(Chuck Muth) – Been getting LOTS of emails from readers who have no idea who to vote for in some races for the June 9 primary. I feel your pain. In the same boat. Especially when it comes to judicial races.
And with that in mind, my first recommendation is: Don’t mail in your ballot yet!
The deadline is midnight, June 9. So there’s no rush. And a number of candidates are just now starting to send out their campaign mailers.
But for those who just can’t wait to get it over with, the following are some initial personal recommendations I’ve come up with so far. More will be added as I complete more research.
Please note, these are SUBJECT TO CHANGE at any time between now and June 9 as new information comes in.
- Congressional District 2: Mark Amodei
- Congressional District 3: Dan Rodimer
- Senate District 11: Joshua Dowden
- Assembly District 2: Erik Sexton or Jim Small
- Assembly District 4: Richard McArthur
- Assembly District 19: Annie Black
- Assembly District 26: Lisa Krasner
- Assembly District 29: Steven DeLisle
- Assembly District 31: Jill Dickman
- Assembly District 35: Jay Calhoun
- Assembly District 36: None of the Above
- Assembly District 37: Andy Matthews
- Assembly District 38: Robin Titus
- Assembly District 40: Day Williams*
* NOTE: The other Republican running for this seat, former Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill, is one of the “Dirty Dozen” Republicans who voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history in 2015.
- Nevada Regent District 3: Swadeep Nigam*
* NOTE: Another Republican running for this seat, former Assemblyman Steve Silberkraus, is one of the “Dirty Dozen” Republicans who voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history in 2015 & is running on all the DEMOCRAT endorsements he’s received.
- Nevada Supreme Court B: Kristina Pickering
- Nevada Supreme Court D: Douglas Herndon*
* NOTE: The other Republican running for this seat, former Assemblyman Erv Nelson, is one of the “Dirty Dozen” Republicans who voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history in 2015.
- District Court Judge Department 2: Richard Scotti
- District Court Judge Department 3: Adam Ganz
- District Court Judge Department 15: Joe Hardy Jr.
- District Court Judge Department 17: Michael Villani
- District Court Judge Department 18: Mary Kay Holthus
- District Court Judge Department 19: Bill Kephart
- District Court Judge Department 20: Eric Johnson
- District Court Judge Department 22: Susan Johnson
- District Court Judge Department 23: Jim Sweetin
- District Court Judge Department 31: Joanna Kishner
- District Court Judge Department 32: Christy Craig
- Family Court Judge Department A: Bill Voy
- Family Court Judge Department I: Michelle Tobler
- Family Court Judge Department J: Rena Hughes
- Family Court Judge Department P: Mary Perry
- Family Court Judge Department S: Regina McConnell
- Family Court Judge Department V: Margaret Pickard
- Family Court Judge Department Z: Michele Mercer
- Clark County School Board B: Bryan Wachter
- Nye County Commission C: Donna Cox
- Carson City Mayor: Jim Shirk
- Reno City Council At Large: Eddie Lorton
- Washoe School Board A: Jeff Church
- Washoe School Board G: John Eppolito
If anyone has any objection to any of these recommendations, speak now or forever hold your peace. I’ll keep a running, up-to-date list for you to check whenever you decide it’s time to cast you ballot.
You can find it here: muthstruths.com/election2020/
* Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, along with the Democrats who control the Legislature’s unconstitutional Interim Finance Committee, have successful raided the state’s “rainy day fund” and drained it dry…without, to the best of my knowledge, laying off a single non-essential government employee. Budgetary malpractice. The longer Sisolak waits to cut the budget, the worse the problem is going to get.
* Of the money Nevada got from the coronavirus relief package, $440,000 is going to “arts organizations hit by the pandemic,” including the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and the Neon Museum. That’s “essential” as 400,000-plus Nevadans are still out of work thanks to the #SisolakShutdown?
* Senate DEMOCRATS, according to a story in the Review-Journal, have found that “social distancing, isolation and unemployment due to the coronavirus have negatively affected the mental health of 45 percent of adults and increased rates of suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence.” Yet by and large it’s DEMOCRAT governors who are keeping their states on lockdown.
* Among the businesses still shuttered by Gov. Sisolak: churches and…adult strip clubs. Talk about strange bedfellows.
* Reporter Rio Lacanlale caught the coronavirus and worried that she might have spread it unknowingly. “Did I already have the virus during that routine Sunday morning trip to the grocery store? Who ended up taking home the produce I touched? Who used my shopping cart after I put it away? Did I get too close to someone by mistake in the frozen food section?”
* With Ms. Lacanlale’s experience in mind, can we address the stupidity of the “testing” crusaders? I go to work in the morning. Take a test. I’m clear. I then go to a grocery store on my lunch break. Then I go back to work carrying the virus with me. Are we going to test people every time they leave their job site or home? Testing is not a cure!
* The Las Vegas Sun editorialized in support of mail-in elections on Friday, maintaining that “there’s no widespread voter fraud in the U.S.” Key word: “widespread.” But how many local and state elections are decided by a handful of votes; sometimes even ONE vote?
* The Sun argues that “study after study” has shown incidences of vote fraud “are few and far between.” But if election officials aren’t allowed to match their voter list with a list of known illegal aliens in the country, of what value are those studies after studies?
* When the Strip resorts finally re-open, will they finally get rid of their obnoxious, anti-tourist “resort fees” and “paid parking” to make Las Vegas as inviting as it once was before the bean-counters took over?
* Interesting that neither of the two individuals leading the ridiculous effort to recall Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman – Doug Polk and Steve “Clueless” Cloobeck – actually live in, you know, Las Vegas.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“We planned for the worst, and the worst did not manifest itself. We’ve come from a killer virus that we have to stay at home to avoid, like the angel of death passing through Egypt, to a manageable health crisis.” – Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner
“It’s worth noting that the (Nevada) Legislature last year approved generous near double-digit spending hikes that well exceeded population growth and inflation combined.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial, 5/12/20
“Raising taxes will be virtually impossible now. Who has the money to pay increased taxes? … That means the governor and the Legislature will have to cut budgets, furlough or even lay off state workers and curtail government services.” – Columnist Steve Sebelius
“Public employees, on average, make more in pay and benefits than private-sector employees.” – Arthur Kane of the Las Vegas Review-Journal
“It’s time to hit the brakes pretty hard on (government) spending. I’m worried this is all moving too slowly. As every day passes, the ability to close this (budget) deficit becomes more difficult.” – Nevada State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer