Every member VOLUNTARILY pays dues to support the organization’s efforts to protect the members’ Second Amendment rights. Contrast that with public employee unions being able to force unwilling government workers to pay dues to advance the union’s agenda.
Government worker unions should have to get their dues the same way as the NRA – by ASKING for it, not forcibly taking it from the workers’ paychecks. If that means less money for the organization, well, so be it. Welcome to the real world.
* Nevada fake news peddler Jon Ralston threw one of his patented fake news hissy fits in a fake news blog post on Sunday (refuse to link), whining about President Donald Trump and conservative Nevada congressional candidate Michelle Mortensen for calling out biased, anti-conservative media personalities for putting out fake news.
The blog post was nothing more than Ralston circling the wagons in defense of liberal political advocates posing as “journalists.” He hates that his own fake news political advocacy in Nevada is being exposed by conservatives with the courage to stand up to him.
* Big political story out of California this weekend as the CA Democrat Party refused to endorse the re-election of liberal U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein who is facing a June primary challenge from Kevin de Leon, a state senator. Neither candidate was able to obtain the 60% super-majority support to win the party’s official seal of approval.
* Meanwhile, Nevada Republicans, meeting in Hawthorne this same weekend, reportedly failed to adopt a pre-primary endorsement process, relegating the GOP Central Committee once again to metaphysical insignificance in primary contests. And as the party HAS officially endorsed primary candidates in the past, the failure to establish such a process for this election cycle is baffling.
Many believe establishment party leaders throttled the primary endorsement process behind closed doors to protect embattled moderate U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (Tax Pledge signer) from a Feinstein-like embarrassment in his primary contest against conservative challenger Danny Tarkanian (Tax Pledge signer).
And while conservative gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt would have no problem securing the party’s official endorsement vs. his gadfly challengers, other establishment Republicans – including 3rd congressional district candidate Scott Hammond (Tax Pledge signer) vs. conservative newcomer Michelle Mortensen (Tax Pledge signer) and a couple others, 4th congressional district candidate Cresent Hardy vs. former Clark County GOP chairman Dave Gibbs, and attorney general candidate Wes Duncan vs. conservative outsider Craig Mueller – would likely not fare so well.
* If you missed my detailed arguments in favor of the party members taking a leadership role in making pre-primary endorsements, you can still access a 2016 column I wrote on this subject by clicking here.
* Assemblyman Jim Marchant (Tax Pledge signer) reportedly did not get a very positive reception to his idea of challenging conservative Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in the GOP primary this year. I heard donors told him if he did so, they’d want their money back. Reportedly he’s now abandoned the idea.
Good. He needs to focus on his re-election to the Legislature instead. However, I’m now hearing someone named Gianna Miceli is now planning on running against Cegavske. Never heard of her. Will keep you posted when I learn more.
* The Nevada Senate Republican Caucus has endorsed four candidates: Valerie Weber for SD8 (Las Vegas), Tiffany Jones for SD9 (Las Vegas), Assemblyman Ira Hansen for SD14 (Reno) and Assemblyman Keith Pickard for SD20 (Las Vegas).
Former Assemblywoman Weber is going up against former State Sen. Elizabeth Halseth, who resigned from her seat six years ago over a marital infidelity scandal, in the June 12 GOP primary. Jones ran unsuccessfully for the Assembly in 2016. Hansen is running unopposed in the GOP primary after resigning from his Assembly leadership post prior to the 2015 session over some controversial columns he’d written in the past. And Pickard is being challenged by conservative newcomer Byron Brooks.
None of the candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge yet.
* Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury, one of only three Republicans remaining in office who voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history in the 2015 session, is hanging up her spurs. She’s thrown her endorsement to former Boulder City Planning Commissioner Glen Leavitt, who will face off vs. conservative former Metro cop Matt McCarthy.
Neither of these candidates has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge yet.
* The other two RINO tax hikers still in the Assembly are John Hambrick, who is being challenged by Jim Small (Tax Pledge signer) and James “The Big Selloutski” Oscarson, who is being challenged by Dennis Hof (Tax Pledge signer).
* Las Vegas taxicab companies and board members of the Nevada Taxicab Authority agree that the “most direct” route between Point A and Point B can be EITHER the shortest distance or the shortest amount of time, depending on traffic.
But one government bureaucrat, Ronald Grogan, the NTA’s administrator, disagrees. He thinks the “most direct” route should be the shortest distance – no matter how much longer it might take. The shortest distance to resolving this conflict is to remove Mr. Grogan forthwith.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“To say the Broward County cops were ‘The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight’ would be to imply they shot at all.” – Dennis Miller