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  • ACORN pleads guilty to voter registration fraud in Nevada

    04/06/2011 1:37:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/6/11 | Eric Shawn
    The defunct political advocacy group ACORN has pleaded guilty to one count of an election law violation in Las Vegas, Nevada. ACORN attorney Lisa Rasmussen told Fox News that a plea agreement was worked out with the state attorney general. The violation was for unlawfully providing compensation for registering voters based on the total number of people registered. Sentencing for the organization is set for Aug. 10, and the potential fine is a maximum of $5,000. ACORN itself was named as a criminal defendant in the case for allegedly running an illegal voter registration scheme called "21," or "Blackjack," which...
  • GOP Congressman Pens Letter Asking for Reid's Resignation

    04/05/2011 10:24:22 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr 15, 2011 | Chad Pergram
    Rep. Rick Crawford, a freshman Republican from Arkansas, has drafted a letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to resign, citing what he calls Reid's "reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government." "With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside," Crawford writes in the letter. House Republicans are engaged in a budget battle with Senate Democrats as a government shutdown looms Friday if the two sides can't come together on a long-term spending plan or another continuing resolution to keep the...
  • For Mitt Romney, 2012 strategy runs through NH, Nevada (AP)

    04/02/2011 9:02:23 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 28 replies ^ | Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS — In his first presidential run in 2008, Mitt Romney sought back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire to propel him to GOP nomination. He won neither, his the two-state sprint failed and so did his candidacy. ...This time his strategy is more of a multi-state marathon, with economically suffering Nevada an important round in what advisers predict could be a protracted fight to be the party’s 2012 nominee. ...The strategy calls for big showings in New Hampshire and Nevada to boost momentum. After that come strong fights in enough other states so Romney enters the party convention...
  • Reid jabs Tea Party: 'There were tens of them' at DC rally

    04/02/2011 5:59:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/01/11 | Jordan Fabian
    Reid jabs Tea Party: 'There were tens of them' at DC rallyBy Jordan Fabian - 04/01/11 11:52 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday ridiculed the size of the crowd at a Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill for deep spending cuts. No more than a couple of hundred activists showed up for the Washington demonstration, many fewer than past Tea Party rallies in the nation's capital. "There were tens of them here yesterday. That’s a chosen word, tens of them," Reid said on a conference call with reporters. Reid and his fellow Senate Democrats have repeatedly...
  • Reid dismisses Rubio's call for Congress to authorize regime change in Libya

    03/31/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | March 31, 2011 | George Bennett
    While many Republicans have questioned U.S. military strikes in Libya and the Obama administration has emphasized limits on America's role, freshman GOP Sen. Marco Rubio says Congress should go beyond President Obama's stated goals and authorize the removal of Moammar Gadhafi. Rubio outlined his position in a letter to Senate leaders late Wednesday. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., dismissed Rubio's proposal today and endorsed a scaled-back U.S. role, The Washington Post reported. Rubio's call for regime change circulated on Capitol Hill today while the United States was handing off command of the air campaign to NATO...
  • Mayor: City employees deserve praise for taking pay cuts

    04/01/2011 9:17:12 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 1:37 p.m. | By Dave Toplikar
    Mayor Oscar Goodman says Las Vegas city employees deserve cheers — not jeers — for their roles in helping the city through its budget crisis. Goodman told reporters at his weekly press conference Thursday that some city employees are getting a bad rap when they're out in public. "It's very unfortunate where they may be out in the supermarket or something and people make a gesture at them just because they're with the city and I think they're confusing us with other entities," Goodman said.
  • Nevada's cathouses: regulating brothels in the Wild West

    03/31/2011 8:54:38 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Mar 2011 | Rachel Ray
    Nevada’s state-regulated brothels uphold a vital institution in the American West’s most remote state, finds Rachel Ray. In February, US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada native whose mother took in washing from whorehouses during his youth to support her family, proposed to a silent Nevada legislature that the world’s oldest profession should become illegal in the Silver State. “He’ll have to pry the cathouse keys from my cold, dead hands,” was one brothel owner’s reported retort to Reid’s suggestion. Nevada is the only US state with legalised prostitution, which is heavily regulated and confined to rural counties with...
  • Las Vegas embraces mob roots with new attractions

