Bits and Pieces: Monday Musings

Jig Saw PuzzleYes, Nevada is paying attention to election laws; and, the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hold a hearing on AB 48 this Thursday — Valentine’s Day.   The “title:”

AN ACT relating to elections; providing that a person who is not a qualified elector and who votes or attempts to vote knowing that fact, or a person who votes or attempts to vote using the name of another person, is guilty of a category B felony; revising certain nomination procedures; requiring county clerks to certify certain lists of candidates and nominees to the Secretary of State; extending the period in which a person may register to vote by computer; making various other changes relating to the administration and conduct of an election; expanding the definition of “campaign expenses”; amending reporting requirements relating to special elections; requiring persons and entities which make expenditures against candidates to report contributions and expenditures; requiring nonprofit corporations to report certain contributions and campaign expenditures; eliminating a requirement that the Secretary of State obtain certain advice and consent of the Legislative Commission; making various other changes relating to campaign finance; providing penalties;….

The hearing will begin at 4:00 pm in Carson City, video-conferenced to room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Bldg. Las Vegas.   Keep up with other Legislative doings compliments of the Nevada Rural Democratic Caucus.

Secretary of State Ross Miller will discuss proposals for voter identification at Reno’s Great Basin Brewery, (details here) sponsored by the DWWC.

There’s some informative and insightful reading available in the Silver State blogosphere — there’s Flashpoint, from the Nevada Progressive.   There’s a “Don’t Miss” graph on domestic violence available from The Sin City Siren.   But, wait!  Heritage Action would warn us of the nefarious content of the Violence Against Women Act:

“Under VAWA, men effectively lose their constitutional rights to due process, presumption of innocence, equal treatment under the law, the right to a fair trial and to confront one’s accusers, the right to bear arms, and all custody/visitation rights,” the group wrote. “It is unprecedented, unnecessary and dangerous.” [TPM]

Then there’s  “El Nuevo GOP” from Hugh Jackson in which the pivots, positions, and parsing of one Senator Dean Heller (Nuevo R-NV) are on full display.  What? Senator Heller, run as an arch conservative and then periodically vote as a ‘moderate,’ before reverting to right wing rhetoric — we’re shocked! Shocked I Say.

What’s the first clue?  Here’s advice from the heart (and head) about how to spot a clueless financial reporter –> LINK.  There are many of these unfortunate creatures populating the pages of what’s been passing for economic and business news these days.   Forewarned is forearmed.

Chart for the Day:

Debt stabilizationOff the Charts explains more fully.  There’s an important point buried, and often obfuscated, in the screeching about the horrible terrible no good debt — debt reduction is good, but what we need to do is to stabilize our level of national indebtedness.    How to spot someone who doesn’t understand the characteristics of national indebtedness, or that national indebtedness is NOT analogous to household debt?  Listen for people “explaining” we should “pay off our national debt.”   Nope, at least not unless we want to stiff people and institutions who have invested in our Treasuries as part of their investment portfolios.  Never a really good idea.

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