officer has been returned to duty but the investigation is continuing. He said Tuesday the results would be turned over to the state attorney general’s office. Continue reading

Lawsuits target abuse in Carson City Court Department of Alternative Sentencing program

carson city alternitve sentencingLawsuits target abuse in Carson City Court Department of Alternative Sentencing program.

see updated story here;

In Carson City, Douglas County and Henderson Nevada, the courts have created an internal police force called the Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”).  The courts in these jurisdictions bypassed the State parole and probation department and took on jurisdiction of people who have been charged, but not convicted of a crime. These people are known as pre-trial Defendants.

carson city courthouse

carson city courthouse

Prior to July 2013 when the laws governing DAS were modified by the Nevada Legislature in Senate Bill 101 and signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval, DAS had no legal jurisdiction over pre-trial Defendants.

We know the Carson City DAS exploited its power and acted outside jurisdiction when assuming control over hundreds and easily thousands of pre-trial Defendants prior to July 2013. DAS essentially and prematurely put pre-trial Defendants on “probation”  which subjected these people, presumed to be innocent, on GPS monitoring, house arrest, subject to search and seizure, drug and/or alcohol testing and even body cavity searches.

DAS is also widely know for illegally changing court orders and conditions of pre-trial Defendants that were never subject to their jurisdiction.

In the minutes of the Nevada Senate Committee on Judiciary from February 27, 2013 show Carson City DAS Chief Rory Plantea stating on the record how he and his DAS have been breaking the law and violating pre-trial Defendants civil rights.

Click here for SB101: SB101 Nevada DAS new law 2013

Minutes from the Nevada Senate Committee on Judiciary February 27, 2013

Click here for PDF file: DAS minutes from 2013 Nevada SB101

James Settlemyer

Sen. James Settlemeyer

SENATE BILL 101: Revises provisions relating to departments of alternative sentencing. (BDR 16-464)
Senator James A. Settelmeyer (Senatorial District No. 17):

I apologize for not getting the language correct to begin with and having to work off the mock-up (Exhibit G). The changes in the mock-up are necessary to incorporate some important and necessary clarifications.

This bill allows for pretrial sentencing to be done by the county or city department of alternative sentencing. When this was discussed in the past, some said the State should be doing it. However, we know the State does not have the funds to implement pretrial sentencing, so the counties do it. This bill enables legislation, adding the word “may,” so there is no fiscal impact to the counties since it is at their own discretion whether to participate.

There are often conditions of bail that the court stipulates, including restraining orders, temporary protection orders (TPO), firearm purchase bans, controlled substance use bans, etc. These departments can do this and provide a valuable service to the courts to review the bail stipulations and make sure the conditions are met. In some counties, these issues are being handled differently. This bill is an attempt to help those counties without a separate program to implement alternative sentencing. We are attempting to codify activities already being implemented in many counties. tick

Chair Segerblom:
This is not the first bill we have seen from Douglas County about this issue.

Senator Settelmeyer:
Yes, we had this bill in the Assembly. At that time, we felt the State should deal with the issue, but since that time, the State has not stepped forward.

Michael Beam (Chief, Department of Alternative Sentencing, Douglas County):
We perform these functions for the courts in Douglas County and Carson City. We serve both the district and justice courts. We ask that this issue be addressed in the statutory provisions of chapter 211A of Nevada Revised Statutes to make it right. We perform pretrial services for persons accused of crimes and awaiting sentencing or trial. The court imposes conditions, and we supervise those individuals to make sure he or she complies with those conditions. We support this bill.

Chair Segerblom:
If there are orders from the judge, like drug testing or curfews, you make sure it happens, is that correct?

Mr. Beam:
Yes. A range of conditions can be imposed—drug or alcohol clauses, testing, firearm provisions, TPOs, stay-away orders, etc. It varies case by case.

Chair Segerblom:
In sounds like it saves money because the offender is not in jail and can work, depending on the case.

Mr. Beam:
Absolutely, on pretrial with bail conditions.

Rory Planeta Chief Department of Alternative Sentencing

Rory Planeta Chief Department of Alternative Sentencing

Rory Planeta (Chief, Department of Alternative Sentencing, Carson City):
We supervise persons who are released on bail or released on their own recognizance without bail. The judge puts conditions on the offender, and we supervise. We work from NRS 178.484, which allows judges to place conditions on persons to protect the citizens and protect themselves. The judge makes the decision on which conditions to impose, and once the individual is placed under our supervision, we make sure he or she maintains those conditions or we bring him or her back to the judge. Those conditions can include drug testing, no weapons, no gang associations, etc. These conditions are necessary to protect the public. We support this bill.

Chair Segerblom:
Does this just apply to Douglas County and Carson City?

Senator Settelmeyer:
The provisions could apply to anyone wanting to implement them. Only these two counties are in this situation to my knowledge. Mr. Planeta, do you know of other counties similarly situated?

Mr. Planeta:
Yes. Henderson has alternative sentencing; it is called supervised release, which we think is a good term. Part of this bill refers to probationers, but that is not what we call them. They are persons released under the supervision of the Department. We also perform misdemeanor probation, suspended sentences, house arrest, etc. We feel this legislation is a natural progression for us to watch those individuals and keep our citizens safe.

Chair Segerblom:
This sounds like a great program. Do we have more supporters?

James J. Jackson (Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction):
I represent the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction, representing municipal courts, justice courts and the State. We support this bill. Originally, the bill had mandatory language, but it is now permissive, so we are fine with it.

Laurel Stadler (Northern Nevada DUI Task Force):
We support alternative sentencing with DUI offenders. We support this bill.

Richard Glasson (Tahoe Township Justice Court, Douglas County):
This bill brings to light something I and other small court judges use on a daily basis. Alternative sentencing allows a judge to shape behaviors and responsibilities and provide protections before adjudication. While we presume everyone is innocent, there is a period of time between arrests and the disposition of the case that can be a sort of never-never land. This alternative sentencing tool allows us to put some people on a right path and potentially eliminates the need for posttrial supervision or probation because the person has proven in advance that he or she has taken these classes or sobriety conditions seriously.

Chair Segerblom:
You can take information from the individual’s cooperation with conditions imposed during pretrial and apply it to sentencing?

Judge Glasson:
Absolutely. There have been times when, because of the abysmal behaviors between arrests and trial, arrestees prove they are not going to be responsive to probation later on. More often than not, we see that these arrestees are just good, responsible people who might have stubbed their toes. They follow the straight and narrow during pretrial, and we do not have a recidivism problem with them when we use this tool.