    03/30/2011 4:44:23 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 30, 2011 | CRISTINA SILVA
    LAS VEGAS – Speakeasies, bootleggers, gun-wielding crime bosses and tough-guy accents pay homage to Las Vegas' mob roots in a pair of new attractions showcasing Sin City's criminal history. An interactive attraction featuring gangster memorabilia and commentary from film mobsters James Caan, Mickey Rourke and Frank Vincent opens Wednesday on the Las Vegas Strip. And Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, a former mob defense lawyer, plans to launch his Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement later this year. > Asked about the mob's decline, Goodman jested, "The real mob disappeared a long time ago. That's the reason...
  • Fukushima Makes Case For Yucca Mountain

    03/29/2011 5:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 29, 2011 | Staff
    Nuclear Power: The greatest danger at Fukushima was and is the spent fuel stored at the reactor sites. So why are we doing the same thing when we have a safe place to store it? Before a 9.0 axis-shifting earthquake damaged the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives endorsing the construction of 200 nuclear power reactors in the U.S. by 2040, tripling current megawatt generating capacity. H.R. 909, co-sponsored by 64 Republicans, also endorsed the completion of the spent fuel storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. That facility, which was supposed to...
  • Sen. Harry Reid Misleads on Social Security Financing

    03/29/2011 10:39:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matt Cover
    Washington ( – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday disputed warnings that Social Security is headed for bankruptcy, calling those assertions an “outright lie.” And he says the huge federal entitlement program has not added “one penny” to the federal deficit. Both of Reid's claims are misleading. Reid made the comments at a “Back Off Social Security” rally at the Capitol on Monday. Reid was joined by other Senate Democrats and liberal activists, who accuse Republicans of plotting to privatize Social Security. Democrats have used similar tactics in the past to scare senior citizens, who vote in large...
  • I-Team: New Gun Laws Possible in Nevada

    03/26/2011 6:39:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 25 March, 2011 | Jonathan Humbert
    LAS VEGAS -- When it comes to guns, Nevadans are passionate. New state bills working their way through Carson City could allow anyone who buys a gun to conceal it with no restrictions. It's just one of the many changes that could come. For advocates it's about privacy and principle. They feel if you go through a background check and can legally own a gun, you shouldn't have to go through more tests to conceal it. Others say that means more danger anywhere, anytime. For the uninitiated, the Clark County Shooting Park may seem like a place filled with people...
  • Bill would allow permit-free carry on campuses (NV)

    03/25/2011 6:02:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 24 March, 2011 | Kendle Walters
    Faculty group opposes proposed weapons law, supporters cite self-defense The Nevada Legislature is looking at a bill that would allow students to carry guns and other concealed carry weapons on college campuses. Currently no one, including Nevada citizens who have concealed carry permits (CCWs), is allowed to bring firearms on university property without special permission from the university president, but S.B. 231 would make it legal to openly carry or conceal a firearm on UNLV’s campus without any permission at all. The bill was postponed after hours of discussion. Nevada university administrators are opposing the bill, which is sponsored by...
  • Obama lacks authority to shutter Yucca site, court told

    03/22/2011 7:56:30 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 26 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 22, 2011 | James Rosen
    -Lawyers for Washington state and South Carolina on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional power in closing the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Andrew Fitz told a federal appellate court that Obama's refusal to fund continued development of the Nevada site violates the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. "He's acting unconstitutionally under the separation of powers doctrine because he doesn't have the authority under the statute," Fitz told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "He had no authority to reverse it." In 1987 amendments...
  • Rape victim to urge lawmakers to allow guns on college campuses(NV)

    03/21/2011 3:32:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 17 March, 2011 | NA
    Carson City, NV (KTNV) - She survived a horrific attack at the hands of a serial rapist, but she's hoping her story will help change the law and keep others safe. Amanda Collins was one of the victims targeted in a string of attacks in and around the University of Nevada Reno campus. While her attacker, James Biela, has been sentenced to the death penalty, she still fears for others. Collins says it's time for state lawmakers to listen up and allow Nevada students to carry guns on college campuses. The young woman plans to take her message to Carson...
  • ALERT! Same day voting and felon vote bills coming up in Nevada!

    03/20/2011 10:07:46 PM PDT · by Loyal Sedition · 10 replies
    NV distribution email. | 3/20/11 | Loyal Sedition
    Two bills are being heard in the Nevada Legislature next week that will greatly weaken our elections process, and that directly violate the Nevada Republican Party Platform, which says under the Citizenship section: “We oppose same-day registration and voting. We demand proof of U.S. citizenship and residency at the time of registration and authentic government issued photo identification at the time of voting.” AB108 is a very dangerous bill. It eliminates the deadline to register to vote for an election, and allows same-day registration and voting. This needlessly opens up the electoral process to significant fraud, and allows voters to...
  • Righthaven loses second fair use ruling over copyright lawsuits

    03/18/2011 6:55:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | 4:56 p.m. | By Steve Green
    An Oregon nonprofit did not infringe on copyrights when it posted without authorization an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal story on its website, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge James Mahan said during a hearing he planned to dismiss, on fair use grounds, a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), in Portland, Ore. The lawsuit was filed last year by Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, the Review-Journal's copyright enforcement partner that also enforces copyrights for the Denver Post.
  • Harry Reid: GOP Must Give Up De-Funding Planned Parenthood

    03/17/2011 3:11:08 PM PDT · by julieee · 44 replies ^ | March 17, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Harry Reid: GOP Must Give Up De-Funding Planned Parenthood Washington, DC -- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said today that Republicans who favor cutting taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business need to give up their quest because the Senate will not agree to it.
  • Muni Bond Fundamentals are 'Horrifying': Bond Manager

    03/16/2011 8:05:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 15 Mar 2011 | Gennine Kelly
    "Fundamentals are horrifying: unfunded pension liability [is] growing from $7 trillion this year to $11 trillion next year to $15 trillion in two years. Health care costs going up at 9 percent a year, inability to raise taxes ... headline risk is predominant," Albrycht said. "You need to have aggressive reform, like we are seeing in New Jersey. You need to have governments dealing with the situation, like we're seeing in Wisconsin and Illinois," he added. If over the next 24 months there is not pension reform, the munis are in trouble, Albrycht went on to say. "13 states right...
  • Sharron Angle jumps into Nevada congressional race

    03/16/2011 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2011
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Four months after her strong bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid ended in defeat, Sharron Angle said Wednesday she'll run for Congress again in an effort to "stop the liberal agenda." Angle told supporters via YouTube, Twitter and an e-mail that she will pursue one of Nevada's four U.S. House seats in 2012.
  • Dean Heller Announces Run for U.S. Senate (NV)

    03/15/2011 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    KLAS Channel 8 News ^ | March 15, 2011
    Three-term Congressman Dean Heller says he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Nevada Republican John Ensign. Heller's announcement after months of alluding to a run comes a week after Ensign announced he won't seek a third term. Ensign says he wants to shield his family from campaign attacks stemming from his extramarital affair. Heller sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday morning announcing his Senate run. He says he wants to curb government spending and heal Nevada's troubled economy. The Silver State has the highest unemployment in the nation at 14.2 percent. Heller's staff has said he would...
  • Nevada discusses allowing guns on college campuses

    03/14/2011 12:39:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 March, 2011 | Jessica Che
    There is a new bill being proposed this legislative session that will lift a campus gun ban. It is the first of its kind in the state of Nevada and the thought of allowing people to carry their gun legally on college campuses has stirred up quite the controversy. This also isn't an issue just being discussed here; people from across the country have used social media to express their opinion. "The thought of students on campuses with guns just doesn't sit well with me," said Mark Cooley, student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He said he would feel...
  • Nevada Election Chief Questions Rory Reid on 90 Campaign Accounts With Same Address

