If John Ensign really wants to help Sharron Angle beat Harry Reid – and we have our doubts – he’d keep both his mouth and his zipper closed for the duration of this campaign.
Last Thursday, Republicans in the state Assembly elected rural rancher Pete Goicoechea as their new leader for the duration of campaign 2010, replacing Heidi Gansert. The odds of Republicans crawling out from super-minority status just became that much longer. Goicoechea, nice guy that he is, possesses even fewer political skills and conservative instincts than Gansert – especially when it comes to winning elections in Clark County.
I keep meaning to mention this, but then I keep forgetting to mention this. Now I’m remembering.
In Assembly District 32 up in the Washoe County area, the Democrats failed to field a candidate. Neither did any of the recognized third parties. Only two Republican candidates filed – Jodi Stephens and Ira Hansen.
What SHOULD have happened was the Republican voters of the district should have chosen their nominee last week in the GOP primary, at which point that candidate would effectively become the next state assembly critter representing District 32 since none of the other parties fielded a candidate.
Unfortunately, that ain’t how it works in Nevada. Instead, but Republican candidates now must face each other in the general election in which the Democrats and independents will effectively choose the Republican nominee. This benefits the establishment candidate, Stephens, who has been endorsed by “Republicans for Reid”-type Republicans such as Greg Ferraro.
Conservative Republicans in this district shouldn’t get the shaft just because the D’s dropped the ball and didn’t field a candidate in this race. The law that allows for this kind of injustice ought to be fixed in the next legislative session. It won’t be. But it should.
PLAN – the Progressive Liberal Alliance of Nevada – announced today that it had failed in its effort to gather enough signatures to screw the state’s mining industry with a job-killing tax hike ballot initiative. But have no fear, PLAN will have a new plan to screw mining for the 2011 legislative session.
Who is Larry Hart and why is he speaking for Sharron Angle now instead of longtime communications czar Jerry Stacy?
Unlike Danny Tarkanian – who didn’t even mention Sharron Angle in his “thank you” email to supporters today, let alone endorse her or contribute to her campaign – Dr. Robin Titus, who dropped out of the U.S. Senate primary race last January, is “all in” for Angle. Here’s what she wrote to me today:
“Hi Chuck. Just an update. Friday I went to the bank, closed out my campaign account and had them make the entire amount out to Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate. The amount did not exceed campaign rules, so no trouble there.
“Sharron Angle deserves credit and congratulations for coming out on top of a hard fought campaign. I am keeping my commitment of supporting who ever won the GOP nomination. We must keep our focus on who the real enemy is to Nevada. That is Senator Reid.
“Republicans across this state and nation should be lining up behind her. We may not all agree on every detail. BUT the defeat of Harry Reid should go way beyond individual differences. Good Luck Sharron ! You go girl!”
And finally, an updated version (author unknown) of a favorite children’s story:
I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
Or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this speaker, Nan ,
I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN.’
I do not like this spending spree,
I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free.
I do not like your smug replies,
When I complain about your lies.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it, nope, nope, nope!