Assembly Republicans Tempt Mutually Assured Destruction »

Assembly Republicans Tempt Mutually Assured Destruction

“Unless…” That’s how I ended my column last week about Republican Assemblyman John Hambrick’s expected move from the tiny “Bad Boy” office he was assigned by the Democrats in the 2013 Legislature to the biggest and best office in the Assembly after his conservative GOP colleagues elected him as their Speaker-designate. The official election for a new Assembly Speaker will take place on opening day of the 2015 legislative session, when all members of both […]

John Hambrick: From the Doghouse to the Penthouse »

John Hambrick: From the Doghouse to the Penthouse

In 2013 he was sentenced to the “Bad Boy” room in the Nevada Legislature. Next year he’ll have the best office in the building, including his own private washroom and a dozen political handmaidens at his beck and call. Thus is the Horatio Alger-like fortune of conservative Republican Assemblyman John Hambrick, the new Speaker-designate for the Nevada State Assembly, whose story reminds us of the old saying, “No guts, no glory.” In 2012, Hambrick – […]

Nevada Pot Regulators Embracing Secrecy Only a Drug Lord Could Love »

Nevada Pot Regulators Embracing Secrecy Only a Drug Lord Could Love

It’s hard to imagine how much worse the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) could have possibly screwed up bringing legal marijuana sales to Nevada despite the stated objective of the Legislature to create the national “gold standard” for regulatory approval and oversight. In fact, the unbelievable level of in-the-shadows secrecy about its operations would make Pablo Escobar himself green with envy! Back in August, would-be Medical Marijuana Establishment (MME) operators submitted to DPBH […]

Voting is Your Right, not an Obligation »

Voting is Your Right, not an Obligation

At the risk of being accused of “voter suppression,” allow me to suggest that if you don’t know the issues and don’t know the candidates that it would be better for your community and our republic if you just stayed home on Election Day. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you “can’t” vote. Just that maybe you “shouldn’t.” Indeed, if you haven’t taken the time to research both the candidates and the issues on […]

An Unloaded Gun Ain’t Good for Nothin’ »

An Unloaded Gun Ain’t Good for Nothin’

Under cross-examination in an opening scene of the movie classic True Grit, John Wayne’s character, U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, was being grilled over a confrontation with some suspected outlaws he was trying to arrest who ended up dead. Prosecutor: “Was your revolver loaded and cocked?” Cogburn: “Well, a gun that’s unloaded and cocked ain’t good for nothin’.” I couldn’t help but think of that exchange when I first heard that Nathan Cirillo – the uniformed […]

There’s No Question, Vote “No” on Question 2 »

There’s No Question, Vote “No” on Question 2

In an editorial voicing support for Question 2, the Las Vegas Review-Journal began: “If voters approve Question 2 on this fall’s ballot, they will not increase taxes on Nevada’s mining industry.” But that’s like saying if the Gibbons Tax Restraint law – which requires a 2/3 super-majority vote of the Legislature to approve any tax hike – is repealed (as many liberals hope), no taxes will be increased. Which is “technically” true. The problem is […]

Gay Couples Need to Stop Being Intolerant Crybabies »

Gay Couples Need to Stop Being Intolerant Crybabies

It was ten years ago that I testified, for my first and only time, before a government legislative body – the United States Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution. It was surreal. Up on the dais, on my side of the issue, were some of the most liberal elected officials in all the land, including the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Russ Feingold. The issue was […]

Wooster: Perlstein in his Nixon-Reagan book plagiarized Shirley »

Wooster: Perlstein in his Nixon-Reagan book plagiarized Shirley

(Neil W. McCabe) – Liberal historian Rick Pearlstein stands accused of plagiarizing swaths of phrasing and analysis from Craig Shirley’s book “Reagan’s Revolution” for his own book about the political transition from Richard M. Nixon to Ronald W. Reagan, “The Invisible Bridge.” A Sept. 16 report by Martin W. Wooster, a journalist and former editor of Harper’s Weekly, detailing the places where Wooster found Perlstein plagiarized Shirley. “Based upon my analysis—which found unattributed direct uses of […]

Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all »

Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

(Craig Shirley) – Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, […]

Beyond Rand Paul: The Libertarians Are Coming »

Beyond Rand Paul: The Libertarians Are Coming

(Grover Norquist) – They’re no longer on the fringes. The libertarians are now officially mainstream. Proof? The New York Times Magazine cites the popularity of Republican Sen. Rand Paul and opposition to American “boots on the ground” in Syria and Iraq. But it’s much more than a moment. It’s the culmination of a powerful narrative building over the past 30 years in American politics. This is a movement — and it doesn’t live or die […]