Seems like not a week goes by when I say, “this was a bad week for Donald Trump,” but last week may have topped them all. Politico rated his worst weeks, listing nine very bad weeks since his inauguration, with last week being the #1 worst – Trump started the week condemning the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists for the fatal violence in Charlottesville, then changed direction and doubled down on his earlier argument that “many sides” were to blame for the weekend’s events.
#2 worst: August 7-13 In the first 24 hours of Charlottesville, Trump gave his first response, blaming “many sides” for the violence.
#3 worst: July 24-30, which some say may have been the worst – The Senate voted to kill the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare. The military was caught unprepared when Trump tweeted his plans to ban transgender troops. The Boy Scouts apologized after Trump gave a political speech at their annual jamboree. Trump publicly humiliated Attorney General Jeff Sessions. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci gave a scathing, expletive-laden interview to the New Yorker. Priebus was fired and John Kelly was named as his replacement. Yes, that all happened in just one week.
Republican office holders and Republican candidates now must decide, if they will risk their political career’s by continuing to follow President Trump. Trump is clearly losing his support. Just look at states he won and the rapid decline in those poll numbers.
The cries for impeachment will now be heard with regularity and the chances of the impeachment process beginning are greater than ever. Remember Trump has publicly lost 3 Senate Republicans (recent healthcare vote). He is being criticized in the press by additional Republicans every day and privately (the silent ones worried about the political fallout) could be far more. He does not have one Senate Democrat he can count on. So, a super majority in the Senate is not out of reach to successfully impeach this President.
Democrats need to be careful what they wish for. A President Pence will bring more conservative legislation, a further right leaning court system and extreme far right social legislation. It could also put Pence in the position of being the favorite and frontrunner in 2020 and allow the Republicans to retain control of the White House.
While things look bad for Republicans today, a word to the wise for Democrats who may be prematurely celebrating the fall of Donald Trump – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
Nevada has eleven judicial districts making up the state’s general jurisdiction courts. These district courts serve Nevada’s 17 counties. The 11 Judicial Districts are served by 82 District Court judges who serve their elected counties but have jurisdiction to serve in any district court in the state. The Supreme Court of Nevada is the highest court in Nevada.
It is rare when our Supreme Court Justices draw opponents when running for re-election, but 2018 may be different. Two Justices plan to retire – Chief Justice Michael Cherry and Justice Michael Douglas – while newly appointed Justice Lidia Stiglich is up for her first election. This creates the possibility of three contested elections for the first time in many years.
Supreme Court races, being state-wide races require far more money than state court races, which generally average between $200,000 – $300,000 for a contested race. A Supreme Court race can easily cost more than a million dollars, requiring candidates to purchase expensive TV advertising in both Reno and Las Vegas. Plus, the need to make an impact in rural Nevada could often-times be the difference of winning and losing in a close race.
There are seven Nevada Supreme Court Justices who are elected to six-year terms in officially nonpartisan elections. Justices are not subject to term-limits.
The early favorites include Appellate Court Chief Judge Abbi Silver, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals, Department 3, by Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2014. In January of 2017, Governor Sandoval swore Judge Silver in as the first female Chief Judge of Nevada Court of Appeals. Judge Silver is not likely to draw stiff opposition, having grown up in Boulder City and graduating from Clark High School, Silver should raise the necessary funds to scare off any likely opponents.
The other likely open seat favors Judge Elissa Cadish, who was appointed to the court in 2007 by Governor Jim Gibbons. She ran unopposed for re-election in 2014, winning a new term that expires in January 2021. Cadish was nominated on February 16, 2012 by President Barack Obama to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Amid controversy, Cadish withdrew her nomination in March 2013.
Justice Lidia S. Stiglich was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nevada by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in November 2016. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Stiglich was appointed District Court Judge of the Second Judicial District Court by Sandoval in 2012 and was subsequently retained by voters in 2014.
Will any other names surface this summer for the Nevada Supreme Court? Will this next election be any different than past Supreme Court cycles? Stay tuned, 2018 Supreme Court races could soon get very interesting.
