The Nevada Independent has several excellent articles about the health insurance ‘reform’ battle in the state, I’d recommend starting with ‘Senator Cortez-Masto’s denunciation of the Senate health bill,” and move on to ‘Dispatches from Washington.’
The Reno Gazette Journal reports (video) on Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D-NV3) decision to run for Senator Dean Heller’s seat.
Please note TPM’s report from the conference of Secretaries of State concerning election data security. If this conclusion doesn’t disturb us, it should:
“But both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, who are responsible for carrying out elections in many states, said they have been frustrated in recent months by a lack of information from federal intelligence officials on allegations of Russian meddling with the vote. They say that despite the best efforts by federal officials, it may be too late in to make substantive changes.”
Interestingly enough, vote suppression advocate Chris Kobach was a no-show at the meeting. Perhaps this is because some election experts have identified major flaws in Kobach’s “election integrity” plans.
And, now we get to “muddle time” during which the current administration tries to muddy the waters about the other election problem — Russian interference. Spokespersons and advocates are on the air-waves saying that “Gee, it’s not 17 intelligence agencies, it’s actually just a handful of people who reached the conclusion that the Russians meddled,” which is one tactic to discredit the reports that are unequivocal in their assessment that, yes, the Russians interfered. Following this comes the Gee Whiz moment in which the apologist who says that “we’ve not actually seen the evidence of this.” A statement such as this is simply a variation on the previous talking point: We’ve investigated this enough, there’s nothing there, move along please.
Speaking of elections, please take a look at the bill introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2) HR 2101, the Prior Approval Reform Act: To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to expand the ability of trade associations to solicit contributions from the stockholders and executive or administrative personnel of their member corporations, and for other purposes. The effective date, January 1, 2018, would allow more “corporate” money in politics just in time for 2018 campaign season. The Associated General Contractors would be pleased to see this enacted. [pdf] Those disturbed by the dark, and darker money, flowing into our campaigns should track this bill.