    03/14/2011 9:50:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Nevada Election Chief Questions Rory Reid on 90 Campaign Accounts With Same Address Published March 14, 2011 | Rory Reid, who failed a gubernatorial bid in Nevada last November, is taking heat for allegedly creating dozens of campaign accounts to get around contribution limits -- a scheme the top state election official said could run afoul of the law. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has sent a letter to Reid, the son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and his advisers "in regard to potential violations" of state election law, pressing them to fork over records accounting...
  • Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas to close in May

    03/11/2011 8:32:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 11, 2011 | Ashley Powers and Jessica Gelt
    Reporting from Las Vegas and Los Angeles — The Sahara hotel-casino, a Rat Pack-era jewel of the Las Vegas Strip that age and a prolonged recession had tarnished, will close in May, owner SBE Entertainment announced Friday morning. Chief Executive Sam Nazarian, the Los Angeles nightclub impresario who purchased the Moroccan-themed casino in 2007 and vowed to restore its hipness, said in a statement that running the property was "no longer economically viable."
  • Committee hears ‘birther’ bill (Nebraska)

    03/11/2011 4:37:00 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 10, 2011 | Martha Stoddard
    LINCOLN — President Obama won an electoral vote from Nebraska in 2008 but couldn’t seek re-election in the state under a bill heard by lawmakers Thursday. Legislative Bill 654 would bar Obama’s name from appearing on the Nebraska ballot because his father was not a U.S. citizen. The measure requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to prove they are eligible for the nation’s highest office before they could be candidates in Nebraska. LB 654 is among a dozen pieces of legislation introduced around the country in response to questions about Obama’s citizenship. State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, the bill’s...
  • Copyright Troll Complains of Defendant's Legal Fees [LOL, DU 's going after RightHaven!]

    03/11/2011 8:40:32 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 14 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 3/11/11 | Soulskill
    Hugh Pickens writes writes "Copyright enforcement company Righthaven, accused of coercing defendants into settling with threats of damages of $150,000 and forfeiture of the defendants' website domain names, is complaining that one of its litigation foes is needlessly running up legal costs that Righthaven may end up having to pay. In one of its more extensively-litigated cases, Righthaven sued the Democratic Underground last year after a message-board poster re-posted the first four paragraphs of a 34-paragraph Review-Journal story. After suffering a fair-use setback in another case involving a partial story post, Righthaven tried to drop its suit against the Democratic...
  • All Hat And No Cattle On Spending

    03/09/2011 7:12:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 9, 2011 | Staff
    Budget Cuts: You know we're in trouble when the Senate majority leader says dealing with a $14 trillion debt might mean the end of cowboy poetry readings in northern Nevada. When Harry Reid proposed that Nevada make prostitution illegal everywhere in his state, little did we know his backup plan for stimulating the Nevada economy was continued federal funding of cowboy poetry readings in northern Nevada. Exhibiting the kind of leadership that's quickly becoming a national embarrassment, and that begs for a Republican takeover of the Senate in 2012, Reid took to the floor to lament that Republicans, through a...
  • Cowboy Poetry Festival (An end to a vital cultural event?)

    03/09/2011 11:54:58 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2011 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oh, the tragedy! Because of those evil budget-cutting Republicans we are now facing the loss of that great cultural landmark, the Cowboy Poetry Festival. Thank you Senator Harry Reid for exposing this nefarious act with your bold attack upon the Republicans: The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1,, eliminates National Public Broadcasting...It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come...
  • Sen. John Ensign discovers his family

    03/07/2011 1:18:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/7/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Kudos to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, for finally figuring out that he should not run for re-election. I don't care if he is not facing criminal charges. Ensign's woes began with an affair with staffer Cindy Hampton. Hampton's husband worked for Ensign and was a close friend. After Mr. H. found out about the affair, Ensign's parents paid the Hamptons $96,000 and helped the husband find work. The whole story stank . . .
  • Nevada GOP Sen. Ensign won't seek re-election

    03/07/2011 1:35:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2011 | KEVIN FREKING and CRISTINA SILVA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, damaged politically and facing a Senate ethics investigation over an extramarital affair, said Monday he won't seek re-election next year. Ensign, who is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, said he decided last week against seeking a third term because he was worried about the effect of a campaign on his family.
  • Rory Reid’s house of cards crumbles