Chair Segerblom:
Do district attorneys have access to the pretrial information when they are making decisions?

gpsJudge Glasson:
Yes, it is public information. The ankle bracelets and other tools we use are wonderful technology. gps orwell

Mr. O’Callaghan:
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is neutral on this bill. I also represent the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association, and that organization supports this bill.

Mark Jacobs (Chief Marshal, Henderson Alternative Sentencing Division, City of Henderson):
We fully support this bill. It would be a great tool for us to use on a local level. We supervise around 2,000 probationers and 200 individuals released with conditions of release from our courts every day. This bill would allow us to get over some challenging hurdles in supervising those offenders.

Chair Segerblom:
Do the individuals who have been charged with the crime have to pay for equipment issued to them, like ankle bracelets?

Mr. Jacobs:
Yes. It is not a burden on the taxpayers, and that is also true of our probationers. When we have individuals released with conditions, we have concerns about situations like no contact orders, no further arrest clauses, drug and alcohol testing, GPS monitoring, alcohol monitoring, etc. It is a challenge to try and enforce and keep track of these people and those conditions without a specific statute.

Ian Massy (City of Henderson):
We support this bill.

Diane R. Crow (State Public Defender, Office of the State Public Defender):
I represent people in Carson City, Storey County, White Pine County and Eureka County. I do not oppose the spirit of this bill, but I oppose the end result as we have seen it here in Carson City. Conditions of bail that are supervised by alternative sentencing include call-in and color-coded drug testing. This means a person who has been arrested and not convicted of a crime and not lost his or her constitutional rights is required to call in on a daily basis. If their color is called, they must go in during certain hours and take a drug test. If they are not on color-coded testing, they can just be called in any day or an officer can go to their houses and require them to provide a drug test. The officer can search accused people’s homes and vehicles even though they have not been convicted. They are charged with a crime—misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony—but they still have their constitutional rights. My concern is that we are taking the rights away from people who have not been convicted.

This bill, to me, is somewhat akin to a bill introduced last session regarding DNA testing of anyone arrested for a felony. People have constitutional rights. We cannot stomp on either the U.S. Constitution or the Nevada Constitution.

Chair Segerblom:
If a person does not agree to the conditions of release terms, can he or she stay in jail or post bail?

Ms. Crow:
That is another issue of constitutionality. Bail has to be reasonable, not coercive. You cannot force someone to agree to drug testing to get out of jail.

Chair Segerblom:
If a person refuses to cooperate with the drug testing, does the bail go so high it is impossible for them to pay?

Ms. Crow:
Most of my clients cannot make bail. If the person does not agree to the drug testing conditions, that contributes to the denial of one’s own recognizance release. That is coercion. Who does not want to get out of jail—to go back home, go back to work and support the family? It is coercive to force someone to give up his or her constitutional rights to get out of jail. I am very concerned about the ultimate outcome of this bill.

browerSenator Brower:
The government has enormous power, particularly over those who are arrested. From the law enforcement perspective, these issues have been litigated long ago. It is part of the system and has been upheld by state and federal courts around the Country—that the types of things here do not violate the U.S. Constitution. No less than the U.S. Supreme Court has said that upon arrest, your defense rights are not the same as someone who has not been arrested. Therefore, people can be held in custody in some cases and in other cases, they can be released but on certain conditions. We have litigated these issues, have we not?

DAS is unconstitutional

we the peopleMs. Crow:
There has been litigation. There is a case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: United States v. Scott, 450 F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2005).

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada granted a motion to suppress for evidence that was obtained on supervision. The Ninth Circuit Court upheld the motion to suppress. The United States appealed it to the Ninth Circuit and the State lost.

The head notes of that case refer to constitutional rights of people not convicted and unconstitutional coercive conditions that cannot be imposed.

Senator Brower:
What conditions did the Ninth Circuit decide were unconstitutional?

Ms. Crow:
One head note says pretrial release individuals are not probationers. Probationers have a lesser expectation of privacy than the public at large. People released pending trial, by contrast, have suffered no judicial abridgement of their constitutional rights. Alternitive Sentencing

Senator Brower:
My point is that the issue of whether certain pretrial release conditions are unconstitutional has been litigated. It is a fact of our system that pretrial defendants are sometimes held in custody, their passports are removed, they are subjected to drug testing, etc. That is a bigger issue and not really what this bill is about.

Ms. Crow:
I agree that is not specifically what the bill is about, but it is the ultimate conclusion to this bill. The Ninth Circuit is stating that people not convicted still have constitutional rights, and it is invasive to go into their homes and require them to have search and seizure clause.

Senator Brower:
You are right. Even those who have been convicted have certain constitutional rights. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to even those who are incarcerated. What the courts have done over centuries is to decide conditions may be imposed that do not violate the Constitution. I respect the rights of you and your clients to challenge certain types of conditions, and it is up to the system to continually hear those challenges and decide whether they meet constitutional muster. The conditions we impose in this State and in the federal system have been determined constitutional by judges.

Chair Segerblom:
In pretrial supervision, if officers find drugs at homes of defendants, can they be prosecuted?

Ms. Crow:
Yes, but they generally are not. My other concern about this bill is that in most of the sections, while it includes new language about pretrial or presentence release, it still labels the person a probationer, which is not accurate.

Chair Segerblom:
We can change that in the bill.

Senator Hutchison:
Is there anything in this bill that is constitutionally infirm?

Ms. Crow:

Mr. Spratley:
We are neutral on this bill because it does not apply to our jurisdiction of Washoe County, but we are in overall support of S.B. 101. Our jail supports the judicial, conditional release of inmates to not only help reduce our inmate population, but also allow those persons who made mistakes and can follow court conditions to be out of custody to live their lives. Without appropriate monitoring, as this bill provides, those conditions most likely would not be met.

Chair Segerblom:
As I understand it, this bill could apply to Washoe County if you opted for it. images

Mr. Spratley:
We do have a Department of Alternative Sentencing in Washoe County, but I am not sure of its role.

Senator Brower:
Is it a fact that without pretrial release, we could not keep every arrestee in custody?

Mr. Spratley:
That is true. Our jail is already 50 inmates shy of maximum capacity. We are always being creative in how we can let the people out whom we believe will follow the program and not continue to reoffend and create victims. This is a huge step in helping us manage our population statewide.

guiltySenator Brower:
Allowing arrestees out on their own recognizance or on bail without conditions does not work either.

Mr. Spratley:
Yes. It would be ludicrous to let arrestees go without some conditions, without them knowing someone may check up on them at any moment. A portion of arrestees will reoffend or drink without those imposed conditions.

Senator Settelmeyer:
Some of the wordsmithing addressed by the testifier in opposition may be found in the amendment. We had a bill a long time ago addressing the issue of the larger counties in the State having a division between the pretrial and the posttrial alternative sentencing departments, and the smaller counties wanted them together since they were already doing it that way. With this bill we are looking for codification for a practice that is already occurring.

