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. . . and Rory Reid is Calvera

September 16, 2009

Sandoval, former U.S. district judge, to run for governor

By BENJAMIN SPILLMAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL


Brian Sandoval
46-year-old seen as strong Republican candidate to challenge Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons

Former U.S. District Judge Brian Sandoval announced Tuesday night that he will run for governor.

Like gunslingers in The Magnificent Seven, candidates for the Republican primary in the 2010 Governor’s race gradually add themselves to the posse.  Now they are four.

 

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We’re racists because we seek equality

September 15, 2009

I’m struck by an interesting post by Dafydd Ab Hugh (although spelling his name has worn me out) at HotAir’s Green Room forum.  Here’s the money quote, about two-thirds in:

“Democrats cry racism when Republicans don’t extend affirmative action to Barack Obama [bold in original]; when we don’t treat him as different and special — when we don’t give him extra deference not extended to George W. Bush (or even to Bill Clinton) — when we don’t cut Obama more slack. That is, when we don’t devote our political capital to helping Obama succeed in all his leftist policies, regardless of whether we as individuals support them (unimportant), that itself constitutes racism.”

Read the entire piece to see how he develops this theory; he’s won me over.  Beyond reasons of insanity, Liberals’ cries of racism were inexplicable to me.  Now I understand.   According to Ab Hugh, “equity individualism” is what I expect.  (And I happen to be in great company.)  Liberals look for “diversity discrimination,” which is another term, I say, for special treatment.  Although I find this Liberal line of thinking  incredibly damaging to society, government and, especially, minorities, I can’t actually call it insane.

Who is Mark Amodei?

September 14, 2009

I’ve been waiting for two years to have my first crack at voting against Harry Reid.  Another entry into the Republican primary is, for me, another unknown candidate.  Long-time Nevadans will recognize, and have an opinion about, Amodei, but I’ll need to do some digging. 

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senate hopeful rocks GOP boat

Amodei faces tough primary to confront Reid

via POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senate hopeful rocks GOP boat – News – ReviewJournal.com.

Mostly this blurb from the RJ lays out state Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, as possibly dead in the water for voting in favor of some tax increases.  Voting to increase taxes, especially in this political climate, is bad news.  Heck, that’s one of our driving complaints against Senator Reid.  Is Amodei a RINO?

I scanned the archives of the LV Sun to get a snapshot of Amodei’s legislative activities over the years:

In 2009 one of Gov. Gibbons’ many vetoes included an increase in government spending approved by Amodei.  Proponents of AB395 included Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, whose district includes many state employees. Amodei said after watching this year’s budget cuts develop, he saw AB395 as a fairness issue. He complained repeatedly that state workers were treated worse than teachers and others during this year’s budget process.  I liked Gibbons’ vetoes.  Amodei pushed for spending increases, which doesn’t sit well with a limited government Republican. 

A tip for the social conservatives, from May of this year: The Senate has overridden the veto of Gov. Jim Gibbons on the controversial bill to provide certain legal rights to domestic partners. . . . Voting to uphold the governor’s veto were Republican Mark Amodei of Carson City.   Using this vote, I would infer that Amodei supports traditional marriage, although that is only supposition.

A tip for the libertarians, from Feb., 2009:  By a 12-9 vote, the Senate has approved a toughened seat belt law allowing police to stop a motorist for failing to buckle up. . . . Others who voted no this time were Sens. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City.  I thought this bill a wrong-headed, invasive idea, and Amodei apparently agreed.

For the conspiracy theorists, see Amodei’s resignation letter, effective Jan. ’09, from the Presidency of the Nevada Mining Association.  He appears to have held the position for 14 months while simultaneously serving in the state legislature.  Whatever his intentions, and I’m willing to give Amodei the benefit of the doubt, to hold a key position in an Association with extensive lobbying concerns while sitting in an elected office dictating policy on those same concerns looks bad.  I’m surprised he didn’t resign sooner.

A timely uh-oh from 2003:  The Senate Tuesday approved bills and amendments that would give doctors added protection in medical malpractice suits and in proposed insurance rate increases. . . . Despite opposition from Democrats, Republicans pushed through Senate Bill 97, which imposes a firm $350,000 cap on damages for pain and suffering in a malpractice suit. . . . It also imposes a limit on fees winning attorneys can collect in malpractice judgments. . . . Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, was on the losing side with Democrats.  In this political climate, do Republicans really want to run a man who voted against medical reform?  The 2003 bills represent key Republican positions currently being shopped at the national level.

As for the Care-Amodei bill of 2003, which the RJ references in the lead story, there may be an argument that the bill wasn’t that bad.  There was a budget deficit, which is unconstitutional.  Many legislators, including Republicans, had admitted a need to increase taxes.   However, there were some Republicans in the legislature proposing a focus on further budget cuts rather than taxes.  Amodei was not one of them.  I don’t know if this bill is Amodei’s death knell.  I would prefer he hadn’t authored it, though.

After taking the time to poke into the past I would say that Amodei shows a mixed voting record.  At least he has a record, as opposed to Danny Tarkanian.  I can cut Amodei some slack for having a 12 year legislative career.  The vote against medical reform in 2003, though, is toxic.  Based solely on that vote, Amodei is a no for me.

TheHill looks at Danny

September 14, 2009

“Shark, Jr. hopes to take ’10 bite out of Sen. Reid”

By Alexander Bolton – 09/10/09 06:05 AM ET

Danny Tarkanian knows that defeating a political icon like Sen. Harry Reid is no slam-dunk. So he’s enlisting his own “Dream Team” to the cause.

Former NBA all-star forward Larry Johnson, who played for Tarkanian’s father nearly two decades ago at UNLV, has offered to raise money.

via Shark, Jr. hopes to take ’10 bite out of Sen. Reid – TheHill.com.

The comments after this article are telling.  What is Danny’s platform?  We know he’s anti-Reid, we know he has basketball contacts who are great fun (and, more importantly, great potential fundraisers) and we know Danny’s a wholesome-looking family man.  See his website.  Republicans are giving Danny a look.  Now he needs to spell out his political platform while he still has our attention.  Danny’s “questions to Senator Reid” during the August recess were excellent.  See Danny’s Townhall.com post for details.  A promising, small-government Republican lurks in these questions.  We are ready for further details now, though, and we want them in writing.

Harry Reid downgraded

September 11, 2009

 

Nevada

 

NV SENATE: Baseline Analysis

September 10, 2009

Senior Editor Jennifer Duffy analyzes Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bid for a fifth term and finds that anemic poll numbers for the incumbent and a deteriorating political environment for Democrats nationally combine to make Reid one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents seeking re-election in 2010. And, that’s without knowing who Republicans will nominate to challenge him.

via The Cook Political Report | The insider’s choice for election analysis.