    03/06/2011 8:29:37 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/6/2011 | Jon Ralston
    Rory Reid kept using the word “transparent” last week to describe an elaborate ruse so he could accept a $750,000 contribution from a single political action committee — 75 times the legal limit. He’s right. It was transparent. But not in the way he means it. This was a transparent attempt to find a loophole in the campaign contribution laws by a gubernatorial candidate apparently desperate for money to try to revive his moribund campaign. And it was specifically designed to be opaque — a master PAC created with a name that belied its true purpose and 91 phony entities...
  • Protesters decry Nevada university budget cuts

    03/06/2011 4:34:00 PM PST · by Hoodat · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 06 MAR 2011 | Oskar Garcia
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hundreds of Nevada college students and supporters waved signs decrying looming state higher education budget cuts during a peaceful protest on the Las Vegas Strip. A crowd of more than 500 demonstrators gathered Sunday in front of the fountains of the Bellagio casino resort. They chanted and urged passing motorists to show support by honking vehicle horns. One sign read "Education Cuts Don't Heal." Another said, "True Life: My College is Broke." The protesters were escort by Las Vegas police as they marched less than a mile off the Strip to the Palms hotel-casino, where MTV...
  • Hundreds Rally Against Road Closure Plan (NM)

    03/05/2011 9:59:53 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies ^ | March 5, 2011
    SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Hundreds of people rallied in Silver City to voice their concerns about a U.S. Forest Service road closure plan. The rally was held Saturday at the Silvery City Convention Center. The service is considering a plan to limit the number of roads in the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico. The measure is part of a nationwide effort by the Forest Service to protect lands in nation's forests. Forest Service said they have not yet determined which roads or how many of the roads will be closed.
  • Rescuers call off attempts to save man who fell 190ft into abandoned mine shaft

    03/05/2011 10:50:17 AM PST · by rellimpank · 68 replies
    Daily Mail--UK via Drudge ^ | 05 mar 2011 | Wil Longbottom
    Rescuers have called off attempts to save a man who fell into an abandoned mine shaft, despite video footage showing he was still breathing. The 28-year-old man fell 190ft into part of Murphy's Mine Complex in Jersey Valley, Nevada, on Wednesday. But the shaft was so unstable that parts of the walls were crumbling and rocks were hitting rescuers on the head, forcing teams to postpone the operation.
  • Report: Dem's campaign skirted contribution limits

    03/05/2011 7:30:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2011
    CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's secretary of state says his office is looking into whether former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid formed numerous political action committees that were used to funnel $750,000 into his campaign and skirt contribution limits The Las Vegas Sun reported Friday that Reid's campaign formed 91 shell PACs that were used to funnel $750,000 into his campaign and skirt contribution limits. Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, told the newspaper that the maneuvers were disclosed and in compliance with the law. Secretary of State Ross Miller said Friday his office will carefully review...
  • Righthaven copyright lawsuit threat leads Sean Harrington to unplug

    03/04/2011 8:22:45 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Denver Westword ^ | Mar. 3, 2011 | Michael Roberts
    Copyright lawsuits filed by Nevada's Righthaven LLC on behalf of the Denver Post against chronically ill, autistic blogger Brian Hill and others have thrown a scare into plenty of local website operators. Like the man behind Rocky Mountain Right, Sean Harrington, overseer of, which features court documents that could contain Post materials, has chosen to pull his site offline temporarily rather than risk litigation. ... Righthaven, which obtains the rights to Post material before suing, typically asks for an allegedly offending party's Internet domain and a cash payment to prevent the case from preceding to court. According to Hill's...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup: The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ~ Sunday 3/6/2011 3pm/ET ~ FOX

    03/01/2011 6:03:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 569 replies ^ | 3/1/11
    IT's Vegas, Baby!!! Only a couple weeks into the schedule in Nascar and we've already seen more changes than Anne Hathaway and all her dresses at the Academy Awards. To All the gas catch can men now unemployed, We thank you too for your service. God Bless Our Active and Reserve Duty Armed Forces personnel around the globe and their families too!
  • Harry Reid: ‘The time has come for us to outlaw prostitution’