Chair Segerblom:
I will close the hearing on S.B. 101 and adjourn the meeting of the Senate Committee on Judiciary at 10:13 a.m.

Linda Hiller,
Committee Secretary
Senator Tick Segerblom, Chair

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LV SUN: A Scandal to hang Governor Brian Sandoval’s neck on

Las Vegas Sun Brian Sandoval Security beefed up

governor sandovalBy   Friday, July 12, 2013 | 2 a.m.

When the Sacramento Bee uncovered the practice of the state-run mental hospital in Las Vegas busing some of its discharged patients out of Nevada with little more than a bottle of Ensure, Nevada Democrats knew they had the kernel of a scandal to hang around the popular governor’s neck.

The news releases started almost immediately.

They only intensified as Gov. Brian Sandoval initially avoided questions about the practice as the Bee stepped up its coverage.

“The fact that it took weeks of devastating coverage in the media to force Gov. Sandoval to make this policy change shows just how morally bankrupt this administration is,” one news release blared in April.

Since then, the news releases haven’t stopped accusing Sandoval of reacting too slowly to the situation and stonewalling the press.

But as the well-liked governor heads into what is shaping up to be an easy re-election bid, some are wondering to what end the Democrats are ramping up their attack machine against Sandoval.

Governor Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

GoverNOT  Brian Sandoval State of CORRUPTION

The party so far has been unable to put forward a solid candidate to run against Sandoval. So if Democrats aren’t attacking the governor in the hopes of installing their own candidates in Carson City, what’s the point?

“As much as you can soften him up and break his bank account, you want to do that,” one Democratic operative said.

In other words, the attacks against Sandoval aren’t so much geared toward winning the governor’s race, but keeping him busy defending himself so he can be less of an asset to down-ticket Republicans.

The Sandoval campaign appeared nonplussed.

“We haven’t really noticed any attacks,” Sandoval’s political consultant Mike Slanker said. “Not sure what they might be softening.”

Still, Slanker added, Sandoval isn’t about to simply coast through the 2014 election.

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“The governor is fully committed to re-election and to fighting for wins up and down the ticket,” Slanker said. “He is fully engaged.”

Catherine Cortez Masto, next Nevada Governor?

Catherine Cortez Masto, next Nevada Governor?

The Democratic Party insists that the steady barrage of attacks on the patient busing practice is just the beginning of a sustained effort to drive up Sandoval’s negatives regardless of whether he draws an opponent.

And that’s not exactly an easy proposition. Even Democrats exhibit some awe of Sandoval’s ability to stay relentlessly on message, avoid major missteps and generally remain scandal free.

But Democrats see a few vulnerabilities. Most recently, Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have required private-party background checks, an issue that polls find is popular with Nevadans. The move likely won’t hurt him with Republicans, but could hurt him with key swing voters such as soccer moms, Democratic operatives posit.

Democrats also may turn to the first budget Sandoval put forward in 2011, when Nevada was still firmly in the grip of the recession.

Sandoval had promised not to raise taxes or extend temporary taxes and put forward a budget that could have hamstrung the higher education system.

Sandoval finally backed down when a Nevada Supreme Court decision eliminated his ability to pad the state budget with local money and let the temporary taxes continue.

Ross Miller Nevada is corrupt

Ross Miller for Governor Nevada ?

“Brian Sandoval will have to explain next year why the only things he has to show for his four years as governor are a patient dumping scandal, Nevada remaining dead last in education, and why we continue to lead the nation in unemployment and foreclosure rates,” Democrats’ spokesman Zach Hudson said. “Nevada’s middle class is suffering under Brian Sandoval’s leadership, and we will spend the next year and a half reminding voters how out of touch the governor is with Nevada families.”

Republicans don’t seem too concerned with the effort, particularly because Democrats don’t have a candidate to deliver the attacks.

“I’ve never seen one of these efforts succeed. A party attacking a candidate without an alternative is a waste of money,” one Republican operative said. “You have to be a credible messenger to land a credible attack and make it stick. Parties are not a credible messenger.”

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Nevada governor Brian Sandoval burns a bowl after signing medical pot into law.

While the election is still 17 months away, time is short in political parlance. Typically, candidates begin preparing to launch a major campaign at least two years ahead of time.

That’s not to say, however, that it’s too late for Democrats to come up with a messenger.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak has long been open about his ambition to be governor. He has not yet formally announced, but is in the process of putting together a poll to assess his chances should he enter the race.

And that has many Democrats salivating.

Sisolak has never been shy of emptying the arsenal of negative attacks on a political opponent. And he has the fundraising chops and enough of his own wealth to at least put a tarnish on Sandoval’s shine.

But if Democrats hope Sisolak will get in the race simply to ensure Sandoval doesn’t have a free ride, they’ve got another hope coming.

“I am not getting into the race, as I have said before, to be a steve_sisolak_mugsacrificial-lamb type of candidate,” Sisolak told the Reno Gazette-Journal this month. “Unless I thought that there would be a path to victory, I wouldn’t be running. … We will just have to wait and see.”

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit

Tonja Brown informs Gov. Brian Sandoval and NAG Catherine Cortez Masto of 1st Amendment Rights violations and lawsuit related to Nevada Open Meeting laws and violations of a previous settlement concerning Nolan Klein.


Gov. Brian “Zig Zag Man” Sandoval OK’s pot and then becomes vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association!

Nevada potCARSON CITY, Nevada — After 13 years of waiting, medical marijuana patients in Nevada will soon have a legal way to obtain the drug without growing it themselves. 

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval now know as “Zig Zag Man” signed SB374 into law Wednesday evening. The measure establishes the framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and imposes fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries. It also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing until 2016. 

Full Article:–Medical-Marijuana

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been named vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.

zig zag manThe first-term Republican “Zig Zag Man” Brian Sandoval was elected by his peers during the organization’s annual meeting held over the weekend in Park City, Utah. governor brian sandoval

Sandoval says he’s honored for the opportunity.

Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 Western states, two Pacific-flag territories and one commonwealth.

Members share ideas, concerns and approaches to dealing with issues unique to the West.

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Nevada State Personnel hits 50,000 views!


off the hookNevada State Personnel WATCH celebrates 50,000 views from all over the world. We wish chartwe never had to start this website, but the rampant, wholesale corruption thieves in Nevada and the U.S. We were motivated to start this website in response to our ANTI Corruption protests in Carson City, Nevada where a group of citizens started protesting government, law enforcement and judicial corruption.  At that time Nevada received a D- rating for Judicial and Government corruption by the Center for Public Integrity.

