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Friday Didjah Know?

Didja Hear Maybe “I Regret” wasn’t enough?MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren announced on Monday that, despite being a lifelong Republican, he is backing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. Murren has never publicly endorsed a candidate before but said that he felt he needed to lend his voice to “some of the bigger issues” this election cycle after an “accumulation of vitriol” from Trump.” Full article at the Las Vegas Sun.

Those Naked Truth Statues are products of a Las Vegas artist.  Well done sir! And, a hand clap to the now famous line from the NYC Parks Department: “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” parks spokesman Sam Biederman joked.”

The Nevada Board of Examiners has approved another $125,000 to an outside law firm (Bancroft Associates – Paul Clement) to defend the public school fund gutting voucher education program. The firm has already gotten $420,000 from Nevada and the recent increase will mean a $545,000 total payout. [LVSun]  This would be the same Paul Clement whose firm has been tapped by North Carolina Republican leadership to appeal the NC Voter ID law targeting African Americans.

Former solicitor general during the Bush administration, and current professor at Georgetown Law School, Clement has spent much of the Obama administration working with conservatives on several prominent Supreme Court cases, including arguing in favor of overturning the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), fighting to preserve the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and helping Arizona defend its controversial immigration law. Clement won the Hobby Lobby case at the Supreme Court for religious conservatives. [TNCRM]

The Smoking Gun Memo from North Carolina Republicans isn’t going to make Clement’s task any easier.

Yes, Donald Trump is now running adsa new Dog Whistle to the Far Right. Did we expect anything else?  Thus much for the pivot, unless by “pivot” means a 360 degree turn. By the way, the ad offers up an Old Hoary GOP line about undocumented immigrants soaking up Social Security Benefits – they don’t. This talking point has been floating around since at least the 2006 mid term elections.  Ten years of the same lie is enough! [factcheck]

An Hispanic couple’s truck was vandalized in northwest Reno (can you guess what happened?) “A Hispanic couple’s truck was vandalized Wednesday night in Northwest Reno with graffiti including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name, in what one of the victims said was a hate crime.”

“Esmeralda Estrada, 31, of Reno, said the truck, which is only about two months old, was fine when she and her husband went to sleep around 10 p.m. Wednesday. When they woke up Thursday, it was keyed several times, including the word “Trump” scratched into the side. The tailgate was also spray-painted with “VOTE TRUMP.” [RGJ]

The Estrada’s are the only Hispanic couple in the neighborhood.

Trump and Entourage arrived in Baton Rouge, LA and was met by GOP office holders. They met with volunteers at a church which had been cooking meals for displaced persons.  [AP] The GOP has slammed the President for not appearing, however “Louisiana’s Democratic governor defended the administration’s response Thursday, saying he has spoken daily with the White House and would prefer Obama hold off on visiting because such stops pull local police and first responders into providing security.” [AP]  Nothing like barging in?

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Roundup, including Nevada as a test of the GOP Autopsy

Heck photo There’s an interesting piece in Talking Points Memo today about the Nevada senate race, Representative Joe Heck, included, and questioning Heck’s capacity to attract Hispanic voters in the state.  Perhaps someone should ask the GOP candidate if he supports Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency? The answer should tell us if Heck listened to the “autopsy” or is part of the corpse of the Republican party?

Loon How can we miss you if you won’t go away?  The Malheur Refuge Loons, the ones wearing camo, and pretending to be “patriots,” are still in court – including one Larry “The Loon” Klayman who wants very much to insert himself and his stack of conspiracy theories into the “movement” supporting Cliven Bundy in court.    Ammon Bundy intends to argue he can’t be prosecuted because the Federal government really doesn’t own the Malheur Refuge, no matter that there are similar cases with decisions  on record which dismissed this argument as having no merit.  Meanwhile, a Nevadan who participated in the Loon-acy has entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiracy.