It seems like after each municipal election there is talk about moving these races to even number years when more people vote. With only 8 1/2 percent of eligible voters showing up Tuesday, it’s no wonder that outcry is getting louder.
Why is it that people don’t vote in municipals? When you really think about it, municipal elections have more of an effect on your daily life than what’s happening in Washington D.C. Potholes in your neighborhood, zoning laws and regulating building permits are a lot closer to home than fixing healthcare or funding wars 10,000 miles away. But, when you analyze it, voters are not motivated to turnout in city races for a variety of reasons:
#1. Voters are tired – After going through the most contentious election in our history in 2016, the average person was simply worn out by June of this year. To think of more politics was unthinkable for most people.
#2. City elections always take place when the legislature is in session. So, a lot of the media is more focused on new laws being passed, than muni elections, except for mayoral election years.
#3. Municipal election candidate budgets are far less than those who run for county offices. For example, in their last County Commission races:
- Steve Sisolak raised $1.5 million
- Chris Giunchigliani raised almost $800,000
- Marilyn Kirkpatrick nearly $800,000.
Comparing those numbers to the recent City Council races in 2017:
- Michelle Fiore raised $474,000
- Bob Beers $399,000
- Steve Seroka $272,000.
And, when you take judge races going back to the last big District Court races:
- Douglas Herndon raised almost $400,000
- Rob Bare $355,000
- Eric Johnson raised a whopping $402,000 (2016)
When you compare those numbers with the recent Municipal Court Races:
- Cara Campbell led the pack with $177
- Cedric Kerns, who only had a primary $145
- Susan Roger who did not have an opponent raised $77,000.
So, when you look at the money of county vs. city elections, you can see that the expenditures are double in country races and even as much as three times more in some cases.
Here is why I believe we should keep the county and city races separate. Of the 44,835 voters who showed up on Tuesday, I can guarantee you, those voters knew who they were going to vote for and why they were voting for that person. City elections bring out a much more informed voter.
I also believe, if the Municipals compete with the County elections, they will be at the bottom of the ballot and because of all the fundraising that takes place during an even year election, city races will not be able to raise enough money to stand out and get their message out. It takes money to run elections and city races need to stand out. Keep municipal elections in odd years.
Kim Jong-un has gained close to 100 pounds since becoming North Korea’s leader. He is a binge eater and drinker and worries around the clock about being assassinated. The man suffers from insomnia and is not only sick in the head but likely to develop adult lifestyle diseases from his poor health and lifestyle.
While the fat man gets fatter, his nation starves and could face a new famine. For decades, North Koreans have lived in poor conditions, while their government has poured huge sums into weapons development. Today, North Koreans starve to death by the dozens every day. In the great famine of the 1990’s, between 600,000 and 2.5 million people died of hunger in North Korea. Cannibalism has risen as this current crisis reaches a critical stage.
The United States and its allies and China are working together on a wide range of responses to North Korea’s latest heightened rhetoric and continued missile tests. While a military response is a strong possibility, economic sanctions or covert actions are also all on the table.
A pre-emptive strike to take out missile and nuclear capabilities would bring an immediate catastrophic response, forcing the evacuation of a large portion of South Korea and require a deployment of American forces in preparation for a ground war, which will cost the lives of thousands of Americans.
There are no good solutions to solve this problem, which has faced presidents for decades. But, we cannot let North Korea continue to develop missiles with greater ranges and nuclear bombs with higher explosive yields.
Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered more than 600,000 residents evacuate Pyongyang in preparation for a U.S. attack. Satellite images appear to show that Kim Jong-un is preparing to launch a nuclear test at North Korea’s Punggye-ri test site.
53 percent of Americans favor a military strike – a military response is imminent. Maybe he could play these games before with previous presidents, but Donald Trump is determined to end Kim’s reign of terror. Mr. Kim enjoys little personal legitimacy in North Korea, while his people starve to death and the country’s economy continues to erode. This is a failed communist regime that must be stopped. It’s like having a crazy person inside a bank threatening to shoot hostages if you don’t give him a million dollars. Enough is enough. Are we nearing the end of this nearly 100-year old regime? Brace yourselves America, the only fat person in the entire country’s binge could be nearing the end.