See our You Tube channel here:


Nevada D- for CORRUPTION under Brian Sandoval

Nevada D- for CORRUPTION under Brian Sandoval and Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada one of The Most Corrupt States
May 11, 2010 7:02 PM EDT
The Daily Beast crunches the numbers, from public embezzlement to private sector fraud, for all 50 states to rank which play dirty—and which have cleaned up their act. Continue reading

NV Gov Brian Sandoval supports judicial corruption, vetos ANTI Corruption bill

Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval

The governor  vetoed Senate Bill 421, proposed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have required the removal of jurors who judges believe are “more likely than not” biased against a party in a case.

“It is not clear how this new standard will affect a trial court’s ability to re­habilitate a potential juror who has been challenged under these new grounds,” the governor said in his veto message. “However, it is clear that this bill will unnecessarily restrict the discretionary power of the court and burden the jury selection process.”

Sandoval is a former federal judge.

Unlike SB198, SB421 was supported by all Democrats and opposed by most Republicans.

It passed the state Senate on an 11-10 vote and the Assembly 30-9. That means there are not enough votes in the state Senate to override a veto. An override needs at least two-thirds of the votes.

In the 2011 session, Sandoval vetoed 28 bills and legislators did not attempt to override them.

The governor also has announced he will veto Assembly Bill 440, a bill sought by the secretary of state that would extend voter registration deadlines to 5 p.m. Friday before a Tuesday election.

The 2011/12 annual Nevada Taxation report released in January 2013 shows the department doing worse, not better under the new management of Chris Nielsen

Chris Nielsen

Chris Nielsen

The 2011/12 annual Nevada Taxation report released in January 2013 shows the department doing worse, not better under the new management of Chris Nielsen

The LVRJ did an article on the Tax Department and audit performance last year
around this time. Now the audit performance for FY 2011/2012 in the
number of audits performed (950) net collections from audit billings,
($12,742,042), collections as a percent of gross tax,(0.38%) and audit
coverage, (1.17%) is even worse than the previous year, while gross
sales and use tax revenues have been on the rebound, $3,344,395,525 from
$3,142,104,568 in FY 2010-11. It looks like the start up of Net Proceeds of Minerals audits since the last legislative session has not had much of an impact on tax revenues / collections.  Wonder if the mine tax auditors are experienced, qualified and know what to look for. We think not. Many of the tax auditors that the Tax Department hires only have minimal to no experience in accounting and tax auditing.  The majority of these tax auditors are only equipped with high school diplomas.  We experienced this on a first hand basis.

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

rjCARSON CITY — The state is losing tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue because of an inefficient computer system that prevents department auditors from reviewing the tax records of companies in a timely manner, according to two former Nevada Taxation Department employees.

They place the blame primarily on a computer system that, while not antiquated, is slower and not user friendly, saying that a new system is needed.

The department’s annual report, released Jan. 15, shows 1.24 percent of businesses in the state were audited during the past fiscal year, almost half the total in the 2006-07 year, just before a new $40 million tax accounting system went online.

July 30, 2012 ANTI-CORRUPTION protest in Carson City at Taxation and State Capital

Audit Nevada Taxation Department for FRAUD

They also said that mismanagement by former Taxation Director Dino DiCianno has contributed to the department’s inability to perform more audits and that he deliberately stopped audits of the mining industry. DiCianno closed the agency’s Elko office in June 2010 as part of a cost-cutting plan by former Gov. Jim Gibbons, though the mining industry was booming and the auditor there could have recovered millions in unpaid mining taxes, they said.

DiCianno, who did not return a phone call seeking comments Tuesday, abruptly retired from state government in March, a day after telling legislators that mining companies had not been audited for two years because he lacked qualified auditors to check their records.

Taxation Department executives told legislators that the mining industry operated on a “self-reporting” tax system. After DiCianno’s departure, new Gov. Brian Sandoval required the department to undertake mining industry audits.

That work produced $1.2 million in additional revenue from audits in the fiscal year that ended June 30, although the employees said much more could have been secured except for a three-year statute of limitations on unpaid taxes.

Still the employees and their union representative said far more revenue could be secured if the number of audits returned to the total of past years.

“It is our members’ assertion the total number of audits is down because of the computer and software system,” said Vishnu Subramaniam, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041. “Individuals have to pay their fair share of taxes. We should expect the same from Nevada businesses.”

Although no one was critical of his performance, new Taxation Director William Chisel did not return three messages left by the Review-Journal on his office phone over the past week and a half. Sandoval, however, expressed support Tuesday for Chisel, adding it is the director’s plan to concentrate audits on companies where the returns can be greater.

“I will have a conversation with the director,” Sandoval said. “Mr. Chisel’s background is as an auditor. They are developing systems to go after the higher returning entities.” Subramaniam arranged for the two former Taxation Department employees to speak with a Review-Journal reporter. They both requested anonymity.

One is still employed in state government. He said he told legislators before the meeting in March that DiCianno was not having the department audit mining companies. He said he previously worked for a mining company and is proficient in auditing their records. Instead, he was assigned to audit businesses where the return for the state was far less.

This employee said no net proceeds of minerals audits were performed for 10 years.

“We did sales tax audits. We did business tax audits. We did everything but net proceeds of minerals,” he said. “I was stifled by Dino (DiCianno).”

The other source, who said he is familiar with the computer system, said, “It wasn’t right from the beginning. It has been completely dysfunctional.” The system will not even properly add up numbers, he said.

As an example, he said the system software would show a 990 answer for adding up a group of numbers with an actual sum of 1,000. Replacing it with a new system would cost $100 million, he added. Auditors for the Taxation Department do not need accounting degrees but can take a couple of night courses to qualify for the job, according to the former taxation auditor. He said pay is too low to attract highly qualified people. According to the state Personnel Division, tax auditors are paid $39,108 to $69,029 a year, depending on their experience. A person with a high school degree with previous auditing experience who has completed six credit hours of college accounting classes can be an auditor. “I would always collect or recover five times or more what I earn,” he said. “The jobs pay for themselves.”

The annual report shows salary expenditures by the Taxation Department increased by about $450,000 to slightly more than $20 million a year in the past fiscal year. Subramaniam said Sandoval needs to take the leadership to ensure the Taxation Department does more audits and businesses know they are being watched so they will pay their taxes, but with a 1.24 percent audit rate, businesses realize they can fudge their taxes with impunity. “The least we could be doing is to ensure that Nevada businesses are paying their fair share in taxes — that they are paying what they’re supposed to be paying,” Subramaniam said.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at or 775-687-3901.

