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Tarkanian And Horsford Mix It Up In Feisty 4th Congressional District Debate

By Sean Whaley | 9:26 pm October 4th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Forget the tame, staid, policy driven debates seen in most races in Nevada so far this year.

The debate between Republican Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Steven Horsford for the new 4th Congressional District in northern Clark and several rural Nevada counties was confrontational from the get go tonight on the Ralston Reports television program.

State Senate Majority Leader and CD4 candidate Steven Horsford

Horsford, currently the state Senate majority leader from Las Vegas, and Tarkanian, son of UNV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, mixed it up in the first debate between the two candidates on issues ranging from state tax increases to who will best support the middle class in the House of Representatives.

The 30-minute debate tonight saw a lot of time spent by the candidates in denying characterizations made by their opponents, including an ad from Horsford using Tarkanian’s description of himself as a crazy radical.

Tarkanian said the description of himself was made sarcastically, while Horsford said criticisms of his support for taxes in his service in the Legislature failed to mention that Republicans, including GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, supported the levies as part of a bipartisan compromise.

Horsford said he has a track record as the head of the Culinary Training Academy, which trains people for jobs in the gaming and hospital industry in Las Vegas, in helping reduce Nevada’s highest in the nation unemployment rate.

“It’s what you’ve already done, not just what you talk about doing,” he said. “And that’s the difference between me and my opponent. I’ve actually spent more than 11 years, working in partnership with the private sector, with labor, with the community, helping people get the training that they need.”

In Congress, Horsford said he will push for infrastructure projects that will get the depressed construction industry back to work.

Tarkanian agreed that job creation is the top priority for Congress, but said Horsford’s track record in the state Legislature is one of passing job stifling tax increases instead.

4th Congressional District candidate Danny Tarkanian.

“As a majority up leader, all he did was impose additional taxes on the middle class, for one, let’s say the car registration tax,” he said. “While people can’t afford to pay for their homes, put food on the table for their families, he’s going to double the cost of car registrations for the average Americans.

“He passed a tax bill that doubled the license fee, the business license fees, for business,” Tarkanian said.

In Congress, Tarkanian said he will work to ensure the federal government does not continue to impose costly and burdensome regulations that impede job growth.

Horsford said the tax increases approved in the 2011 Legislature came with GOP support as a way to avoid Draconian cuts to public education.

He cited 25 months of continued growth in Nevada taxable sales as evidence that the tax hikes were not harmful to business.

Horsford defended using the term crazy radical, saying Tarkanian supported the anti-immigration law passed in Arizona even though it would have caused severe economic harm to the Las Vegas convention industry. He said Tarkanian wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Tarkanian said he supported the right of Arizona citizens to deal with illegal immigration, but added that it might not be appropriate for Nevada. Tarkanian also said he has not endorsed the budget plan proposed by GOP Vice Presidential candidate and Rep. Paul Ryan to change Medicare to a voucher plan for younger Americans. He called it a “great start” to an important dialogue on the federal budget.

Tarkanian said Horsford has constantly misrepresented his positions in the race.

“The difference between him and myself was telling in the last statement that he said,” Tarkanian said. “He believes you can pay down the debt by raising taxes on individuals here in our country. Every economist will tell you, if you raise taxes on people in a recession you’re going to lose revenue. It happened when he did it in the state Legislature; it will happen if you do it in Washington, DC.”

Horsford said Tarkanian has never held elective office and so does not know how efforts at compromise work.

“He has never been elected to anything so he doesn’t understand that you have to work together to get things done,” he said.

“My opponent is not being very clear on his position on this, because what he is saying is that it is OK to end, change, modify Medicare, and then to give a tax break to those at the top,” Horsford said. “That is the proposal, and that is what will happen if he is elected to Congress.”

The level of vitriol in the campaign can be seen in ads running in the contest.

Horsford’s ad using Tarkanian’s own words calling himself “one of those crazy radicals” attempts to associate Tarkanian with the conservative Tea Party, including support for such concepts as privatizing social security and eliminating the federal Department of Education.

An ad run on behalf of Tarkanian, funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee, calls Horsford one of the 10 most corrupt candidates running for Congress. The ad cites in part a story the Nevada News Bureau first reported in August 2010 about Horsford seeking contributions from lobbyists and special interest groups for face time with Senate Democrats. Horsford abandoned the concept after it was disclosed by the NNB.

The 4th Congressional District, newly created as a result of redistricting based on the 2010 census, encompasses the northern part of Clark County and parts or all of six rural counties.

The district has a strong Democratic advantage, 131,173 active voters compared to 96,716 Republicans as of the end of September, but a recent poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives Tarkanian a slight edge of 45 percent to 42 percent, in part due to his name recognition. There are also 47,000 nonpartisan voters in the district.

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Audio clips:

Sen. Steven Horsford says he has a track record of job creation:

100412Horsford1 :14 that they need.”

Horsford says Tarkanian does not support the middle class:

100412Horsford2 :22 elected to Congress.”

Danny Tarkanian says Horsford supported taxes that hurt the middle class:

100412Tarkanian1 :23 fees, for businesses.”

Tarkanian says higher taxes in a recession won’t generate more revenue:

100412Tarkanian2 :14 in Washington, DC.”

 

GOP Congressional Candidate Danny Tarkanian Says $17 Million Judgment The Result Of Fraud

By Sean Whaley | 9:02 pm May 31st, 2012

CARSON CITY – A leading candidate for the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District seat said today a $17 million court judgment again him and his family is the result of fraud and not bad judgment.

