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Republican Candidates For New 4th Congressional District Focus Mostly On Issues In Debate

Monday, May 21st, 2012

CARSON CITY – Three of the Republicans seeking the right to challenge state Democratic Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford for Nevada’s new 4th Congressional District seat sought to establish their conservative credentials in a televised debate today.

Barbara Cegavske, in the middle of her final four-year term in the state Senate, Danny Tarkanian, who has run for elective office on several occasions including a campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2010, and Dan Schwartz, a businessman and attorney fresh to the political arena, are seeking a victory in the June 12 primary to advance to the November general election.

In a televised debate on the (Continue reading…)

Nevada’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 12.7 Percent In January But Jobs Picture Remains Mixed

Monday, March 12th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s jobless rate fell from a revised 13 percent in December to 12.7 percent in January, down from 13.8 percent a year ago and a peak of 14 percent in October 2010. The number of unemployed Nevadans remained relatively flat at 174,700, but is down 16,300 from the same month last year.

“Nevada continues to show signs of economic recovery, with slow but steady growth in many important areas” Gov. Brian Sandoval said in commenting on the report released by the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). “I continue to be encouraged by the job creation in key sectors as we work (Continue reading…)

Statewide Taxable Sales Up Modest 3.8% In December But Near Double-Digits In Las Vegas

Monday, February 27th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s taxable sales rose 3.8 percent in December 2011 over December 2010, a modest rise that was outpaced in Clark County which saw a 9.5 percent gain in the important indicator of consumer health.

A major decline in taxable sales in Elko County in December was largely responsible for the overall smaller statewide increase.

Statewide taxable sales totaled $4.2 billion in December, with the biggest increases coming in bars and restaurants, up 8.8 percent; clothing and accessory stores, up 12.9 percent; motor vehicle dealers, up 15.3 percent; and merchant wholesalers-durable goods, up 14.2 percent.

Bar and restaurant sales were up 8.8% in (Continue reading…)

Nevada Taxable Sales Up 9.6 Percent In November, Reflects Increased Consumer Confidence

Monday, January 30th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s taxable sales rose 9.6 percent in November over the same month a year ago, driven in large part by car sales and improved business at bars and restaurants, the state Department of Taxation reported today. Taxable sales totaled nearly $3.4 billion for the month.

For the fiscal year that began July 1, 2011, taxable sales are up 8.5 percent through November.

Clark County sales were up 8.6 percent. Washoe County sales were up 5.3 percent.

Fourteen of Nevada’s seventeen counties recorded an increase in taxable sales for November 2011 compared to November 2010: Carson City, Humboldt and White Pine Counties recorded a decrease.

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Nevada Tax Collections Remain On Track Overall Despite Gaming Volatility

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

CARSON CITY – Despite ongoing volatility in Nevada’s gaming industry, strong consumer buying is helping to keep the state’s tax revenues on an even keel four months into the new two-year budget, state officials say.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Government via Wikimedia Commons.

Nevada’s taxable sales increased by more than 10 percent in September, the first double-digit gain seen in the report since December 2010, which was helped by a large natural gas pipeline project in Northern Nevada. Before that, the last double-digit gain came in February 2006.

Car sales were up 9.4 percent in the September report, while business at bars and restaurants was up 14.5 (Continue reading…)

Nevada Labor Union Seriously Considering Ballot Initiative To Put Tax Increase For Education To Voters

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

(Updated to reflect the different requirements to place a measure on the Nevada ballot.)


CARSON CITY – A Nevada labor union leader said today his organization is “looking seriously” at launching a ballot initiative to put a tax hike to increase funding for education to the voters, possibly as early as the 2012 general election.

Graphic from Free Software Foundation via Wikimedia Commons.

“We are looking seriously at this process because the legislative process is an impossible one,” said Danny Thompson, executive secretary-treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “With the two-thirds requirement in the constitution, what in effect that does – it has the minority (Continue reading…)

State Lawmaker Proposes Taxing Bottled Water As Way To Increase Revenues

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

CARSON CITY – A Nevada lawmaker has asked for a bill to be drafted to require bottled water to be subjected to the state sales tax.

Assemblyman Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said bottled water is included under the sales tax exemption for food in Nevada even though it has no nutritional value.

Segerblom said taxing the beverage would bring in much needed revenue for the upcoming two-year budget. It is time for the Legislature to review all tax exemptions as a way to generate revenue for programs without raising taxes, he said.

Segerblom says he does not support taxing food.