Nevada Department of Taxation Audits

Year Audits Revenue
Pct. of businesses
2010-11 1,066 $16.2 million 1.24%
2009-10 1,254 15.0 1.35
2008-09 1,397 16.2 1.51
2007-08 1,346 13.4 1.45
2006-07 1,994 19.3 2.08
2005-06 1,668 12.45 2.32
SOURCE: Nevada Department of Taxation
annual report, 2010-11
NV Taxation

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s general counsel and policy director Lucas Foletta is out after just over two years on the job

Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval

April 16, 2013 CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has tapped a veteran lawyer in the attorney general’s office as his general counsel.

Sandoval on Tuesday announced the appointment of Michon Martin to his staff, effective April 29.

Martin replaces Lucas Foletta, who resigned abruptly Friday.

Martin is a chief deputy attorney general, serving as lead tobacco counsel in nationwide litigation. She also manages the Tobacco Enforcement Unit.

She’s also been counsel to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Corrections.

Before joining the attorney general’s office she was an assistant district attorney in San Francisco.

Updated: Apr 13, 2013 10:54 AM PDT CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval’s general counsel and policy director is out after just over two years on the job.

Sandoval released a statement Friday afternoon announcing Lucas Foletta’s resignation and thanking him for his service.

Sandoval appointed Foletta as his general counsel when he took office in January 2011. Foletta was a law clerk for Sandoval when he was a federal judge.

Foletta is also a former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted mortgage fraud and identity theft cases. He worked for then-U.S. Attorney Greg Brower, who is now a Republican state senator from Reno.

Foletta is the second state official to resign on a Friday afternoon in three weeks. School Superintendent James Guthrie handed in his resignation on March 29 as lawmakers headed home for the Easter weekend.

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Carson City Sheriff Kenny furlong needs to be asked the real questions.

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Carson City Sheriff Kenny furlong needs to be asked the real questions. This guy and his deputies are corrupt as hell and the Sheriff is one big RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) operation. Please read the circa 2006 Topox called “Corrupt Law enforcement in Carson City Nevada” by Patty Pruett, Dayton Nevada.  We’ll post some of the text at the bottom of this story.  We also uncovered a Grand Jury investigation suggestion ALL CARSON CITY SHERIFF personnel should be DRUG TESTED.

Some of this may seem outlandish until you remember these things happened in 1989 South Lake Tahoe when the city mayor named Terry Trupp was busted for a major cocaine trafficking cartel and just recently Johnny Poland of the SLTPD was hooked up on charges of obstructing justice, evidence tampering and aiding and embedding the “Mexican Moffia” in South Lake Tahoe.See our other website at

Kenny will you do a show with us and our video cameras? …And why did you come into my cell two times and give me a “stink eye” death look? Is it true what you deputies are saying about you?

Published on Mar 26, 2013 Watch Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong answer important questions from some influential women in our community

 Kenny Furlong stated his position on “gun control” where he did elaborate that because of the Ihop shootings, he would be compelled to confiscate firearms in Carson City, NV. Although, he believes it won’t happen and he was primary focused on multi-round auto and semi-auto firearms.

Gun Control at 20:00 – Kenny wants to ban weapons (at least assault style weapons) because of the Ihop incident. In that case a Norinco MAK90 was modified from semi to fully auto. Other Sheriff Associations from around the State of Nevada and the rest of the union are fully supporting the US Constitution and 2nd amendment rights, Sheriff Furlong is not.

Below are Nevada Sheriffs that support gun rights:

  1. Ed Kilgpore Humboldt NV
  2. Benjamin D. Trotter Churchill NV
  3. Tony DeMeo Nye NV

methadoneSo, Kenny what’s the Sheriff’s role in alleged distribution with meth, heroin and other drugs and drug dealers in Carson City?

Is your daughter Kendra Furlong fully recovered from her battles with crank (meth) addiction?

kenny furlong

What’s the Sheriff’s role in alleged distribution with meth, heroin and other drugs and drug cartels in Carson City?

Sheriff Furlong and Kendra Furlong – Crystal Darkness

Is the Sheriff office under any investigations? Rumors are rampant that federal grand money is “missing”? We heard the FBI was investigation misappropriation of funds related to Kenny Furlong using the Carson City “credit card” to pay for friends vehicles impounds after DUI’s (which were covered up)… Is this true?

We hear of many “cover ups” and other “scandals” concerning the Carson City Sheriff’s department including last years incident with former NDOT Director, Susan Martinovich where it’s alleged the Sheriff covered up that fact Susan Martinovich essentially was involved in a  “hit and run” and the victim was actually charged with trumped up charges that were later dropped. This seems like a blatant attempt to cover-up Susan Martinovich’s criminal involvement in that incident, correct?

Kenny Furlong, you did go to Carson City High School, correct (you talk about that in carson high schoolthe video).  Interesting that Susan Martinovich and Justice of the Peace Judge John Tatro all went to the same High School and played significant roles in the hit and run coverup. What’s your take on that Furlong?

Kenny Furlong and Neil Rombardo gay?

Kenny Furlong and Neil Rombardo

In recent photo shots, you Kenny furlong seem to hanging out with Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo a lot. We’ve seen you dancing with the stars along with Neil Rombardo and giving blood with him as well. Are you gay? What exactly is your “friendship” with Neil Rombardo? Seems like there should be a better “separation of power” in such a small incestuous little city like Carson.

We hear of food poisoning and unsafe and inhumane conditions and treatment of inmates at your Carson City jail. We note that statistics show 20% of incarcerated people are actually innocent. Regardless of innocence or guilt, the facts show that there are a high number of alleged “suicides” hangingthat occur in the Carson City jail. Released inmates report tainted food with drugs including methadone. The showers have excessive mold and airborne insects and diseases like MRSA skin infection is rampant in the Carson City jailhouse. We hear that a medical malpractice and civil rights lawsuit is imminent against you and the Carson City court system including Judge John Tatro…

What exacly is Kenny Furlong’s position on gun owners rights? We understand he agrees with the Obama administration.

Finally, with all this controversy, what are your plan Kenny Furlong for the future? Do you plan on staying in law enforcement or are you getting your affairs in order to go to prison?

These problems seem outlandish, but it has happened to  others. See this story:

The California press refuses to cover this true story of the torture of a senior citizen milk man

The Los Angeles Times is so corrupt and whored out to its corporate interests that it won’t even cover this story! There is torture and abuse of farmers happening right in Los Angeles, and the LA Times absolutely refuses to cover the story! How’s that for pathetic journalism? (If the LA Times actually starts to cover this story, I will retract this paragraph. But as of this writing, the LA Times has done nothing to cover this huge story of government abuse of innocent citizens.)