    02/23/2011 9:26:01 AM PST · by rellimpank · 272 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 23 feb 2011 | , David McGrath Schwartz, Anjeanette Damon, Cy Ryan
    (CARSON CITY — Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday called for “an adult conversation” about prostitution in Nevada, saying it is an impediment to economic development because it discourages businesses from moving here. “Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment – not as the last place where prostitution is still legal,” he said in a speech to the Nevada Legislature. Reid told the assembled lawmakers that he met recently with a group of business leaders who run data centers for technology companies. They visited Storey County in search of a new location for their businesses...
  • Copyright lawsuit defendant hits Righthaven with counterclaim

    02/26/2011 7:01:51 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 | 2:05 a.m. | By Steve Green
    A group of South Carolina attorneys is putting up the stiffest resistance yet to a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit, threatening Friday to press for sanctions against Las Vegas-based Righthaven and to hit it with a malicious prosecution claim. Righthaven is a company that has filed at least 239 copyright infringement lawsuits since March over copyrights it obtained from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. The South Carolina attorneys filed a counterclaim Friday in Charleston, S.C., federal court against Righthaven that, among other things, accuses Righthaven of violating South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act when it sued Dana...
  • Second Amendment (legal) remedies(NV)

    02/24/2011 6:22:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 23 February, 2011 | Sean Cary
    The constitutional right to keep and bear arms is just one of the things that makes us uniquely American. Many worldwide yearn for even a taste of the rights we have here in the United States. Our Second Amendment protects our First, and this fact is not lost on those who hunger for both. On the issue of concealment, Nevada is designated as an open carry state and concealed weapons (CCW) permits are available to our citizens. Although I applaud Nevada for offering CCW permits, our laws need to be tweaked, and this is why I support both SB126 in...
  • Reid takes on Old West, says time to ban brothels

    02/22/2011 12:08:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | SANDRA CHEREB
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Harry Reid took aim at the world's oldest profession Tuesday, telling state lawmakers the time has come to have an adult conversation about Nevada's legal sex trade if the state hopes to succeed in the 21st century. The Democratic Senate majority leader's comments before a joint session of the Legislature came as owners, lobbyists and working girls for Nevada's brothel industry looked on from the gallery.
  • KTVN "News" wrongly claims DCRCC rallied to support unions!

    02/22/2011 9:47:43 AM PST · by Loyal Sedition · 6 replies
    KTVN channel 2, Reno NV ^ | 2/21/11 | Chris Ciarlo
    "Nevadans from all walks of life gathered Monday morning to protest among other issues, the governor's proposed cuts to state workers. Roughly 500 protestors from Planned Parenthood, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee and various labor unions all combined their efforts to rally outside the state's capitol". Excerpt, balance of text at original article
  • AG: 200 companies under investigation for mortgage fraud

    02/21/2011 4:15:14 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    LasVegasSun ^ | 2/21/11 | Cy Ryan
    More than 200 companies are under criminal investigation for mortgage fraud with ties to such things as identity theft and prostitution, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says. Edith Cartwright of the attorney general’s office said many of those companies have 50 to 100 complaints against them. Masto outlined her budget to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Monday, saying she has two attorneys and three investigators to handle the criminal cases. The office also has a federal grant to hire two lawyers and four more investigators.
  • Firefighters union boss’ father a hefty user of sick leave

    02/20/2011 8:40:43 AM PST · by redreno · 37 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    As investigators probe the potential abuse of sick leave by firefighters, Clark County officials say they will find many instances of employees scheduling sick time off weeks or months in advance. Among them is a firefighter who used the benefit to help carve out 53 consecutive days off in 2009.
  • ICE Cracking Down on Illegal Workers