“The purpose as I understand to exempt food is you don’t want (Continue reading…)

GOP Caucus Discusses Expansion of State Sales Tax, Reduction of Business Taxes

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Assembly Minority Leader Pete Goicoechea said today Nevada voters should be asked to expand the state sales tax to include food purchases as a way to raise revenue and broaden the tax base.

But any such revenue hike should be accompanied by a reduction in the state’s regressive business taxes, he said.

Asking voters to apply the two percent state share of the sales tax to food could bring in half a billion dollars over the two-year budget, he said.

Goicoechea, R-Eureka, said he believes new tax revenues will be needed to get a balanced budget in the 2011 session, but that any revenue increase should come in tandem with reductions in (Continue reading…)

To B or Not to Be

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The anonymous Nevada blogger at Reid-B-Gone – self described on her About page as a wife, mother, activist and Republican who is not a big fan of Harry Reid – is upset that former state senator Bob Beers has started up a sales website called Reid-Be-Gone that peddles spray bottles, t-shirts, buttons and stickers sporting the words “Reid Be Gone” along with “VOTE’M OUT – Stops Socialism at its Roots!”

From her blog:

True fact! Former State Senator Bob Beers has opened an online store called Reid-Be-Gone. Get it? See the extra “e”?

Reid-B-Gone is a nice name, except it is taken. It is (Continue reading…)

Secretary of State Reports No Citizen-Sponsored Questions On Ballot For First Time Since 1992

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

CARSON CITY – For the first time since 1992, Nevada voters will find no question on their November ballot that qualified as the result of a citizen’s initiative petition, the secretary of state’s office has reported.

The deadline for submitting the required number of signatures to county clerks passed Tuesday with no petitions presented in any county. Three petitions to amend the state Constitution were in circulation.

This election year marks the second in a row when not one initiative petition qualified for the ballot. Voters did approve a petition-generated question in 2008, but the petition had been circulated and certified for the ballot in 2006. All questions to amend the (Continue reading…)

Conservative Candidates Challenge Moderates in Key GOP State Senate Primary Races

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Part 2 of a Series on Key GOP State Senate Primary Races

CARSON CITY – While Republican voters have a rare chance to chart the course of the GOP Senate caucus in the upcoming primary, the candidates described by some political observers as the establishment choice say they too are true fiscal conservatives who believe in core party values.

Both Ben Kieckhefer, running against Ty Cobb in the Washoe 4 race, and Bob Larkin, running against Don Gustavson in the Washoe 2 race, reject any label to the contrary.

Both have been endorsed by the Senate Republican Caucus headed by Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno.

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NRCC’s New “Code Red” Red Meat Press Campaign

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

On the heels of Titus’ F2F interview (see my previous blog post) and the passage of #hcr (that’s the Twitter hashtag for Health Care Reform)(are you on Twitter yet?!) this red meat press release from the NRCC:


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Independent American Party Files Candidate List, Looks to Make Headway in 2010

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

CARSON CITY – The Independent American Party (IAP) this week released its list of candidates for 38 different offices, including the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and all three congressional seats. There are candidates for state and local offices as well.

Nevada State GOP Chairman Chris Comfort said he does not believe his party’s opportunities to win races in the November general election will be affected by the presence of conservative minor party candidates.

“I don’t envision that being an issue at all,” he said. “When you look at the (Independent American Party) numbers versus our numbers, they only (Continue reading…)

Face to Face: Amodei, Angle, Chachas, Tarkanian

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Well, there was way too much said to give you the whole transcript, so I’ll provide highlights and snippets from the four US Senate candidates who appeared on Face to Face with Jon Ralston today.

Note: And before I get emails from/about all the other candidates and their views, I hereby invite the other candidates (or their supporters) to drop their answers and Comments below.

Note 2: Tarkanian appeared to be a no show at the outset.  Ralston told viewers that Tarkanian was scheduled to be there but was not in the studio and that they did not know where he was.  A moment later, Ralston said he was getting word that (Continue reading…)

Nevada November Taxable Sales Down Double Digits But Improve Over Prior Months

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s taxable sales fell by 10.9 percent in November 2009 over the same month in 2008, making it the 13th month of double-digit declines in economic activity in the state. The $3 billion in goods sold in Nevada in November brought the fiscal year to date taxable sales decline to 18.1 percent.

In what might be a sign of improvement, the decline was lower than the 17.8 percent decline in October, and a 17.7 percent decline in September, according to the release by the Nevada Department of Taxation.

Gov. Jim Gibbons said: “The release of taxable sales and revenue collection data for the (Continue reading…)