Thanks to You, More to Come on Question 3
You people are the best. And when I say “you people,” I mean my readers, not “you people.” So don’t be sic’ing Al Sharpton on me!
Question 3 – the Energy Choice Initiative – is a tough one. Indeed, conservatives are divided. Sure, we want free market competition, but should the means to that end be enshrined in the Nevada Constitution?
That’s one of many questions and concerns I received from readers after my column last week on Question 3. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
While I don’t know all the answers (yet), you’ve provided me with a road map to assessing the issue. And I’ll be weighing in on those and other aspects in the weeks to come. I want Nevada voters to make an INFORMEDdecision, not a flip-of-the-coin decision or a decision based on sky-is-falling hysteria.
So stay tuned…
The Sandoval Error
In 2010, Brian Sandoval ran for governor as a conservative Republican. Among other things, he swore up and down that he wouldn’t raise taxes. He lied. He broke his promise not six months into his first year in office.
Then, after being safely re-elected in 2014, Sandoval shoved the largest tax hike in Nevada history down our throats. And now he’s refusing to support the conservative Republican candidate for governor in 2018.
The end of the “Sandoval Error” can’t come soon enough.
Another of DC Dean’s Patented Flip-Flops
Sen. Dean Heller in March: “What I want is [the] Mueller investigation to continue. I don’t want this thing coming to an end.”
Heller in July: “What I am opposed to is it lasting as long as it has…I think it’s time to clean this thing up.”
So he was for the Mueller investigation continuing before he was against it. Got it.
On the Blog
Citizen Outreach recently created two new projects some of you might be interested in.
“Swampetition” is project focusing on high-tech issues, primarily efforts to use government antitrust laws to hurt large, successful tech companies on behalf of their competitors. A perfect example of this was the European Union’s ginormous $5 BILLION fine against Google last week.
The “Live and Let Live Coalition” is a new project fighting efforts to make prostitution illegal in Nevada again.
There’s a ballot initiative to ban legal brothels in Lyon County, and a “Bill Draft Request” has been submitted by RINO (Republican in Name Only) State Sen. Joe Hardy to make prostitution illegal statewide.
This is a tough issue for conservatives who have a moral objection to prostitution. I get that. But unfortunately, many opponents have resorted to “fake news” arguments to bolster their case. One such example was a recent column by Tim Burke that has more holes in it than a British dartboard.
Lastly, the re-election campaign of Sen. Dean Heller has recently been attacking his opponent for apparently not getting an official government permission slip to build her private consulting business back in the 1990’s.
This is not only a silly campaign issue, it goes against what limited government conservatives are supposed to stand for.
* * * The City of Baltimore – my hometown – has major problems. Soaring crime, lousy schools, budget problems, drugs, trash on the streets and the worst team in major league baseball.
Yet the bozos on the city council ignored those problems this week while summoning up the “courage” to pass an ordinance banning sodas from kids’ menus in privately-owned and operated restaurants.
Welcome to McDonald’s new Unhappy Meals.
* * * The NFL has a death wish.
It stood by as its players disrespected the United States – and by extension, our military and law enforcement folks – by taking a knee during the National Anthem over the last two seasons.
Amid public backlash and a tremendous drop in attendance and viewership, league officials finally did the right thing a couple weeks ago and declared that any player not willing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner had to stay in the locker room until it was over.
But last week the NFL reversed itself and said players will be allowed to take a knee again this season after all. You can’t fix stupid. #BoycottNFL
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Rather than another 30 years of lawsuits (over Yucca Mountain), Congress should try a different approach: bribery. Offer a $2,500 per-person refundable tax credit to Nevadans if Yucca goes through. Instead of storage, put a reprocessing facility there and direct 20 percent of the gross proceeds to Nevada’s general fund. Provide funding to make UNLV the nation’s premiere research institution on nuclear energy. Instead of another ‘Screw Nevada’ bill, advertise the benefits of a ‘Make Nevada Rich’ bill to limit local opposition.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks, 7/22/18