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Muth’s Truths: January 23, 2010

Our friend and KXNT talk show host Casey Hendrickson will be shaving his head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s on March 6 to support kids with cancer. People can donate on behalf of his team HERE – although I have suggested they’d probably raise a lot more money if his lovely co-host, Heather Kydd, also agreed to shave HER head! In any event, it’s a great cause – so I hope Muth’s Truths readers will kick in a few shilling for these children.

On Friday’s announcement that Nevada’s unemployment rate jumped to 13 percent last month, Sen. Harry “Stimulus” Reid said it “should serve as a reminder to everyone that we must remain focused on a more aggressive effort to strengthen the economy and put people back to work.” Really? Then why not drop this obsession with passing a government take-over of the nation’s health care system and instead focus on creating jobs?

RedState blogger Erick Erickson, a man with impeccable credentials among movement conservatives in both Washington, DC, and nationally, “tweeted” this week that he is preparing to endorse Danny Tarkanian for U.S. Senate in the Nevada GOP primary, maybe as early Monday. That would decidedly not be good news for GOP primary opponent Sue Lowden’s campaign, which is already back on its heels from recent Team Tark attacks against Lowden over earmarks, the bailouts, being an “establishment” candidate and her changed position on abortion.

Meanwhile, Lowden campaign manager Robert Uithoven announced yesterday on a last-minute media conference call – in which the press was given all of 8 minutes advance email notice – that Sue will personally match any and all contributions raised in the first quarter of this year. Which reminded me of THIS somewhat brutal post (“Sue Lowden’s campaign spokesman’s big mistake, it’s a whopper”) by conservative blogger Mark Anderson ripping Uithoven for similar comments made a few weeks ago when Mr. & Mrs. Lowden’s financial disclosure report was made public.

Stung by revelations that the state Assembly Democrat Caucus raised around $250,000 last year while spending virtually none of it – compared to the Assembly Republican Caucus which raised $68,000 and spent $100,000 – GOP Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert sent out an email yesterday pointing out that “For the record, the Assembly Republicans running for re-election have spent under 35% of their 2009 contributions received and the Assembly Democrats have spent over 63%.”

I guess some desperate GOP souls will find solace in those percentages, but the raw numbers are as devastating as they are damning.

According to Gansert’s own spreadsheet, Assembly incumbent Democrats have raised $989,603 while Assembly incumbent Republicans have raised only $253,420 – a staggering four-to-one margin. The fact that the Democrat candidates have already pre-paid a lot of their money for campaign mailers, signs, consultants, etc., does nothing to change the fact that Republicans in the lower house continue to get the snot beat out of them on the fundraising front.

Combined with the fact that there are only a handful of credible GOP Assembly candidates out there actively campaigning this late in the game – and the fact that most of them are running for seats being vacated by fellow incumbent Republicans rather than in vulnerable Democrat districts – and you have the makings of yet another electoral spanking on the horizon at the same time the GOP everywhere else in the nation is enjoying a resurgence and extremely optimistic chances next November. Ah, what might have been.

Former Clark County GOP chief Bernie Zadrowski, now running for Justice of the Peace, challenged the legal qualifications of opponent Amber Candelaria in a lawsuit filed on Friday noting that Candelaria has not been a licensed attorney for the required five years before being eligible to be a judge in Nevada. Zadrowski notes that Canderlaria “has only been a licensed attorney for 3 years and 3 months.”

As much as the folks over at the Clark County Republican Party try to get their act together, the turmoil and rancor never seems to end. In the aftermath of last week’s election for new officers, the party’s grassroots chief quit and was replaced with one of the looney Paultards. (Disclaimer: Not all Ron Paul supporters are Paultards; only the nutty, paranoid crazy ones, like Robert Holloway.)

Here’s how one party insider described the change in precinct organization administration: “It appears the CCRP is passing the Precinct control from the illegal-ballot-stuffer/alleged-embezzler (Duane Libbe) to the felonious-eavesdropper/rule-breaker/Ron-Paul-radical (Carl Bunce).” Brutal. And a further indication that the GOP in Nevada has a long way to go before it will have any chance to capitalize on the Republican wave which is building nationally.

And finally, U.S. District Judge Robert Jones ruled that the all-Democrat pro-union Clark County Commission unfairly awarded a paving contract to a union bidder over a non-union bidder which bid $4 million less than the union bidder. With the ruling, construction on one of the final legs of the Las Vegas Beltway could finally begin, putting an estimated 200 people to work almost immediately.

That is, as long as the union contractor doesn’t appeal the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. But on Friday, the company announced it will. Which means the project, and those 200 jobs, will now likely be held up for at least another year. But unions and Democrats are good for workers, right?