In fact, to date no newspaper in California has covered this story of torture and abuse of the California milk man. There is complete silence on it. A total cover-up. The lamestream media wants you to believe this never happens in California.

But these pictures don’t lie. The recorded testimony of James Stewart is factual and truthful.

Watch the video, hear it yourself and compare to what happened to Ty Robben in the Carson City jail including poisoned food, solitary confinement, red bracelet indicating a felon or danger, inhuman jail conditions and lack of jail personnel ethics, violations of law and human rights, etc  :

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Corrupt Law enforcement in Carson City Nevada

Posted in the Washington Post Forum

Dear readers

Yesterday a friend of mine went to the Casrson City “Motel 6 to get her daughters things” that were left there by “Cops” about a week prior after they arrested her Minor daughter for drug possesion. The Girl was with many other people, who were doing drugs also! None were arrested! Only her! The Girl is “Related to Officer Bill Abbott”!

Officer Abbott was just “Busted down from tri-net” DRUG task force! After the mother of the girl began to “Fight back” against the Corruption!

Now her daughter is in Juvinial, and yesterday a Cop went to the Motel 6, and tried to “Plant drugs” On the Mother/Estranged half sister of that Cop!

It’s getting “Ugly in Carson City Nevada”! These Cops are out of Control! And so is Sheriff
Kenny Furling! Our Carson City Sheriff will now try to plant drugs on those of us “Fighting back” against their “Already Corrupt sheriffs department!”
I am allerting the Public that none of us do drugs and are at risk for being “Set up” as revenge for a Long battle for Justice in Carson City Nevada.

Send help form the “Outside”! Send reporters and Crews to “Write about our struggle for justice”!

Patty Pruett, Dayton Nevada.

Nole Waters former Carson City District Attorney

Nole Waters former Carson City District Attorney

Corrected Special Grand Jury Report

The community of Carson City would have been much better served had the Carson City District Attorney’s office arrested and prosecuted John and James Bustamante with the vigor that was shown in the arrest and prosecution of Rolland Weddell. Given, through testimony to this Grand Jury, that:
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Former Governor Brian Sandoval chief-of-staff Heidi Gansert accused of illegally keeping campaign money

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & — A former Reno assemblywoman is in the hot seat tonight after being accused of misusing more than $100,000 of campaign money.

Ex-Republican Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert is accused of illegally keeping the money after she left office in November of 2010.

Heidi Gansert and Brian Sandoval

Heidi Gansert and Brian Sandoval corruption

Embattled Heidi Gansert was also the chief of staff for Nevada Governor Sandoval.

The complaint filed on Wednesday by ex-Washoe Democratic Party Chairman, Chris Wicker cites that she gave nearly $74,000 to her political action committee.

Under Nevada law, public officers who do not seek re-election are supposed to dispose of unused funds within about two months.

Heidi Gansert now works for UNR University of Reno: UNR hires Heidi Gansert, ex-chief of staff for Gov. Sandoval, as $180,000-a-year special assistant.unr

Heidi Gansert, a former Nevada assemblywoman and former chief of staff for Gov. Brian Sandoval, has been hired to be University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson’s special assistant for external affairs, UNR officials announced today.

Gansert, who will focus on economic and workforce development, will be paid $180,000 annually.

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The Brian Sandoval Deception- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for President 2016?

Politico and the Las Vegas Sun ran stories about Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval being in the mix for the 2016 U.S. Presidential race.  We ponder that idea and conclude – What has Brian Sandoval done for Nevada? Nothing.  So why would Sandoval make a good President? Nothing.

Brian Sandoval 2016

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Lawless America the Movie Promos tied into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film festival 2013 & Lawless America

Sundance Film festival 2013 Lawless America

Are you aware some how Bill Windsor in all his splendor has the Lawless America the Movie Promos tied into the 2013 Sundance Film Festival? 

View here Sundance Film FestivalSUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS.

Lawless America the movie Sundance Film Fest 2013

Lawless America the movie Sundance Film Fest 2013

Bill Windsor filmed Lawless America the movie in parts of Nevada including Reno, Carson City and Las Vegas.  Please see our Las Vegas story.

Lawless America…The Movie: Update — November 18, 2012

See our Carson City and Reno Nevada stories – Mike Weston (Mike’s LawlessAmerica story) – Tonja BrownTy Robben (Lawless America video being produced and coming soon to expose the demonic rampant wholesale corruption in Nevada). Then there was the a new issue and cover-up by State of Nevada officials explained by Reno, NV KRNV NEWS. For now, please see our 2012 ANTI-Corruption Summer 2012 video.

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

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?

Uploaded on May 28, 2011

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


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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Under Brian Sandoval’s watch, capitol gets increased security




This Las Vegas SUN news story caught our attention because of the various innuendos including Governor Brian Sandoval’s comment that we feel may have been directed at us!

The governor acknowledged there were no threats made in the past at these meetings of state elected officials. There may have been some nasty comments but nothing threatening.

Perhaps Governor “Sunshine” did not like the harsh criticism directed at him and his sidekick Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto by Guy Felton and the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement. Guy Felton lashes into the corruption under Governor Brian Sandoval and his administration ans also attacks NAG Masto for her corruption in the new youtube video series called Nevadagate.

Governor Brian Sandoval ANTI Corruption protest

Governor Brian Sandoval ANTI Corruption protest

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Jon Ralston Reports – The Brian Sandoval myth

The new Jon Ralston Reports website

My column: The Brian Sandoval myth
Ralston Reports on the Brian Sandoval Myth

Ralston Reports on the Brian Sandoval Myth

Submitted by jon.ralston on Tue, 11/13/2012 – 15:01

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.

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Lawless America Draws Attention In Las Vegas

Las Vegas Tribune - Lawless America

Las Vegas Tribune – Lawless America

With so much corruption in Las Vegas Nevada, we want to include as much news about these scandals too.  Bill Windsor filmed parts of Lawless America the movie in the city of Las Vegas recently and the Las Vegas Tribune was kind enough to write a story.  It seems like every day we read about police misconduct a Las Vegas SWAT mission gone wrong (see real news report) and  corruption in the Sin City news.

Are you aware some how Bill Windsor in all his splendor has the Lawless America the Movie Promos tied into the Sundance Film Festival? Which you can view @ SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS

I-Team: Nevada District Court Judge Valorie Vega  Facing Misconduct Counts

I-Team: Nevada District Court Judge Valorie Vega Facing Misconduct Counts

Las Vegas thrives in corruption like the rest of Nevada, but only bigger and grander just like their casinos. They have their own style of corruption down there that includes firefighter, police and HOA corruption running rampant in addition to the usual Nevada Government corruption and Nevada Judicial corruption.

