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Muth’s Truths: January 24th

Here’s a shocker: The Associated Press reports that “Americans are more than twice as likely to express prejudice against Muslims than they are against Christians, Jews or Buddhists, a new study found.” Gee, I wonder what could possibly account for THAT?

This has got to be one of the scariest trends in America today: AP also reports that “the number of union workers employed by the government for the first time outnumbered union ranks in the private sector last year.” And you wonder why governments at all levels are in such fiscal distress?

It was reported yesterday that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian is trying to block foreclosure on an investment property. Where was opponent Sue Lowden’s “Real Estate Speculator Danny Tarkanian Facing Foreclosure” press release on this ginormous softball? Talk about a wasted opportunity.

Jim Gibbons (45.6 percent) edged out Brian Sandoval (41.4 percent) in Saturday’s gubernatorial straw poll of over 300 party regulars of the Washoe County Republican Party, with Mike Montandon lagging badly at 12.6 percent….though it must be pointed out that Gibbons and Sandoval are from the Reno area, while Montandon hails from Clark County. Also, Montandon won the GOP straw poll for Clark County a week ago.

In the Washoe straw poll for U.S. Senate, Sharron Angle smoked the opposition, pulling in almost half of the total votes (42.9 percent). Sue Lowden was first runner-up with 18.4 percent, followed by Danny Tarkanian with 15.2 percent and Mark Amodei with 10 percent. Mike Wiley voted for himself and won Miss Congeniality.

The Nevada Legislature increased spending by some $800 million last year in the middle of the worst recession in the state’s history. It then raised taxes by $800 million to pay for their increased spending in the middle of the worst recession in the state’s history, and then overrode the governor’s veto of the $800 million in higher spending and $800 million in higher taxes in the middle of the worst recession in that state’s history.

Now, because the Legislature increased taxes and spending in the middle of the worst recession in the state’s history rather making large and absolutely necessary cuts – including rescission of that 4 percent cost-of-living increase state workers never should have gotten in 2008 and laying off large numbers of non-essential, ungrateful, bellyaching government employees – the Economic Forum on Friday estimated that Nevada has a $580 million hole in its budget.

Our elected state legislators are our own worst enemies.

Matt Passalacqua is gaining a lot of notice as a new Republican candidate in the ever-growing GOP primary field for Assembly District 13 – currently held by Republican Assemblyman Chad Christensen who has said he’s running for the Senate….but we’re not sure if it’s the Nevada Senate or the U.S. Senate. More info on Matt here: http://assembly13.com (Helpful hint: Matt, get a new domain name that includes, well, your name.)