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Ralston’s Perry Mason Routine Flops

Jon Ralston, Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger-without-a-TV-show and unofficial Press Secretary for Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R&R-Advertising), is obsessed with attacking conservatives.  Thus, it’s no surprise that he came at conservative Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt this week with fangs bared.

Laxalt, as you may have read, has joined a multi-state lawsuit which is challenging President Barack Obama’s “executive amnesty” order allowing certain illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S.

Laxalt’s authority to do so, according to Ralston, is questionable under Nevada Revised Statutes.

According to armchair-attorney Ralston, writing in his Ralston Flasher Report blog, “NRS 228.180 indicates the attorney general can take such actions ‘with the consent of the Governor’…”, which in this case, according to Ralston, Laxalt didn’t have.

Now here’s where Ralston makes himself look like either a boob or intellectually dishonest (I say both).

NRS 228.180 does, in fact, stipulate that…

The Attorney General, with the consent of the Governor, is authorized to commence and maintain, or defend, in the Supreme Court of the United States, or in any court having jurisdiction of the action, in the name of the State of Nevada, or otherwise, such proceedings at law or in equity as in the judgment of the Attorney General may be necessary or expedient for the purpose of establishing and determining the rights of the State of Nevada, or the residents thereof, in and to:

Now here’s the part Ralston either missed or intentionally hid from his readers to advance his agenda…

1.) The waters of all interstate streams located partly in the State of Nevada, where such waters, or part thereof, are claimed by any other state or the citizens thereof.

2.) The public lands, and to the waters therein and thereunder, located in the State of Nevada.

That’s right.

The “with the consent of the Governor” stipulation in NRS 228.180 ONLY relates to lawsuits dealing with interstate waters and public lands, NOT executive orders by the president granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Stick to pontificating and bloviating, Jonny Boy, and leave the Perry Mason imitation home.