We found a new website to expose corruption called and they did a story on Judge Valorie Vega too along with 8newsnow. For more on this sage, go to the corrupt Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline website.

There is even a Linkedin website for Las Vegas Judicial Corruption

1 Judge George Assad of Las Vegas an Il Duce Wannabee and ethically insolvent
2 Judge Nicholas Del Vecchio of Las Vegas; loathsome pervert, celebrated moron
3 Judge Elizabeth Halverson of Las Vegas a moron and an ethical gremlin
4 Judge Kevin Higgins of Sparks, NV; lifetime porker, congenital liar
5 Las Vegas Judge Steven Jones, accomplished misogynist, ethical gremlin
6 Former Judge Peter LaPorta of Henderson, NV; convict, ethically deprived
7 Senior Judge Terrence P. Marren of Las Vegas; lifetime porker, slacker
8 Judge Reese F. Melville of West Wendover, NV; Muammar Gadaffi Wannabee
9 Judge Donald M. Mosley of Las Vegas: lifetime porker and loser
10 Judge Valerie Vega of Las Vegas; arrogant slacker, loser

The Las Vegas press does an OK job at exposing the Sin City Corruption.  LV Sun always runs a good story about once a week on Las Vegas Corruption: Judge Valorie Vega says ethics charges lack merit. The local newspaper Las Vegas Sun and its editor Hank Greenspun led a crusade in the earlydays to expose all the criminal ties, activities, and government corruption in Las Vegas. His investigative reporting and editorials led to the exposure of Clark County Sheriff Glen Jones‘ ownership of a brothel and the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Clifford A. Jones as the state’s national committeeman for the Democratic Party. Before his death in 1989, Hank Greenspun founded The Greenspun Corporation to manage his family’s assets, and it remains a major influence in Las Vegas, with media holdings in print, television and the Internet; substantial real estate holdings; and ownership stakes in a number of casinos., an online research tool conducted a recent study. Of 10 cities listed in the study, Las Vegas came in 10th.

Here’s the list of cities and the number of times the word “corruption” and a particular city appeared in media mentions over the last two years. Maybe if they rated corruption per capita Las Vegas would rank closer to #1.

1. Chicago, 3,121 2. Los Angeles, 1,412  3. Boston, 1,130 4. Washington, D.C., 946 5. New York City, 899 6. Philadelphia, 634 7. Miami, 617 8. San Francisco, 492 9. Detroit, 434 10. Las Vegas, 387

Find anyone on the street of Las Vegas and they’ll belly laugh, or run away quickly, because someone stopped them to ask the question: “Is Las Vegas corrupt?”

We’ve had bribery scandals that landed four county commissioners in federal prison; we’ve had suicides, court battles and convictions related to a years-long case involving homeowner association boards and attorneys trying to cash in on home-defect allegations.

We all “know” lobbyists and casinos run our state Legislature.

Even local firefighters have been called corrupt after county officials and an independent arbitrator pointed to firefighters’ apparent use of sick-leave to run up overtime hours. The FBI is still investigating the matter.

By Marilyn Henderson
Special to the Las Vegas Tribune

Standing behind his 150-foot crime scene banner, Bill Windsor is drawing nationwide attention to his cause, Lawless America, and making its presence known to all Americans who have been wronged by a corrupt justice system and “lawless” government officials.

Grant Sawyer Building Las Vegas Crime Scene
Grant Sawyer Building Las Vegas Crime Scene

He is asking victims of injustice to tell their stories on camera in interviews with him. Lawless America is filming the interviews to be used in a movie about how America has become a lawless country.

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“Assault” charge “dismissed” against Robben in the Carson City Sheriff cover-up of NDOT hit-&-run

Good news: November 13, 2012 “Assault” charge was dropped and “dismissed” against Robben in the former NDOT Director Hit-and-Run case where Robben was actually hit and then wrongfully charged as he attempted to serve a subpoena to the evading former NDOT Director.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Fulong COVER-UP NDOT Susan Martinovich hit and run

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Fulong COVER-UP NDOT Susan Martinovich hit and run

Nevada Appeal News covers the story:

Robben’s sentence deferred in disorderly conduct case
By Geoff Dornan
Ty Robben, who has been battling all levels of government since his termination from the Nevada Department of Taxation, has pleaded no contest to charges in a deal that resolves his case. In an email, Robben said his interpretation of the sequence of events is that all charges against him were dropped. Carson City Deputy District Attorney Travis Lucia, who prosecuted the case, said Robben pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct to settle charges against him. He said the deal requires Robben to comply with a variety of conditions designed to ensure good conduct and prevent harassment of other officials. Those conditions remain for a full year. “If he’s a good boy, it all goes away,” said District Attorney Neil Rombardo. “But if he keeps up the conduct he has been doing, we’re going to prosecute on anything new.” Robben was originally charged with assault after an incident in which he says he was attempting to serve a subpoena on NDOT Director Susan Martinovich to appear at a hearing involving a friend. That friend, Jim Richardson, is fighting to get his job as a state pilot back. Robben was originally charged after Martinovich asked for a restraining order, saying he followed her vehicle from NDOT to the Smith’s parking lot after she refused to see him. Martinovich wrote that, as she was getting into her  vehicle, “a man started running towards me yelling.” She said she felt threatened and drove away but that he grabbed the door handle of the vehicle and was pounding on the side of the car. After that arrest and a subsequent arrest for violating bail provisions, Robben spent several days in jail. He expanded his verbal attacks to include not only Justice of the Peace John Tatro but Sheriff Ken Furlong and District Attorney Neil Rombardo.

This NV Appeal story does cover the “differed” prosecution of the  “breach-of-peace” charge and fails to report that the main “Assault” charge was in fact “dismissed”. There was little choice with the coercion tactics and  having an extremely corrupt and bias bias judge named John Tatro in control of this sham. Robben was not going to have a fair judge handle this case and he was not going to have a jury trail as he requested. Instead the court recused Judge Tom Armstrong who may have offered a fair trail to Judge John Tatro where a definite conflict-of-interest persists.  Robben has laid down several reasons why Judge john Tatro should have been recused/disqualified from this case in court filings and in this website.

“He expanded his verbal attacks to include not only Justice of the Peace John Tatro but Sheriff Ken Furlong and District Attorney Neil Rombardo.”

We feel that the Taxpayers who pay these people deserve answers to legitimate questions about these “political” figures who are elected and are subject to public questioning, public ridicule exposing their corruption and even simple political hyperbole.

