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Mini-Muth’s Truths: April 20, 2010

In a fundraising email yesterday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval wrote, “As Attorney General, I never fought for the 2003 tax increase.” Then again, he’s never spoken out against it either.

That said, it HAS been demonstrated that as attorney general, Sandoval did go to the Supreme Court in 2003 and ask it to force the Legislature to impose a tax hike on the people of Nevada. You could look it up.

Meanwhile, an anonymous letter from “A. Republican” hit my mailbox yesterday which raises another troubling aspect of this 2003 tax hike business. The letter notes that then-Attorney General Sandoval has maintained that he filed the lawsuit because that was what he was instructed to do by then-Gov. Kenny Guinn. Or as the letter puts it, “He just took orders.”

“It brings to mind another time Sandoval said he would just take orders,” the letter notes. “Vin Suprynowicz, the respected Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist, asked Sandoval in 2002 about the attorney general’s role in enforcing laws.”

“You’re saying that if the Legislature passed a law requiring all Jews to wear yellow stars of David sewn on the outside of their clothing, you’d enforce it?” Suprynowicz asked. “It’s my job to enforce it,” Sandoval said.

Don’t know about you, but that sent a bit of a chill up my spine.

In other news, Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Dr. Joe Heck, candidate for Congress in Nevada’s Third District, was moved from “On the Radar” status to “Contender” by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) Young Guns program on Monday. Contender is the second phase of the Young Guns program, and signifies significant accomplishments made by the campaign. The upgrade ought to help Heck’s national fundraising efforts.