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Mini-Muth’s Truths: April 19, 2010

Former Gov. George Pataki (R-NY), Rep. Dean Heller, Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki and other Nevada leaders will rally at noon today at Sierra Marketplace in Reno for Revere America’s national petition drive to gather the signatures of one million Americans who want to repeal, reform and replace ObamaCare. For additional information, contact Randi Thompson at 775-830-8407, randithompson@sbcglobal.net or Ryan Erwin at 702-371-9900, rerwin@ryanerwinassociates.com

“With early voting starting May 22 and the primary election set for June 8, those who want to take on Reid in the fall general election will make their last, best case to voters with an expected TV blitz,” writes Laura Myers in her Political Eye column this morning. “What about the tenor of the ads? Most insiders are predicting sharper spots mostly aimed at the current GOP front-runner (Sue) Lowden.” Duck!

“Several hundred people turned out Sunday for the Republican Party’s Old Fashioned Political Rally in Mills Park (Carson City), a good number of them to try to sort through the laundry list of U.S. Senate candidates,” reports the Nevada Appeal. “There are 12 GOP Senate candidates and three governor candidates in the primary, all of them promoting no new taxes, smaller government and a halt to illegal immigration.”

The paper quotes an unidentified man who neatly summed up the challenge for voters in one, simple sentence: “The idea is to pick the one not lying about it.” Ain’t that the truth.

In a signed fundraising letter I received on Saturday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval asserted that “Raising taxes is NOT the answer” and “Raising taxes is NOT an option.” And yet, for some reason Mr. Sandoval refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge which reads simply: “I, Brian Sandoval, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Nevada, that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

I wonder why not? It makes no sense.

And the candidate can’t even hide behind the shop-worn dodge of “I don’t sign any pledges” since, as we discovered last week, he signed the anti-gay marriage pledge the last time he was on the ballot back in 2002. So one is left with no choice but to suspect that Mr. Sandoval is already looking for a loophole in his written and signed “Raising taxes is not the answer or an option” pronouncements. Taxpayers beware.

Robb Archie, Republican candidate for Assembly District 26 in Washoe County, announced in a press release that he has landed the endorsement of the Nevada Republican Assembly, touted as “the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Tibi Ellis, Republican candidate for Assembly District 5 in Clark County announced today that she’s landed the endorsements of Can-Do Conservatives of America, Veterans in Politics and the Animal Owners and Sportsmen Voting Alliance.