Our “opinion” is that the Carson City Sheriff under control of Ken Furlong (who also went to Carson HS with judge Tatro and  Martinovich) did cover-up the hit-and-run report and still has evaded giving the final reports to the insurance companies (as reported by the insurance company).  The  DA Neil Rombardo took the initial Sheriff report that never included  an “assault” or “breach-of-peace” charge and added these trumped up charges nearly 2-weeks after the incident where Robben was never initially charge or arrested. The time frame for the trumped up charges came after an embarrassing KRNV Fact Finder story that showed Martinovich in a bad light by evading service and the hit-and-run… Clearly the charges against Robben were trumped up retaliation by the DA who’s Deputy DA named Gerald Gardner immediately became Governor Brian Sandoval’s new Chief-of-Staff during all of this.

Judge John Tatro Carson City DUI, breathalyzer test?

Judge John Tatro Carson City DUI, breathalyzer test?

As to  Carson City Justice Court JUDGE JOHN TATRO we publicly ask you to answer truthfully to that rampant speculation in Carson City and Reno that you have been ARRESTED and SPENT TIME IN JAIL in Reno for one or more  DUI (Drunk Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) and even another incident involving DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  Do you Judge John Tarto have to (or had to) take a BREATHALYZER TEST BEFORE GETTING ON THE BENCH? More on this controversy will be made public as other people demand answers to these questions.  We understand a public demonstration is in the works to ask these very “questions” on large banners and extra large signs to be displayed in Carson City and Reno.

We also published reasons why JP Tatro should be recused earlier on the NSPW website including the fact John Tatro’s brother Tom Tatro worked for NDOT.

assault charge dropped against Robben

assault charge dropped against Robben

he Nevada Appeal also covered this story.


Corrupt Judge John Tatro of Carson City file for re-election

Corrupt Judge John Tatro of Carson City file for re-election

Treason is a CAPITAL CRIME Judge John Tatro & NAG Masto

Treason is a CAPITAL CRIME Judge John Tatro & NAG Masto

Carson City Judge John Tatro - END YOUR GOD DAMN CORRUPTION!

Carson City Judge John Tatro – END YOUR GOD DAMN CORRUPTION!

911 Emergency call from 08/06/2012 NDOT Susan Martinovich hit-and-run incident backs up Robben

The call made immediately after the incident  is here:

This shows that Robben was there to serve legal papers, NDOT Director Susan Martinovich  hit Robben’s foot, she left the scene, and Robben did not follow her after the incident.  Robben did not require an ambulance,  he later had an x-ray on his own.

Notice at 1:23 it seems like a new lady comes on the 911 call…

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

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

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

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

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

ANTI-Corruption contact info and FAQ

Click here for the Proposed legislation being presented to Nevada — Word File— PDF File

Email us at:

Main Nevada ANTI-Corruption website:



News coverage:

KOLO part 1

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

KOLO part 2

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Appeal:

Protesters create giant ‘crime scene’ in front of AG’s office
Sunday, April 29, 2012
NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto


AG and Carson City Court (Judge James E. Wilson) caught in backdating scandal

NBC KRNV news cover Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Cortez Masto backdating scandal
NBC KRNV news cover Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Cortez Masto backdating scandal

Las Vegas Review Journal

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

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

Las Vegas SUN

Las Vegas SUN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
Las Vegas SUN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Carson NOW coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval

Protesters rallied with a 4 foot by 150 foot long “CRIME SCENE” banner!

Protesters each have their individual complaints against the Attorney General, NDOC, NHP, the Governor and Reno DA Dick Gammick.

Individual complaints include backdated court filings, withholding evidence, Brady violations, computer problems in NDOC adding false charges to inmates records and deleting “good behavior” credits. Other people complain about being harassed by NHP (pulled over 40+ times) after reporting icy road conditions.

Nevada was recently given a D- grade in transparency and is a top State in the union for CORRUPTION. Essentially a “State of Corruption”.

Protesters are planning to continue these demonstrations in the weeks and months ahead now that the weather is nice and more victimized citizens are learning about the movement.


CNN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto
CNN coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto


Click here for the Proposed legislation being presented to Nevada — Word File— PDF File

Q- What the hell is this protest all about?

A- In 2012, Nevada received a D- grade making it one of the worst States in the union for CORRUPTION and Judicial Corruption. Local Nevada citizens in Carson City and Reno networked and joined forces using the Internet and social media and old fashion methods to create a collision.  They were inspired to protest and created the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement. One of the fellas involved in the protest is a professional sign maker who fabricated a massive 140 foot long, 4 foot tall one-of-a-kind CRIME SCENE banner.  The banner is unique and has commanded the attention of anyone who sees it as well as local, national and world-wide media attention. The other protest signs are also large and unique targeting specific issues and general anti-corruption messages.

The Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement is working and we are having success for individual causes and bringing public attention to the Rampant Wholesale Corruption here in Nevada. We will report news and information on out main website

We encourage people to watch out youtube videos at

Once you become familiar with what we are doing, please contact us at

We are starting to regularly hold demonstrations in Carson City Nevada at the State Capital in front of the Attorney Generals office which is directly across from the Governor’s office on the main street and Musser St.

We will also hold demonstrations at other locations such as the Reno AG office, area courts (Reno, Carson, other) and pinpoint protests at Nevada Department of Taxation offices in Nevada and other State agencies as required. We may expand protests to Las Vegas and bring the CRIME SCENE banner to rural areas of Nevada too. All this brings attention to the judicial corruption happening in Nevada and the rest of the country.

Nevada ANTI-Corruption & Lawless America join forces to gain Nation Nevada ANTI-Corruption & Lawless America join forces to gain Nation Attention to Rampant, Wholesale Judicial Corruption in America.

Kids for Ca$h, Penn State and Nevada’s D- grade are all recent scandals we’ve heard about in the news. There are thousands and tens of thousands we have not heard of.

Corruption is running rampant in America and it is getting worse. Please check out a recent update from Bill Windsor from Lawless America on the Internet talkshow called ‘Talkshoe’ at

Here is the direct link to the profound information:

Listen to time-stamp 57:15 to learn about how to sue the State courts if Federal court using something called section 1983.  This “section 1983” is Constitution law and is used for civil rights cases like excessive police force, discrimination, retaliation and other State abuses of power.

legal info:

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The First Amendment and Police Encounters [PDF]
Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests [PDF]

;) New mini NAG MASTO signs to placed all around the protest zone(s)

😉 New mini NAG MASTO signs to placed all around the protest zone(s)

NV ANTI CORRUPTION scrap book Catherine Cortez Masto and Brian Sandoval

NV ANTI CORRUPTION scrap book Catherine Cortez Masto and Brian Sandoval

New, bigger and improved NAG Catherine Cortez Masto protest sign

New, bigger and improved NAG Catherine Cortez Masto protest sign