Since moving here in 1971, I’ve been a pro-growth Las Vegas cheerleader. Even back then, with just 250,000 residents, Las Vegas had that WE-CAN-DO attitude. That’s why Entrepreneurs always looked to Vegas as a place that would provide a good ROI. Generally, investors look at cities that offer strong tax advantages. As our great entrepreneurs have done going back to the 40’s – Bugsy Siegel, Howard Hughes, Benny Binion, Sam Boyd, Bill Bennett, Jackie Gaughan and Kirk Kerkorian. As well as our two greatest entrepreneurs of today Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson they were all willing to put it all on the line and wager on Las Vegas, which in turn has created thousands of jobs and the foundation to allow us all to grow.
The foremost justification that motivated these great minds to invest in Las Vegas has always been spurred by our advantageous tax climate. With the absence of several taxes, which has made Las Vegas one of the best places in the country to do business.
Las Vegas tax breaks include:
- No business income tax
- No personal income tax
- No franchise tax
- No gift tax
- Low property tax rates – paying only $1.15 per every $100 of assessed property value, a rate lower than most U.S. cities. Entrepreneurs love to invest in tax friendly cities.
Growth is good for all of us. It’s the driving force that has elevated Las Vegas to where it is today, making us one of the fastest growing cities in the nation once again.
When I was a young TV advertising salesman back in the 70s, I always jumped for joy when I saw a new business open. That always meant another potential prospect. That spirit of growth is back once again, giving all our families a chance to live the American Dream.
Entrepreneurs are fueling the growth from startups and new major strip projects, like Resorts World on the former Echelon site by Genting. Alon, being developed across from the Wynn by a group of developers. And Paradise Park, a Wynn project planned for the golf course behind the Encore. Not to mention the unprecedented growth North Las Vegas is enjoying in the Apex Industrial Park with major players like Faraday Future and Hyperloop technologies currently under construction.
This is a great time to be living in Southern Nevada – there’s no stopping us now. But, let’s also keep “the “goose that’s laying the golden eggs” LOW TAXES. And, let’s continue our economic diversity in growth sectors like water technology renewable energy and information technology. Couple that with our main industry gaming and hospitality and that bright light will continue to shine on Las Vegas.
If I were a gambling man, I’d be betting on Vegas right now. As we are about to experience unprecedented growth. Las Vegas has finally made it into the big leagues. Many of us old timers, who grew up in a major market, always felt the only thing missing in Las Vegas was a major-league sports team and now we’ve got 2 – NHL and NFL and this is only the beginning.
This is big folks! Las Vegas is about to explode and grow to the next level. Just watch and see this gigantic transformation develop in and around our city. I expect NBA and MLB to follow the Raiders within the next 5 years. We came close to getting a major-league team a few times. Back in the early 2000’s, the Oakland A’s were looking for a home and Vegas was at the top of the list. Then, in 2004 when the Montreal Expos were facing bankruptcy seeking a city, Las Vegas was in the top 3, losing to Washington and the now Washington Nationals, because Washington, D.C. was willing to provide public financing. Many of you may remember in ’83-’84 when the Utah Jazz played 11 home games here at Thomas and Mack and they even considered leaving Utah at that time. That was then, we’ve grown up and we can handle MLB and NBA today.
Having a team is great for our city in so many ways, including what it will do for our economy. The jobs will be plentiful, ancillary businesses will benefit, including restaurants, lodging facilities, and most important CONSTRUCTION.
Growth brings more growth and Las Vegas is back on the upswing. The dark days of the national recession are now behind us and Las Vegas will again emerge as the big winner. This is an exciting time to be here in this great town and the best is yet to come. Recent Census data tells us that we are at a 5-year high in people moving to Nevada. We are entering a new era in Las Vegas as our population nears the 2.2 million mark, I expect that to skyrocket and hit 3 million in the next 10 years. Good for jobs and our economy.
