Government Creates Jobs like Ticks Create Blood »

Government Creates Jobs like Ticks Create Blood

Why do politicians who run on promises to “create jobs” then seemingly go out of their way to do everything humanly possible to hamstring the very people who actually create jobs? To be clear, other than jobs which are “created” using tax dollars to hire government employees, the government doesn’t create jobs. Entrepreneurs create jobs. Businesses create jobs. The best thing the government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way. […]

Look Out Nevadans, Here Comes the “Gruber Tax”! »

Look Out Nevadans, Here Comes the “Gruber Tax”!

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be surprised one iota if Jonathan Gruber himself hasn’t been hired to craft the propaganda campaign that’s underway to pass Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R&R-Advertising) 2015-17 budget. You remember Mr. Gruber, don’t you? He’s the guy who got caught on tape saying, as described by Wikipedia, that ObamaCare “was misleadingly crafted and/or marketed in order to get the bill passed, while in some of the videos he […]

Neither Left nor Right has a True Governing Mandate »

Neither Left nor Right has a True Governing Mandate

I take a bit of a contrary position from many conservatives about the meaning of this last election. You see, I don’t see it as a referendum in favor of a super-strong conservative agenda, much as I wish it were otherwise. Indeed, the victories of 2014 weren’t like those of 1994’s Contract with America or 2010’s Rise of the Tea Party. Instead, this was really more of an election that Democrats conceded – like Republicans […]

Dousing the Fiore Fury with Facts »

Dousing the Fiore Fury with Facts

At my request, conservative Republican Assembly Majority Leader Michele Fiore (R-Clark County) set up a meeting for me with her accountant so I could review and seek clarity on this whole brouhaha related to IRS tax liens filed against her business. After two hours of reviewing tax records and bookkeeping numbers, my eyes were so glazed over I had to have a seeing-eye dog drive me home. But without going into a whole lot of […]

Does the Nevada Legislature Benefit from Political Caucuses? »

Does the Nevada Legislature Benefit from Political Caucuses?

(Walt Nowosad) – The following is a point-by-point response to a recent column published by Assemblyman Pat Hickey (R-Reno). The Founding Fathers didn’t have partisan caucuses when they gathered in Philadelphia in 1776. Neither did Nevada’s first lawmakers when they met in Carson City 150 years ago and started the Silver State. In fact, the founders didn’t even want political parties, and purposely excluded them from the U.S. Constitution. George Washington, in his farewell address, […]

The Assembly Republican Circus Act Continues »

The Assembly Republican Circus Act Continues

In an interview with conservative talk-show host Alan Stock on December 16, 2014 – in which she discussed her situation relating to IRS tax liens filed against her businesses – Stock asked conservative Republican Majority Leader Michele Fiore to name the three individuals Fiore said were working to undermine conservatives in the Republican Assembly Caucus. She did…naming political consultants Nathan Emens and Cory Christensen, as well as donor/mining tax-hike advocate Monte Miller. And for that […]

Non-Denial Denials Continue to Fuel Nuke Option Speculation »

Non-Denial Denials Continue to Fuel Nuke Option Speculation

Much like cockroaches, many politicians prefer to operate in the dark. And they go scurrying for cover when light is shined on them. OK, fine. I apologize for the insulting comparison. And hope the cockroaches will forgive me. At issue is the leadership circus presently entertaining Nevada citizens, bloggers and taxpayers within the Republican Assembly Caucus. To be fair, Republicans have not found themselves in the majority since 1985 and the 25-member group generally finds […]

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 […]