Trump white power We’re Shocked. Shocked I say… to discover that there’s another white nationalist on the list of Trump delegates to the Republican convention.  In her own words: “I’m all for closing the borders. I’m all for not allowing Muslims in this country. I’m all for keeping illegals out and get as many of them who are here out as soon as possible. … Why do I want my taxpayer money taking care of criminals and murderers who aren’t supposed to be here?” We can add her to the folks already on the list who have child porn and weapons charges on their CV’s.  Meanwhile, back on April 28th Pew Research reported Republican “favorability” ratings edging lower.

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Nevada Roundup and other matters with bonus charts

It’s been too long since the last roundup of Nevada blogs and commentary.  There are some good items and pearls of wisdom to be had from the following posts.  See Nevada Progressive for a description of the New And Improved Bi-Partisan Senator Dean Heller — lest we believe that the Senator is “evolving.”  There’s also a cogent bit of election analysis available from The GleanerSteve Sebelius recounts the Heartbreakers.   Blue Lyon adds a pertinent note on the Senatorial race.  Buzzlzarwnd  adds some more information on the 2012 results.

Speaking of things Congressional, The Nevada View offers an explanation of the components of the national debt in a short video.  More on the Fiscal Cliff (or gentle slope) from Vegas Jessie.  This would be a good time to review a previous post from On My Blotter about the arguments for extending tax cuts for middle class Americans.   There’s a highly recommended read on using the GDP as an indicator of economic health from the Nevada Rural Democratic Caucus blog.   And, there’s a timely reminder that the Congressional Republicans are holding tax cuts from middle income families hostage in order to secure tax cut extensions for millionaires and billionaires from The Gavel.

Click on the chart to go to the President’s address on extending middle class tax cuts.  (Video)

The CBPP provides another perspective on this subject, illustrated by this chart indicating that tax cuts for the very wealthiest among us are NOT a way to economic recovery.

Oh, and by the way — the tax issue Wall Street doesn’t want to talk about (carried interest) is coming to the fore, read more at Business Insider.

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Nevada Political Notes

Nevada Political News:  “Organizations step up final push to get Hispanics to the polls,” Las Vegas Sun.  Plans are still on for President Obama to speak in North Las Vegas (info here) if recovery activities after Sandy permit. The race for the middle in Nevada Senate District 5; Kirk may call himself a pragmatist — if so, then why the attack on collective bargaining, which brings to mind the antics of the GOP in Wisconsin and Ohio?  Woodhouse (D) is the actual moderate in this race.

It should be remembered in Nevada District 4 that the Republican in the race has touched the third rail of Nevada politics — advocating that the Silver State become the nation’s nuclear trash dump.

Governor Sandoval may be talking nationally, but his money’s on legislative races. [RGJ] *Note that one of Sandoval’s favorites is ALEC supporter Greg Brower (R-Reno).   Senator (by appointment only) Dean Heller has received the endorsement of noted advocate of scrambling up church and state, and of pushing the  USCOCB’s version of women’s health — Rick Santorum.

Nationally, 538 shows President Obama up by 3.2% in statewide polling.  The same source reports Senator Dean Heller leading Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley by 3.6 to 4.4 depending on the measurement used.

The astroturf follies are alive and well in Nevada, and it’s not just down south.  Northern Nevada voters have been getting pro-Heller fliers in the mail from Safari International, the gun lobby, the Idaho Republican Central Committee, and Karl Rove’s Crossroads Super PAC, along with robo-calls from “Jack” and “Sandy” to get out the vote for the Republicans.  Since the fliers and calls are broadcast generally a person could wonder what happened to that carefully targeted GOP “Voter Vault” advertizing effort of recent memory — but why bother when there’s plenty of PAC money flooding the process?