What makes our city great is our entrepreneurs – We are fortunate to have some of the greatest minds in the world here in Las Vegas and here’s the good news, they are ready to ready to double down and bet on Vegas.
Mark Hutchison has introduced legislation in the State Senate that could haves a dramatic effect on our economy. The bill SB-26 directly combats the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and its global network of individuals and organizations who aim to isolate Israel politically, economically and culturally. The vitriol of those who support BDS goes beyond simply severing business ties. It also calls for the boycott of Israeli academics, cultural figures, and businesses, based solely on the criterion that they are Israeli. As such, it is widely seen as being discriminatory. Furthermore, as the BDS singles out and demonizes the world’s only Jewish state, and in practice often targets Jewish supporters of Israel, it has also frequently been described as anti-Semitic.
For that reason, sixteen U.S. states, as well as Congress, have passed legislation aimed at combating BDS.
This Legislation, SB26, seeks to ensure the State of Nevada is not a party, with taxpayer funds, to any discrimination in a state-awarded contract. SB26 also seeks to further Nevada’s longstanding, deep, and broad economic and business partnerships with Israel, something that BDS would directly harm. THIS IS about opposing discrimination and encouraging job creation, investment, and economic opportunity.
To be clear, this bill does not affect anyone’s First Amendment Rights.
It also doesn’t increase any kind of burden on the state in either administration or enforcement. Nor does it impinge on American foreign policy, any potential peace negotiation, or federal prerogatives. SB26 is very simply this: a statement that Nevada will not be a party to, discrimination in state contracts.
It says Nevada won’t use public dollars to fund discriminatory action that discriminates on national origin.
In addition, SB26 aims to cement – and even strengthen – Nevada’s business and commercial partnerships with Israel.
Nevada is the first State to sign an MOU with Israel specifically on Water-Tech. Israel has solved their water problems and Israel is now water positive. Nevada is the only state to sign an MOU with Israel with the Governor’s WaterStart program. Nevada someday hopes to be water positive.
Just this year the Ashalim Solar Power Plant, the world’s 5th largest, went online in Southern Israel. That plant was developed in partnership with BrightSource Energy – the very same firm that was instrumental in the development of the Ivanapah Solar Plant.
BDS will simply cause Israelis and their businesses to take their business elsewhere.
Conversely, by denying state contracts to any business or entity that engages in BDS against Israel or Israelis, SB26 will send a strong message to Israeli companies, researchers, academics, and businesses that Nevada is open for business.
By now you’ve been exposed to fake news in one form or another. It was a campaign talking point in the 2016 election and today it is even part of President Trump’s stump speech. As a matter of fact, CNN and the New York Times, and other more liberal media outlets have been called fake news media outlets by this president. But, just what is fake news and is the news we watch and read today, really fake?
Over the years, journalism has been gradually taking a turn for the worse. The days of watching Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News and never doubting a story or bias from a news department are long gone. But, let’s be fair to journalism and define what fake news really is.
Fake news refers to a news agency deliberately publishing hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation purporting to be real news. This started in social media and different websites and was designed to mislead, rather than entertain or inform readers. These fake news sites appear all over the world, including Germany, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sweden and many originate from Russia, Macedonia, Romania and the U.S. There is a difference from fake news, as Donald Trump likes to call out CNN and the failing New York Times and actual hoax news operations.
The news media in general has become careless over the years in the rush to be the first to report a story. Too often the news media will run stories from an anonymous source, or only get one source for a story without getting both sides. I blame ALL media outlets for this, not just CNN, or the New York Times, who have gone overboard trying to discredit this president. Fox News is also guilty of going too far to the right in defending Trump’s policies. The blame goes both ways and neither side is perfect. Bias is normal, but hidden bias misleads and divides us.
Media is desperately attempting to salvage its reputation. The major networks ABC, CBS and NBC rank highest in credibility, while the cable news outlets continue to decline with MSNBC and CNN leading the decline. The most-preferred media outlets of liberals, according to a Pew study, are the New Yorker and Slate. Fox News’ viewership is most preferable for conservatives and is considered moderate compared to Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck or Breitbart.