    02/18/2011 7:18:59 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    KLAS-TV ^ | Feb 18, 2011 | KLAS-TV
    LAS VEGAS -- Nevada reportedly has the largest share of illegal workers in the nation, yet many local companies say they support efforts to curb their hiring. Across the country, more than 1,000 companies learned they'll face an inspection by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents. Stats from the Pew Hispanic Center shows 10 percent of the people working in Nevada aren't authorized. ICE is taking steps to stop them, but local companies are doing their part to protect the credibility of their business. Every time there's an opening, the response at Rebel Refrigeration and Air Conditioning is overwhelming. "For just...
  • Drudge settles copyright lawsuit with Righthaven

    02/18/2011 3:22:04 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | February 17, 2011 | OSKAR GARCIA
    The founder of the Drudge Report website has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with a company that sued on behalf of the Denver Post newspaper over a photo showing an airport pat-down, federal court documents in Las Vegas showed. ... Righthaven has filed more than 230 lawsuits in Nevada against bloggers, nonprofits and others. The company has copyrights rom Stephens Media LLC, the owner of the Review-Journal. The Review-Journal has reported that settlements average about $5,000.
  • BREAKING: Sources Say Reno City Manager Abruptly Resigns

    02/18/2011 12:16:24 PM PST · by redreno · 8 replies ^ | 02/18/2011 | Anjeanette Damon - Anjeanette Damon, Host of To The Point, has learned from multiple sources that Reno City Manager Donna Dreska abruptly resigned from her post Friday morning. News 4's Mackenzie Warren spoke Dreska late this morning. Dreska refused to comment until a 2:00pm news confernce today. Dreska had met last week with the State Department of Taxation about whether city staff had illegally transferred funds between accounts. There is no proof of any connection between the investigation and today’s resignation.
  • Storms dump 4-9 feet of snow in Sierra this week

    02/18/2011 10:22:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    SDFGate,com ^ | 2/18/11 | AP
    Reno, Nev. (AP) -- The latest in a string of powerful storms is dropping heavy snow and causing widespread school closures and traffic delays Friday in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. The Alpine Meadows ski resort just north of Tahoe reports receiving up to 4 feet of snow over a 24-hour period ending Friday morning for a total of as much as 9 feet of snow since the storms began on Monday. Other Sierra resorts are reporting 4 to 7 feet of new snow this week.
  • CCW permit requirements under review by state Senate Judiciary Committee(NV)

    02/17/2011 7:28:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Las Vegas Conservative Examiner ^ | 16 February, 2011 | Sara Crusade
    The Senate Judiciary Committee met this morning, February 16, 2011, to discuss three bills before it; SB29, SB88, and SB126. The most interesting of the three was SB126 which revises certain provisions relating to permits to carry concealed firearms. The bill was introduced by Senator James A. Settelmeyer (R – Capital Senatorial Dist.) and Senator John J. Lee (D – Clark County 1) in a bipartisan effort to bring Nevada into alignment with other “Shall Issue” states regarding conceal carry permits. Under existing law, a person who applies for a permit to carry a firearm concealed is required to list...
  • Bill to streamline weapons permits heard in Senate

    02/17/2011 5:40:06 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | Sandra Chereb
    CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bill to streamline concealed weapon permit requirements in Nevada received strong support Wednesday in a Senate committee. Backers said allowing permit holders to qualify for a type of weapon, as opposed to specific makes and models, would save time and money. SB126 is sponsored by Sens. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, and John Lee, D-North Las Vegas. Under current law, a permit holder must qualify on each individual weapon they want to carry concealed, even if they are similar. The bill would allow qualification for a type of weapon — such as a revolver or semi-automatic. But...
  • UNLV president’s somber warning on budget cuts moves faculty to tears

    02/16/2011 5:21:39 PM PST · by bkopto · 49 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 | 2 a.m. | Anthony Ramirez
    In what must have been one of his most painful tasks in office, UNLV President Neal Smatresk warned faculty leaders Tuesday to prepare for a budget catastrophe — news that left some in tears. (SNIP) The faculty was angry and indignant. “I’m sick we are destroying much of what we’ve built,” said Cecilia Maldonado, an educational-leadership professor and chairwoman of the Senate. (SNIP) The emotion built again when Maldonado read a list of grievances, each beginning with “I’m sick.” She said she is sick of politicians caricaturing professors with “our fat salaries and easy living.” She said she is sick...