Line of the Week: “Reid repeatedly said he has “nothing personal” against Romney, but nonetheless delivered a harsh political attack. “He’s multiple choice on everything,” Reid said. “He doesn’t stand for anything. He’s the plastic man of American politics.”   Yes, the “Plastic Man” of American Politics.  Yes, “plastic” in the sense of be capable of being molded or modeled, and “plastic” in the sense of being synthetic or processed materials that are mostly thermoplastic or thermosetting polymers of high molecular weight. AKA artificial.

The Sin City Siren is decked out for Halloween, complete with Creature Features which describe the Jekyll and Hyde (plastic) capacities of one Willard Mitt Romney.

Read the labels!  About all a person needs to know about the trade and economic policies of the Romney and the Obama campaigns is illustrated by Vegas Jessie who helpfully posts pictures of the labels on campaign gear. Guess whose is made in China?  Blue Lyon posts the GOP “Rape Advisory Chart,” along with some very compelling reasons why this election matters.

There’s another good graphic from On My Blotter concerning why a middle class tax cut is a sound economic idea.

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Swinging through the Swing State: Nevada Roundup

Rep. Joe “Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme” Heck (R-NV3) and his Democratic opponent John Oceguera took part in a campaign debate in which Rep. Heck, unable to speak to his record on women’s issues, took it upon himself to remind voters for the umpteenth hundredth time that Mr. Oceguera retired early as a firefighter.  [LV Sun] [Nevada Progressive]

Remember when? “At the October 11 debate, Joe Heck looked into the camera and told the audience in no uncertain terms that he supports a woman’s right to choose in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman is in jeopardy.  Unfortunately, his voting record does not reflect that claim.  On July 31, Heck voted for H.R.3803, a bill banning abortion care after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C. – a proposal that has no exception in cases of rape or incest.” [NRDC]

Republican Danny “Do You Recognize My Last Name” Tarkanian is pleased to tell us that ‘higher education is not a right,’ and anyway we can’t afford to help young people go to college “in this economy” (translation: because we can’t ask millionaires and billionaires to pay Clinton era tax rates). [NV Progressive]

Mr. Tarkanian also appears to have glommed onto the Balanced Budget Amendment Hoax of the Season.  Review: This is a really silly really really bad idea as explained here, and here, and here.

The Sin City Siren has a handy voting reference post for Nevada voters.  Official information on voting and early voting can be found at the Secretary of State’s office website here.   Volunteering opportunities available here at Progress Now Nevada.

The Mourdockian Controversy spills into Nevada politics, as described in Slash/Politics here and here.   Is Heller the Mourdockian Candidate?

Note this statement from the Nevada Democratic Party:

“Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s reprehensible remarks about rape are demeaning and insulting to all women.  Yet, Mitt Romney refuses to demand the extreme candidate pull down the TV ad featuring his endorsement and Senator Dean Heller has been silent on the offensive remarks.  This should come as no surprise given that Mitt Romney, Dean Heller and Richard Mourdock hold the same extreme views on women from taking away a women’s right to choose, defunding Planned Parenthood, opposing equal pay for equal work and restricting access to basic health services like birth control, mammograms and cervical cancer screenings.”

Senator By Appointment Only Dean Heller’s record on women’s issues is given an in depth treatment by his opponent, Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV1) — actions do speak louder than words.

The Damned Pundit opines:

“Probably because his advisers told him it would be good for his own political future if he stands with the team now, and not just Romney-Ryan but the Nevada Republicans who are running for things. And one of those Republicans, Dean Heller, was on television the other night saying that he thinks President Romney should nominate Sandoval to the U.S. Supreme Court. Perhaps Sandoval thinks a little political support now wouldn’t hurt on that front.

Well, Heller’s a bit dim. Unless and until Sandoval renounces his pro-choice position, Obama is more likely to appoint Sandoval to the bench than Romney is.”

Well said.

Click on the maps for complete information on the presidential electoral college and the state senate races.

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What Does Romney Have In His Own Safe?

 

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What did Romney and Ryan Store in the Republican Safe?

 

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