Danny Tarkanian, one of several Republicans vying in the June 12 primary to face state Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, in the November general election, said the developer in the transaction took his money and used it for purposes other than developing a project in Anza, Calif.

4th Congressional GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian.

Tarkanian discussed the case on Jon Ralston’s Face To Face television program today. The son of basketball legend Jerry Tarkanian, he is viewed as a favorite in the primary, which includes state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas.

Tarkanian said his family was misled in the real estate deal, and that it bears no correlation to how he would perform as a member of the House of Representatives. The judgment is the result of a dispute that bankrupted both the original developer, Robert Dyson, and La Jolla Bank, which financed most of the deal.

“He was to use that money to develop the property in Southern California,” Tarkanian said. “He didn’t do that. Instead he used the money for other purposes, including repaying a loan he had with a bank that loaned us the money. We believe there was clear evidence of fraud there.

“We’re just like thousands of other Nevadans around here that are losing their life savings because of unscrupulous acts by banks and others that are involved in that stuff,” he said. “Yes, I feel horrible for my family and I wish we could have done something differently.”

The judgment, entered by a federal judge, comes at a bad time for Tarkanian as voting is underway in the primary.

As reported first by Ralston, the federal judge has ruled that Tarkanian, his parents and siblings owe the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $17 million for a loan they took from the now-defunct bank that is under federal receivership.

Tarkanian has said he will appeal the judgment, and that it in no way is a reflection of his suitability to serve in the 4th Congressional district.

“I think it is a big stretch to say that because I guy defrauded our family, that that gives me poor judgment,” he said.

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Audio clips:

Danny Tarkanian says he and his family were victims of fraud:

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Tarkanian says his family has been victimized like many Nevada families:

053112Tarkanian2 :11 done something differently.”

 

Tarkanian Campaign Responds To FEC Complaint Filed By Democrats, Says Any Errors Will Be Remedied

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 9:42 am May 5th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The campaign of 4th Congressional District candidate Danny Tarkanian has responded to a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the Nevada state Democratic Party, saying any errors will be “remedied immediately.”

The campaign issued a statement that said: “Although the campaign has yet to receive an official copy of the complaint from the FEC, we have seen copies provided by the press and are in the process of reviewing the facts in order to respond in a timely and accurate manner.

“After we complete our review of the complaint and the facts, any errors in the reports will be remedied immediately, and any other issues will be fully rectified,” the statement issued late Friday continued. “We take the reporting requirements and campaign finance rules seriously, but we recognize that the Democratic Party of Nevada would rather focus energy and attention on process complaints instead of addressing the fact that their leadership in Washington and here in Nevada has failed to reduce our national debt or help put Americans back to work.”

The comments came after the Democratic Party filed the complaint alleging numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities include Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

Tarkanian, a Republican, is running for the new congressional seat created in the 2011 redistricting process. He ran in a crowded GOP primary in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sharron Angle won the GOP primary but lost to Reid.

The Las Vegas Sun reported last month that Tarkanian failed to include the debt from his Senate bid in his FEC filing for his congressional bid. Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.

Nevada Democrats File Complaint Over FEC Report From GOP CD4 Candidate Danny Tarkanian

By Sean Whaley | 3:01 pm May 2nd, 2012

CARSON CITY – Today, the Nevada State Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding what it says are numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities include Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint.

Tarkanian, a Republican, is running for the new 4th Congressional District seat created in the 2011 redistricting process. He ran in a crowded GOP primary in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sharron Angle won the GOP primary but lost to Reid.

The Las Vegas Sun reported last month that Tarkanian failed to include the debt from his Senate bid in his FEC filing for his congressional bid. Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.

CD4 candidate Danny Tarkanian.

“Danny Tarkanian is basing his candidacy on his supposed background as a successful businessman, but he can’t even fill out simple paperwork correctly,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange. “While Danny Tarkanian may be trying to play fast and loose with his campaign’s finances, we will hold him accountable to the voters, which is why we filed this complaint.”

Among the irregularities alleged in Tarkanian’s report:

- It appears that Danny Tarkanian for Congress has accepted at least one corporate contribution, in addition to contributions from three other entities that appear to be businesses on the face of the FEC report, but no further information is provided.

- Tarkanian for Congress reported 14 contributions from LLCs without any partnership attributions, so it’s impossible to tell if any of the partners exceeded contribution limits. In fact, he may have already accepted an excessive contribution from the partner of Zinkin Entertainment LLC.

- Tarkanian also failed to disclose on his FEC report hundreds of thousands in personal debt lent to his failed 2010 U.S. Senate bid that should have carried over to his congressional bid. In fact, if it hadn’t been disclosed by a local newspaper, voters may have never known of his outstanding debt to himself.

The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint.

 

Major Fund-raiser Planned For GOP Congressional Candidate Barbara Cegavske

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 12:39 pm February 27th, 2012

A   major campaign fund-raiser for state Sen. Barbara Cegavske’s run for the 4th Congressional District seat is being hosted by Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei, both R-Nev., on March 9 at the Stirling Club in Las Vegas.

More than 150 influential Nevadans are listed as members of the Host Committee for the event.

Cegavske is one of several Republicans seeking the new congressional seat, including Danny Tarkanian. State Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, is also running for the job.