So, whether you are a liberal, moderate, conservative, or independent and you are looking for an objective position on the issues, first look at the source of the story, then knowing that source, or writer, draw your own conclusions. I think at the end of the day, we all want to be better informed and have tolerance for those who oppose our views. Being better informed, makes us all better people in the end.
Donald Trump is doing exactly what the left had feared he would do when he campaigned, which has mainstream media and liberal Democrats up in arms. Although, just as the public became weary of the Obama administration’s left leaning policies, a large percentage of the country has forgone the traditional honeymoon period a new president enjoys and has engaged in an all-out crusade striving to limit this president to one-term.
Trump campaigned on closing our borders, eradicating ISIS, restoring our military and changing politics as usual in Washington. We are now seeing the results of those campaign promises. Liberal America never embraced Trump during the campaign and now that he has been elected, they are even more disgusted. This president has moved the country from the far left to the far right and many on the left and some in the middle are not happy.
Trump campaigned that radical change is needed, that we need to “drain the swamp” and clean up the mess Obama created. But, the question many of us are now asking is, did he move too far to the right and will the same radical shift that happened in 2016 shift the other way in 2020? The Democratic party for the most part is in a bit of disarray, but are the Trump radical policies enough to bring the party back together?
Speculation of an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy is beginning to gain steam. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the liberals favorite. Many from the left wanted to see Warren jump in and run against Clinton, but after advisors started planning fundraisers, Warren decided not to run and wait. Warren was the favorite in a recent poll ahead of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker.
The Real Clear Politics average shows Trump with a 44 percent approval and 45 percent disapproval rating. Trumps initial Gallup approval rating had him at 45 percent, which was lower than that of each previous president going tack to Dwight Eisenhower. Two former presidents, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, each had a 51 percent approval rating, 6 points higher than Trump.
Trump supporters will quickly tell you that polls mean absolutely nothing, as reflected in the recent campaign, where Trump showed no evidence of beating Clinton. Nevertheless, are we seeing signs that the greatest upset in political history may result in a one-term presidency?
It’s way too early to start looking at 2020 and how voters will feel in 4 years. But just as the country shifted from left to right, it could just as easy swing back in the other direction.
2016 may have been the most talked about election year in history. It was a year none of us will ever forget. But, just when you thought the elections were over, here come the city elections. City elections always take place in odd years for local government, such as mayors, councilmen and city judges. 2017 municipal elections will take place April 4 for the primary and June 13 for the general election. If any candidate receives 50% plus one vote, they are automatically declared the winner.
Filing begins January 24 and lasts for 2 weeks, as names are now beginning to surface. There are a couple of big Las Vegas City Council races starting to gain attention, with the biggest being Ward 6, soon to be vacated by Councilman Steve Ross who will be termed out. Kelli Ross, the wife of the current councilman has been raising money for some time now and early expectations had many political experts picking her as the easy winner. But, in the last month a couple of formidable opponents have thrown their hat in the ring to make this race one of the most competitive of this cycle. Enter Former Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and Chris Garvey, a Clark County School Board Trustee.
Fiore, who gained national notoriety in the Nevada Legislature by loosening legislation for gun laws, co-sponsoring bills authorizing the storage and carrying of firearms made headlines when she headed to the Bundy ranch to offer support for the ranchers in 2014. The colorful Assemblywoman, coming off a loss finishing a distant third in her recent run for Congress is outspoken and has a great deal of support in Ward 3, which overlaps with the Assembly district she represented.
Garvey was elected to the Clark County School District Board of Trustees in November 2008 and is a native Nevadan. Garvey knows grassroots campaigning and with a low turnout expected to be no higher than 12%, a good ground game could turn out to be what it takes to win this race.
Ross has the advantage of name ID. With her husband having been in office for 12 years and having been on the ballot in 4 regular elections and a recall election, also knows grassroots and has assembled a top notch political team who specializes on low turnout elections. Three strong candidates so far will make this race perhaps one of the most competitive in this year’s city elections. No predictions yet, but expect to see plenty of fireworks soon in this race.