Coffee and the Papers: Nevada Edition

## The Nevada Republican Party remains in an intriguing state of disarray between and among the Real Republicans and the Shadow Republicans and … whatever.  All summarized and explained by the Nevada Progressive.

## The Sin City Siren observes that this will be the first Olympic games in which every country has at least one female competitor.  2012 is also the 40th anniversary of Title IX!  “Back in 1972, when only 15 percent of all Olympians were women, the country passed Title IX, the landmark legislation that ensured equal treatment for females in educational programs supported by federal dollars.” [Buffalo News]

## Speaking of dollars, Senator By Appointment Only™   Dean Heller (R-NV) voted to extend the Bush Tax Cuts to the top 2% of income earners, and then voted against S. 3412 which would retain tax breaks for 98% of Americans while slightly raising taxes on earnings above $250,000.  More from PLAN.

## NRDC breaks down the truth about the federal deficit in one chart.

## Our Senator By Appointment Only™  Heller  jumped the gun while slamming the Administration for supporting Amonix.  This from the ever vigilant Steve Sibelius: “Amonix never used the nearly $6 million in tax credits available under the administration of President Barack Obama. Taxpayer losses were apparently confined to a 2007 grant of $15.6 million, issued under former President George W. Bush‘s administration. So if Heller (or, more particularly, Heller’s campaign) has a problem, it’s with the former president’s Energy Department policies, not with President Obama’s.

## The owner of the “Senator By Appointment Only” trademark does his best to be charitable to the “Senator By Appointment Only.”   This is difficult when the Senator denies his own campaign ads, supports grandstanding stunt bills, and votes to gut Medicare while feigning ignorance of what was in the underlying bill.

## The Examiner reports Vice President Joe Biden will be in Las Vegas for the DAV convention, during the week of August 4-7, 2012.

## ALEC, the corporate supported right wing group in which Nevada legislators Rhoads, Brower, Kieckhefer, and Cegavske proudly hold membership, has lost more corporate sponsors.  One of their remaining corporate sponsors is GlaxoSmithKline the British pharmaceutical giant which, “agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressants for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a top diabetes drug, federal prosecutors announced Monday.” [NYT]

## If you aren’t familiar with the Dillon Rule and its implications for state and local government relationships — start here — with J. Patrick Coolican’s description and commentary.

## The Reno Gazette Journal opens former NV Governor Jim Gibbons’ inbox and the e-mails come tumbling out.  Including:

“Sheldon Adelson wants to know what the law requires regarding foreign investors and gaming licenses, i.e., do they have to go through the same review as investors that reside in the UsA – also how are education contributions disclosed? Are they the same for public education and private or do they have to report at all,” Cornwall asked Dayton.”

## Check out these liberal voices in the Nevada blogosphere:  Vegas Jessie, and the periodic musings of Buzzlzarownd.

## Meanwhile, the town fathers of Pahrump move to lay off firefighters in a cost cutting move.  [PVT]

## From the Economy Corner — Interesting: “12  CEOs who embarrassed themselves right off of Wall Street,” [Business Insider]  “Goldman’s Rich Clients Must Feel Screwed Right Now,” [Business Insider]

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